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By Alicia Kamenick It’s probably safe to say that Justin Townes Earle is safe from being popped by the spirit of Hank Williams. The vision of ghostly vengeance came in a mid-show commentary about the current state of the country music scene. “If Hank Williams . . . were alive today, he’d walk down Music […]
By Christine Mitchell Photos by Arlene Brown Uncoordinated people could be of several minds while watching a movie like Defenders of Awesome 2: Stay Bad Ass. As some of the best snowboarders in the world perform insane (don’t try this at home, kids) tricks on the big screen in the same manner as old school skateboarding […]
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 […]
By John Lill There’s an old saying about great soul singers, or great singers in general, along the lines of, “I’d pay to see him sing the phone book.” I’ve been to far too many concerts. In fact, due to the number of shows I attend, a large number of them are barely remembered and […]
Justin Townes Earle carries some musical heft in his name. The son of Steve Earle, and the godson of Townes van Zandt – that’s a lot to live up to. Happily, Justin Townes Earle brings his own musical muscle to the table with his rootsy rock. With five excellent albums under his belt, he will […]
By Mocha Charlie Two of our staff are headed off to Portland for the Project Pabst Festival, which will feature Main Stage performances until the early evening on Saturday and Sunday, as well as “late night” performances at venues throughout the city. Tears for Fears will headline tomorrow and Modest Mouse will headline Sunday. To help […]
By Victoria Holt You may not have heard of Blake Mills, but his fellow musicians have. For years he’s been honing his craft, making connections, even catching the ear of Eric Clapton, who called him “phenomenal” earlier this year. From fun punk beginnings in the raucous Simon Dawes (whose amicable breakup in 2009 prompted Taylor […]
By Christine Mitchell El Corazon has been putting on all-ages shows for a while now, which is a good thing. Seattle has had a decades-long stuntedness when it comes to venues that cater to those under the drinking age. Tuesday night’s show was sort of a head-scratcher, however: very few (if any) underage patrons were on hand, […]
By Christine Mitchell Photos by Alex Crick Ann and Nancy Wilson are definitely national treasures. Their band, Heart, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just last year. But there is a mutual lovefest between Heart and Seattle, their hometown. The Wilson sisters owned Bad Animals Studio in Seattle in the ’90s , […]
By: Xander Deccio This past weekend, people from all over the Pacific Northwest came to witness the spectacle that is alternative metal band Linkin Park. LP brought their Carnivores tour to The Gorge Amphitheater in support of their sixth album, The Hunting Party. Joining them on the tour was fan favorite alternative rock band 30 Seconds to […]
By: Xander Deccio Every Labor Day weekend for the past ten years, the Gorge Amphitheater has hosted the Dave Matthews Band. This year, the band decided to make it a full-on festival with the The DMB Caravan. Now, this isn’t the first time the DMB Caravan has come to The Gorge, in 2011 the lineup […]
by Xander Deccio This year’s sold-out Watershed Music Festival boasted three huge headliners and an impressive support lineup that had “Shedders” flocking to The Gorge Amphitheater. SMI was there to cover the first day of the festival and was extremely impressed with not only the lineup, but the atmosphere in general. With acts like Cassadee […]