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January 23, 2015 at 10:50 AM

Cafe Racer celebrates five years of far-out jazz | Concert preview

Neil Welch (Nathan Vass)

Neil Welch (Nathan Vass)

The late baritone saxophonist Andrew Carrico, who died tragically young in 2012, used to describe his sound as “somewhere between a cry and a roar.” The musicians who gathered with him at the University District hangout Cafe Racer appropriately adopted those words as the title of their festival, which celebrates the kind of unpredictable, elbows-out jazz (and beyond) played at the cafe’s Racer Sessions. The fifth edition of the festival is this weekend.


Comments | More in Festivals, Jazz | Topics: Cafe Racer, Cry & Roar, Heatwarmer

January 22, 2015 at 2:07 PM

The Vaselines, a Kurt Cobain fave, return to Seattle | Concert preview

There’s an ocean and a continent between Glasgow and Seattle, but the ties between the Vaselines and Northwest music run so deep, the Scottish duo may as well be from here.

Frances McKee and Eugene Kelly, who appear at Neumos Saturday, wrote “Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam,” “Molly’s Lips” and “Son of a Gun” — all recorded by Nirvana. Kurt Cobain even mused about the couple in his journal.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: 'V for Vaselines', Concert Preview, Eugene Kelly

January 21, 2015 at 10:41 AM

Sleater-Kinney still sounds tough and terrific | New Recordings

Sleater-Kinney, ‘No Cities to Love’ (Sub Pop) When your favorite band reunites after an extended break, there’s always a moment of trepidation. Will they be able to live up to perhaps unrealistic expectations? Or will the reunion turn out to have been done for the sole purpose of coasting on previous laurels? Fans of Sleater-Kinney can breathe…


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: "No Cities To Love", Carrie Brownstein, Sleater-Kinney

January 16, 2015 at 10:20 AM

Alice in Chains to play halftime at Seahawks game Sunday

The Seattle Seahawks announced Friday morning that Seattle rock band Alice in Chains will play the halftime show at CenturyLink Field Sunday, Jan. 18, for the NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers. In the Hawks announcement, Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell professed being a Seahawks fan since 1976, when he was 10…


Comments | More in General news | Topics: Alice in Chains, Seattle Seahawks

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