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October 28, 2013 at 4:24 PM
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 at 9 p.m.
Can country-folk musician Austin Jenckes from Duvall and belting Tacoma cruise ship singer Stephanie Anne Johnson live to fight another day in this pugilistic music contest?
August 23, 2013 at 12:10 PM
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…)
July 14, 2013 at 11:24 AM
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 viaducts, thousands of people came down to see dozens of the label’s bands perform for free. Local businesses rolled out the red carpet for the crowds, many offering “Silver Jubilee Specials.”
Sunglasses, cutoffs and go-cup beers were de riguer for the milling crowd, which ranged in age from college freshmen to middle-aged parents (and their stroller-ed children).
Likewise the lineup reflected not only the longevity of the Seattle musical institution’s output, but also the changing face of its roster.
The day began with newer acts like Pissed Jeans and Father John Misty, with the lineup progressing toward Sub Pop heritage acts like J Mascis and Mudhoney (who played the first-ever show from atop the Space Needle on Thursday to kick off the festivities).
As the sun started to dip in the sky, longtime indie rockers Built to Spill played a heartfelt set to a crowd-choked Airport Way South.
Photo gallery: Sub Pop Record’s Silver Jubilee music festival
July 13, 2013 at 2:00 PM
June 24, 2013 at 12:40 PM
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…)
May 27, 2013 at 9:56 PM
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.
May 26, 2013 at 3:03 PM
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…)
May 25, 2013 at 11:39 AM
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…)
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