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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.

November 27, 2014 at 6:15 AM

Jingle Ball to light up Moore Theatre | Concert preview

Mary Lambert at Sasquatch! 2014 (Genevieve Alvarez)

Mary Lambert at Sasquatch! 2014 (Genevieve Alvarez)

The eclectic lineup for KISS 106.1 FM’s Jingle Ball includes Mary Lambert (shown here), Lindsey Stirling, Fences, Jake Miller, Rixton and Magic! But Lambert will be the belle of this ball, particularly now that Fall Out Boy, originally scheduled for the show, has canceled.

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Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: "She Keeps Me Warm", Concert Preview, Fences

November 27, 2014 at 5:01 AM

Stevie Wonder to reprise ‘Songs in the Key of Life’ at KeyArena | Concert preview

(Eddie Wolfl)

(Eddie Wolfl)

It’s been a milestone year for Motown legend and former child prodigy Stevie Wonder, whose soul-stirring songs have brought him millions of fans and more than two dozen Grammy Awards.
The beloved musician recently received two national honors, in addition to launching one of his most ambitious tours in years.

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Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: "Songs in the Key of Life", Concert Preview, KeyArena

November 21, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Fleetwood Mac at Tacoma Dome with Christine McVie like a ‘family reunion’ | Concert review

 Fleetwood Mac keyboardist Christine McVie acknowledges the crowd as Stevie Nicks gives her a shout out before starting the song "Dreams" at the Tacoma Dome, (Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times0

Fleetwood Mac keyboardist Christine McVie acknowledges the crowd as Stevie Nicks gives her a shout out before starting the song “Dreams” at the Tacoma Dome. (Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

With the return of singer-pianist Christine McVie after a 16-year absence, a re-energized Fleetwood Mac wowed a near-capacity crowd with a powerful, sometimes explosive concert Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Tacoma Dome.

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Christine McVie, Concert Review, Fleetwood Mac

October 18, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Bob Dylan and his band in fine form at Paramount

Bob Dylan’s so-called Never Ending Tour, a string of concert treks that have kept him on the road nearly nonstop since 1988, will someday end with Dylan’s final bow.

But for now, the folk-rock icon with the gravelly voice, poetic songs and enigmatic personality shows few signs of slowing down.

If experiencing Dylan in concert is on your bucket list, there’s no sense in putting it off. The 73-year-old troubadour and his seasoned, five-piece band were in fine form Friday night for the first of three concerts at the Paramount Theatre, performing to a near-capacity crowd spanning several generations.

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September 25, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Elton John to walk down the yellow brick road at KeyArena | Concert preview

After decades of performing, the “Rocket Man” is still soaring.

Elton John’s current globe-trotting tour includes a concert with Bright Light Bright Light (Welsh-bred Rod Thomas) Saturday, Sept. 27, at KeyArena. According to early reviews, the show is a boisterous, piano-pounding, two-hour career retrospective stocked with such hits as “Bennie and the Jets,” “Candle in the Wind” (his famous tribute to Marilyn Monroe), “Tiny Dancer,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and “Rocket Man.”

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Candle in the Wind, Concert Preview, Elton John

September 24, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Chris Cornell makes rare appearance with Tom Morello at ’15 Now’ benefit show

  Soundgarden lead singer Chris Cornell is throwing his support to the national “15 Now” campaign for a $15 minimum wage.   Cornell joins his former Audioslave collaborator Tom Morello (also of Rage Against the Machine) in a performance at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E. Cornell will perform Audioslave songs with…

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: "El Corazon, Audioslave, Soundgarden

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