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Shinobi Ninja “Escape From New York” for Nationwide Tour! (Photo Slideshow)

By Arlene Brown Here at SMI we frequently receive requests via Twitter from bands who would like us cover their shows.  We make every effort to do so, and I recently found myself thoroughly ecstatic when I caught the Shinobi Ninja show at El Corazon. The band has never played in Seattle before, but these cats are […]

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MØ at The Crocodile 5/30/14 (Photo by Hanna Stevens)

MØ talks youth and embracing imperfection (Photo Slideshow)

By Hanna Stevens Karen Marie Ørsted wanted to be a musician since she received the debut album from the Spice Girls when she turned 8. Now, at 25, the Danish artist fronts electro-pop project MØ and challenges modern media rules of age and beauty with a record, tour, and fiery live show channeling the passion, […]

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Planes On Paper to play Jewelbox Theater June 5th: show preview and interview

By Christine Mitchell In this world of music that for the most part is processed through a meat grinder and dusted liberally with nitrates, it has been an absolute pleasure to make acquaintance with Planes On Paper. Since reviewing their East End Session EP last December I’ve had several friendly chats over the ether with […]

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Kyle Gass Band Rocks The Crocodile (Photo Slideshow)

By John Lill Picture if you will a middle-aged man wearing a black polo shirt, cutoff sweatpants and mid-top tennis shoes with white tube socks pulled up to mid-shin. I’m pretty certain this is just what Kyle Gass wears all the time. Not that the Tenacious D/actor/comedian really needs to dress to impress. You’ve got […]

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Flight to Mars 2014: still crazy after all these years

By Christine Mitchell Photos by Arlene Brown Mike McCready’s UFO cover band Flight to Mars has been playing a benefit show for Crohn’s disease and Colitis research (specifically CCFA Camp Oasis and the Jennifer Jaff Center) for twelve years, now. And while the cause is a great one, I have to admit that I was rather skeptical: […]

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Sean Lennon’s The GOASTT at the Crocodile May 22nd

By Brent Stavig Sean Lennon returns to Seattle with his band GOASTT (The Ghost of A Saber Tooth Tiger) Thursday May 22 at The Crocodile. This five-piece outfit is comprised of two guitars, drums and keys, and Sean’s girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl (who also sidelines as a model) on bass and the occasional lead vocal. […]

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Coldplay Tones It Down … For Better Or Worse

By Alicia Kameick You either hate Coldplay and heap scorn upon them, or you like them and feel the need to peevishly defend them and/or your musical taste in the face of the former. Well, I’m in the latter group. I really like Coldplay. (So there! Nyah!) But man, I wish I liked their new […]

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Rodrigo y Gabriela Enchant The Paramount (Photo Slideshow)

By Bill Bungard Rodrigo y Gabriela finished their ten-city U.S. 9 DEAD ALIVE Tour on May 11 at the Paramount Theater to a packed house of energetic adoring fans.  This instrumental duo specializes in playing fast, rhythmic acoustic guitars. Both artists have a heavy-metal background and were in a band called Tierra Acida (Acid Land) […]

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Nikki Lane and Old 97s bring the twang to the Showbox (Photo Slideshow)

By John Lill Monday could have easily been mistaken for a Friday as the faithful packed into the Showbox to welcome Nashville’s self-proclaimed first lady of outlaw country, Nikki Lane, and alternative country pioneers, the Old 97s. On tour promoting her recently released All or Nothin’ produced by Dan Aurebach of the Black Keys, Lane […]

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Melodic Caring Project Welcomes Switchfoot, The Royal Concept! (Photo Slideshow)

Photos by Dan Rogers and Mocha Charlie The crowd showed up in force, and showed up early. The sold out Showbox was packed for openers The Royal Concept, and they did not disappoint. They really got the crowd hopping! Then Switchfoot took the stage, and it was like a spiritual sing-along. Melodic Caring Project streamed the […]

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Lights Out at The Paramount! (Photo Slideshow)

By Mocha Charlie Currently on the “Lights Out Tour,” (namesake of her current EP release), Ingrid Michaelson shined on stage at The Paramount last week, with the support of her band mates, and the two bands she brought out on this leg of the tour. First to take the stage was Connecticut band, The Alternate Routes. […]

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Ayron Jones and the Way Rock and Awe the Tractor Tavern (Photo Slideshow)

Photos by Alex Crick It’s no surprise that every time Ayron Jones and the Way hits the stage, magic happens.  *And even marriage proposals.*  No matter who joins them, or what transpires during the night, you are left never forgetting a single moment, and wanting more.  Tonight was no exception.  Fresh Espresso, and the Duke […]

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