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Ivan & Alyosha: Live October 25th

Ivan & Alyosha: Live October 25th

It's not as if the Pacific Northwest has ever really been starved for musicians that have a knack for writing indelible melodies and crafting ebullient pop songs, but it was still something of a thrill when Seattle five-piece Ivan & Alyosha burst onto the scene. After releasing a couple EPs, Ivan & Alyosha came out with All the Times We Had, their proper debut LP, in 2013. Much of the writing about the band highlighted the Beatles-esque tendencies they have, which is fair, but Ivan & Alyosha are about so much more than worshipping Paul McCartney – their music emerged from the outer edges of the late '00s Seattle folk revival, exploring similarly rootsy territory, but finding equal inspiration in iconoclasts like Harry Nilsson, Andrew Bird, and Alex Chilton.