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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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Seattle Keeps Calm and Chives on at Chive Fest 2014

By John Lill At the beginning of this month it seemed that no one had heard of Chive Fest. With little to no visual marketing, it felt more like “Waynestock” from Wayne’s World 2, in which the title character attempts to impress his girlfriend by creating a big-name concert festival out of mid-air. But Chive […]

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Mushroomhead at Mayhem Festival (Photo by Mocha Charlie)

MAYHEM FESTIVAL Shows Unstoppable in the Heat for Die-Hard Metal Fans

By Mocha Charlie For those that don’t already know, I really enjoy shooting “metal” shows. It gives me more opportunities to photograph something outside of the “normal rock shows;” and I also get to spend time sharing the experience with my oldest son. We (along with the other 15K+ fans) braved the near-100 degree heat […]

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SMI Radio Timber! Shows! Julia Massey & The Five Finger Discount (Podcast & Photo Slideshow)

SMI Radio in conjunction with Critical Sun Recordings and Artist Home present another episode of a newly launched series entitled “Timber! Shows!”  The series features exclusive artist interviews and live, exclusive music sessions recorded at the Critical Sun Radio studios. The second annual Timber! Outdoor Music Festival is slated for July 24 – 26 in beautiful Carnation, Washington. On this week’s episode, SMI Radio’s Greg […]

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SMI Radio Timber! Shows! Cumulus (Podcast & Photo Slideshow)

SMI Radio in conjunction with Critical Sun Recordings and Artist Home present another episode of a newly launched series entitled “Timber! Shows!”  The series features exclusive artist interviews and live, exclusive music sessions recorded at the Critical Sun Radio studios. The second annual Timber! Outdoor Music Festival is slated for July 24 – 26 in beautiful Carnation, Washington. On this week’s episode, SMI Radio’s Greg […]

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