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July 15, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Dave Grohl brings rock ’n’ roll touch to TV

Dave Grohl speaks onstage during the "Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways" segment of the BBC America 2014 Summer TCA on Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Dave Grohl speaks onstage during the “Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways” segment of the BBC America 2014 Summer TCA on Thursday, July 10, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

By BETH HARRIS

The Associated Press

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl brought a rock ’n’ roll sensibility to the usually button-down atmosphere of the summer TV critics’ tour.

His enthusiasm for his new HBO project, “Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways,” was evident with F-bombs sprinkled throughout his description of the eight-part documentary series.

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May 19, 2014 at 11:06 PM

The Macklemore apology drops: ‘A “Jewish stereotype” never crossed my mind’

Macklemore in the costume that caused so much controversy, at a surprise performance at EMP Museum Friday, May 16, 2014. (Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Macklemore in the costume that caused so much controversy, at a surprise performance at EMP Museum Friday, May 16, 2014. (Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

So, after an absolute social-media firestorm about his costume at last Friday’s surprise performance at EMP, Macklemore has issued a public statement on his website. It’s fairly long, and in it the rapper tries to explain both how he ended up in the getup many (in Twitter speak that means thousands) are saying was an anti-Semitic outift.

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Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: Apology, Costume, EMP

December 6, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Selena Gomez, Paramore and more at Jingle Ball

The 106.1 KISS FM Jingle Ball 2013 features a diverse roster of young stars — Selena Gomez, Flo Rida, Paramore, Fall Out Boy, Icona Pop, Fifth Harmony, Travie McCoy, New Politics and Austin Mahone. Gomez (pictured), whose star is on the rise, recently performed at KeyArena, singing such songs as “Stars Dance,” “Bang Bang Bang,” “Write…

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Austin Mahone, Fall Out Boy, Fifth Harmony

December 6, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Homecoming parties for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Carlo Allegri / Invision / AP

Carlo Allegri / Invision / AP

Exactly who does this Macklemore think he is? The Emperor of Seattle? The King of Rap? Shall we buy him a crown and a throne and build him a palace overlooking the city? Or is he just another overhyped music star who could be down-and-out in a couple of years and riding a boxcar out of town?

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Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop | Topics: KeyArena, Macklemore, Ryan Lewis

October 28, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Two Western Washingon performers battle on ‘The Voice’

On the way to choosing a season winner, NBC’s leading talent competition show The Voice puts its vocalist contestants through some brutal sing-offs. Two Western Washington performers have made it through the on-air auditions, and last week’s one-on-one battles decided by the pop star judges,  to take part in this week’s (ouch) “knockout rounds,” which air locally Monday at 8 p.m. and Tuesday…

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Comments | Topics: Austen Jenckes, Stephanie Anne Johnson, The Voice

August 23, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Fresh off their first record in decades, Black Sabbath play the Gorge

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath (Photo courtesy of Black Sabbath)

In 2001, singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler of pioneering English heavy-metal band Black Sabbath reunited to record a new album with super-producer Rick Rubin.

But hell, the magic just wasn’t there. 

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Black Sabbath, Geezer Butler, Ozzy Osbourne

July 14, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Sub Pop’s Silver Jubilee festival draws thousands to Georgetown

Georgetown was festive Saturday, and with good reason: hometown music institution Sub Pop Records was turning 25. “This is one of the five best jubilees I’ve ever been involved in,” said Matt Korvette, the singer of rock act Pissed Jeans, from the main stage. “You can take that to the bank.” Under broad, sunny skies and busy…

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Comments | More in Festivals | Topics: Built To Spill, Father John Misty, Pissed Jeans

June 24, 2013 at 12:40 PM

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis announce Pacific Northwest shows

Macklemore performing at the Bonaroo festival in Tennessee June 16. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Macklemore performing at the Bonaroo festival in Tennessee June 16. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Needless to say, it’s been a busy year for the duo, and the remainder looks even busier. With dates all over the world from now until nearly year’s end, they are jetsetting between arenas and festivals in places like Brussels, Beirut and Toronto. But it looks like there are some dates in the Pacific Northwest, concluding with a hometown blowout at KeyArena in December. By the way, pre-sale tickets are available tomorrow.

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Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop | Topics: Key Arena, Macklemore, Ryan Lewis

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