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April 15, 2014 at 6:31 AM

Seattle music’s bright new face, Vaudeville Etiquette | New recordings

Vaudeville EtiquetteVaudeville Etiquette, ‘Debutantes & Dealers’ (Sunyata)

This debut album from Vaudeville Etiquette establishes the band as one of the bright new faces of Seattle music. Produced by Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees, Walking Papers), mixed by Jack Endino and photographed by Charles Peterson — this band has a high pedigree, with those talents involved.

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0 Comments | More in Americana, Country, Rock/Pop | Topics: Debutantes & Dealers, New Recordings, Vaudeville Etiquette

March 25, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Bumbershoot moving back to Memorial Stadium, adding headliners

Bumbershoot fans enjoy the sunshine and the music at Memorial Stadium, which will be the mainstage again this year. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times

Bumbershoot fans enjoy the sunshine and the music at Memorial Stadium, which will be the mainstage again this year. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times

After three years of having its mainstage inside KeyArena, Bumbershoot is moving its headliners back outdoors to Seattle Center’s Memorial Stadium this year.

The move was precipitated by potential scheduling conflicts at KeyArena with the WNBA.

The board of directors of One Reel, the nonprofit that puts on Seattle’s annual arts festival, voted on Tuesday to authorize the shift and the increased expenses associated with it.

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February 22, 2014 at 12:24 PM

The Head and the Heart’s splendid ‘homecoming’ weekend | Concert review

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…

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February 13, 2014 at 11:29 AM

The Pixies return, few words required |Concert preview

Pixies at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston L-F - Joey Santiago, Black Francis, David Lovering, touring bassist Paz Lenchantin (Dana Yarvin)

Pixies at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston
L-F – Joey Santiago, Black Francis, David Lovering, touring bassist Paz Lenchantin (Dana Yarvin)

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.”

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January 30, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Mary Lambert’s emotional homecoming at the Showbox

Mary Lambert performing “Same Love” with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis during the Grammy Awards Jan. 26. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images)

Mary Lambert performing “Same Love” with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis during the Grammy Awards Jan. 26. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images)

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.

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January 14, 2014 at 4:33 PM

Bruce Springsteen, Lucinda Williams, Mark Lanegan | New recordings

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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.

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0 Comments | More in Americana, Folk | Topics: "High Hopes", Bruce Springsteen, Lucinda Williams

December 27, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Jordan Cook aka Reignwolf returns to shred | Concert preview

(Ellen Banner)

(Ellen Banner)

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.

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December 17, 2013 at 5:10 AM

Mary Lambert rises above politics | New recordings

Mary Lambert Welcome51tBITxQgZL__SL500_AA280_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.

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0 Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: "She Keeps Me Warm", "Welcome to the Age of My Body", Mary Lambert

December 16, 2013 at 11:50 PM

Nirvana chosen for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

(MTV)

(MTV)

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.”

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