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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.


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.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop

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.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Sam Roberts

December 19, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Clap when you want to, says pop’n’classical Portland Cello Project | Concert preview

(Tarina Westlund)

(Tarina Westlund)

The last time the Portland Cello project was on the road, the pop-dipping string ensemble had a little fun with its cross-genre-ational crowd. It had long been common for the indie-rock kids to get shushed by classical-music fans in the audience for applauding between movements — a faux pas on par with unwrapping candy in a symphony hall.

So when the band played Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android,” it over enunciated the pause toward the middle of the song to the point where the classical fans unfamiliar with the piece began to clap and the indie kids had their chance to shush.

Their point? Get over yourselves. All of you.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Concert Preview, Portland Cello Project

November 8, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Folky dance music from The Melodic

The Melodic (courtesy of the band)

The Melodic (courtesy of the band)

Andy Kaulkin doesn’t remember where he started that day, but his Spotify rabbit hole eventually led him to The Melodic, a British band as influenced by classic American folk as with African and South American beats. He was instantly hooked.

“A lot of times when people are embracing older forms of music, they do it in this academic way,” says Kaulkin, the CEO of ANTI- record label, home to albums from Neko Case, Tom Waits and, as of this week, The Melodic’s debut LP, “Effra Parade.” “They’ve internalized this stuff, but they’re just doing their thing. They definitely sound like they’re from London.”


Comments | Topics: The Melodic, Tractor Tavern

October 29, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Arcade Fire ‘Reflektor’ | New Recordings

Arcade Fire, Reflektor (Merge) “Reflektor” isn’t the Arcade Fire’s best album. In fact, it doesn’t best any of the Montreal’ band’s first three efforts. Arcade Fire’s achievement on “Reflektor” is that the band is able to make its weakest record to date and still maintain its position as one of the world’s most exciting rock bands…


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: "Reflektor", Arcade Fire, New Recordings

July 26, 2013 at 11:59 AM

ZooTunes not best setting for jewel Randy Newman

Randy Newman took the stage at the Woodland Park Zoo Wednesday evening in a floppy, untucked, button-down shirt, the uniform of choice for many in his audience of male boomers, who slouched atop suffering folding chairs. He played unaccompanied — save for his grand piano and upright eyebrows — for two sets that ranged from ’60s…


Comments | More in Folk, Rock/Pop | Topics: Randy Newman, Zootunes

June 25, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Sean Nelson feels better about his ‘Choices’ now

Sean Nelson at the Gorge Amphitheatre in May. (Photo by Renee McMahon)

Sean Nelson at the Gorge Amphitheatre in May. (Photo by Renee McMahon)

Sean Nelson celebrated his 30th birthday feeling comfortably smug. Standing on stage at a club in New York, performing with Seattle’s The Long Winters, he remembers thinking: “This is a cultural archetype that I can really get behind. I’m a touring musician in a band that’s good. Not a lot of people know about it necessarily. But the choices I’ve made to get here feel like they were worth it.”

Ten years later, just weeks after his 40th birthday, Nelson celebrates the release of his solo debut, “Make Good Choices,” Wednesday at Neumos.
Times have changed, he said recently — and for the better.


Comments | Topics: Harvey Danger, Sean Nelson, Shenandoah Davis