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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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Eclectic Approach at Hiawatha Park (Photo by Mocha Charlie)

FREE Concerts for the Entire Family This Summer in West Seattle!

By Mocha Charlie Hiawatha Park in West Seattle will be the spot to bring the whole family for fun and free music this summer. Featuring local bands every Thursday night from 6:30 – 8 p.m., The Admiral Neighborhood Association kicked off their SUMMER CONCERT SERIES last Thursday with Seattle-based Eclectic Approach, performing originals and covers during […]

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Josh Ritter and Lake Street Dive at Woodland Park Zoo – Show Preview

  By Alicia Kamenick Idaho native Josh Ritter returns to his Pacific Northwest roots Wednesday night at the Woodland Park Zoo. With his seventh full-length album (2013’s The Beast In Its Tracks), Ritter continues his tradition of intelligent and thoughtful songwriting, backed by The Royal City Band. Boston’s Lake Street Dive will open the show, […]

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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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Say Anything at the Showbox Market (Photo by Hanna Stevens)

Say Anything and crew punk up the Showbox

By Hanna Stevens Say Anything put on a rowdy night of round-robin indie pop-punk with You Blew It!, The So So Glos, and The Front Bottoms at Seattle’s Showbox Market last Saturday. You Blew It!, an emo-indie band from Orlando, opened the show and got the crowd dancing right away. The Showbox had already filled […]

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Journey at White River Ampitheater (Photo by Mocha Charlie)

20,000 Fans Turned Back Time With Journey, The Steve Miller Band & Tower of Power

By Mocha Charlie I was beyond excited to head to the White River Amphitheater on Saturday night. Not only was I going to see Tower of Power and The Steve Miller Band for the first time, I would see my husband’s favorite band (he has a tattoo to prove it),  Journey.  We first saw the […]

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Hobosexual at Seattle Secret Shows (Photo by Mocha Charlie)

Seattle Secret Shows Treats Ticket Holders to Preview Four Chinookfest Bands

By Mocha Charlie Chinookfest may not be until September, but last weekend the ladies from Seattle Secret Shows presented a line-up of four of the featured bands in North Seattle that will grace the stage at this year’s festival in Naches, Washington. SSS is the offspring of the Seattle Living Room Shows, both of which are […]

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OK Go perform at Neumos to a sold out crowd. Photo by John Lill

OK Go sometimes stall at Neumos

By John Lill If there is a band still out there today who could save the music video format it would be Los Angeles-based Ok Go. Around since 1998, the quartet of unlikely looking rock stars are known for their visually stimulating, often humorous videos can be described as innovative spectacles of brain candy. The […]

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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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Andy Grammer at Neumos (Photo by Mocha Charlie)

Andy Grammer Melts Hearts and Faces at Neumos

By Mocha Charlie Music fans will go to many lengths to attend a show. Some will rearrange work schedules, some will drive long distances, and some will brave harsh weather conditions just to see a show. And, to no one’s surprise, Monday night’s Andy Grammer show at Neumos led fans will do all of the […]

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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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Ms. Lauryn Hill defines her own destiny at the Paramount

By Hanna Stevens Ms. Lauryn Hill commanded The Paramount Theatre July 8 with elegance, presenting the culmination of a varied life and career. She shared highlights of each phase of her artistry while blending the different styles throughout her set. Fans of exclusive records may have been jarred by the different song arrangements by Hill […]

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