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August 14, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Haim and Tacocat get back to the future at the Paramount | Concert preview

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Haim boasts an international hit album, “Days are Gone,” full of commercial pop-rock music harkening back to the 1970s and ’80s. (Photo by Bella Howard)

Nostalgia will always haunt pop music, but shades of the past are particularly noticeable in 2014. Look around Seattle and examples leap out of concert venues and practice spaces: widespread acoustic folk revival at full-strum for about five years, turn-of-the-millennium rock bands on reunion tours (Blood Brothers and Murder City Devils), the rapper Gifted Gab painstakingly re-creating 1990s hip-hop.

With Haim and Tacocat performing Friday at the Paramount, we have another good reason to ponder why some pop-music ideas come around again, and others don’t.

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July 31, 2014 at 7:50 AM

Beyoncé and Jay Z near perfection at Safeco Wednesday night

Beyonce and JAY Z perform on the On The Run Tour at Safeco Field on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Mason Poole/Parkwood Entertainment/PictureGroup)

Beyoncé and Jay Z perform in their “On The Run” tour at Safeco Field on Wednesday, July 30. (Photo by Mason Poole/Parkwood Entertainment/PictureGroup)

The official theme for the joint Beyoncé and Jay Z concert Wednesday night at Safeco Field was “On the Run,” harkening back to the singer and rapper’s duet “03 Bonnie and Clyde” — a statement of solidarity when Jay Z was a bigger star than Beyoncé (it was his song, technically). Wedded now, they’re both international pop music icons, but the power dynamic has changed.

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May 22, 2014 at 12:38 PM

28 bands not to miss at Sasquatch! 2014

La Luz, who will play Sunday at Sasquatch!, doing their song “What Good Am I?” aboard the Big Wheel on Seattle’s waterfront. (For more original videos from Seattle acts playing Sasquatch! click here.)

Update: The festival has begun. Check out our Day 1 coverage here.

Every Memorial Day weekend, thousands of millennials make the pilgrimage to the Gorge in Central Washington for the Sasquatch! festival, the multigenre moneymaker which started in 2002 and has become our region’s most famous and biggest music event since, making a mogul out of founder Adam Zacks.

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April 10, 2014 at 4:12 PM

All welcome at queer ‘Mo-Wave Festival | Concert preview

For the second consecutive year, ’Mo-Wave is upon us — the Capitol Hill music, dance and art festival with a punk edge that draws heavily on the five letters L, G, B, T and Q.

That’s Q for “queer,” a more inclusive word than “gay,” though organizers stress that any gender or orientation is welcome to attend.

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March 24, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Chimurenga Renaissance extends Dumi Maraire legacy | New recordings

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Dumisani Maraire was one of Seattle’s legendary music figures, a Zimbabwean immigrant and master of Shona music who introduced it to Seattle and ergo the United States in the late ‘60s. Traditional Shona instruments include the marimba (wooden, hit with a mallet) and mbira (handheld, metal prongs thumbed).

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February 17, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Something pure about Miley Cyrus | Concert review

Miley Cyrus and her crew saunter downstage during "SMS (Bangerz)" at the Tacoma Dome on Sunday. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Miley Cyrus and her crew saunter downstage during “SMS (Bangerz)” at the Tacoma Dome on Sunday. (Photos by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Miley Cyrus during her concert at the Tacoma Dome. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

“I would love to see you guys make out for this next song,” said Miley Cyrus Sunday at the Tacoma Dome, introducing “Adore You,” a vulnerable ballad off her smash album “Bangerz.”

Kissing broke out throughout the arena as the influential, 21-year-old pop star belted out the tune in her countryish alto. Cell phones waved like lighters in the crowd. It was a lovely moment.

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