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Planes On Paper to play Jewelbox Theater June 5th: show preview and interview

By Christine Mitchell In this world of music that for the most part is processed through a meat grinder and dusted liberally with nitrates, it has been an absolute pleasure to make acquaintance with Planes On Paper. Since reviewing their East End Session EP last December I’ve had several friendly chats over the ether with […]

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Flight to Mars 2014: still crazy after all these years

By Christine Mitchell Photos by Arlene Brown Mike McCready’s UFO cover band Flight to Mars has been playing a benefit show for Crohn’s disease and Colitis research (specifically CCFA Camp Oasis and the Jennifer Jaff Center) for twelve years, now. And while the cause is a great one, I have to admit that I was rather skeptical: […]

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More than videos make “Spectacle” at The EMP (Photo Slideshow)

By Mocha Charlie The EMP’s newest installation, Spectacle: The Music Video, brings the music video back to the forefront of the music industry, by allowing patrons a look inside the making of videos from the ’80s through today. The touring exhibit was seen in Ohio, New York, Brazil and Australia prior to its opening in Seattle. As […]

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Spectacle: the music video exhibit at EMP to start off with Vivid party

By Christine Mitchell Photos by Arlene Brown A warm fuzziness caused by nostalgia and a sudden, immediate link to my childhood nearly broke my focus. “Wait a minute . . . I’m here as a member of the press, not as a seven year old,” I had to remind myself. But when someone like me […]

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Oso Benefit for Cascade Valley Hosptial Foundation at Tractor Tavern (Photo Slideshow)

  Photos by Dan Rogers We have all been touched in one way or another by the devastating land slide that happened in March in the Oso area.  And thanks to The Monarch Review, a few musicians got together at The Tractor Tavern on May 12.  Mary Lambert, La Luz, and Star Anna entertained a […]

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V. Contreras Live at Gene Juarez Seattle (Photo Slideshow)

  By Bill Bungard Intimate CD release listening party at Gene Juarez in Seattle? I’m there!  This private listening soiree on April 15 of V. Contreras‘s self titled inaugural CD met, and at times exceeded ,my expectations.  Victoria’s timeless contemporary ’60s look with the powerfully resonating mixture of jazz and Patsy Cline / Amy Winehouse-like […]

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Kiss the Sky! Press Conference at EMP (Photo Slideshow)

By Christine Mitchell Photos by Alex Crick SMI was on hand at the EMP’s JBL Theater on a beautiful Earth Day afternoon for a very special press conference. Now, normally you’d find us up in the front row capturing the concert action for you, but we gladly attended the press event in lieu of the […]

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SMI 2012 Highlight: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has Heart after all (Video and Audio Interviews)

By Greg Roth In the next few days SMI will be sharing some of our favorite highlights from 2012… For the past few years here at SMI, we’ve covered founding members of the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, Heart. The four original male members of the group included guitarist Roger Fisher; keyboardist / […]

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You never forget your first Rush!

SMI contributor, Harrison Mains, reflects on his first Rush Concert that took place at Key Arena on November 13th 2012. I had seen live footage, memorized the records, and watched the documentaries. I had learned to play the songs, I had sung my throat raw, I had even seen I Love You, Man. Still, nothing could […]

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ECM Records – The legacy continues…

by Jonathan Sindelman In anticipation of 2012’s Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle, I am introducing a series of reviews based on ECM Records, whose extraordinary history continues to unfold as being among the most significant, enduring, and relevant forces in music worldwide. I will first be focusing on ECM artists who are due to visit […]

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Roger and Me… a conversation with an authentic rock legend

By Greg Roth My conversation with Roger Daltrey took place two years ago at a pre-show party for a local charity concert that featured several rock luminaries.The Who is slated to perform at the Olympic closing ceremony this Sunday (8/12.) To honor the occasion, please enjoy one of the first pieces that appeared on SMI […]

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Q&A: Jazzman Ravi Coltrane still moved by the spirit

By Jonathan Sindelman At 47, Ravi Coltrane now carries within him a musical legacy that encompasses a special combination of history, family, and a uniquely powerful voice cultivated entirely on his own.  A testament to the time and patience required for any musician to unlock and access the inner secrets from a great tradition of […]

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