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St. Vincent mesmerizes The Moore (Photo Slideshow)

by Hanna Stevens St. Vincent gave Seattle a superbly beautiful sonic seizure at The Moore Theatre last Wednesday. Touring behind her February 2014 self-titled release, St. Vincent has refined and defined herself as a guitarist, singer performer, and ultimately, artist, with a show that is constantly self-referential between performance, visuals, sound, and lyrical content. Annie […]

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SMI New Music Preview: Lea Michele’s ‘Louder’

by Katrina Charles When Glee began airing on Fox in 2009, everyone was stunned by the powerful vocals of fairly unknown actress Lea Michele. With a knack for melding theatrics and popular music, she was a key element in the show’s success and the main reason their version of “Don’t Stop Believing” was on repeat […]

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SMI NEW MUSIC PREVIEW: BROKEN BELLS ‘AFTER THE DISCO’

by Jessica Kaminski 4 years after their debut album, power-duo Broken Bells have released a sophomore album that delivers beautifully produced electro-pop songs. The album’s title ‘After the Disco‘ alludes to the post-party crash that follows an epic night of celebration. But the title also foreshadows the seeming influences of the post-disco era. At first blush, the […]

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Panic! at the Disco kicked off tour in Seattle (Photo Slideshow)

They are Influenced by the likes of 60′s rock icons such as The Beatles, The Zombies and The Beach Boys, those influences are reflected on the catchy 2008 hit single, “Nine in the Afternoon.” Panic! At The Disco is back with a brand new record entitled, Too Rare to Live, Too Young to Die. Last month the band kicked off their […]

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SMI New Music Preview: Young The Giant ‘Mind Over Matter’

by Jessica Kaminski When a label touts an album as “highly anticipated” I am always a little skeptical, as was the case with Young The Giant’s sophomore album Mind Over Matter. “Highly anticipated” is almost as disingenuous as “hardest working band in *fill in the genre*. Regardless of their label’s claims of anticipation, Young The […]

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SMI New Music Preview: Dum Dum Girls ‘Too True’

by Christine Mitchell I’m not sure whether it’s serendipitous or not, but I’ve been pawing through Martin Aston’s comprehensive label history ‘Facing The Other Way: The story of 4AD’ . . . and then the Dum Dum Girls’ third album, ‘Too True’ (Sub Pop) materializes and begs me for attention. I can’t help but look at the cover […]

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Southern Culture On The Skids: Carolina fried and delicious (Photo Slideshow)

by Christine Mitchell Photos by Arlene Brown Most people that I know cradle some special music close to their heart because it feeds their soul. But I’m pretty sure that Southern Culture on the Skids’ music feeds the very human sense of fun in a way that is equally important. Thursday night’s show at The […]

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Seattle represented once again at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

“The Wonder Twins” Arlene Brown and Christine Mitchell  discuss this year’s class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.  Rock and Roll Hall of Hame Class of 2014: Kiss, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Nirvana, Daryl Hall and John Oates,Cat Stevens, The E Street Band (Award for Musical Excellence) Christine Mitchell: Hey Arlene, the 2014 inductees to the Rock and […]

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SMI Live Music Preview: Lissie at The Crocodile (12/5/13)

by Arlene Brown So, you’re not going to any shows this week?  What???  Are you crazy!?  This is one amazing music filled week here in Seattle. But of all the shows happening, I’m excited to see Lissie.  And she’s playing on Thursday (12/5) at The Crocodile.  Filter calls her “Sexy…with a voice that could shatter […]

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SMI New Music Preview: The Hunger Games Catching Fire soundtrack

by Arlene Brown I have to admit, I’ve not read The Hunger Games books, yet.  I know.  I know.  What rock have I been under?    Well, I just couldn’t get into them.  Until some friends begged me to go see the second movie.  Well, I’m glad they did.  One of the first things that makes […]

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SMI New Music Preview: Robbie Williams – Swings Both Ways

by Alicia Kamenick Alas, poor Robbie Williams. A big star everywhere but America.  And dang it, what a shame. Dude has some serious pop chops. A great voice, and a tongue firmly planted in his smirk.  He’s been putting out albums steadily since his almost-a-hit-in-the-US debut album The Ego Has Landed. (Remember “Millennium”?  “Angels”?  No??  […]

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SMI New Music Preview: Glen Hansard – ‘Drive All Night’ EP

by Alicia Kamenick Glen Hansard has been covering Bruce Springsteen’s “Drive All Night” in live shows for a while, but it wasn’t until this past summer, when he joined Bruce onstage in Kilkenny, Ireland for a live version that it spurred him to put it on record. A portion of the proceeds from the 4-song […]

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