Review: The Arcs Melt the Faces Off Moore Theatre Attendees

The Arcs
The Arcs

Dan Auerbach, known primarily as the guitarist/vocalist for The Black Keys, over the years has participated in a variety of projects, from producing such artists as Jessica Lea Mayfield, Valerie June, Nikki Lane and Dr. John to his latest project, leading a band called The Arcs.

The Arcs came to Seattle to play the Moore Theatre to a less than half-full venue. This, I must say, surprised me since the last time Mr. Auerbach was in town with the Black Keys, he played to a sold-out crowd at Key Arena. Truly, the fans that were there were in the know regarding The Arcs.

The Arcs
The Arcs

I had learned about The Arcs last year when they released a 10” EP record on a previous Record Store Day (which is coming up at your nearest independent record store on April 16th) called The Arcs vs. The Inventors, Vol. 1. Touring in support of their current album Yours, Dreamily, The Arcs’ sound is big and loud! It was so loud that I had to relocate from the front of house to the upper level.

I love the musical styling of The Arcs, which at times was a driving, pulsating, psychedelic, blast of sound, and other times doing a cover of the Undisputed Truth’s “Smiling Faces Sometimes.” Dan commands the stage, thrashing away on his various guitars in a frenzied performance. Simply, the guy can play, and watching him attack each song was amazing.

Mariachi Flor de Toloache
Mariach Flor de Toloache

Opening the evening was New York’s first all-women mariachi group called Mariach Flor de Toloache. All decked out in their traditional mariachi attire, four of the group members opened with a rousing rendition of the song Guadalajara. Then the surprise of the evening, performing a mariachi infused melody of Nirvana songs. The crowd went nuts! Additionally, Mariachi Flor de Toloachi was nominated for a Latin Grammy for “Best Ranchera Album” in 2015. Keep an eye out for these amazing performers!

The full photo gallery for The Arcs can be found at The full gallery for Mariach Flor de Toloache can be found at

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Peter Dervin

Peter Dervin Bio I was born in Los Angeles, raised on BOSS Radio KHJ 930AM listening to the Real Don Steele, grew up listening to Dr. Demento on KMET 94.7, graduated to Rodney Bengenheimer on KROQ-FM. Started collecting records in high school, I haven’t stopped. Moved to the Northwest in 1989. Became a disc jockey and program host on 90.7 KSER in Everett, I was there for 18 years. Owned a record shop from 1993-1995 called Orbit Records. Mike McCready from Pearl Jam bought a PJ 45 from me. I wrote music reviews for a monthly called “The Taste of Everett”. I was Editor of a trade publication called the “Northwest Landscape Professional” I had always been photographing at the concerts I’ve attended. In 2010, the Grateful Dead used my photos from 1980 on a Road Trips CD release. I then began the journey of taking my photography to the next level. I have photographed a who’s who of musicians, bands and artists. From Los Lobos to DEVO and everything in between. You can see my portfolio at

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