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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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Seattle Living Room Show: Blake Noble, Impossible Bird & Luc and the Lovingtons (Photo Slide Show)

Seattle Living Room Show (8/3/12) Words and Photos By Greg Roth Last Friday on a hot summer evening, deep in the heart of the SoDo district, Seattle Living Room Shows and Melodic Caring Project tag-teamed to bring Northwest music fans a stacked bill featuring Blake Noble, Impossible Bird and Luc and the Lovingtons. All three acts […]

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Live Review: Ravi Coltrane blazes musical trail through Jazz Alley (Photo Slideshow)

By Jonathan Sindelman All Photos By Bill Bungard Ravi Coltrane @ Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley on 8/1/2012 Most well-known popular artists of today find it difficult to avoid having their names engraved into mainstream consciousness, and often at the expense of addressing their public behind a product that delivers only a fraction of what took place at […]

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Seattle Living Room Show: The Good Hurt & Levi Weaver (Photo Slideshow)

Seattle Living Room Show (7/19/12) Words and Photos By Greg Roth On a beautiful mid-summer night, The Seattle Living Room Shows gang journeyed down to a beautiful SoDo art gallery for a Thursday night show featuring The Good Hurt and Nashville singer/songwriter Levi Weaver. A capacity crowd was treated to an eclectic blend of Americana acoustic rock. The […]

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Capitol Hill Block Party 2012: A look back (Photo Slideshows)

By Greg Roth Photo Slideshows by Greg Roth and Mocha Charlie. One of the most enticing urban music street festivals in the land, the Capitol Hill Block Party, is now in the rear view mirror. The once little festival that used to mainly attract the hyper-locals has grown up and matured a little… well, perhaps […]

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Q&A: Jazzman Ravi Coltrane still moved by the spirit

By Jonathan Sindelman At 47, Ravi Coltrane now carries within him a musical legacy that encompasses a special combination of history, family, and a uniquely powerful voice cultivated entirely on his own.  A testament to the time and patience required for any musician to unlock and access the inner secrets from a great tradition of […]

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Rewind Record Review: ‘Harvest’ By Neil Young

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: Fiona Apple shines at The Paramount

By Alicia Kamenick Fiona Apple @ The Paramount  – July 25, 2012 Seeing as how Fiona Apple has only released 4 albums over the past sixteen years, it’s not surprising that her fans get awfully excited when they get a chance to see her in person. Unfortunately, their unbridled enthusiasm got in the way of […]

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