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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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0 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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0 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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0 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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0 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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0 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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0 Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop | Topics: Key Arena, Macklemore, Ryan Lewis

May 27, 2013 at 9:56 PM

So long, Sasquatch! 2013, and thanks for the surprises

Note: This is an overview of Sasquatch! 2013. Go here for detailed daily coverage and photos.

Mumford and Sons at Sasquatch! 2013. Photo by Jimmy Lovaas/The Seattle Times.

Mumford and Sons at Sasquatch! 2013. Photo by Jimmy Lovaas/The Seattle Times.

The crowd was a little bewildered Friday night at Sasquatch!, when, right in the middle of Macklemore’s set, the Seattle rapper left the stage and everything went dark. A man in coveralls came on, pushing a broom. But as soon as the man began to whistle the familiar hook to Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop,” the audience erupted.

The man turned out to be Wanz, who sings the super-catchy “I’m gonna pop some tags” chorus of the megahit. A moment later, Mackle­more, donning a lavish fur coat, came coasting out on a scooter. The reaction was deafening.

The 29-year-old sounded like the happiest man in music as he addressed the sold-out Sasquatch! crowd thronging the mainstage amphitheater at the Gorge, saying there was no other place he’d rather be.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are now touring the world behind their certified-gold album, “The Heist.” (By the next day, he had tweeted, “Now on a plane to Dublin.”)

It was Macklemore’s moment, but there was plenty of love for the festival in general.

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0 Comments | More in Festivals | Topics: Arctic Monkeys, Luke Burbank, Macklemore

May 26, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Sasquatch! 2013: Love and letting loose in the late afternoon with Devendra Banhart and Bloc Party

In their own ways, both Devendra Banhart and Bloc Party are perfect festival acts. One jam-y and warm, the other snappy and rollicking.

Photo by Christopher Nelson/courtesy of Sasquatch!

Photo by Christopher Nelson/courtesy of Sasquatch!

As Sasquatch moved into day two, the partying got a little harder and the gazes got a little more glazed. But on Saturday afternoon, there was a nice mix. 

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May 25, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Sasquatch! 2013: Rock in the gloaming with Built To Spill and Arctic Monkeys

After an afternoon of fervid performances by young Seattle hip-hop talent, the early evening hours listed more toward a rock n’ roll journeymen vibe with a main stage set by Northwest mainstay Built To Spill.

Built To Spill (photo by Christopher Nolan/courtesy of Sasquatch!)

Built To Spill (photo by Christopher Nolan/courtesy of Sasquatch!)

There was a sunshower just as the set began, and thunderclouds wafted down over the wind farm on the ridge behind the stage. In that peculiar light, the band played a solid and heartfelt set. To say it was low-key wouldn’t be exactly it, but it was together and right.

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0 Comments | More in Festivals | Topics: Alex Turner, Arctic Monkeys, Built To Spill