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King Dude and Chelsea Wolfe live at The Triple Door (Photo Slideshow)

by Mat Hayward with Jennifer Austin King Dude and Chelsea Wolf @The Triple Door on 1/16/13 King Dude put on a solid, though somber, performance at The Triple Door. The bleak scene was set with a tattered, almost black American flag framed by two candles.  Moody, dark lighting added to the gloom. Although T.J. Cowgill showed real […]

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SMI Radio Ep. 80 On Demand: Mary Lambert & The Local Strangers

by Greg Roth Those familiar with Mary Lambert already know that she’s an artist who bares every aspect of her soul through her art, be it music or spoken word. But if Mary Lambert is new to you, you might not have known that her moving performance on the single, Same Love, from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ The Heist, played a huge […]

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Live Review: Ben Union record release show at the Crocodile (Photo Slideshow)

by Greg Roth Photos by Mocha Charlie Ben Union record release w/ The Fame Riot and Aaron Daniel @ The Crocodile on 1/12/13 After several months of hard work in the studio, Ben Union’s most recent record, This Blessed Union Volume II, is finally seeing the light of day. Prior to last week’s release, fans were […]

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Lady Gaga greets fans in Tacoma (Photo Slideshow)

by Jennifer Austin photos by Bill Bungard When Lady Gaga does something, she leaves a mark. Last night, she gave her fans the same opportunity when the Born This Way Ball stopped at the Tacoma Dome. Ahead of the show, Gaga held an event for her “Little Monsters” called “The Experience” – in which the “Born Brave Bus,” […]

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SMI Artist Spotlight: Tacoma’s Nolan Garrett hits LA (Photo Slideshow)

by Greg Roth with Jennifer Austin photos and contribution from Bill Bungard SMI contributor Bill Bungard recently traveled to LA to hang out with Tacoma artist Nolan Garrett… The sweetest things in life come from putting yourself out there, recognizing unexpected opportunities, and being brave enough to reach for them – a lesson learned early by Tacoma’s Nolan Garrett. […]

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SMI Radio Ep. 79 On Demand: Ben Union and The Fame Riot (Photo Slideshow)

by Greg Roth The holidays are over, a new year is upon us, and SMI Radio is back with a brand spankin’ new episode. We’re ushering in 2013 with new music and interviews with two brilliant Northwest artists. For seven long months, Ben Union has been writing tunes and slaving away in the recording studio […]

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Seattle Living Room Shows & Melodic Caring Project kick off 2013 (Photo Slideshow)

by Greg Roth   photos by Mocha Charlie Seattle Living Room Shows & Melodic Caring Project: Mary Lambert, Star Anna, Ivan & Alyosha, and Campfire Ok  on Saturday, January 5 @ secret location Last year, Seattle Living Room Shows, in conjunction with Melodic Caring Project, delivered wonderful concerts to a live audience. Those shows were also streamed live to […]

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SMI musical highlights of 2012

  by Greg Roth, with additional contributions from Alicia Kamenick, Timmy Held, and Henry Jake CNN called 2012 the year of “Meh.” We beg to differ. 2012 was a great year for music in Seattle. Several Northwest artists, such as Allen Stone, Macklemore, Eclectic Approach, and Father John Misty (to name a few) made appearances on the national television talk show […]

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SMI 2012 Highlight: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has Heart after all (Video and Audio Interviews)

By Greg Roth In the next few days SMI will be sharing some of our favorite highlights from 2012… For the past few years here at SMI, we’ve covered founding members of the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, Heart. The four original male members of the group included guitarist Roger Fisher; keyboardist / […]

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SMI New Music Preview: ‘Rotting on the Vine’ by The Purrs

 by Timmy Held In September of this year, Seattle psych-pop-shoe gazers, The Purrs signed with Fin Records, a growing NW label that’s home to The Walkabouts and many more. In anticipation of their up-coming full-length album, The Boy With the Astronaut Eyes, a 7” featuring two new tunes from The Purrs, was released on December 4th titled Rotting […]

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Live Review: Lamb of God wraps up tour at Showbox Sodo (Photo Slideshow)

by Alina Shanin The massive crowd size and a “Sold Out” sign explained the long search for a parking spot near the Showbox SODO last Sunday night. With Lamb of God headlining the stage and In Flames, HELLYEAH, and Sylosis warming it up, every metalhead in Seattle that could get in was there. Sylosis kicked off the early show with HELLYEAH following shortly […]

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SMI Radio Ep. 78 On Demand: Holiday special and interview with Tess Henley

by Greg Roth The Pacific Northwest weaves a rich tapestry of eclectic music and art that covers our region like a favorite blanket. We embrace artists from a variety of eras and genres, and we’re better for it. All year long, we at SMI do our best to feature the best of the Northwest. This includes established […]

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