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The Dropkick Murphys from Bosoton perform at Showbox SODO. Photo by John Lill

Dropkick Murphys at Showbox SODO!

By John Lill One band that has played a pivotal role in reviving Celtic punk and hardcore punk music is the Dropkick Murphys. This American Celtic punk rock band knows the art of rocking the audience and has developed a unique music style all their own. The Showbox SODO was packed with anyone and everyone […]

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SMI Radio Ep. 105 On Demand: Hobosexual and Olivia De La Cruz (in studio performance)

by Greg Roth In the first half of this week’s episode of SMI Radio, I catch with Ben Harwood and Jeff Silva, who form the powerful, high-octane rock duet, Hobosexual. The boys talk about they got together, their approach unique approach to how they make up their sound, the origins of the band’s name and some interesting […]

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Kasabian perform before a packed house at The Showbox in Seattle. Wa.

Kasabian: energy at The Showbox Market

By Christine Mitchell Photos by Alex Crick SMI photographer Alex Crick was on hand to capture the buoyant energy of English band Kasabian last Saturday at The Showbox Market, who are touring in support of their latest album, 48:13 (which is the running time of the LP).  Lead singer Tom Meighan danced around the stage, […]

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Lily Allen performs at the Paramount Theatre. Photo by John Lill

Lily Allen – Sparkly Swagger at The Paramount (Photos)

By Alicia Kamenick Lily Allen doesn’t have much of an internal filter. At a show, she’ll mention the scatological issues she had while at her last Seattle appearance, or maybe throw in some information about her post-natal sexual relations with her husband. It should come as no shock that she’s also fairly potty-mouthed. But thankfully, […]

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Justin Townes Earle Tells Stories at The Neptune

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 […]

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My Goodness headlines snowboarding movie premiere

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 […]

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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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Sam Smith is Soulful at a Sold Out Paramount Theatre (Photo Slideshow)

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 […]

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Concert Preview: Justin Townes Earle at the Neptune

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 […]

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Project Pabst Music Festival Invades Portland This Weekend!

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 […]

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Blake Mills’ Expert Guitar Work at the Columbia City Theater

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 […]

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The Last Internationale at El Corazon Lounge (Photo by Christine Mitchell)

The Last Internationale at El Corazon

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, […]

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