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

April 22, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Graham Nash, Wilson sisters ‘Kiss the Sky’ | Concert preview

Nancy and Ann Wilson (Nicole Brodeur)

Nancy and Ann Wilson (Nicole Brodeur)

By Nicole Brodeur / The Seattle Times

The headliners of Tuesday night’s Kiss the Sky! The Orca Freedom Concert held a press conference Tuesday afternoon at Experience Music Project to talk about their mission, and what moved them to get involved.

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0 Comments | More in General news | Topics: Ann Wilson, Concert Preview, Country Joe McDonald

April 22, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Brent Amaker chases immortality with Android Amaker | Feature

Brent Amaker in a new photo taken for the Android Amaker project. Photo by Frank Correa.

Brent Amaker in a new photo taken for the Android Amaker project. Photo by Frank Correa.

Brent Amaker is celebrating his 50th birthday Friday with a show at the Triple Door, so forgive the country music auteur for having immortality on his mind. It’s a theme that permeates his new project, Android Amaker, a concept album and art project about a future version of Amaker that has uploaded his mind into an robotic shell.

To be fair, Amaker had the fantastic on his mind far before his encroaching birthday. He said he’s always been interested in science fiction, but it was a Time magazine cover story, “2045: The Year Man Becomes Immortal,” he saw a few years ago when traveling that got his gears turning for his new project.

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0 Comments | More in Country, R & B/Hip-hop | Topics: brent amaker, frank correa, p smoov

April 22, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Pearl Jam slated to play Austin City Limits Music Festival

Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard (left) and lead singer Eddie Vedder (right)  will perform at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, which takes place Oct. 3-5. (Photo by Cory Schwartz)

Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard (left) and lead singer Eddie Vedder (right) will perform at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, which takes place Oct. 3-5 and Oct. 1012. (Photo by Cory Schwartz)

Pearl Jam will headline the Austin City Limits Music Festival set for the weekends of Oct. 3-5 and Oct. 10-12. The festival takes place at Ziller Metropolitan Park in Austin, Texas near the shores of the Colorado River.

The Seattle rockers will join Eminem, Outkast, Skrillex and Beck, all performing both installments of the festival. Festival passes cost $225 and are available at the Austin City Limits Music Festival website.

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0 Comments | More in Festivals | Topics: Austin City Limits Music Festival, Beck, Eminem

April 21, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Blackberry Smoke lives up to its reputation at the Neptune | Concert review

Blackberry Smoke brought its unique country rock to the Neptune Theatre Friday.

Blackberry Smoke brought its unique country rock to the Neptune Theatre Friday.

It’s always a little awkward when big mainstream country acts get their enormous 12-piece touring bands to “rock out.” It feels artificial, perhaps because they are usually still in complete control.

How comforting, then, to see Blackberry Smoke at the Neptune Theatre on Friday. A down-and-dirty, five-piece band from Atlanta, Ga., that easily recalls Lynyrd Skynyrd and AC/DC, Blackberry Smoke has a pretty big reputation to live up to as a live band after 14 years of relentless touring, and it was impressive to see how easily they wore that burden.

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0 Comments | More in Country, Rock/Pop | Topics: blackberry smoke, the neptune theatre

April 21, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Old sounds made new at the Tractor | Concert review

St. Paul and the Broken Bones played the Tractor Tavern Saturday with Radio Raheem.

St. Paul and the Broken Bones played the Tractor Tavern Saturday with Radio Raheem.

Neo-soul band St. Paul and the Broken Bones’ first time playing in the state of Washington was Saturday, and a sold-out crowd at the Tractor Tavern rewarded the Birmingham, Ala., band for their journey by showering them with affection.

It was a night of old sounds made new, especially with Seattle band Radio Raheem opening things up. They’re a quirky outfit that mashes together everything from 80s music and a little rap with a little neo-soul/funk vibe. It’s a mouthful, but it’s reflective of the band’s multiple influences, all built around highlighting frontwoman Josie Howell’s commanding vocals. 

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0 Comments | More in Blues, R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: radio raheem, st. paul and the broken bones, Tractor Tavern

April 18, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Blackberry Smoke fires up country rock tonight at the Neptune | Concert preview

Blackberry Smoke plays the Neptune Theatre Friday night.

Blackberry Smoke plays the Neptune Theatre Friday night.

Atlanta country rock band Blackberry Smoke has put out just three studio albums in 14 years on three different labels. That’s not usually a recipe for success — or staying power. But they’ve got both thanks to a reputation as relentless road warriors and a passionate fan base that extends to Europe.

It’s all part of doing whatever you have to do to survive in the industry, frontman Charlie Starr said.

“That’s just the music business,” Starr said. “None of us are independently wealthy. Before the days of Kickstarter it was like, ‘Well, we can’t stop touring and make an album because we don’t have enough money.’”

Starr laughed, but only because things are going pretty well for Blackberry Smoke as the “Fire in the Hole” tour hits the Neptune Theatre tonight with opener Delta Saints. The band has a new live album and DVD coming out and is planning on heading into the studio later this year to record its follow-up to 2012′s “The Whippoorwill.” They’re also heading back out to Europe later this year and will play in London, Paris and Berlin. 

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0 Comments | More in Country | Topics: blackberry smoke, delta saints, neptune theatre

April 18, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Special Explosion ready to go off | Concert preview

Special Explosion

Special Explosion plays a record-release show Friday at The Vera Project. Photo by Tommy Calderon.

For local DIY showgoers, indie rockers Special Explosion have become such a staple since emerging in 2010 it’s easy to forget half the members still can’t legally drink.

Regardless, the young Eastsiders deserve a toast. They just returned from their first U.S. tour — supporting their first widely available vinyl EP, “The Art of Mothering” — and this Friday at The Vera Project, they’ll take a victory lap.

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0 Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: School of Rock, Sound Off!, The Vera Project

April 18, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Jauna Molina’s singular ‘folktronica’ sound | Concert preview

By Mike Toombs / Special to The Seattle Times

“I saw Nine Inch Nails two days ago and it totally, totally blew my mind,” Juana Molina said recently by phone from her Buenos Aires home. “It’s something that you can’t believe, that someone’s able to do that. So powerful, so perfect, so musical at the same time. If I had to compare myself to that, maybe I should just work in a bar.”

She added with a laugh, “It’s totally the contrary of encouraging — what’s the word?”

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0 Comments | Topics: Juana Molina, The Triple Door

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