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Hozier performs to a sold out Showbox in Seattle. Photo by John Lill

Hozier Earns His Hype at The Showbox

By Alicia Kamenick Photos by John Lill It would be so easy, so tempting  . . . .dare this reviewer start off by saying that “Hozier took the Showbox to church on Tuesday night”? This reviewer will refrain. But aside from it being ready-made to be a groan-worthy pun, Andrew Hozier-Byrne’s music can be downright […]

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Battleme at The Cannery (Photo by Christine Mitchell)

The Grizzled Mighty, Battleme headline at The Cannery

  By Christine Mitchell The Everett Music Initiative did it again with an incredible lineup at The Cannery last Friday night. It was the first of two nights operating under the moniker The Feast, and night one rocked. Local band Crystal Desert may be fresh-faced, but they played expertly, with a sound that benefited from […]

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Jason Mraz at Benaroya Hall (Photo by Mocha Charlie)

Jason Mraz and Raining Jane Say YES! @ Benaroya

By Mocha Charlie Tuesday night, Jason Mraz wooed the crowd at the sold out Benaroya Hall in Seattle, bringing fans to their feet even before the show began. Mraz stepped on to the stage to thank everyone for coming and to introduce his opening band, Raining Jane. Not only would they perform songs alone on stage, […]

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Matisyahu at The Showbox (Photo by Arlene Brown)

Matisyahu: spiritualizing The Showbox

  By Christine Mitchell Photos by Arlene Brown Newsflash: Matisyahu may no longer dress the part, but his music retains a heavy dose of Jewish spiritualism. This may or may not surprise those who were surprised when Matisyahu shaved his head and distanced his beliefs from his Brooklyn Hassidic community (although he still lives there). […]

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Anberlin at The Showbox (Photo by Mocha Charlie)

ANBERLIN Makes One Final Tour Stop In Seattle

By Mocha Charlie Anberlin made an astonishing announcement in January: They would be releasing their 7th album this summer, and it would be their last (watch the video they shared with fans here). Making good on their promise to play in their favorite venues last week, they made one last stop in Seattle on their final tour. […]

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Phish perform at Key Arena. Photo by John Lill

Phish at Key Arena

By John Lill To many of their legion of fans, going to a Phish concert is about far more than the music the Vermont foursome deliver, though that’s nearly as unpredictable as ever after decades of being on and off the road. They broke up a few years ago and it didn’t take; they’ve been […]

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Tears For Fears at Project Pabst (Photo by Mocha Charlie)

Tears for Fears Headlines Day One, First Ever Project Pabst Music Festival in Portland

By Mocha Charlie Editor’s Note: As a decades-long fan of  Tears for Fears, SMI photog Mocha Charlie shares a first-person look at what it was like to revisit her favorite band at a recent live show in Portland.   It takes a village to get things done. It takes courage to take your first step. […]

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Matisyahu - Photo by Jared Polin

Matisyahu to perform at The Showbox this Thursday

By Christine Mitchell Matisyahu has been touring in support of his latest album, AKEDA, which in Hebrew means “binding” in terms of sacrifice. Matisyahu is no stranger to the toll taken by spiritual sacrifice, having spent much of his youth and adult life soul-searching and exploring what it means to be Jewish. For a long stretch […]

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American Authors at The Showbox (Photo by Mocha Charlie)

Echosmith, The Mowgli’s & American Authors “Honda Civic Tour” stops @ Seattle’s Showbox

By Mocha Charlie Since 2001, The Honda Civic Tour has been bringing together a variety of bands out on the road for late summer/early fall tour dates. This year’s second leg of the tour brought west coast bands Echosmith, and  The Mowgli’s, and New York-based American Authors out on the road during October and November. […]

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Twenty One Pilots drum on crowd

Twenty One Pilots at the Neptune: a visual feast

By Christine Mitchell Photos by Arlene Brown The line began at the doors of The Neptune Theatre and went on down the street for a full block before turning the corner and heading down the hill. For those uninitiated to twenty | one | pilots, the scads of teens in line with their parents and […]

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YACHT at Neumos (Photo by Victoria Holt)

YACHT and White Fang: Two Very Different Kinds of Crowd Interaction

By Victoria Holt “If you don’t want to be touched, physically and spiritually, you should move to the back,” singer Claire L. Evans of YACHT warned the crowd at Neumos Friday night. She and Jonah Bechtolt make up the band, and were joined onstage by touring musicians Bobby Birdman and Jeffrey Brodsky. The latter started […]

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The Dropkick Murphys from Bosoton perform at Showbox SODO. Photo by John Lill

Dropkick Murphys at Showbox SODO!

By John Lill One band that has played a pivotal role in reviving Celtic punk and hardcore punk music is the Dropkick Murphys. This American Celtic punk rock band knows the art of rocking the audience and has developed a unique music style all their own. The Showbox SODO was packed with anyone and everyone […]

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