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SMI New Music Preview: Beck – Morning Phase

By Christine Mitchell From the opening strains of “Cycle,” Beck’s Morning Phase (Capitol) plays out as its titular title indicates. Beginning with the sounds the sun’s rays might make as they break over the horizon, the album captures those earliest moments of the day that come after a long night of darkness, both literal and […]

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Chinook Fest announces stellar 2014 lineup (Photo Slideshow)

By Katrina Charles Photos by Mocha Charlie On Friday, Chinook Fest held its first lineup announcement party at the Crocodile. Attended by a packed house of excited and curious concert-goers, the entire evening was a celebration in itself, and the lineup announcement was just the topping on the sundae. Filled with music from the Nick […]

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Big Head Todd gets bluesy at the Showbox (Photo Slideshow)

by Christine Mitchell Photos by Arlene Brown Big Head Todd and the Monsters at the Showbox Market was admittedly my first real blues rock show. And hooray for firsts! Everyone without their nose in the corner and over twenty has heard an Eric Clapton or Stevie Ray Vaughn song, or watched that Bruce Springsteen video […]

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Skinny Puppy Shocks Showbox SODO (Photo Slideshow)

Vancouver-based electronic/industrial group Skinny Puppy made their way to Seattle’s Showbox SoDo. Complete with crazy costumes, electronic sounds and shock value, Skinny Puppy didn’t disappoint the legions of fans in attendance. The band is currently on tour in support of their newest album entitled Weapon. Bill Bungard was there to capture all the madness and […]

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Neil Finn’s Murkey Depths at Neptune Theatre (Photo slideshow)

by Brent Stavig Photos by Arlene Brown There are several smells that I don’t necessarily want to be part of my concert experience. One is popcorn, another is calamari, and patchouli holds a consistently tertiary role. Unfortunately, all of these smells were present as I waited to hear Neil Finn take the stage at the […]

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The War On Drugs at The Neptune Theater (Photo Slideshow)

by Alicia Kamenick Photos by Hanna Stevens The War On Drugs‘ music can be deceiving. Their atmospheric keys and reverb sends waves of sound gently washing over you, but then you realize that riding over the swells is a solid rock groove. You might shift from gentle head-bobbing to a little toe tapping, and even […]

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London Grammar mesmerize at Neumos (Photo slideshow)

by John Lill There is something enjoyable about covering a show with two bands that are on the fast track to stardom. It’s like being part of a secret club that the rest of the world has yet to discover. Saturday night at Neumos was the place to be for such an event. Norwegian indie-pop […]

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Toadies, Supersuckers, and Battleme: a.k.a things tossed around at El Corazon

by Christine Mitchell Photos by Arlene Brown “Enthusiastic” would be the polite, yet lame way to describe the crowd at the Toadies/Supersuckers/Battleme show at El Corazon. “Flagrantly chaotic” would be a better fit, though. Or, perhaps “drink-tossingly, recycle bin-wieldingly insane.” Yeah, I like that best. No matter how you put it, this show was a […]

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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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Harps, James Redfern, and Eclectic Approach Put On One Solid Rock Show (Photo Slideshow)

by Katrina Charles  Photos by Mocha Charlie If ever you needed proof that the Seattle rock scene is alive and well, you would have found it at The Fenix in Seattle’s Pioneer Square last Friday night. The recently re-opened venue hosted one hell of a rock show, boasting local acts HARPS, James Redfern, and Eclectic […]

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Berlin takes everyone’s breath away at Snoqualmie Casino! (Photo Slideshow)

by Mocha Charlie For years, I’ve been checking bands off my must-see and must-shoot lists. Over the last few, I’ve even been able to see bands live that I grew up listening to, because believe it or not, many are still touring. One such band is Berlin and I never thought I’d ever get to […]

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ZZ Top bring La Futura to the Moore Theatre (Photo Slideshow)

by John Lill Canada has Rush, England has The Police, and America has ZZ Top. All three of these power trios are big on sound and display expert musicianship. The age-defying classic-rocker’s show at the Moore Theatre Sunday night was all substance and no frills Texas blues rock.  The stage was thankfully absent of farm […]

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