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Cage The Elephant at the Showbox SoDo (Photo by Dan Rogers)

Cage The Elephant: raw power at the Showbox SoDo

by Christine Mitchell Photos by Dan Rogers Cage The Elephant performed to a sold out, packed-in crowd at the Showbox SoDo last Wednesday. True to form, it was a high energy set that involved crowd surfing from frontman Matt Shultz. It seems as though Cage The Elephant has been touring nonstop since the release of […]

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Love for locals at The High Dive (Photos)

by Hanna Stevens Seattle bands Dearly Departed, NighTraiN, and Radio Raheem played The High Dive Friday, August 13. The bill focused on great local music and strong performers rather than bands of similar genres, which was extremely refreshing. Dearly Departed shared their melodies and beats in top form. Noble Monyei (guitar) and Kira Shea (synth and keys) […]

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Buddy Guy and Peter Frampton bring guitar circus to Chateau Ste. Michelle (Photos)

by John Lill Some world-class guitar firepower was on display at Chateau St. Michelle Monday night as Buddy Guy and Peter Frampton put on a guitar clinic for the packed crowd. Both were excellent, but the performances couldn’t have been more different. A Buddy Guy performance is unique. Guy at age 78 is a consummate […]

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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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