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December 18, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Stephen Newby spreads Duke Ellington’s sacred message | Concert preview

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Stephen Newby (courtesy of Seattle Pacific University)

Are you a Sounders fan?

If so, you are already familiar with the resonant baritone of Seattle Pacific University composer and professor Stephen Newby, who sings the national anthem at the matches.

On Saturday, Newby applies his talents at a different “pitch,” when he debuts as a soloist for the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra’s annual concert of Duke Ellington’s sacred music.


Comments | More in Jazz | Topics: Concert Preview, Duke Ellington, Earshot Jazz

December 17, 2014 at 9:20 AM

R&B Superstar R. Kelly to play XFINITY Arena | Ticket alert

Grammy Award-winning R&B singer R. Kelly will perform Saturday, Feb. 7, at XFINITY Arena at Everett. The singer is known for his hits “I Believe I Can Fly,” “Ignition (Remix),” and the hip-hopera “Trapped in the Closet.” Tickets, which cost $58-$203, are on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec.19 at XFINITY Arena box office,…


Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop | Topics: R. Kelly, Trapped in the Closet

December 15, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Everett and Newport High School jazz bands selected as finalists

Two high school jazz bands from the Seattle area have been chosen as finalists in the Swing Central Jazz High School Jazz Band Competition & Workshop, which takes place in Savannah, Georgia. The local finalists are the Everett High School Jazz Band, directed by Megan Vinther, and the Newport High School Jazz I, from Bellevue, directed…


Comments | More in General news | Topics: Everett High School, Newport High School, Savannah Music Festival

December 15, 2014 at 12:04 PM

‘Sucker’ confirms birth of new girl-pop star | New recordings

Charli XCX, ‘Sucker’ (Neon Gold/Atlantic)

What do you get when you poke the bashing beats and sweet soaring synths of dance music with the punked-up, 8-on-the-floor snarl of the Ramones? Charli XCX is what — a crazy-talented, 22-year-old “bad girl” from London who’s clearly on her way to the top.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: 'Break the Rules', 'Fancy', 'Sucker'

December 15, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Mad Season joins symphony’s Sonic Evolution lineup

Seattle Symphony’s fourth annual cross-genre Sonic Evolution concert (8 p.m. Jan. 30) will include a SSO-commissioned work by Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready (during which he’ll perform, too), the SSO has announced. Other big Sonic Evolution news: McCready will also perform during the show with Mad Season — original drummer Barrett Martin,  Guns N’…


Comments | Topics: Mad Season, Sonic Evolution

December 12, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Jackson Browne feted by EMP Museum | Concert review

Jackson Browne at EMP Museum Thursday, Dec. 11. (Brady Harvey/EMP Museum)

Jackson Browne at EMP Museum Thursday, Dec. 11. (Brady Harvey/EMP Museum)

Most tribute concerts are bloated affairs where a slew of acts can make you just want to hear the original songs on the albums. But Thursday’s EMP Museum Founder’s Day Jackson Browne tribute was a template for how it can be done right.


Comments | More in Folk, Rock/Pop | Topics: Concert Review, Danny O'Keefe, Dave Alvin

December 12, 2014 at 8:00 AM

‘Henrietta Comedy Show’ brings curated laughs to Capitol Hill

The Henrietta Comedy Show takes place every second Saturday of the Month at the Eclectic Theater.

The Henrietta Comedy Show takes place every second Saturday of the Month at the Eclectic Theater.

Seattle’s comedy scene has an abundance of open mics. Evan Morrison and Albert Kirchner feel a curated approach is better.

The “Henrietta Comedy Show,” hosted by Seattle comedians Morrison and Kirchner, is bringing a carefully selected lineup of comedy to Capitol Hill’s Eclectic Theater every Second Saturday of the month.

“The format is designed for comedians to showcase the heart of their act in a curated environment,” Kirchner said, “We will introduce two comics doing 20-minute sets and finally a more established comedian performing for 30 minutes. We ask comics to focus on their more artistically fulfilling materials and styles. If the show is on their side, they will be more comfortable and playful, creating a better show overall.”

The lineup for Saturday, Dec. 13 features Emmett Montgomery and Elicia Sanchez, both of whom were recently selected by NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” for call-back auditions in Los Angeles. Montgomery also opened for Dave Chappelle at the Neptune Theatre recently and Sanchez is fresh of a tour opening for Hari Kondabolu. Ryan Casey, who also co-hosts “Laugh Riot” at the Naked City Brewery, will also be a featured performer.

Doors are at 10 p.m. and tickets, which cost $8-$10, can be reserved by phone at 800-838-3006 or online via Brown Paper Tickets.


Comments | More in Comedy | Topics: Albert Kirchner, Evan Morrison, Henrietta Comedy Show

December 12, 2014 at 5:11 AM

Swedish teenage rapper Yung Lean to make Seattle debut | Concert preview

Yung Lean — headlining Neumos with his Sad Boys crew on Thursday, Dec. 18 — is a telling example of just how young, strange and global rap music has become. An 18-year-old Swedish kid whose first exposure to rap was 50 Cent’s 2003 track “Patiently Waiting,” Lean combines futuristic, emotive electronic beats with stream-of-consciousness, alternate-reality raps….


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: "Ginseng Strip 2002", Concert Preview, Neumos

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