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SMI Radio Ep. 109 On Demand: Chinook Fest Special with Cody Beebe & Austin Jenckes

Festival season is now officially upon us in the Northwest. Several local festivals like Fisherman’s Village Music Festival, taking place in Everett this weekend and one of our favorite festivals Timber! will be taking place in Carnation, Washington, July 16 – 18. A week before Timber is another cool festival featuring some brilliant local and national […]

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52 Is A Magic Number For London Tone Music (QA with Jeff Heiman & Photos)

by Greg Roth Photos by Bill Bungard About a year ago, a fledgling local label, London Tone Music Group launched their brand by doing something that arguably no other label has done. They released  52 new songs by 52 new and emerging artists, once a week for 52 weeks, culminating with a celebratory show at Seattle’s elegant Triple Door. […]

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Johnny Hoffman and The Residents at The Rendezvous (Photo by Christine Mitchell)

Johnny Hoffman and The Residents’ EP Release at The Rendezvous

By Christine Mitchell The Rendezvous’ Jewelbox Theater, considered ‘cute’ by some, was subjected to a thrashing last Friday night courtesy of Johnny Hoffman and The Residents and Everett bands-in-arms John Paul and The Apostles and Shark The Herald. The aging jacquard wallpaper lost a bit of its battle to stay on the walls as the […]

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Neil Diamond at KeyArena (Photo by Mocha Charlie)

Neil Proves He’s Still A Diamond That Shines

By Mocha Charlie Neil Diamond has been performing since the early 60’s, and can still sell out numerous venues all over the world. As he croons his fans swoon, his vocal strength continues to shine and the melodies are as familiar as if time has stood still. As fans streamed into a near capacity KeyArena, the venue was abuzz with fans […]

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Dan Deacon at Neumos (Photo by Victoria Holt)

Shared Humanity at Dan Deacon’s Neumos Show

By Victoria Holt An intense blast of light and sound emanated from a multi-colored Neumos stage, as Dan Deacon stood at his podium of MPCs, mixers, and pedals. A barrage of samples and electronic percussion as frenetic as the flashing strobe lights flowed over the surging crowd of ecstatic fans, sweating in the humid Seattle […]

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Dead Men Walking at The Crocodile (Photo by Brent Stavig)

Dead Men Walking Come Alive at the Crocodile

By Brent Stavig  Dead Men Walking are an interesting bunch. Mike Peters (The Alarm), Captain Sensible (The Damned), Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats), and Chris Cheney (The Living End) spent almost thirty years bumping into each other on the road, and touring together in their respective bands before deciding to put their own thing together […]

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Noah Gundersen performs at the Tractor Tavern for KEXPetty. A concert to help raise funds for construction of the new radio station. Photo by John Lill

Local Artists Come Together For KEXP Fundraiser

By John Lill Seattle area artists came together Tuesday night at the Tractor Tavern in Ballard to perform their favorite Tom Petty songs for local radio station KEXP. Dubbed KEXPetty, the concert was created to help raise funds for the new KEXP radio station facility being built at Seattle Center. KEXP Music Director, Don Yates […]

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Johnny Hoffman and The Residents to play Rendezvous 5/8; release new EP

By Christine Mitchell Everett’s Johnny Hoffman & The Residents are bringing their energetic garage genre rock down to Seattle to celebrate the release of their EP, Untitled (Soniphone), this Friday at The Rendezvous (9:30 p.m., $7). JHoff puts on quite the performance as he parades around the stage with his guitar, screaming; while drummer Frico […]

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SMI New Music Tuesday Preview: Yonder “Harborview”

by Greg Roth When it comes to discovering new music in Seattle, we at SMI are always looking for something interesting, and we think we found it in Yonder.  Fans of 70s British New Wave/Power pop (i.e., The Jam, The Clash) and exquisite guitar tones (i.e., Johnny Marr or Andy Partridge/XTC), will dig this outfit. […]

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Thunderpussy video premiere party: welcome to the disco

Story and photos by Greg Roth and Christine Mitchell What follows is a friendly conversation between SMI founder Greg Roth and Content Coordinator Christine Mitchell about their shared experience at Thunderpussy’s party at Fred Wildlife Refuge for the premiere of their first music video, “Welcome to the Disco.” Greg: So, this is a band that I […]

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Kaiser Chiefs at The Showbox (Photo by Alex Crick)

Kaiser Chiefs at The Showbox: signs and songs

By Christine Mitchell Photos by Alex Crick What do you do when you’re a lead singer with a show to perform and you’ve lost your voice? Take a page out of Kaiser Chiefs’ lead vocalist Ricky Wilson’s book and make the whole thing part of the experience. Wilson went Dylan-esque at The Showbox Market with […]

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Star-studded Woodstick 2015 benefits Groove Music for Youth

By Christine Mitchell Photos by Bill Bungard The annual Woodstick Big Beat at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, was a star-studded drumming spectacle. The event benefits Groove Music For Youth, a charity that provides musical instruments to underfunded schools and at-risk kids, and is presented in partnership with The Donn Bennett Drum Studio. Depending on […]

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