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Rewind Record Review: ‘Swordfishtrombones’ by Tom Waits

Editor’s note: Truly great music has the power to affect listeners decades later, as demonstrated by SMI’s newest contributor, Harrison Mains. Although Harrison is young, he’s a powerhouse of talent – an accomplished musician, comic, and writer. Please join us in welcoming him as he puts all of those talents to use, showing the download […]

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Festival Recap: People With Instruments makes dynamic debut (Photo Slideshow)

By Alina Shanin The first ever People With Instruments (PWI) Music Festival started a tradition last weekend that will bring lots of joy to many for years to come. All of the hard work on behalf of performers, organizers, and technicians paid off Saturday, with about 14 hours of music in Cook’s Farm fields in Carnation. At […]

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Allen Stone shines bright on Easy Street (Photo Slideshow)

By Greg Roth Photos By Mocha Charlie We ain’t gonna deny it, we here at SMI love us some Allen Stone. We dig authentic soul music, thoughtful lyrics, a tight groove, and catchy numbers that hit below the waist, only to go straight up to the heart. This, plus the fact that he’s one of the nicest cats […]

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Kristen Ward drops new single from forthcoming LP (Free Download)

By Greg Roth Kristen Ward has been doing her thing around the great Northwest for a few years now, both on her own and sharing the stage with musical heavyweights. Thanks to donations from her fans via Kickstarter.com, Ward raised over $15,000.00 to record her forthcoming album, Last Night On Division. Her newest effort will drop on Tuesday, […]

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Summer Meltdown 2012: A look back (Photo Slideshow)

by Greg Roth photos by Martin Darbyshir If you love great music under the warm embrace of the summer sun, you couldn’t have picked a better weekend for a concert than last weekend. On Orcas Island, you had the popular Doe Bay Fest. As always, the festival attracted stellar acts and provided magical music moments. On […]

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Rewind Record Review: ‘A Night At The Opera’ by Queen

Editor’s note: Truly great music has the power to affect listeners decades later, as demonstrated by SMI’s newest contributor, Harrison Mains. Although Harrison is young, he’s a powerhouse of talent – an accomplished musician, comic, and writer. Please join us in welcoming him as he puts all of those talents to use, showing the download generation that […]

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Live Review: Jack White easy to hear but hard to see at WaMu

By Alicia Kamenick Jack White @ WaMu Theater (8/14/12) Let’s just put it out there right away: the WaMu Theater is a terrible venue for concerts. It’s a warehouse built for boat shows and other giant events that fit into a cavernous space.  And when you go to a concert there, that’s exactly how it feels […]

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People With Instruments Music Festival kicks off this weekend

By Alina Shanin After months of planning, networking and time-consuming organization, the People With Instruments first annual music festival is ready to start the two-day party this Friday, August 17. Co-founders Morgan Henley, John Radovich and Greg Marx are no strangers to the music scene, and have collaborated on this project to feature local musicians […]

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Roger and Me… a conversation with an authentic rock legend

By Greg Roth My conversation with Roger Daltrey took place two years ago at a pre-show party for a local charity concert that featured several rock luminaries.The Who is slated to perform at the Olympic closing ceremony this Sunday (8/12.) To honor the occasion, please enjoy one of the first pieces that appeared on SMI […]

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New Music Review: Gaytheist – ‘Stealth Beats’

By Timmy Held Tim Hoff (bass), Jason Rivera (guitar/vocals) and Nick Parks (drums), AKA GAYTHEIST, have been contributing innovative music to the Portland musical landscape for the past 15 years. Originally named POWER BOTTOM (that name turned out to be taken, so they settled on their arguably ameliorated moniker) are the latest addition to the […]

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Live Review: Franz Ferdinand gets Showbox jumping

By Alicia Kamenick Franz Ferdinand @ Showbox at the Market (8/9/12) Franz Ferdinand wasted no time in getting the crowd jumping at Showbox at the Market Thursday night. They launched right into The Dark Of the Matinee off their self-titled debut, and from there the band and the crowd barely slowed down. The Scottish band has been […]

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Live Review: Sigur Ros Mesmerizes The Paramount

By Alicia Kamenick Sigur Ros @ The Paramount (8/8/12) There’s a long list of adjectives that easily define Sigur Ros’ music: Ethereal. Orchestral. Majestic. Eerie. Otherwordly. Mesmerizing. Orgasmic. And they can all be used to describe last night’s show at The Paramount. On a stage with eleven musicians (the core band members, plus three string […]

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