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A blog for Seattle music lovers of all stripes, from hip-hop and indie rock to jazz and world music.

August 28, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Soundgarden and NIN: a hard-rock power tour 20 years in the making | Concert preview

The Soundgarden tour is getting a boost with the rerelease of the 1994 “Superunknown,” the band’s most successful album — and a top album of the grunge era. The doubleheader also features Nine Inch Nails. (The Seattle Times, 2012)

The Soundgarden tour is getting a boost with the rerelease of the 1994 “Superunknown,” the band’s most successful album — and a top album of the grunge era. The doubleheader also features Nine Inch Nails. (The Seattle Times, 2012)

More than 20 years ago, Soundgarden was booked to do its first tour with Nine Inch Nails (NIN).

But the doubleheader featuring two of the most powerful hard-rock bands of the ‘90s never happened.

“We were originally going to tour with Nine Inch Nails in 1994 after ‘Superunknown’ came out,” guitarist Kim Thayil said recently during tour rehearsals at Seattle’s Studio X.

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August 27, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Bob Dylan and His Band coming to the Paramount Theatre

Bob Dylan will perform Oct. 17-19 at the Paramount Theatre. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI)

Bob Dylan will perform Oct. 17-19 at the Paramount Theatre. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI)

Bob Dylan and His Band will perform for three nights Oct. 17-19 at the Paramount Theatre. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 5 at LiveNation.com, STGPresents.org, or by phone 877-784-4849. Prices have yet to be announced.

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August 27, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Your week in Seattle music: Dave Matthews Band, Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden and more

The star this week is Bumbershoot, returning to the Seattle Center its 43rd year. But there’s plenty of other Labor Day weekend live-music offerings, including a young EDM producer’s reformation, an Animal Collective member’s new project and a casino performance from one of American pop music’s classic bands.

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Comments | More in List | Topics: Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Black Weirdo, Blu

August 27, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Still going strong: Brad Upton celebrates 30 years in comedy

Brad Upton will perform Aug. 28-20 at Laughs Comedy Spot in Kirkland.

Brad Upton will perform Aug. 28-20 at Laughs Comedy Spot in Kirkland.

It has been 28 years since comedian Brad Upton quit his job as a teacher to pursue his dream of becoming a stand-up comedian. Since then he’s won the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, appeared at Caesar’s Palace as part of the HBO Comedy Festival and performed more than 5,000 shows across the United States and around the world. The Seattle-based comedian has built a solid a career out of making people laugh and will celebrate his 30th anniversary as a performer with a headlining slot Aug. 28-30 at Laughs Comedy Spot in Kirkland.

At what point in your career did you realize this was a life-long gig?

I didn’t go into it with a 30-year plan, I just wanted to do it for a living and here it is, 30 years later. I’m 58 and just now starting to realize that this is going to be my life-long gig.

There must have been times when you experienced self-doubt, what got you past that and kept you performing?

I didn’t go through that much. You HAVE to have confidence in yourself if you’re going to succeed. You have to believe that you have the right stuff. I’ve always walked onstage believing I was going to succeed. I know that sounds like Tony Robbins, but it’s true.

What was your first time on stage like?

Sept. 4th, 1984. I truly signed up for what I thought was the Tuesday night open mic at the Comedy Underground, but in reality was an audition for the Seattle Comedy Competition. I actually signed up a year earlier and then chickened out about 15 minutes before I was to go on stage. I drove back to Pasco with my tail between my legs hating myself and taught school for another year, before coming back and signing up again. The Comedy Underground was packed (it used to be like that for open mics in 1984) and I killed. After my set, the late Laura Crocker came up to me and told me congratulations, that I had done great and they wanted me in the competition. I didn’t understand what she was taking about. I thought it was an open mic. She explained that it was an open mic, but also an audition and I had passed and the competition started the following Tuesday night. So starting the next Tuesday night, I commuted from Pasco to Seattle each night to perform in Seattle and teach in Pasco the next day. I finished 18th out of 20 for my week.

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August 26, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Jack White’s rules and explorations | Concert review

Jack White performs at the Paramount Theatre on Monday, August 25 (Photo by  David James Swanson)

Jack White performs at the Paramount Theatre on Monday, August 25 (Photo by David James Swanson)

A few minutes before Jack White and his blue-hued band took the stage at the Paramount, Monday night, a JW minion came out from behind the curtain to address the sold-out room. “Are you ready for a rock ‘n’ roll show, Seattle?” Because if you are, you’re going to have to follow the rules.

Jack White is particular about how you consume his music.

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August 25, 2014 at 6:01 AM

New documentary about legendary teen band Slint | Concert preview

Six months before Nirvana’s “Nevermind” came out in 1991, a band called Slint — playing Seattle’s Showbox Wednesday — issued its own one-of-a-kind record. An angular, shadowy six-song suite, “Spiderland” is today considered by many to be the genesis of post-rock, a style emphasizing atmosphere and extreme dynamics over verses and choruses. Without it, there’d be…

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: "Breadcrumb Trail", "Spiderland", Concert Preview

August 22, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Pink Martini drummer dies

Sad news for Pink Martini and its legion of dedicated Seattle fans, who recently saw the group perform Wednesday and Thursday at the Woodland Park Zoo. The group’s drummer, Derek Rieth, has died. According to The Associated Press, a police spokesman said Friday that the Oregon State medical examiner’s office has determined that Rieth died of…

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August 22, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Ed Sheeran’s singalong aimed to entertain — and did | Concert review

Ed Sheeran performed at Seattle's WaMu Theater Thursday, Aug. 21 (Ben Watts)

Ed Sheeran performed at Seattle’s WaMu Theater Thursday, Aug. 21 (Ben Watts)

Ed Sheeran gave his fans exactly what they wanted during his sold-out show at WaMu Theater Thursday, Aug. 21  — a massive singalong.

“I want you to wake up tomorrow and still be singing,” said the 23-year-old British singer-songwriter as he skipped offstage after a nearly two hour set.

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August 21, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Dafnis Prieto to join world musicians in special quartet | Concert preview

(Courtesy of Maya Illusion)

Maya Illusion: Osam Ezzeldin, Ganesh Rajagopalan, Dafnis Prieto and Jayanthi Raman (Courtesy of the artists)

An unusual world-jazz collaboration featuring one of the most exciting drummers in jazz and an Indian master violinist is afoot Friday, Aug. 22, in Seattle, thanks to the Seattle chapter of the Association for India’s Development (AID).

The concert features the newly formed quartet Maya Illusion, which features Cuban drummer, composer and MacArthur “genius” fellow Dafnis Prieto, who has played with Roy Hargrove, Claudia Acuña and Chucho Valdés and performed last year at the Earshot Jazz Festival. Maya Illusion also showcases renowned Indian violinist Ganesh Rajagopalan, who recently has been serving as honorary artistic director of Rasika, an arts and cultural school in Hillsboro, Ore.

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