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Timbrrr! Will you keep you warm this winter

by Greg Roth The Pacific Northwest was treated to what at times, seemed like another endless summer.  One of the highlights of the spring and summer music festival season was the second annual Timber! Outdoor Music Festival. If you are hankering for some great live music from some of the best in the Northwest and beyond, […]

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Tears For Fears at Project Pabst (Photo by Mocha Charlie)

Tears for Fears Headlines Day One, First Ever Project Pabst Music Festival in Portland

By Mocha Charlie Editor’s Note: As a decades-long fan of  Tears for Fears, SMI photog Mocha Charlie shares a first-person look at what it was like to revisit her favorite band at a recent live show in Portland.   It takes a village to get things done. It takes courage to take your first step. […]

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Ellensburg Film Festival: Actor Craig T. Nelson Comes Back To His Old Stomping Ground

By: Xander Deccio Four-time Golden Globe nominee Craig T. Nelson headlined the 10th annual Ellensburg Film Festival (EFF). Nelson appeared at screenings of three of his movies and at a Pass Holder’s Reception on Saturday night. A Spokane native, Nelson is also a former student at Central Washington University (CWU) and Yakima Valley Community College (YVCC). While at […]

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Project Pabst Music Festival Invades Portland This Weekend!

By Mocha Charlie Two of our staff are headed off to Portland for the Project Pabst Festival, which will feature Main Stage performances until the early evening on Saturday and Sunday, as well as “late night” performances at venues throughout the city. Tears for Fears will headline tomorrow and Modest Mouse will headline Sunday. To help […]

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Fans & Bands ROCK out at Pain In The Grass/Uproar Music Festival

By Mocha Charlie This year’s Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival joined forces with KISW’s Pain In The Grass to bring ten ROCK bands to Whiteriver Amphitheater. Local teen, Amanda Hardy opened as the winner of the festival’s “Battle of the Bands.” It’s easy to see why she won. Hardy owns the stage, with her sleek stature, […]

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Bumbershoot 2014: There is no substitute for The Replacements (Photos)

by Greg Roth Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson are rock n’ roll survivors of many musical train wrecks. They are the only original members left in the band but they are and always have been the soul of The Replacements, a post-punk, power-pop, blues based straight ahead rock outfit based out of Minneapolis. The band formed in 1979 and […]

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Bumbershoot 2014: Elvis is the king (Photos)

by Greg Roth He is Elvis “effin” Costello. In 1977, this genre-bending artist made his television debut on Saturday Night Live. After playing a few bars of “Less Than Zero,” Costello stopped his band “The Attractions,” and launched into an indictment of the radio and music industry via the song “Radio Radio.” Producer Lorne Michaels didn’t […]

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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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Phantogram at Summer Camp 2014 (Photo by Arlene Brown)

The End’s Summer Camp 2014: alternatives to PNW bands? (Photos)

by Christine Mitchell Photos by Arlene Brown Apparently 107.7 The End believes that the current state of  “alternative” music is this: the bands most deserving of promotion are a) almost exclusively made up of white dudes; b) nearly indistinguishable in sound and/or style, and c), not from anywhere near the Pacific Northwest. This year’s Summer Camp lineup […]

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A look back at Timber! 2014 (Photo Slideshows & Podcasts)

by Greg Roth Photos by Greg Roth and Christina Leiva In a couple of days thousand of Northwest music and nature lovers will make their annual pilgrimage across the water to partake in what has become a Northwest music festival treasure, Doe Bay Fest.The festival kicks off on August 7 and runs through August 11th and […]

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Capitol Hill Block Party: crammed, sweaty, and awesome

By Christine Mitchell Photos by Alex Crick It was a dark and stormy week in Seattle . . . but lo, the rain and clouds departed with near perfect timing as Capitol Hill Block Party got underway on Friday afternoon. It was almost as if it had been planned that way by a higher power, […]

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Timber! a festival with a lot of heart and soul (Podcasts)

by Greg Roth Festival season is in full gear. The massive, revenue generating Sasquatch is now in our collective rear-view mirrors. Capitol Hill Block Party kicks off this weekend and of course Bumbershoot will soon be upon us, but a special festival that is near and dear to us here at SMI starts kicking in today. […]

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