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Album Review: U2 – Songs of Innocence

By Alicia Kamenick U2 is not a band that works fast. Since 2009 (the year their last album was released, the occasionally exciting, but baffling in its inconsistency, No Line On the Horizon), Bono has given sound bites about up to three new albums in the works. When 2014 rolled around, things finally seemed to […]

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Lykke Li at the Moore Sept 17 – Concert Preview

Swedish chanteuse Lykke Li got an unexpected boost of publicity this week when she appeared as a guest vocalist on U2’s surprise new album Songs of Innocence. Featured on the album’s closing (and best) track “The Troubles,” Li suddenly had a lot of curious people checking out her music. Those wanting to see what she’s […]

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Soundgarden & Pharrell Williams help kickoff 2014 NFL Season (Photos)

by John Lill One of the less obvious perks of winning the Super Bowl is the chance to host the following season’s NFL kickoff at home. The 12s were lucky enough to not only witness the World Champion Seattle Seahawks dominate the Green Bay Packers, but before the game they were treated to a kickoff […]

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Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails Destroy Auburn’s White River Ampitheater (Photos)

by Xander Deccio Photos by Mocha Charlie What happens when you combine two of the biggest Alternative Rock artists of The 90s, and have them tour together? Pandemonium! That’s the term to describe the sold out Soundgarden/Nine Inch Nails that took place last weekend at Auburn’s White River Ampitheater. Both bands broadened the 90s alternative […]

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Bumbershoot 2014: There is no substitute for The Replacements (Photos)

by Greg Roth Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson are rock n’ roll survivors of many musical train wrecks. They are the only original members left in the band but they are and always have been the soul of The Replacements, a post-punk, power-pop, blues based straight ahead rock outfit based out of Minneapolis. The band formed in 1979 and […]

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Bumbershoot 2014: Elvis is the king (Photos)

by Greg Roth He is Elvis “effin” Costello. In 1977, this genre-bending artist made his television debut on Saturday Night Live. After playing a few bars of “Less Than Zero,” Costello stopped his band “The Attractions,” and launched into an indictment of the radio and music industry via the song “Radio Radio.” Producer Lorne Michaels didn’t […]

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Who to see at Bumbershoot 2014!

by Arlene Brown Going to Bumbershoot this weekend?   So is Seattle Music Insider!  With 6 stages of live music  happening over the three day weekend, there is something for everyone to enjoy.  Kudos to the Bumbershoot organizers for putting this all together year after year.  Also note that there will not be any events located […]

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Cage The Elephant at the Showbox SoDo (Photo by Dan Rogers)

Cage The Elephant: raw power at the Showbox SoDo

by Christine Mitchell Photos by Dan Rogers Cage The Elephant performed to a sold out, packed-in crowd at the Showbox SoDo last Wednesday. True to form, it was a high energy set that involved crowd surfing from frontman Matt Shultz. It seems as though Cage The Elephant has been touring nonstop since the release of […]

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Love for locals at The High Dive (Photos)

by Hanna Stevens Seattle bands Dearly Departed, NighTraiN, and Radio Raheem played The High Dive Friday, August 13. The bill focused on great local music and strong performers rather than bands of similar genres, which was extremely refreshing. Dearly Departed shared their melodies and beats in top form. Noble Monyei (guitar) and Kira Shea (synth and keys) […]

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Buddy Guy and Peter Frampton bring guitar circus to Chateau Ste. Michelle (Photos)

by John Lill Some world-class guitar firepower was on display at Chateau St. Michelle Monday night as Buddy Guy and Peter Frampton put on a guitar clinic for the packed crowd. Both were excellent, but the performances couldn’t have been more different. A Buddy Guy performance is unique. Guy at age 78 is a consummate […]

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Look north: Everett’s star rises with Born of Ghosts’ album release party (Photos)

  by Christine Mitchell Photos by Arlene Brown Chip Butters is a big deal. After ten years as chief of production at Columbia City Theater, during which he installed a complete recording studio, and a good chunk of time at Robert Lang Studios as chief engineer, working with bands such as Soundgarden, The Posies, R.E.M., […]

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Murder City Devils celebrate The Showbox’s 75th with new album (Photos)

by Christine Mitchell Photos by Alex Crick Hardcore Murder City Devils fans filled The Showbox so full that apparently the only room for more was, well, on top of the crowd. They had reason to celebrate, though, as MCD have released a new album this month entitled The White Ghost Has Blood on its Hands […]

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