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An Acoustic Evening with Sevendust at El Corazon (Photo Slideshow)

By John Lill Being a long-time Sevendust fan, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect at the El Corazon on Friday night. A mellow Sevendust is quite the oxymoron, especially when comparing what was billed as an “acoustic evening” to their catalog of material.  Although this is not Sevendust’s first rodeo with an acoustic album/tour […]

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Dancing with Bastille at Showbox Sodo (Photo Slideshow)

by Arlene Brown What time should you show up to see a concert?  That depends. If it’s a front-of-the-line spot for the Bastille concert at Showbox Sodo,  no later than 8 a.m..  A group of girls and a mom drove all the way from Eatonville to make sure they were front and center for one […]

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Best Fest Ever! Petty Fest! Live at Showbox (Photo Slideshow)

by John Lill Wednesday night at Petty Fest, an eclectic bunch of musicians, actors and comedians came together to raise money for Sweet Relief Musicians Fund at the Showbox.  Each of the performers did justice to both the music and spirit of Tom Petty by creating an experience that was equal parts concert and celebration […]

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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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Young the Giant blows our minds at Showbox Market (Photo Slideshow)

by Arlene Brown Young the Giant made Showbox Market their home for two nights.  And boy, did they make themselves at home.  I caught their show on Saturday (April 5, 2014,) the first of the two nights.  This was my third time seeing the band, but, my first time seeing them up close and through my […]

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Beats Antique bring a visual cornucopia of strange to the Showbox SODO (Photo Slideshow)

By John Lill Deer antler headpieces, cabaret dancing, demonic inflatables, belly dancing and even a wedding proposal were all on stage Saturday night during the Beats Antique show at the Showbox SODO. The only thing missing was a decapitation and a live sex act. Having said that, there is a difference between enjoying a show […]

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Dum Dum Girls smolder at Neumos (Photo Slideshow)

by Hanna Stevens The five members of Dum Dum Girls looked and sounded on the same wavelength last Saturday, all in variations of black attire and performing a powerful set to a full house at Neumos. Dee Dee Penny (Kristin Welchez), who started the project solo in 2008, was the focal point in a see-through […]

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Chuck Ragan & the Camaraderie, The White Buffalo and Jonny Two Bags drop punk for country rock at Showbox (Photo Slideshow)

by John Lill It was night full of four chords and the truth. Fresh into a North American tour, veteran punk rocker Chuck Ragan with his new group The Camaraderie, The White Buffalo and Jonny Two Bags of Social Distortion traded out distorted guitars for twangy telecasters and acoustic six strings to a packed house […]

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Ume ‘kicks it’ at The Crocodile (Photo Slideshow)

by Dan Rogers, Arlene Brown Photos by Dan Rogers Two great bands, one rip roaring, rockin’ night.  The Crocodile played host to Black Pussy of Portland, and Ume of Austin Texas. Black Pussy has a very ’70s rock look,  and the ’70s-’80s rock sound to match.  Reminiscent of Black Sabbath at times, but with a psychedelic rock twist, they […]

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Against Me! brought the Neptune to life! (Photo Slideshow)

By Dan Rogers The Neptune hosted three great bands with three completely different sounds.  It was a night of emotional uppers and downers.  It was all good music, just definitely a mixed-bag of rock. Cheap Girls, a trio from Lansing, Michigan have a garage band sound.  But it’s a pretty good sound.  Brothers Ben and Ian […]

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SMI New Music Preview: Beck – Morning Phase

By Christine Mitchell From the opening strains of “Cycle,” Beck’s Morning Phase (Capitol) plays out as its titular title indicates. Beginning with the sounds the sun’s rays might make as they break over the horizon, the album captures those earliest moments of the day that come after a long night of darkness, both literal and […]

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