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Android Amaker at Neumos (Photo by Mocha Charlie)

Music Fit For Any Galaxy: Android Amaker, Fresh Espresso & The Fame Riot

By Mocha Charlie Photos by Mocha Charlie and Alex Crick On Friday night, newly formed Android Amaker debuted his current (evolving) project to fans at Neumos in Capitol Hill. Along for the cosmic ride, he added Seattle’s Fresh Espresso, and Tacoma’s The Fame Riot to the night’s line-up. The Fame Riot is an eclectic, funktastic, […]

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Drama Club at Showbox SODO (Photo by Mocha Charlie)

Drama Club Gets “The Black Mass Tour” Crowd Ready To Rock

By Mocha Charlie The anonymous DJ duo (because they wear masks to hide their true identity), Drama Club, opened up “The Black Mass Tour” show (which also features Black Veil Brides, Falling In Reverse, and Set It Off) on Friday night at Showbox SODO. Drama Club’s act is labeled “electro house/shock pop,” which is an apt […]

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Tonight Alive at El Corazon (Photo by Mocha Charlie)

Seattle’s Hands Waved High for Australian Rock Band, Tonight Alive!

By Mocha Charlie Tonight Alive is a band that performs with great energy and exuberance. Lead singer Jenna McDougall evokes an aura that surrounds her fans, one that is heartfelt and compelling.  She has a way of reflecting feeling from the stage to fans in the crowd, and they reflect it back, (most by singing […]

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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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