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November 17, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Joni Mitchell box set sounds fantastic but no surprises | New Recordings

Joni Mitchell, “Love Has Many Faces: A Quartet, a Ballet, Waiting to Be Danced” (Rhino)

It’s a surprise given the long span of Joni Mitchell’s career that she has never previously put out a multi-disc compilation box. The four-CD set “Love Has Many Faces” is her first, with a total of 53 tracks, all newly remastered.



Comments | More in Folk, Rock/Pop | Topics: "Amelia", "Both Sides Now", "Love Has Many Faces"

October 24, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Peter Buck and Alejandro Escovedo at Benaroya | Concert preview

It’s billed as “One Night, Two Legends,” but when Peter Buck, left, and Alejandro Escovedo, right, play Benaroya Hall, what you really will witness are two legends who are also friends. Part-time Northwest resident Buck is best known for R.E.M., but he has often jammed with Austin songwriter legend Escovedo over the years. On this…


Comments | More in General news, Rock/Pop | Topics: Alejandro Escovedo, Benaroya Hall, Peter Buck

October 14, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Mary Lambert’s major-label debut is all heart | New Recordings

Mary Lambert, ‘Heart on My Sleeve’ (Capitol Records)

It’s no surprise that the title of Mary Lambert’s debut album starts with “Heart.” The word shows up in nearly every song as a metaphor for love, but also self-acceptance. That combination of sincerity and empowerment makes “Heart on My Sleeve” a winning effort, and a surefire hit.


Comments | More in General news, Rock/Pop | Topics: Macklemore, Mary Lambert, Same Love

July 17, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Ringo and his All-Starr Band shine on a hot day | Concert review


Ringo Starr performs onstage during the 56th Grammy Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Almost a year to the day since Paul McCartney played Safeco Field, Ringo Starr brought his tour to Chateau Ste. Michelle on Wednesday night. Starr’s show featured Beatle gems too, and on a hot night it seemed the perfect trip back to some of rock’s most beloved music.

This is the fifth time Ringo’s “All-Starr Band” has played the Chateau so the venue feels like home. Ringo joked about how his show is essentially the same each tour. “Was anyone here two years ago when we were here?” he asked. “We don’t have to play then; you know how it goes.”



July 1, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young release their best record ever | New recordings

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, ‘CSNY 1974’ (Rhino)
On July 9, 1974, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young opened a 24-city tour at the Seattle Center Coliseum that featured some of their finest live moments. This long-in-the-works “CSNY 1974” box set collects 40 tracks from that four-decades-old tour. Tapes from 10 different cities were sourced, and though Seattle isn’t one of those, these were roughly the sounds heard that night.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Crosby Stills Nash & Young, CSNY 2014, New Recordings

June 10, 2014 at 6:03 PM

Sir Mix-A-Lot dance partner enjoying viral video fame

Shawn Bounds, dancing with Sir Mix-A-Lot and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, in a spontaneous display of enthusiasm at Benaroya Hall Friday that has gone viral. (Ben VanHouten.)

Shawn Bounds, dancing with Sir Mix-A-Lot and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, in a spontaneous display of enthusiasm at Benaroya Hall Friday that has gone viral. (Ben VanHouten.)

When Shawn Bounds walked into Benaroya Hall Friday night for the first time, she had no idea that just a few hours later she’d be an Internet sensation.


Comments | More in General news, R & B/Hip-hop | Topics: Benaroya Hall, Gabriel Prokofiev, Ludovic Morlot

June 3, 2014 at 5:31 AM

LP has a future with ‘Forever For Now’ |New recordings

LP, ‘Forever For Now’ (Warner Bros) Somewhere, probably, you’ve already heard LP’s music. “Into the Wild,” from her new “Forever For Now,” has been on a Citibank ad already, and LP (born Laura Pergolizzi) has also penned songs for Rihanna and Christina Aguilera. On her impressive major label debut, LP creates anthem-like pop, often using old-timey Americana…


Comments | More in Americana, Rock/Pop | Topics: Forever For Now, Into the Wild, LP

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