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September 30, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Tom Morello vs. David Meinert at Seattle’s 5 Point Cafe

Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello picked the wrong business owner to start a Twitter war with. After getting turned away from from the 5 Point Cafe, which was at capacity on Saturday night, he did what normal people do when they aren’t happy: he complained on Twitter.

Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello. Photo by Kevin Clark/Washington Post.

Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello. Photo by Kevin Clark/Washington Post.


Comments | Topics: 5 Point Cafe, Dave Meinert, Rage Against the Machine

September 30, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Hilary Gardner ready to fly on musical love letter to NYC | New recordings

Hilary Gardner, ‘The Great City’ (Anzic)

Hilary Gardner, who lived briefly in Seattle a decade ago and has been in New York ever since, has released her first album on Anzic (the label that brought us the wonderful reed player Anat Cohen, among others) and is given an able assist on a few cuts by another Seattleite-turned-New Yorker, trumpeter Tatum Greenblatt. It’s a fine debut.


Comments | Topics: Hilary Garnder, New Recordings, The Great City

September 28, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Elton John delights KeyArena crowd with hours of hits | Concert review

Elton John served up hit after hit in his show at KeyArena Saturday night, to the clear delight of the audience. The nearly three-hour performance drew heavily from his landmark 1973 album “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” (reissued in a lavish box set earlier this year). John’s set kicked off with the dramatic medley that opens the…


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Elton John, KeyArena

September 26, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Stream a new track from Android Amaker

Brent Amaker and a host of collaborators including Vox Mod, P-Smoov and Frank Correa are set to unleash their multimedia project, Android Amaker, on Nov. 7. More than just an album, Android Amaker is a collection of music, photography, video and fashion all centered around the concept of The Singularity — the moment that humanity…


Comments | More in Electronic, General news | Topics: android amaker, brent amaker, p smoov

September 26, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Relatable, golden-voiced Sam Smith at the Paramount

Dressed in a dark gray suit, British singing sensation Sam Smith moved woodenly and nailed the song “Latch” Thursday at the lofty Paramount Theatre, his famous collaboration with the London electronic duo Disclosure. Singing in his most raw and exciting falsetto in the chorus, he whipped around in there like he was fencing, and it was exciting to witness the vocalist reach aggressively for those notes.


Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: Sam Smith, The Paramount Theatre

September 25, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Old Crow Medicine Show brings boozy, charming string sound to Paramount

Old Crow Medicine Show has its signature hit, “Wagon Wheel,” but there’s much more to the Nashville string band, which stops by Seattle Friday. Its latest album, “Remedy,” is a boozy, charming collection of songs that confirm the band members’ songwriting chops even as they continue to modernize their sound. Highlights include the silly humor of “Brushy…


Comments | More in Americana, Country | Topics: "Wagon Wheel", Concert Preview, Old Crow Medicine Show

September 25, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Elton John to walk down the yellow brick road at KeyArena | Concert preview

After decades of performing, the “Rocket Man” is still soaring.

Elton John’s current globe-trotting tour includes a concert with Bright Light Bright Light (Welsh-bred Rod Thomas) Saturday, Sept. 27, at KeyArena. According to early reviews, the show is a boisterous, piano-pounding, two-hour career retrospective stocked with such hits as “Bennie and the Jets,” “Candle in the Wind” (his famous tribute to Marilyn Monroe), “Tiny Dancer,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and “Rocket Man.”


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Candle in the Wind, Concert Preview, Elton John

September 25, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Conor Oberst and the danger of an early-genius rep | Concert preview

Conor Oberst was alternately blessed and plagued with “next Dylan” status at a very young age. His promising talent in the folky singer-songwriter genre came at a time when rock ’n’ roll was still battling rap-rock. Oberst, who comes to the Showbox at the Market Sept. 30, gave thirsty music critics and fans an excuse to wax nostalgic.


Comments | Topics: Conor Oberst, Upside Down Mountain

September 25, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Jovino Santos Neto tops Eastside Jazz Extravaganza | Concert preview

Jovino Santos Neto performs at the Eastside Jazz Club Extravaganza Saturday. (Dan Sheehan)

Jovino Santos Neto performs at the Eastside Jazz Club Extravaganza Saturday. (Dan Sheehan)

The Earshot Jazz Festival will be upon us shortly, but you might consider taking in the Eastside Jazz Club “Extravaganza” Saturday as an appetizer to the main course. The intrepid club presents regional jazz artists every month, striving to keep jazz alive at the other end of Highway 520, and puts its all into this annual Bellevue celebration.


Comments | More in Jazz | Topics: Ari Joshua, Concert Preview, Eastside Jazz Club

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