Featured News Posts

Recent Happenings around the Sound and Way beyond...

SMI Live Music Preview: Lissie at The Crocodile (12/5/13)

by Arlene Brown So, you’re not going to any shows this week?  What???  Are you crazy!?  This is one amazing music filled week here in Seattle. But of all the shows happening, I’m excited to see Lissie.  And she’s playing on Thursday (12/5) at The Crocodile.  Filter calls her “Sexy…with a voice that could shatter […]

Continue Reading →

Black Joe Lewis delivers a knockout at the Neptune (Photos)

by Christine Mitchell Photos by Arlene Brown If you ever get the feeling that rock-n-roll has run its course, is washed-up, over, done with, or dead, let me offer  three bands up to you as an affirmation to the contrary: Black Joe Lewis, Radkey, and Think No Think. Currently touring in support of Austin-based Black […]

Continue Reading →

SMI New Music Preview: The Hunger Games Catching Fire soundtrack

by Arlene Brown I have to admit, I’ve not read The Hunger Games books, yet.  I know.  I know.  What rock have I been under?    Well, I just couldn’t get into them.  Until some friends begged me to go see the second movie.  Well, I’m glad they did.  One of the first things that makes […]

Continue Reading →

SMI New Music Preview: Robbie Williams – Swings Both Ways

by Alicia Kamenick Alas, poor Robbie Williams. A big star everywhere but America.  And dang it, what a shame. Dude has some serious pop chops. A great voice, and a tongue firmly planted in his smirk.  He’s been putting out albums steadily since his almost-a-hit-in-the-US debut album The Ego Has Landed. (Remember “Millennium”?  “Angels”?  No??  […]

Continue Reading →

SMI New Music Preview: Glen Hansard – ‘Drive All Night’ EP

by Alicia Kamenick Glen Hansard has been covering Bruce Springsteen’s “Drive All Night” in live shows for a while, but it wasn’t until this past summer, when he joined Bruce onstage in Kilkenny, Ireland for a live version that it spurred him to put it on record. A portion of the proceeds from the 4-song […]

Continue Reading →

The Mama Rags Emerald City revival at Blue Moon (Photos)

by Billy Vallentine Photos by Arlene Brown Last week I was pointed in the direction of the University District’s Blue Moon Tavern for a show. A few locals boys known as The Mama Rags were set to play on Friday night. I had seen them play in Fremont before and I was impressed. They were […]

Continue Reading →

Shelby Earl and Planes on Paper Hauntingly Serenade The Seasons Performance Hall (PHOTOS)

  By Xander Deccio The Seasons Performance Hall has been on a roll this year with booking some awesome shows. With the likes of Band of Horses, Leon Russel, Vicci Martinez and next month with Ed Kowalczyk (of the 90s Alt-Rock band Live) and the infamous Blind Boys of Alabama playing a special Christmas show, […]

Continue Reading →

SMI New Music Preview: Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP 2

by Christine Mitchell I like Eminem. And it’s not because I love rap (it’s just okay), or because I’m a hair away from white trash (yup), or because he’s cute even though he says all sorts of nasty stuff about women (nice eyes). I like Eminem because I’m a music geek. And as I listened […]

Continue Reading →

SMI New Music Preview: Lady Gaga goes ‘ARTPOP’

By Christine Mitchell For what it is, Lady Gaga’s third album of new material, ARTPOP (Interscope Records), is good. Not awesome or groundbreaking, just good. And that’s just for what it is…music for partying. If I had drunk my face off and was dancing poorly all night long I would be okay with listening to […]

Continue Reading →

Blitzen Trapper: A bowshot to the heart at the Neptune Theater (PHOTOS)

by Christine Mitchell Photos by Arlene Brown “There is no sound in the world like the one of an arrow leaving the bow,” Eric Earley told us shortly before his band, Blitzen Trapper, was to take the stage at the Neptune Theater. You don’t have to be a seasoned musician such as Earley to have […]

Continue Reading →

Surfs Up! Switchfoot Makes a Huge Splash At Yakima’s Capitol Theatre (PHOTOS)

by Xander Deccio When you think of surf films, what comes to mind? Many say The Endless Summer films, or the cult classic that is Big Wednesday… Or if you want really want to add it, then you could include the Swayze / Reeves opus that is Point Break. Yes, I know that one doesn’t classify […]

Continue Reading →

SMI Radio Ep. 95 On Demand: Christian Zucconi of Grouplove and Robert DeLong

by Greg Roth On this week’s episode of SMI Radio, I catch up with Grouplove’s Christian Zucconi from the road. The band played two stellar shows in the Emerald City this past fall. You can see photos and a write up of the show by clicking the link below. SPENDING TWO NIGHTS TOGETHER WITH GROUPLOVE […]

Continue Reading →