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Raul Midon brings his many talents to Jazz Alley

By Brent Stavig On September 9, Raul Midon came to Seattle to play two nights at Jazz Alley on a trajectory that included living in New Mexico, Florida, New York City, and now Maryland.  He’s a virtuoso guitarist and a soulful vocalist with a wide range, but with supplemental talents that includes playing bongos and […]

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Album Review: U2 – Songs of Innocence

By Alicia Kamenick U2 is not a band that works fast. Since 2009 (the year their last album was released, the occasionally exciting, but baffling in its inconsistency, No Line On the Horizon), Bono has given sound bites about up to three new albums in the works. When 2014 rolled around, things finally seemed to […]

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Another State of Mind: Eve’s Plum

By Xander Deccio (Editors Note: This is a new bi-monthly feature debuting here at SMI called Another State of Mind.) In 1991, in the boroughs of New York City, the Kotch twins were putting together a band that they thought would rock the masses to its core. Only one problem – they were missing a vocalist. […]

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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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