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October 16, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Which Bob Dylan will we see this weekend? | Concert preview

(Courtesy of the artist)

(Courtesy of the artist)

Bob Dylan has changed sound and shape so many times over his 50-plus-year career that his fans sometimes forget that change is his preferred method of transportation. Here’s a look at four different Dylans, and an estimation as to which one(s) you’re likely to see during his three-night residency at the Paramount, which begins Friday, Oct. 17.

The Bob Dylan You Heard on “Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits”: This man no longer exists — if he ever did. Some people confused him with being a prophet or at the very least prescient. But let’s get serious: How insightful is it to say “The Times They Are A-Changin’ ”? When were times not a-changin’? Please.

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Comments | More in Folk, Rock/Pop | Topics: "The Times They Are A-Changin'", Bob Dylan, Concert Preview

October 10, 2014 at 10:15 AM

alt-J’s pop with an edge | Concert preview

“This Is All Yours,” the new LP from the British industrial-rock act alt-j, is the latest reminder that pop music need not be sweet. It can be abrasive and haunting, even nasty. Alt-j has a deep war chest that includes heavy-handed guitar riffs, militant drum cadences, large helpings of metal and plenty of soul. The…

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Alt J, The Paramount

October 3, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Echosmith: hits and high-school | Concert preview

Before her 12th birthday, Sydney Sierota formed a family band with her three brothers that played Rihanna and Rage Against the Machine covers at local festivals and Chick-fil-As near their home in Los Angeles. Before she was old enough to drive, she and her brothers sat across the table from an executive at Warner Bros. Records who offered them a deal on the spot.

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September 25, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Conor Oberst and the danger of an early-genius rep | Concert preview

Conor Oberst was alternately blessed and plagued with “next Dylan” status at a very young age. His promising talent in the folky singer-songwriter genre came at a time when rock ’n’ roll was still battling rap-rock. Oberst, who comes to the Showbox at the Market Sept. 30, gave thirsty music critics and fans an excuse to wax nostalgic.

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Comments | Topics: Conor Oberst, Upside Down Mountain

August 26, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Jack White’s rules and explorations | Concert review

Jack White performs at the Paramount Theatre on Monday, August 25 (Photo by  David James Swanson)

Jack White performs at the Paramount Theatre on Monday, August 25 (Photo by David James Swanson)

A few minutes before Jack White and his blue-hued band took the stage at the Paramount, Monday night, a JW minion came out from behind the curtain to address the sold-out room. “Are you ready for a rock ‘n’ roll show, Seattle?” Because if you are, you’re going to have to follow the rules.

Jack White is particular about how you consume his music.

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Comments | Topics: Jack White, The Dead Weather, The Paramount Theatre

July 10, 2014 at 2:14 PM

The Tedeschi-Trucks dream, still unfulfilled | Concert preview

The crowd was drunk on dollar Pabst and screaming for an encore when Susan Tedeschi joined her husband on stage during the Derek Trucks Band’s 2005 set at Moscow, Idaho’s, John’s Alley. She was met with a roar and the sold-out room was treated to a rarity, something fans of the pair had long been begging for: a Tedeschi-Trucks collaboration.

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March 17, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Sam Roberts brings classical, Canadian rock to the Tractor

SamRobertsBy Chris Kornelis / Special to The Seattle Times

When Sam Roberts turned 4, his parents gave him an ultimatum: you have to play a musical instrument, but you can pick which one. He chose the violin.

While many students put down their bows as they gravitate to rock and roll, Roberts kept at it, even as his eponymous band became a going concern in his home country of Canada. He got married, had children, spent a substantial portion of his time on the road. Through it all, he continued to take lessons from the same teacher, Hratchia Sevadjian. He never really stopped.

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