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Tony Bennett wows the crowd in Seattle

By John Lill Tony Bennett possesses one of the most distinctive voices in music. Fortunately for the adoring crowd at the Paramount Theatre on Thursday night, he sounds as vibrant as ever. At 88, he’s still the best crooner in the biz. With his immediately identifiable vocal richness, the legendary performer could have sung anything […]

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Hey Marseilles enchants at Edmonds Center for the Arts

By Christine Mitchell Photos by Arlene Brown Those present at Hey Marseilles’ performance at Edmonds Center for the Arts on Sunday evening were witness to something special. The combination of the ECA’s gorgeous Art Deco setting, impeccable acoustics, and Hey Marseilles’ indie chamber-pop sound produced a concert that was truly singular and transcendent. The band has […]

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Soniphone Records showcases fresh, raw talent

By Christine Mitchell It was a dark and stormy night last Thursday, but the Soniphone Spook-A-Thon was nothing as rote as the weather. If anything, the dark, wind, and rain enhanced the snug-as-a-bug feel of the Columbia City Theater’s warm, intimate space. It’s a gem of a venue and the perfect setting for up and […]

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The Kills at The Neptune (Photo by Victoria Holt)

The Kills Get Salty and Sweet at The Neptune

By Victoria Holt The Kills rocked The Neptune Monday night with their primal, unbridled energy. Alison Mosshart’s sweaty, almost dreaded hair went handsomely awry as she whipped around, belting out lyrics in sneering harmony. Jamie Hince orchestrated the sound of the band, shooting sparks from his effects-laden guitar. Seemingly chaotic, once the beat hit a groove, […]

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SMI Radio Ep. 106 On Demand: NWCZ Radio’s Darrell Fortune & Sarah Gerritsen

On the most recent episode of SMI Radio I catch up with NWCZ Radio founder, Darrell Fortune and host of his new show True Fidelity which can be heard every Thursday night from 6:00 – 8:00pm PST. In the second half of the show we treat you to a wonderful in-studio performance and conversation with a very […]

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Soniphone Spook-A-Thon

Soniphone Spook-A-Thon this Thursday

By Christine Mitchell Looking for an extra chance to sport your Halloween garb and celebrate this week? Come on down to the Columbia City Theater to the Soniphone Records Spook-A-Thon, a costume party and contest and record label celebration all in one. Johnny Hoffman and The Residents headline, and are supported by Shark The Herald, The Requisite, […]

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Yelle at Neumos (Photo by Victoria Holt)

A ‘Completely Crazy’ Night with Yelle at Neumos (Photos)

By Victoria Holt Neumos was bouncing off the walls Friday night to the sweet sounds of French synth-pop band Yelle. Fronted by talented and beautiful vocalist Julie Budet, the three-piece loaded the stage with lights and a massive central light up “Y.” Fans of all ages arrived early to pack the sold out house, and […]

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Phillip Phillips Closes Out CWU’s Homecoming Week (Photos)

By: Xander Deccio American Idol Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips performed to a sold out crowd at the SURC Ballroom at Central Washington University (CWU) in Ellensburg. Phillips was in town performing as a part of CWU’s annual homecoming. In the past, CWU would bring in a comedian to close out homecoming, but opted for […]

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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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Andrew McMahon at The Neptune (Photo by Mocha Charlie)

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness Blend Old & New at the Neptune

By Katrina Charles Photos by Mocha Charlie Last Wednesday night, the Neptune Theater was the place to be. Headliner Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness along with Hunter Hunted and Junior Prom created a high-energy night of incredible tunes. The dynamic duo, Junior Prom were the first to take the stage. Armed with a minimal setup of […]

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King Tuff at Neumos (Photo by Victoria Holt)

Live review: King Tuff at Neumos

By Ian Cunningham Photos by Victoria Holt King Tuff played Neumos on Wednesday night to a packed house full of mostly underage angst and sweat. Their current tour is in support of their newest album Black Moon Spell released just a few weeks ago. This was my third time seeing the Sub Pop band and […]

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Bradford Loomis & Beth Whitney help you celebrate The Banner Days

By Katrina Charles There’s something so magical about the chemistry that Bradford Loomis & Beth Whitney bring to their first joint effort The Banner Days. Typically solo artists, Loomis and Whitney have brought their own unique styles to this project that covers the spectrum of thoughtfully beautiful ballads such as “My Beloved” to joyfully upbeat tunes […]

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