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Andy Grammer at Neumos (Photo by Mocha Charlie)

Andy Grammer Melts Hearts and Faces at Neumos

By Mocha Charlie Music fans will go to many lengths to attend a show. Some will rearrange work schedules, some will drive long distances, and some will brave harsh weather conditions just to see a show. And, to no one’s surprise, Monday night’s Andy Grammer show at Neumos led fans will do all of the […]

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Seattle Keeps Calm and Chives on at Chive Fest 2014

By John Lill At the beginning of this month it seemed that no one had heard of Chive Fest. With little to no visual marketing, it felt more like “Waynestock” from Wayne’s World 2, in which the title character attempts to impress his girlfriend by creating a big-name concert festival out of mid-air. But Chive […]

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Ms. Lauryn Hill defines her own destiny at the Paramount

By Hanna Stevens Ms. Lauryn Hill commanded The Paramount Theatre July 8 with elegance, presenting the culmination of a varied life and career. She shared highlights of each phase of her artistry while blending the different styles throughout her set. Fans of exclusive records may have been jarred by the different song arrangements by Hill […]

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Fitz and the Tantrums Live at Showbox SoDo (Photo by Arlene Brown)

Fitz & The Tantrums show the love at Showbox SoDo

 By Arlene Brown What better way to start the weekend than to spend it hanging with 1200 or so of my closest Fitz & the Tantrum friends and fans.  After throwing out the first pitch at the Mariners game just down the street, Fitz was ready for a crazy bass filled night at the Showbox […]

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Mushroomhead at Mayhem Festival (Photo by Mocha Charlie)

MAYHEM FESTIVAL Shows Unstoppable in the Heat for Die-Hard Metal Fans

By Mocha Charlie For those that don’t already know, I really enjoy shooting “metal” shows. It gives me more opportunities to photograph something outside of the “normal rock shows;” and I also get to spend time sharing the experience with my oldest son. We (along with the other 15K+ fans) braved the near-100 degree heat […]

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Heart comes home to Marymoor Park

  By John Lill On what was the hottest day of the year thus far, a near capacity crowd of friends, fans and family welcomed Seattle’s favorite sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart as they returned to their familiar stomping grounds at Marymoor Park. Scattered among the first few rows were parents, spouses, and […]

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Steely Dan at Marymoor Park (Photo by John Lill)

Steely Dan serve up their hits at Marymoor Park

By John Lill No one has ever sounded quite like Steely Dan. Song lyrics often contain references to esoteric literature but symbolism is shallow; these are the stories of the tripped-out, jaded times that followed the burst of the bubble. The music is a hybrid of fusion jazz, blues and rock; mixing influences like Miles […]

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SMI Radio Timber! Shows! Julia Massey & The Five Finger Discount (Podcast & Photo Slideshow)

SMI Radio in conjunction with Critical Sun Recordings and Artist Home present another episode of a newly launched series entitled “Timber! Shows!”  The series features exclusive artist interviews and live, exclusive music sessions recorded at the Critical Sun Radio studios. The second annual Timber! Outdoor Music Festival is slated for July 24 – 26 in beautiful Carnation, Washington. On this week’s episode, SMI Radio’s Greg […]

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DEVO at The Neptune (Photo by Arlene Brown)

Devo’s Retro-Specto at the Neptune – June 25, 2014

By Brent Stavig Photos by Arlene Brown I didn’t know what to expect at the Hardcore Devo show. I’d only seen them once back on Halloween night in 1981 at Radio City Music Hall, and they’d played all of their hits, including “Whip It” and “Beautiful World.” The Hardcore Devo tour was to feature no […]

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King Khan at Neumos (Photo by Victoria Holt)

King Khan Gets Sexy and Sweaty at Neumos

By Victoria Holt As was to be expected, King Khan and the Shrines were a complete riot on Wednesday, June 25 at Neumos. Hailing from France, Germany and the United States, the band is a rowdy bunch of troublemakers. Arish Ahmad Khan, a.k.a. King Khan, is a rockstar of a frontman in a huge feathery […]

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SMI Album Review: Lana Del Rey ‘Ultraviolence’

by Chris Senn Lana Del Rey wants the world to know how sad and miserable she is. It’s evident on her sad and miserable downer of a new album, Ultraviolence, (Interscope) that she has little confidence in her voice, trying hard to bury it amongst the noise. Her voice is weak and literally every song […]

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Mary Lambert, Matt Nathanson and Gavin DeGraw at Marymoor Park

By John Lill Tuesday night at Marymoor Park in Redmond brought to town Mary Lambert, Matt Nathanson and Gavin DeGraw, three of today’s most talented singer-songwriters. Each artist brought a unique mix of witty banter and great contemporary pop music. Local Seattle favorite Mary Lambert opened the show performing a short but powerful set list, […]

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