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

July 29, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Earshot Jazz Festival makes early announcement

Saxophonists Pharaoh Sanders, Joe Lovano and Miguel Zenon, trumpeter Dave Douglas and pianist Jacky Terrasson are some of the headliners announced this week by Seattle jazz non-profit Earshot Jazz for its annual festival, which runs Oct. 10 through Nov. 11 at various venues around the city. Other shows feature bassist Linda Oh, vocalist Carmen Lundy and…

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Comments | More in General news, Jazz | Topics: Dave Douglas, Earshot Jazz, Pharaoh Sanders

July 28, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Charles Bradley leads dance party to end Timber! Fest

Charles Bradley performs at Timber! Outdoor Music Festival on Saturday. Photo by Owen R. Smith.

Charles Bradley performs at Timber! Outdoor Music Festival on Saturday. Photo by Owen R. Smith.

Charles Bradley hugged me. Wading into a sea of  ecstatic revelers Saturday night at Timber! Outdoor Music Festival as the final strains of “Why Is It So Hard” played, Bradley cast his arms open wide, pulled me into an enormous bear hug and whispered his sincerest thanks for coming to watch him play. I stood there, as more people pushed to get their moment with Bradley, stunned. I have experienced very few things in my 20 or so years of attending concerts that have given me real pause, but that indelible moment of gratitude from an artist who had just spent over an hour killing himself on stage is something I will carry with me long after I’ve stopped writing about music. It was exactly the sort of moment that organizer Kevin Sur had hoped for when he booked Bradley, whom he called the most gracious performer he’d ever seen.

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Comments | More in Dance, Festivals, R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: Charles Bradley, Timber Festival

July 27, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Sights and sounds from Capitol Hill Block Party 2014

It was a beautiful weekend for Capitol Hill Block Party. But alas, all things must end. Our writer Mike Ramos (@Ram0s206) was there to catch all the hits and misses from the weekend. And photographer Maddie Meyer took in the sights. Reminisce, or see what you missed, with this collection of posts from Twitter…

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Comments | More in Festivals | Topics: Capitol Hill Block Party, Capitol Hill Block Party 2014

July 27, 2014 at 7:45 AM

8 acts to see at Capitol Hill Block Party Sunday

Sara Slayton, of Camas, Wash., dances behind her boyfriend Marc'antonio Undeberg, of Seattle, during a performance by the band Poolside on the main stage during Capitol Hill Block Party on Saturday. Slayton was celebrating her 21st birthday. The three-day annual music and arts festival hosts nationally known and local bands across six stages. (Photo by Maddie Meyer / The Seattle Times)

Sara Slayton, of Camas, Wash., dances behind her boyfriend Marc’antonio Undeberg, of Seattle, during a performance by the band Poolside on the main stage during Capitol Hill Block Party on Saturday.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer / The Seattle Times)

The third and final day of the Capitol Hill Block Party is heavy on the local acts, but still has some national headliners to attract the mainstream crowd.

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Comments | More in Festivals, General news, R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: A$SAP ROCKY, Capitol Hill Block Party 2014, The War on Drugs

July 26, 2014 at 7:45 AM

10 acts to see at Capitol Hill Block Party Saturday

A$AP Ferg reaches out to the crowd from on top of a speaker during his performance. (Photo by Maddie Meyer / The Seattle Times)

A$AP Ferg reaches out to the crowd from on top of a speaker during his performance Friday. (Photo by Maddie Meyer / The Seattle Times) See more photos from Day 1

Saturday features two way-retro headliners in Canadian ’80s-electro-funk revivalists Chromeo and New York’s The Budos Band, who make the kind of big-band instrumental funk that sounds like it belongs on ’70s kung fu movie soundtracks. Manchester, England, producer Star Slinger’s soulful sample chops and The Thermals’ Portland indie-punk add some variety to the day’s offerings, but the hidden theme for Saturday is showstopping female artists:

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July 25, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Timber! Festival off to a soggy but inspiring start | Concert review

The Timber! Outdoor Music Festival got off to a soggy start Thursday, but by the time Seattle artist Benjamin Verdoes started playing at around 8:30 p.m., it was dry and Tolt-MacDonald Park had started filling up. Now in its second year, Timber! aims to attract a different sort of crowd than most festivals by encouraging attendees…

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Comments | More in Americana, Folk, Rock/Pop | Topics: Charles Bradley, Damien Jurado, Horse Feathers

July 25, 2014 at 5:31 AM

Jay-Z and Beyoncé play Safeco Field Wednesday

Mr. Carter and Mrs. Carter — better known as the pop-music royal couple Jay-Z and Beyoncé — have been celebrating life and love together with erotic abandon on their “On the Run” tour, which opened in Miami on June 25, despite sizzling rumors that their marriage is on the rocks. Whether they are still “Drunk in…

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