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SMI New Music Preview: Rick Ross ‘Mastermind’ (Full Album – You Tube)

by Billy Valentine You want a taste of Mastermind? Here you go: Bugatti stacks, Dom Perignon VIP booths, Benzo-to-Enzo come-ups and BitchesCokeMurderEngineRev. This should sound familiar to you by now because Big Boss Ross has been doing the gaudy Gotti shtick for years. He’s tapped into the lavish mentality, practically bottled the jet-set essence and […]

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Beats Antique bring a visual cornucopia of strange to the Showbox SODO (Photo Slideshow)

By John Lill Deer antler headpieces, cabaret dancing, demonic inflatables, belly dancing and even a wedding proposal were all on stage Saturday night during the Beats Antique show at the Showbox SODO. The only thing missing was a decapitation and a live sex act. Having said that, there is a difference between enjoying a show […]

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Dum Dum Girls smolder at Neumos (Photo Slideshow)

by Hanna Stevens The five members of Dum Dum Girls looked and sounded on the same wavelength last Saturday, all in variations of black attire and performing a powerful set to a full house at Neumos. Dee Dee Penny (Kristin Welchez), who started the project solo in 2008, was the focal point in a see-through […]

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Chuck Ragan & the Camaraderie, The White Buffalo and Jonny Two Bags drop punk for country rock at Showbox (Photo Slideshow)

by John Lill It was night full of four chords and the truth. Fresh into a North American tour, veteran punk rocker Chuck Ragan with his new group The Camaraderie, The White Buffalo and Jonny Two Bags of Social Distortion traded out distorted guitars for twangy telecasters and acoustic six strings to a packed house […]

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Ume ‘kicks it’ at The Crocodile (Photo Slideshow)

by Dan Rogers, Arlene Brown Photos by Dan Rogers Two great bands, one rip roaring, rockin’ night.  The Crocodile played host to Black Pussy of Portland, and Ume of Austin Texas. Black Pussy has a very ’70s rock look,  and the ’70s-’80s rock sound to match.  Reminiscent of Black Sabbath at times, but with a psychedelic rock twist, they […]

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Against Me! brought the Neptune to life! (Photo Slideshow)

By Dan Rogers The Neptune hosted three great bands with three completely different sounds.  It was a night of emotional uppers and downers.  It was all good music, just definitely a mixed-bag of rock. Cheap Girls, a trio from Lansing, Michigan have a garage band sound.  But it’s a pretty good sound.  Brothers Ben and Ian […]

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SMI New Music Preview: Beck – Morning Phase

By Christine Mitchell From the opening strains of “Cycle,” Beck’s Morning Phase (Capitol) plays out as its titular title indicates. Beginning with the sounds the sun’s rays might make as they break over the horizon, the album captures those earliest moments of the day that come after a long night of darkness, both literal and […]

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Chinook Fest announces stellar 2014 lineup (Photo Slideshow)

By Katrina Charles Photos by Mocha Charlie On Friday, Chinook Fest held its first lineup announcement party at the Crocodile. Attended by a packed house of excited and curious concert-goers, the entire evening was a celebration in itself, and the lineup announcement was just the topping on the sundae. Filled with music from the Nick […]

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Big Head Todd gets bluesy at the Showbox (Photo Slideshow)

by Christine Mitchell Photos by Arlene Brown Big Head Todd and the Monsters at the Showbox Market was admittedly my first real blues rock show. And hooray for firsts! Everyone without their nose in the corner and over twenty has heard an Eric Clapton or Stevie Ray Vaughn song, or watched that Bruce Springsteen video […]

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Skinny Puppy Shocks Showbox SODO (Photo Slideshow)

Vancouver-based electronic/industrial group Skinny Puppy made their way to Seattle’s Showbox SoDo. Complete with crazy costumes, electronic sounds and shock value, Skinny Puppy didn’t disappoint the legions of fans in attendance. The band is currently on tour in support of their newest album entitled Weapon. Bill Bungard was there to capture all the madness and […]

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Neil Finn’s Murkey Depths at Neptune Theatre (Photo slideshow)

by Brent Stavig Photos by Arlene Brown There are several smells that I don’t necessarily want to be part of my concert experience. One is popcorn, another is calamari, and patchouli holds a consistently tertiary role. Unfortunately, all of these smells were present as I waited to hear Neil Finn take the stage at the […]

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The War On Drugs at The Neptune Theater (Photo Slideshow)

by Alicia Kamenick Photos by Hanna Stevens The War On Drugs‘ music can be deceiving. Their atmospheric keys and reverb sends waves of sound gently washing over you, but then you realize that riding over the swells is a solid rock groove. You might shift from gentle head-bobbing to a little toe tapping, and even […]

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