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SMI Spotlight: Jason Tang’s backstage photo journey with Allen Stone (Photos)

by Greg Roth Photos by Jason Tang We have some of the best music photographers anywhere, doing their thing right here in the Northwest. One of those folks is SMI Partner and Chief Photographer, Jason Tang. Jason is one of the most respected and revered music photographers throughout the region. His photos have been seen on artists’ websites, posters and […]

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Kristen Chambers (Photo by Matthew Lamb)

The Hot Seat: An interview with Kristin Chambers

By Matthew Lamb Welcome to this week’s Hot Seat! We start this series off with a sit down with Kristin Chambers for an interview about her music and the Seattle music scene. When asked about performing live, Chambers describes the recent release of her powerful album  Everything Woman (produced by Eric Eagle) as “important and instrumental […]

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Mushroomhead And Metal Soars At El Corazon (Photo Slideshow)

By: Mocha Charlie Fans of “metal” shows expect a certain amount of head banging, moshing and flashing of the “sign of the horns” during a concert. Monday night’s scene at El Corazon didn’t disappoint. From the first note of the first song by the first of five bands, that energy never stopped. The line-up included […]

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Joshua Radin, Andrew Belle & Cary Brothers at The Neptune Theatre (Photo by Mocha Charlie)

Cary Brothers Is “Lovin’ On You” and Having The Best Time Of His Life

By Mocha Charlie If you’ve ever wondered if Seattle’s near 1,000-seat Neptune Theatre could transform into a “listening room” where you could hear a pin drop during a sold out musical performance, you’d have your answer if you happened to be one of the lucky fans who were there last Sunday to hear the stunning […]

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Ben Gibbard at Neptune Theatre (Photo by Arlene Brown)

Ben Gibbard and Eric Anderson enchant The Neptune Theatre (Photo Slideshow)

By Arlene Brown Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie and Postal Service) and Eric Anderson (Cataldo and Ruler) enchanted the crowd at the Neptune Theatre on Saturday, November 15 – with all ticket sales going to Seattle ArtsFund.  Both crooners lead their own bands in effortless fashion.  Both are snazzy dressers.  Both are very easy […]

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Slim Cessna's Auto Club at The Shakedown (Photo by Christine Mitchell)

Artist Spotlight: Slim Cessna’s Auto Club of Denver, CO

By Christine Mitchell Photos by Arlene Brown and Christine Mitchell Slim Cessna’s Auto Club of Denver, Colorado has been headlining shows in Seattle for over ten years. The Tractor Tavern is where it began and where SCAC returned earlier this month. And, after a decade and change of playing in the PNW, it appears that […]

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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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Raul Midon

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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