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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.

September 4, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Pharrell Williams and Soundgarden play to boisterous Seahawks crowd

Pharrell Williams holds his hands up with his dancers after finishing his set with "Happy" at the end of a free pre-game concert at CenturyLink Field on Thursday. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Pharrell Williams holds his hands up with his dancers after finishing his set with “Happy” at the end of a free pre-game concert at CenturyLink Field on Thursday. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Under postcard-perfect sunny skies, Seahawks fans reveled in more than an hour of noisy, pre-game music with hip-hop and R&B singer Pharrell Williams and Seattle rock band Soundgarden.

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September 2, 2014 at 5:16 PM

New Recordings: Counting Crows, ‘Somewhere Under Wonderland’ (Capitol)

CountingCrowsA sense of personal renewal permeates “Somewhere Under Wonderland,” the seventh studio album from alt-rock band Counting Crows. Songs on the successor to “Underwater Sunshine,” the band’s 2012 album of cover songs by such artists as Bob Dylan and Gram Parsons were written in a matter of weeks at lead singer Adam Duritz’s Greenwich Village loft.

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August 28, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Soundgarden and NIN: a hard-rock power tour 20 years in the making | Concert preview

The Soundgarden tour is getting a boost with the rerelease of the 1994 “Superunknown,” the band’s most successful album — and a top album of the grunge era. The doubleheader also features Nine Inch Nails. (The Seattle Times, 2012)

The Soundgarden tour is getting a boost with the rerelease of the 1994 “Superunknown,” the band’s most successful album — and a top album of the grunge era. The doubleheader also features Nine Inch Nails. (The Seattle Times, 2012)

More than 20 years ago, Soundgarden was booked to do its first tour with Nine Inch Nails (NIN).

But the doubleheader, featuring two of the most powerful hard-rock bands of the ’90s, never happened.

“We were originally going to tour with Nine Inch Nails in 1994 after ‘Superunknown’ came out,” guitarist Kim Thayil said recently during tour rehearsals at Seattle’s Studio X.

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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.

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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…

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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,

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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.

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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.

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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.

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