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Planes On Paper: The Ruins EP and release party announced

By Christine Mitchell Planes On Paper’s folky music is deceptive in the best possible way. The Ruins (out Jan. 1), the band’s second EP, immediately embraces the listener with the pedal steel’s warm molasses sound. Navid Eliot and Jen Borst’s singular harmonies curl around each other like smoke: a beautiful burnt offering slithering skyward on […]

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Album Review: U2 – Songs of Innocence

By Alicia Kamenick U2 is not a band that works fast. Since 2009 (the year their last album was released, the occasionally exciting, but baffling in its inconsistency, No Line On the Horizon), Bono has given sound bites about up to three new albums in the works. When 2014 rolled around, things finally seemed to […]

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Lykke Li at the Moore Sept 17 – Concert Preview

Swedish chanteuse Lykke Li got an unexpected boost of publicity this week when she appeared as a guest vocalist on U2’s surprise new album Songs of Innocence. Featured on the album’s closing (and best) track “The Troubles,” Li suddenly had a lot of curious people checking out her music. Those wanting to see what she’s […]

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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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SMI New Album Review: World Peace is None of Your Business by Morrissey

By Brent Stavig Morrissey’s tenth solo album (World Peace is None of Your Business, on Harvest Records) is an odd hodge-podge of studio tinkering, random sound effects, half-completed songs, Spanish guitar, and brilliant vocals. I’m hard-pressed to recall a more non-linear record, or one that sounds like it’s actually being thrown together while you’re listening to […]

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SMI Album Review: Lana Del Rey ‘Ultraviolence’

by Chris Senn Lana Del Rey wants the world to know how sad and miserable she is. It’s evident on her sad and miserable downer of a new album, Ultraviolence, (Interscope) that she has little confidence in her voice, trying hard to bury it amongst the noise. Her voice is weak and literally every song […]

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Sean Lennon’s The GOASTT at the Crocodile May 22nd

By Brent Stavig Sean Lennon returns to Seattle with his band GOASTT (The Ghost of A Saber Tooth Tiger) Thursday May 22 at The Crocodile. This five-piece outfit is comprised of two guitars, drums and keys, and Sean’s girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl (who also sidelines as a model) on bass and the occasional lead vocal. […]

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SMI New Music Preview: Rick Ross ‘Mastermind’ (Full Album – You Tube)

by Billy Valentine You want a taste of Mastermind? Here you go: Bugatti stacks, Dom Perignon VIP booths, Benzo-to-Enzo come-ups and BitchesCokeMurderEngineRev. This should sound familiar to you by now because Big Boss Ross has been doing the gaudy Gotti shtick for years. He’s tapped into the lavish mentality, practically bottled the jet-set essence and […]

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SMI New Music Preview: Kylie Minogue – Kiss Me Once

by Alicia Kamenick Sparkly Australian pop sprite Kylie Minogue knows her audience, and always brings a decent collection of shiny dance pop. Collaborating with the ubiquitous Sia and Pharrell Williams (among others), her new album Kiss Me Once mostly delivers the goods. Opener “Into the Blue” is a highlight, as is the Pharrell-produced “I Was […]

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SMI New Music Preview: Lea Michele’s ‘Louder’

by Katrina Charles When Glee began airing on Fox in 2009, everyone was stunned by the powerful vocals of fairly unknown actress Lea Michele. With a knack for melding theatrics and popular music, she was a key element in the show’s success and the main reason their version of “Don’t Stop Believing” was on repeat […]

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SMI New Music Preview: Elbow – “The Take Off and Landing of Everything”

by Alicia Kamenick Gentle music lovers of Seattle, allow me to introduce you to Elbow. Okay, maybe seventeen of you are already somewhat familiar with them. John Richards does like to play them on KEXP (although he likes their cover of U2’s “Running To Stand Still” more than I do). Before I review their latest […]

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SMI New Music Preview: Drive-by Truckers ‘English Oceans’

By Jessica Kaminski English Oceans is the twelfth installment in the prolific Drive-By Truckers’ catalog and is a straightforward country rock album.  The band is solid and in sync, the songs have sturdy arrangements, but the album doesn’t pull any punches. While the lyrics teeter on the verge of being overly elementary, they are poetic […]

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