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You are currently viewing all posts written by Gene Stout. Gene Stout was the pop music critic for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer for more than two decades. He is currently freelancing for the Seattle Times. His stories have appeared in newspapers around the country through the New York Times and Hearst Corporation news services. Gene is a Seattle native who grew up on Mercer Island and graduated in communications and editorial journalism from the University of Washington. “I started this journey when Little Richard knocked me out of the cradle,” Gene says. “And I continue to be a sucker for a great musical hook.” Over the years, Gene has interviewed hundreds of musicians, from Eddie Vedder and Courtney Love to James Taylor and Quincy Jones. He was front and center when Seattle’s insular garage-rock scene exploded internationally in the early 1990s.

August 9, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Lady Gaga’s still got it | Concert review

Lady Gaga, shown here performing in Florida earlier this month. (Kevin Mazur / WireImage)

Lady Gaga, shown here performing in Florida earlier this month. (Kevin Mazur / WireImage)

Lady Gaga’s still got it.

The big-hearted pop diva known for her flamboyant showmanship and devoted LGBTQ following treated fans to nearly two hours of song, dance and spectacle Friday night at KeyArena.

Fans of all ages filled the venue — including Gaga’s father, Joe Germanotta, who was celebrating his birthday along with other family members. Seated at the piano, Lady Gaga dedicated an intimate, solo version of “Dope” to him, then led the audience in a “Happy Birthday” sing along.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Concert Review, KeyArena, Lady Gaga

August 8, 2014 at 11:54 PM

Lady Gaga brings her colorful, big-hearted, Vegas-like spectacle to KeyArena

Making up a date she was forced to postpone in May, pop diva Lady Gaga treated fans to a colorful, high-energy spectacle Friday at KeyArena. The connection to her fans was especially strong in her latest Seattle show. She read fan letters aloud, enlisted concertgoers in singing “Happy Birthday” to her dad (who attended the show…


Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop

July 18, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Strange bedfellows and emotional urgency for Tori Amos | Concert review

Beloved by her fans, singer-songwriter Tori Amos received a boisterous Seattle welcome at the first U.S. show in her 80-city tour Thursday night at the Paramount Theatre.

The tour supports her 14th studio album, “Unrepentant Geraldines,” which recently made its debut at an impressive No. 7 on The Billboard 200 album chart. The album, with songs inspired by visual art around the world, follows five years of musical exploration, including a London musical titled “The Light Princess.”

Seated between a grand piano and electric keyboard, the spirited, red-haired musician occasionally played them simultaneously,


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: The Paramount Theatre, Tori Amos

July 11, 2014 at 5:37 AM

Tori Amos coming to Paramount | Concert preview

Singer-songwriter Tori Amos, who has received multiple Grammy nominations and sold more than 12 million albums, performs the first U.S. show of her 80-city tour Thursday, July 17, at the Paramount Theatre.

The tour supports her current album, “Unrepentant Geraldines,” which made its debut at No. 7 on The Billboard 200 album chart.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: 'Unrepentant Geraldines', Concert Preview, paramount theatre

June 26, 2014 at 4:27 PM

KISS and Def Leppard to pump it up at White River | Concert preview

(Brian Lowe)

(Brian Lowe)

KISS and Def Leppard team up for a headbanging, tongue-wagging night of hard rock Sunday in Auburn. Visiting more than 40 cities, the tandem tour celebrates KISS’ 40th year in music, as well as the band’s induction this year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Collectively, the two bands have sold more than 200 million albums.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Concert Preview, Def Leppard, KISS

June 26, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Kraftwerk plays Paramount, its EDM progeny, the Gorge | Concert preview

(Peter Boettcher Photography)

(Peter Boettcher Photography)

Electronic music is so ubiquitous today that EDM (electronic dance music) fans may not appreciate how revolutionary the music was in the early ’70s.

German group Kraftwerk pioneered the sound, releasing the mesmerizing album “Autobahn” and its title track in 1974.


Comments | More in Electronic, Festivals | Topics: Concert Preview, EDM, Kraftwerk

June 19, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Sarah McLachlan performs Friday and Saturday, June 20 and 21, at Chateau Ste. Michelle.

“Monsters,” a new song by Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan, is about the villains in our lives, the spoilers who bring pain and discontent. “Think what your life would be missing / If you didn’t have him to sing about,” she sings. “We need to have hard things to rub up against,” McLachlan says. “We need that friction…


Comments | Topics: Chateau Ste. Michelle, Sarah McLachlan

June 2, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Soundgarden talks about 20th anniversary of ‘Superunknown’

The members of Soundgarden knew there was something very special about “Superunknown” even when they finished recording the album in 1993.

“We knew we were doing something different from what everyone expected,” bassist Ben Shepherd says of the groundbreaking album rereleased Tuesday, June 3, in multiple formats.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Soundgarden, Superunknown

May 23, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Backstreet Boys, Avril Lavigne rock WaMu Theater | Concert review

The Backstreet Boys, Thursday night at WaMu Theater.

The Backstreet Boys, Thursday night at WaMu Theater. (Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

When they’re as old as Crosby, Stills & Nash, will the Backstreet Boys ditch their song-and-dance routines and go unplugged?

Fans got a taste of what the future could hold when the biggest boy band in history sat down with their guitars in the middle of a two-hour show Thursday at WaMu Theater to play an acoustic set featuring romantic, laid-back versions of “Get Lucky,” “10,000 Promises,” “Madeline” and “Quit Playing Games With My Heart.”


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Avril Lavigne, Backstreet Boys, Concert Review

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