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My Goodness headlines snowboarding movie premiere

By Christine Mitchell Photos by Arlene Brown Uncoordinated people could be of several minds while watching a movie like Defenders of Awesome 2: Stay Bad Ass. As some of the best snowboarders in the world perform insane (don’t try this at home, kids) tricks on the big screen in the same manner as old school skateboarding […]

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SMI Radio Ep. 104 On Demand: (Doctor Fink & Susan Galbraith)

by Greg Roth SMI Radio is back for the new Fall Season and we are kicking it off right with two brilliant artists. It is hard to believe that it was 30 summers ago that the iconic movie and record Purple Rain was released. Both were blockbuster successes and both still stand up as a wonderful musical snapshot […]

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Sam Smith is Soulful at a Sold Out Paramount Theatre (Photo Slideshow)

By John Lill There’s an old saying about great soul singers, or great singers in general, along the lines of, “I’d pay to see him sing the phone book.” I’ve been to far too many concerts. In fact, due to the number of shows I attend, a large number of them are barely remembered and […]

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Blake Mills’ Expert Guitar Work at the Columbia City Theater

By Victoria Holt You may not have heard of Blake Mills, but his fellow musicians have. For years he’s been honing his craft, making connections, even catching the ear of Eric Clapton, who called him “phenomenal” earlier this year. From fun punk beginnings in the raucous Simon Dawes (whose amicable breakup in 2009 prompted Taylor […]

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The Last Internationale at El Corazon Lounge (Photo by Christine Mitchell)

The Last Internationale at El Corazon

By Christine Mitchell El Corazon has been putting on all-ages shows for a while now, which is a good thing. Seattle has had a decades-long stuntedness when it comes to venues that cater to those under the drinking age. Tuesday night’s show was sort of a head-scratcher, however: very few (if any) underage patrons were on hand, […]

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Heart at The Showbox: as amazing as ever

  By Christine Mitchell Photos by Alex Crick Ann and Nancy Wilson are definitely national treasures. Their band, Heart, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just last year. But there is a mutual lovefest between Heart and Seattle, their hometown. The Wilson sisters owned Bad Animals Studio in Seattle in the ’90s , […]

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Linkin Park, AFI and 30STM Obliterate The Gorge (PHOTOS)

By: Xander Deccio This past weekend, people from all over the Pacific Northwest came to witness the spectacle that is alternative metal band Linkin Park. LP brought their Carnivores tour to The Gorge Amphitheater in support of their sixth album, The Hunting Party. Joining them on the tour was fan favorite alternative rock band 30 Seconds to […]

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Dave Matthews Band Caravan Rolls Its Way Into The Gorge. (PHOTOS)

By: Xander Deccio Every Labor Day weekend for the past ten years, the Gorge Amphitheater has hosted the Dave Matthews Band. This year, the band decided to make it a full-on festival with the The DMB Caravan. Now, this isn’t the first time the DMB Caravan has come to The Gorge, in 2011 the lineup […]

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A Look Back At Watershed 2014 (PHOTOS)

by Xander Deccio This year’s sold-out Watershed Music Festival boasted three huge headliners and an impressive support lineup that had “Shedders” flocking to The Gorge Amphitheater. SMI was there to cover the first day of the festival and was extremely impressed with not only the lineup, but the atmosphere in general. With acts like Cassadee […]

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Chicago and REO Speedwagon at The Washington State Fair (Photo by Bill Bungard)

Chicago and REO Speedwagon join forces at The Washington State Fair

By Christine Mitchell Photos by Bill Bungard SMI photographer Bill Bungard was as excited as anyone else packing into the Grandstand area at The Washington State Fair to see Chicago and REO Speedwagon perform. Both bands have back catalogues spanning several decades, and for many attendees the performance was a fantastic trip down memory lane. […]

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La Roux Makes The Showbox Dance (Photos)

By Alicia Kamenick Photos By Alex Crick British singer La Roux (nee Elly Jackson) strolled into Seattle Friday night and turned The Showbox into a sweaty, ecstatic mess of ’80s-throwback electro-pop. Cutting a striking figure of glam, androgynous cool, Jackson led her band through a set that had the crowd dancing the entire time. Touring her […]

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Lykke Li Brings Her Dramatic Indie-Pop To The Moore (Photos)

By Alicia Kamenick Photos by John Lill The stage at The Moore on Wednesday night could have been set for a Halloween show. Footlights, fog, eerie music and black, diaphanous fabrics hung from the rafters as Swedish songstress Lykke Li’s black-clad form danced amongst them. The show’s goth paradise scenario, which kicked off the US […]

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