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October 31, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Effervescent New York chanteuse Karrin Allyson opened a four-night stand to a full house at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley Thursday in a relaxed, bluesy mood, mixing crowd favorites with some stimulating new material.

(Gary Tinnes)

(Gary Tinnes)


Comments | More in Jazz | Topics: Concert Preview, Jazz Alley, Karrin Allyson

October 31, 2014 at 7:30 AM

At 88, Tony Bennett is still loving life, and you can hear it | Concert preview

It’s probably not a surprise to most fans that Tony Bennett, who appears at the Paramount Theatre Thursday, Nov. 6, comes off far better than Lady Gaga, his musical sweetheart of late, on their punchy but problematic new album, “Cheek to Cheek.”

But it’s certainly telling. Relaxed and in total control of his material, at 88 Bennett is still a master of his craft.



October 30, 2014 at 4:38 PM

Scottish producer Rustie cancels North American dates

Glasgow DJ/producer Rustie, scheduled to play Neumos Thursday, Nov. 6, has cancelled his North American dates. On Thursday, Oct. 30, he posted on his Facebook page, “very sad to announce i won’t be making the upcoming North American dates due to health issues. huge apologies and I’ll be back soon.” Rustie’s 2011 full-length debut “Glass Swords”…


Comments | More in Electronic, General news | Topics: "Green Language, Neumos, Rustie

October 30, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney never wanted to play drums | Concert preview

\When Patrick Carney was 15, he lied about his age to get a job washing dishes at a local restaurant. His mom told him that if he saved half his money, he could spend the other half on anything he liked. At the time, Carney was taking guitar lessons, and he figured the best way to increase his chances of joining a band was to become the easiest person to make music with.


Comments | More in Blues, Rock/Pop | Topics: "Turn Blue", Black Keys, Concert Preview

October 30, 2014 at 12:04 PM

No masks, no monkey business, just great music: Flaco Jimenez, Los Texmaniacs | Concert preview

Never mind Halloween. Friday, Oct. 31, Town Hall’s Global Rhythms series hosts an act that requires no masks or monkey business, when the great Tex-Mex accordion master Flaco Jimenez joins San Antonio conjunto Los Texmaniacs in a concert of traditional as well as rocked up Tejano fare that should be an unqualified treat.


Comments | More in World | Topics: Concert Preview, Flaco Jimenez, Global Rhythms

October 30, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Macklemore honored by ACLU for same-sex marriage activism

The ACLU of Washington announced today that Macklemore, the local-boy-made-worldwide-music-phenom, has been awarded the organization’s Civil Libertarian Award for his efforts around same-sex marriage. According to a news release, the rapper “has been an outspoken supporter of gay rights. He shares his views about the issue in his moving song ‘Same Love,’ written in support of legalizing marriage…


Comments | Topics: ACLU, Macklemore, Same Love

October 24, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Peter Buck and Alejandro Escovedo at Benaroya | Concert preview

It’s billed as “One Night, Two Legends,” but when Peter Buck, left, and Alejandro Escovedo, right, play Benaroya Hall, what you really will witness are two legends who are also friends. Part-time Northwest resident Buck is best known for R.E.M., but he has often jammed with Austin songwriter legend Escovedo over the years. On this…


Comments | More in General news, Rock/Pop | Topics: Alejandro Escovedo, Benaroya Hall, Peter Buck

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