Press

“….fare perhaps best described as world music from an imaginary planet….quite compelling and magical….” (Seattle Times)

“Crystal Beth creates her own sonic cult through stage thrashing her way through “cathartic hardcore purge pop,” and wielding psychedelic clarinet melodies and bethnic chants.” (The Stranger)

“If you’re getting tired of music that’s even remotely formulaic, {Crystal Beth} is for you. Her experimental mixing of genres is powerful and refreshing.” (Seattle Weekly)

“Beth Fleenor transcends labels – a multi-talented, creative force in Seattle.”
(City Arts Magazine)

“…a supremely versatile and virtuosic maverick”
(The Stranger)

“exceptional clarinetist” 
(Seattle Times)

“excellent” 
(New York Times)

“one of the most fearless and innovative musicians in the city…”
(Earshot Jazz)

“You can find {Crystal Beth} fearlessly indulging her wildest creative inklings whenever she materializes in a musical forum…Crystal Beth & the Boom Boom Band falls somewhere between the grisly skronk-punk of Stickers and earthy freak-indie of tUnE-yArDs, but even fans of those left-of-center acts will be thrown for a loop. Wailing vocals not bound to any conventions but {her} own, paired with percussive “Bethnic chants,” are set over freely drawn jazz figures and world-y rhythms.” (the Stranger)

“Beth Fleenor – aka Crystal Beth – is an undeniable, unstoppable musical force, and one of Seattle’s treasures. She uses her voice and clarinet – not to mention the deep connections she forms with her collaborators – to channel strange, disturbing, and beautiful sounds into existence from beyond most of our imaginings. “Battle Cry” has no words that would be recognized in any language, but words would be needless ornament here. The band’s joyful, stomping skronk and Beth’s chants and shrieks bypass the language centers of the brain and drill directly into the deepest, primal folds, beckoning you to surrender to sound, to find peace and clarity through a modicum of musical insanity.”  (Ball of Wax)

“Crystal Beth & the Boom Boom Band are what happens when accomplished jazz musicians decide to take a reckless holiday in the rock realm. The Seattle group—led by the feral vocalizing and bass clarinet of Crystal Beth and featuring the flagrantly virtuosic guitar of Tristan Gianola—assay a kind of artful, deranged rock that recalls the Dirty Three and the Geraldine Fibbers at their most agitated and, alternately, at their most lugubrious. Check out the waltz-time rager of “Flesh” off Yugen 3 for evidence of the former.” (the Stranger)

“Each song by Crystal Beth & The Boom Boom Band is so different that it’s difficult to describe their sound, but I will give it a shot. The five-piece group makes multi-instrumental psychedelic jam rock with a sense of humor. Singer/songwriter Crystal Beth’s (Beth Fleenor) vocal chords seeming possessed by a different and equally talented spirit on each song. Always shocking. Always odd. Never boring.” (Tim Basaraba / Nada Mucho)

2020 Cover Feature: Earshot Jazz: Beth Fleenor – The Discipline of Being

2020 Press: Medium: On a Career Creating in 2020

2018 Press: City Arts Magazine: Let Yourself Go with Crystal Beth & the Boom Boom Band

2017 Press: Seattle Weekly / Best of Seattle – “Best Classical Musician” 

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2016 Press: City Arts Magazine: Actor/Composer Meets Clarinetist/Vocalist 

2015 Feature: Photographer Steve Korn’s “Talking Pictures: Leading Questions – Beth Fleenor”

2014 Press: Featured in All About Jazz – Beth Fleenor- The Discipline of Being