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Who to see at Bumbershoot 2014!

by Arlene Brown Going to Bumbershoot this weekend?   So is Seattle Music Insider!  With 6 stages of live music  happening over the three day weekend, there is something for everyone to enjoy.  Kudos to the Bumbershoot organizers for putting this all together year after year.  Also note that there will not be any events located […]

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Cage The Elephant at the Showbox SoDo (Photo by Dan Rogers)

Cage The Elephant: raw power at the Showbox SoDo

by Christine Mitchell Photos by Dan Rogers Cage The Elephant performed to a sold out, packed-in crowd at the Showbox SoDo last Wednesday. True to form, it was a high energy set that involved crowd surfing from frontman Matt Shultz. It seems as though Cage The Elephant has been touring nonstop since the release of […]

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Love for locals at The High Dive (Photos)

by Hanna Stevens Seattle bands Dearly Departed, NighTraiN, and Radio Raheem played The High Dive Friday, August 13. The bill focused on great local music and strong performers rather than bands of similar genres, which was extremely refreshing. Dearly Departed shared their melodies and beats in top form. Noble Monyei (guitar) and Kira Shea (synth and keys) […]

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Buddy Guy and Peter Frampton bring guitar circus to Chateau Ste. Michelle (Photos)

by John Lill Some world-class guitar firepower was on display at Chateau St. Michelle Monday night as Buddy Guy and Peter Frampton put on a guitar clinic for the packed crowd. Both were excellent, but the performances couldn’t have been more different. A Buddy Guy performance is unique. Guy at age 78 is a consummate […]

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Look north: Everett’s star rises with Born of Ghosts’ album release party (Photos)

  by Christine Mitchell Photos by Arlene Brown Chip Butters is a big deal. After ten years as chief of production at Columbia City Theater, during which he installed a complete recording studio, and a good chunk of time at Robert Lang Studios as chief engineer, working with bands such as Soundgarden, The Posies, R.E.M., […]

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Murder City Devils celebrate The Showbox’s 75th with new album (Photos)

by Christine Mitchell Photos by Alex Crick Hardcore Murder City Devils fans filled The Showbox so full that apparently the only room for more was, well, on top of the crowd. They had reason to celebrate, though, as MCD have released a new album this month entitled The White Ghost Has Blood on its Hands […]

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Electronic bands illuminate the Nectar (Photos)

  by Hanna Stevens The Nectar Lounge buzzed and flowed with the smooth melodies and bright rhythmic grooves of three live electronic bands on Wednesday, August 13: Gems, Theoretics, and The Seshen. Gems, a live electronic Seattle quartet, opened. Two drummers held down the beats and two keyboard/synth players carried the tones and melodies. Theoretics […]

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(SMI TV) The Vinyl Junky – The Music Box Review

By Xander Deccio Being we have SMI Radio. We are now debuting SMI TV, our new YouTube channel. One of the first series debuting is none other than The Vinyl Junky. TVJ is a comedy-based review show where not only does he review new albums and reviews products, but will also review (and make fun […]

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Northwest artists “Get Back” to celebrate Beatles Seattle invasion this Saturday

by Greg Roth It was 50 years ago today that The Beatles  came to play – stepping foot for the first time in the Emerald City to play a historic 30 minute set at the old Seattle Center Coliseum. Synergia Northwest is back celebrating five years, and like past events will bring something very special to Northwest music lovers […]

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: legends at The Gorge (Photos)

by Christine Mitchell The air felt heavy and expectant at The Gorge Ampitheatre last Friday as fans gathered to take in the rock legend of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. The band is riding high on the wake of their first number one album, Hypnotic Eye (how is it possible that this is their first […]

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Another State of Mind: Eve’s Plum

By Xander Deccio (Editors Note: This is a new bi-monthly feature debuting here at SMI called Another State of Mind.) In 1991, in the boroughs of New York City, the Kotch twins were putting together a band that they thought would rock the masses to its core. Only one problem – they were missing a vocalist. […]

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Ray LaMontagne performs at Marymoor Park. Photo by John Lill.

Ray LaMontagne Goes Supernova at Marymoor (Photos)

by John Lill Every generation has its own Cat Stevens, an earnest singer-songwriter whose husky voice imbues low-key songs with seeming depth. Over the course of a decade and his first four records, the 41-year-old Ray LaMontagne has filled that role, all the way down to living in rural western Massachusetts. To his credit, he […]

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