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SMI Radio Xtra: Jazz Saxman Chris Potter (Audio Interview)

by Jonathan Sindelman Chris Potter is among the busiest of jazz musicians working today, though one might be hard-pressed to find any comparable subject when measuring an individual’s footprint against a seemingly inexhaustible capacity for both physical time and unbounded progress.  At 42 years old, Potter has managed to put out 19 albums as a […]

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SMI Artist Spotlight: Jack DeJohnette…celebrating 70 years as jazz’s moving target

by Jonathan Sindelman In celebration of his 70th birthday, legendary drummer Jack DeJohnette will return to Seattle for what could otherwise be slated as the “Lifetime Achievement Tour.” Dejohnette has been recipient of numerous Grammys, and more recently, the 2012 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master award.  A musical force that shines brightly to this day, over […]

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SMI Radio Ep. 83 On Demand: Ivan & Alyosha (Photos)

by Greg Roth Ivan & Alyosha is not a duo. They’re a four-man band who borrow their name from a pair of characters from Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov. The unconventional name is apropos, because they’re a band that defies genre categorization. They write songs of strife, strength, and redemption, that come wrapped in a beautiful package of tasty […]

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Marilyn Manson takes a cheap snot at Showbox Sodo (Photo Slideshow)

by Greg Roth photos by Mat Hayward Like a Manson show, this write-up and photo slideshow is not for the faint of heart or stomach, so consider yourself warned. Anyone who knows anything about Marilyn Manson  is well aware that his art is disturbing, provocative, and crosses taste barriers. (Ya think?) It’s part of his act […]

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Ben Folds Five at Showbox @ The Market: A look back in photos…

SMI Contributor Jason Tang shares his brilliant photos and highlights from the Ben Folds Five  show, which took place Monday, 2/4/13 Piano man and singer Ben Folds stepped into town and wowed a sold-out crowd with a stunning display of virtuosity and pizazz. The concert provided many great photo opportunities and fun highlights, such as Ben […]

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Sasquatch! 2013 sells out in record time (Photo Slideshow)

by Greg Roth photos by Mat Hayward Music fans hoping to attend Sasquatch! 2013 may be out of luck. Earlier today, promoters announced that the event sold out in record time, less than 90 minutes after going on sale. Earlier this week, the Northwest festival announced its 2013 lineup. The unveiling of the lineup came at Sasquatch’s […]

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SMI Artist Spotlight: Tumbleweed Wanderers roll into Nectar Lounge (Audio Interview and Photos)

by Greg Roth photos and audio interview by Dan Rogers This Oakland quartet was born four decades late, but it’s never too late for well-crafted music produced with low-tech analog gear. In a parallel universe, in a house nestled behind the trees in Laurel Canyon, California… Crosby, Stills & Nash, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, The Mamas […]

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SMI Radio Ep. 82 On Demand: Campfire Ok & Kristen Ward (Photos)

by Greg Roth This week’s episode of SMI Radio features two brilliant artists, who each have very powerful and organic sounds, coupled with very strong production and songwriting: Campfire Ok and Kristen Ward. In the first half of the show, members of Campfire Ok, Michael Mychal Cohen, Brandon Milner, and the band’s newest member, Zarni De Wet (who was […]

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Ellie Goulding captivates Showbox Sodo (Photo Slideshow)

by Mocha Charlie Many international vocalists lose their accent when they sing. Perhaps that’s why I find Ellie Goulding’s voice so alluring, captivating, and enchanting – because she doesn’t lose her accent in song. I have to say, she sounds exactly like she does on her albums (Lights, released in 2010, and her latest, Halcyon, released 2012) if not better. […]

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Live Review: Kristen Ward and band bring big sound to Triple Door (Photo Slideshow)

by Greg Roth The last time Kristen Ward was in town was back in October, to celebrate the release of her most recent record, Last Night On Division. That night, the band put on a gritty and uplifting performance in front of a packed house at the Tractor  in Ballard. Ward and her band, featuring longtime […]

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Opinion: 2013 Grammy Nominees, What the….

by Harrison Mains SMI contributor Harrison Mains shares his angst about this year’s nominees. He does not express the overall views of SMI (but perhaps some of them…) Oh Lord have mercy. Well, another year has come and gone, and that means it’s time for awards to be given out. (We are, by nature, a […]

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Sasquatch! 2013 lineup announced in Seattle (Photo Slideshow)

by Greg Roth photos by Mat Hayward / Courtesy of 107.7 The end It looks like we’re in for another phenomenal event at Sasquatch! 2013 at the Gorge Amphitheatre.  The Northwest festival has announced its 2013 lineup. The unveiling of the lineup came at Sasquatch’s launch party, which took place Monday night, February 4th, at Seattle’s Neptune Theater. The party featured […]

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