The Head and the Heart wrote their own concert review headline Friday at the Paramount. It was the first of two sold-out nights, and was a homecoming of sorts for a band that has been touring the world for much of the last year. So when they followed the opener, “Shake,” with “Homecoming Heroes,” they were…More
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In just over 90 minutes, the Pixies managed to play 29 songs at the Paramount on Tuesday night. That output would be a difficult feat for most bands, but for the Pixies it was just a normal night of furiously cranking out short alt-rock classics, and doing it with aplomb. The band could keep that pace…More
If you’re the type of fan who gets frustrated when a musician spends half the concert talking, then don’t miss the Pixies this Tuesday at the Paramount. “We rarely say much onstage,” says Pixies drummer Dave Lovering. They prefer instead to let their music stand without chatter.
The Pixies first formed almost 30 years ago, with several breakups and reunions since, but they are one of the most influential alternative rock bands of all time. Kurt Cobain once told “Rolling Stone” that “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was his attempt “to rip off the Pixies.”More
Any conversation with Mary Lambert this season starts with one word: “Congratulations.” That could come because of her recent Grammy nomination for her role on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love,” (she lost, but her turn singing that song with Madonna was the broadcast’s musical highlight).
It could be congratulations because she is the first artist from the Macklemore camp to get a major-label record deal. Her debut is due later this year, and her Grammy exposure will help her quest for individual stardom.More
As the music industry moves through changes brought on by technology, the very concept of what an “album” is evolves. That was evident when Beyoncé’s new collection of songs sold 800,000 downloads with no marketing.
The shifts have been hard to adapt to for “legacy artists,” who came of age in the era of vinyl albums. Three new sets by classic American rock acts — including one with local roots — illustrate different approaches.
When guitarist Jordan Cook returns to Seattle on Saturday, he promises to bring a “special show” to his adopted hometown. But Cook is also looking forward to the Neptune gig for other reasons: “It will be the first time in ages I’ll sleep in my own bed,” he laughs.
Cook moved to Seattle in 2012 from his birthplace of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and it was here he perfected his Reignwolf character. That means distorted guitar (Jimi Hendrix meets the Black Keys), including the trick of playing the drums while he shreds guitar.More
Mary Lambert, ‘Welcome to the Age of My Body’ (Capitol)
Mary Lambert was the voice of the chorus on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ hit “Same Love,” and she’s the first Macklemore-associated act to get picked up by a major label. “Body Love,” broken into two parts on this EP, examines the challenges of being female in a society that objectifies women.
“I only know how to exist when I am wanted,” she sings.
It’s a moving song, but rises above politics to become a message about the human struggle to find faith and self-acceptance.More
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced Monday that Seattle rock band Nirvana is one of seven 2014 inductees.
Nirvana is the fourth Seattle-related musical act to earn popular music’s highest honor, following Jimi Hendrix, the Ventures and Heart. Heart was inducted earlier this year in Los Angeles.
In a press release, Nirvana bass player Krist Novoselic said, “This is a great honor. Thank you to the people who nominated and voted for us. Thank you most of all to Kurt Cobain. And to everyone who’s kept Rock music going strong for 60 years and counting.”More
This week Macklemore and Ryan Lewis played to 50,000 fans over three nights at KeyArena. Just hours later, they flew to New York to play Madison Square Garden Friday.
But on Saturday they were back in Seattle playing a benefit for Children’s Hospital at the Showbox. It was the smallest venue they’ve played in many months, but as the final performance of a transformative year, it was also their most special.More
Neil Young’s latest is a new slab of something old. “Live at the Cellar Door” is culled from six concerts near the end of 1970 at a small Washington, D.C. club. Capturing Young at his acoustic best, the sound quality is stellar, and the album exposes Young at a turning point. He had just released…More