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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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The Dandy Warhols STILL Rule

Special to SMI by Kevin Heiderich, with additional contributions from Jennifer Austin The Dandy Warhols came home (kinda) Sunday night, June 17th. They played the last show of their hard-touring year in support of their new album, This Machine, at Seattle’s Showbox at the Market. The Portland, Oregon alt-psych rockers just finished a 36 show schedule that […]

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Spectrum Road leads to Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley June 21st

By Jonathan Sindelman The name Tony Williams carries a long list of achievements that changed the face of modern drumming, and speaks volumes about the evolution of our beloved jazz music. You could say, reduced to its essence, the voice of Tony Williams paved a road through space and time. Now, it seems time is […]

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SMI Artist Spotlight: Welcome to the Monogamy Party

By Dusty Henry Shirtless and manic, Kennedy from Monogamy Party screams and contorts his body on stage at the Highline in Capitol Hill, April 26th. Over and over again he screamed, “This life is worse than death,” with Keith’s smashing drums and Yos-Wa’s ominous and unforgiving distorted bass guitar, while sweat dripped off his long […]

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Best open mic joints in The Emerald City

By Alina Shanin If Seattle is known for anything, it’s the many forms of artistic expression, ranging from painting to photography to music and writing. Over the years of building this reputation, the city has shown its support and appreciation through artist scholarships, grants, and dedicated venues to help up-and-coming artists develop connections and practice […]

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Sounds Major: My on and off relationship with Harvey Danger

…and how it led to my discovery of Sean Nelson’s latest work By Timmy Held tgraceband.com / fakelabelrecords.com Like many teenagers in 1998 I was introduced to Harvey Danger through their radio hit “Flagpole Sitta”. I immediately talked my dad into buying me “Where have all the merrymakers gone?”  Of course I became enamored with other great […]

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