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Look north: Everett’s star rises with Born of Ghosts’ album release party (Photos)

  by Christine Mitchell Photos by Arlene Brown Chip Butters is a big deal. After ten years as chief of production at Columbia City Theater, during which he installed a complete recording studio, and a good chunk of time at Robert Lang Studios as chief engineer, working with bands such as Soundgarden, The Posies, R.E.M., […]

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Murder City Devils celebrate The Showbox’s 75th with new album (Photos)

by Christine Mitchell Photos by Alex Crick Hardcore Murder City Devils fans filled The Showbox so full that apparently the only room for more was, well, on top of the crowd. They had reason to celebrate, though, as MCD have released a new album this month entitled The White Ghost Has Blood on its Hands […]

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Electronic bands illuminate the Nectar (Photos)

  by Hanna Stevens The Nectar Lounge buzzed and flowed with the smooth melodies and bright rhythmic grooves of three live electronic bands on Wednesday, August 13: Gems, Theoretics, and The Seshen. Gems, a live electronic Seattle quartet, opened. Two drummers held down the beats and two keyboard/synth players carried the tones and melodies. Theoretics […]

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: legends at The Gorge (Photos)

by Christine Mitchell The air felt heavy and expectant at The Gorge Ampitheatre last Friday as fans gathered to take in the rock legend of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. The band is riding high on the wake of their first number one album, Hypnotic Eye (how is it possible that this is their first […]

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Ray LaMontagne performs at Marymoor Park. Photo by John Lill.

Ray LaMontagne Goes Supernova at Marymoor (Photos)

by John Lill Every generation has its own Cat Stevens, an earnest singer-songwriter whose husky voice imbues low-key songs with seeming depth. Over the course of a decade and his first four records, the 41-year-old Ray LaMontagne has filled that role, all the way down to living in rural western Massachusetts. To his credit, he […]

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perform to a sold out crowd at Marymoor Park. Photo by John Lill

Toad the Wet Sprocket and Counting Crows at Marymoor (Photos)

by John Lill Alt-rockers Toad the Wet Sprocket and Counting Crows had their biggest successes in the ’90s, but Tuesday they came to Marymoor Park to tour unlike many 80s and 90s bands in support of new albums, not a nostalgia-based jaunt around the country. Fans who remember the early-‘90s heyday of Toad the Wet Sprocket […]

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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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Echo and the Bunnymen return to Seattle at The Showbox (Photos)

By Brent Stavig Photos by John Lill Seattle was the fifth stop on Echo & The Bunnymen’s thirteen city tour of the U.S., and from information gleaned via the “interwebz” it appears that every date so far has been sold out. Yeah, they just released their first album of new material in five years – Meteorites, and […]

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Arcade Fire Lights Up the Gorge (Photos)

By Alicia Kamenick Photos by Xander Deccio When Arcade Fire won the Album of the Year Grammy for The Suburbs in 2011, Twitter exploded with the question “Who the fuck are Arcade Fire??” The question led the band to not only put the question on an official tee shirt, but also led them to play […]

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Sara Bareilles at Marymoor Park (Photo by Mocha Charlie)

Sara Bareilles brings “Little Black Dress Tour” to Marymoor (Photos)

By Mocha Charlie It’s been ten years since  Sara Bareilles released her debut album,Careful Confessions, and with her current tour she celebrates and reflects on that decade. She simply refers to it as the “Little Black Dress Tour,” taken from a song off her most recent release, The Blessed Unrest; and her sold out show last […]

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Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive, and a Perfect Seattle Evening (Photo Slideshow)

by Alicia Kamenick Photos by Hanna Stevens On a perfect summer night, the Woodland Park Zoo’s  picturesque North Meadows set the scene for another Zoo Tune concert, where families and folks of all ages enjoyed some good music and dancing; chatted with friends and shared great food. Boston’s Lake Street Dive set the mood with […]

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Wolfmother at The Neptune (Photo by Mocha Charlie)

Wolfmother Brings New Meaning to “HOT ROCK” at The Neptune

By Mocha Charlie Fans packed The Neptune last Thursday to witness Australian psychedelic rock band Wolfmother, who did not disappoint. They’ve been compared to classic rockers Black Sabbath and AC/DC; and by virtue of some impressive guitar riffs, it’s not a leap to compare frontman Andrew Stockdale to legendary ’60s axeman Jimi Hendrix. But the […]

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