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…More
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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?More
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…More
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.More
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…More
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.More
Note: This is an overview of Sasquatch! 2013. Go here for detailed daily coverage and photos.
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.More
In their own ways, both Devendra Banhart and Bloc Party are perfect festival acts. One jam-y and warm, the other snappy and rollicking.
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.More
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.
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.More