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

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November 4, 2014 at 5:07 AM

Tacoma rapper Bruce Leroy drops smart new EP | New recordings

Bruce Leroy, ‘10’’ (self-released)

Bruce LeoryBruce Leroy is a Tacoma emcee with more artistic perspective than that city’s young guns, and his “10’” EP (the apostrophe in the title means ‘foot’) shows he can stay traditional without being corny. The key is to play to your strengths and embrace your idiosyncrasies. Crucial tracks “Know the Biz” and “You Heard of Us” are uncluttered lessons in the art of the slumper, beats coolly dragging as Leroy puts the pedal to the metal (lyrically).

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October 14, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Chappelle’s first Seattle set: funny, intermittently tense| Comedy review

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Dave Chappelle performs at Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket /Invision/AP)

Comedian Dave Chappelle’s 7 p.m. stand-up set Monday at the Neptune Theatre was funny and intermittently tense without clear highlights, a meandering, conversational performance, which the legendary comic could at this point call his own genre. He covered topics such as race and class, poked frequent fun at the grain quinoa (“It can’t fix everything”) and chastised Seahawks fans who overestimate their influence on games’ outcomes (“You aren’t on the team”).

This is a comeback time for Chappelle, known for his aughts-era “Chappelle’s Show” sketch-comedy program, which he famously quit despite a rumored $50 million contract.

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October 10, 2014 at 9:16 AM

With 10 Seattle shows , does Chappelle have a third act in him? | Comedy preview

Comedian Dave Chappelle is back in action, which on one hand is great news. Arguably the funniest person in America during the Bush II era, Chappelle went from being a stoner comic lingering in B-movies to suddenly a household name with his genius-streaked, sketch-comedy program “Chappelle’s Show” (2003-’04). He was a valuable criticizer of racism in America, and a soothsayer about hip-hop, even giving Kanye West his first TV performance. And then, he was gone.

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September 26, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Relatable, golden-voiced Sam Smith at the Paramount

Dressed in a dark gray suit, British singing sensation Sam Smith moved woodenly and nailed the song “Latch” Thursday at the lofty Paramount Theatre, his famous collaboration with the London electronic duo Disclosure. Singing in his most raw and exciting falsetto in the chorus, he whipped around in there like he was fencing, and it was exciting to witness the vocalist reach aggressively for those notes.

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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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