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July 13, 2014 at 12:26 PM

Light in the Attic provides cool sounds on a hot day

For those seeking a little outdoor fun, while staying out of the sun, Light in the Attic’s First Annual Summer Spectacular offered a great way to find some relief from the record-breaking heat.

Barry Overton's set gave LITA's event a jazzy touch . (photo: Gillian G. Gaar)

Overton Berry’s set gave LITA’s event a jazzy touch . (photo: Gillian G. Gaar)

The Seattle-based record label, known for its reissue projects like the “Wheedle’s Groove” CD and film covering Seattle’s ’70s-era funk scene, and a lavish box set by iconoclastic singer-songwriter Lee Hazlewood, hosted a laid-back afternoon of live entertainment yesterday at their warehouse/record store on a quiet street in Ballard.

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Comments | More in Festivals, Jazz, Rock/Pop | Topics: Alex Maas, Black Angles, Light in the Attic

June 30, 2014 at 10:59 AM

‘A Hard Day’s Night’ still fresh after 50 years |Movie preview

When United Artists arranged to produce the Beatles’ first feature film, “A Hard Day’s Night,” in 1964, the company’s sole intention was to cash in on a craze before it fizzled out — which, considering the fickle tastes of teenagers, they expected would happen in about six months. Instead, “A Hard Day’s Night” became a classic,…

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Comments | More in General news, Rock/Pop | Topics: A Hard Day's Night, Movie Preview, The Beatles

June 29, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Cher still a powerhouse at KeyArena D2K show | Concert review

Cher was dressed to thrill for her lavish “Dressed to Kill” show at KeyArena Saturday night. There was Warrior Queen Cher, who emerged from a Trojan Horse in a golden gladiator outfit and blonde wig. There was Vampire Cher, with an elaborate, bat-shaped headdress and a set of fangs she sank into her not unwilling male…

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Cher, Concert Review, Cyndi Lauper

June 16, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Funhouse legacy celebrated at Columbia City Theater | Concert review

Scrappy Seattle punk club the Funhouse may be gone. But its spirit lives on, as evidenced by last night’s screening of “Razing the Bar,” a documentary about the rise and fall of the club, at the Columbia City Theater, followed by a live show featuring bands that used to play the much-missed venue.

The wacky Fabulous Downey Brothers (photo: Gillian G. Gaar)

The wacky Fabulous Downey Brothers (photo: Gillian G. Gaar)

“Razing the Bar” had its world premiere last month at the Seattle International Film Festival (with two sold-out screenings), and is scheduled for a one-week run at the Grand Illusion theater in the University District in July. But last night’s screening was about having a party. First-time director Ryan Worsley hugged supporters and well-wishers who packed the sold-out house, the celebratory mood enhanced by the bar conveniently located inside the theater (Rainier proving to be the tipple of choice, judging by the empty cans littering the floor). As the film played, cheers of recognition broke out whenever a familiar face was seen on the screen, followed by boos and hisses at the sight of encroaching urban development (the Funhouse, located by the Seattle Center, was demolished in 2012 to make way for a seven-story apartment building).

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Concert Review, the Funhouse

May 1, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Unlike their music, Righteous Brothers book is bland

The Righteous Brothers, first promo photo (Moonglow Records)

The Righteous Brothers, first promo photo (Moonglow Records)

“The Time of My Life:  A Righteous Brothers’ Memoir”
Bill Medley with Mike Marino
Da Capo Press, $26.99

“You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’.” “Unchained Melody.” “(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration.” These classic tracks by the Righteous Brothers burst with the kind of passion that’s made them romantic standards since their release close to half a century ago.

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Bill Medley, Book review, The Righteous Brothers

April 17, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney among Northwest artists featured on Record Store Day

The first Record Store Day of the year is set for this Saturday, April 19, when record shops across the country will carry limited edition vinyl releases as a means of luring customers into their stores. And there’s a nice selection of rarities from Pacific Northwest artists this time around:

Nirvana's "Pennyroyal Tea" was planned for release in 1994, but was pulled after Kurt Cobain's death.

Nirvana’s “Pennyroyal Tea” was planned for release in 1994, but was pulled after Kurt Cobain’s death.

Nirvana, “Pennyroyal Tea,” 7-inch single (DGC/UMe) “Pennyroyal Tea” was set to be the third single release from Nirvana’s “In Utero” album. It was cancelled after Kurt Cobain’s death, not least because the single’s B-side was “I Hate Myself and Want to Die.” The Record Store Day reissue utilizes the original artwork planned for the single.

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: David Lynch, Jack Endino, Mudhoney

April 10, 2014 at 11:26 AM

It’s Bill Rieflin times two at Slow Music and Humans show next week | Concert preview

Bill Rieflin's music credits extend back to the late '70s. (photo: Bill Rieflin)

Bill Rieflin’s music credits extend back to the late ’70s. (photo: Bill Rieflin)

Bill Rieflin will be on double duty next week when he appears at the Triple Door on April 14 and 15. The multi-instrumentalist, who boasts a wide-ranging resume (Ministry, R.E.M., Nine Inch Nails, Robyn Hitchcock), will headline both shows with his improvisational group Slow Music, which also includes legendary English guitarist Robert Fripp, as well as playing in the evening’s opening act, the Humans, which features Fripp’s wife, English singer/actress Toyah Wilcox.

“Believe me, it’s not my idea,” Rieflin said of the double billing. It all began when Rieflin was recently out dining in London with Fripp, Wilcox, R.E.M.’s Peter Buck (another Slow Music member), and Young Fresh Fellows/R.E.M. guitarist Scott McCaughey. “We were all having a very fun dinner, drinking lots of bubbling solutions,” Rieflin recalled. “And someone began to reminisce — ‘Ah, Slow Music, that was fun, wasn’t it?’ And I won’t say who, but someone else said, ‘Let’s do it again! Let’s do a Slow Music show.’ And Toyah pipes up, ‘Yeah! And the Humans will open!’

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Bill Rieflin, Concert Preview, Robert Fripp

April 8, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Finally, a Mudhoney biography | Book review

“Mudhoney: The Sound and The Fury From Seattle”

Keith Cameron

Voyageur Press, $19.99

 

Keith Cameron's book is the first full biography of Mudhoney.

Keith Cameron’s book is the first full biography of Mudhoney.

Green River was Seattle’s seminal grunge band of the 1980s. Kim Neely’s 1998 book “Five Against One: The Pearl Jam Story” documented what happened to one half of the group after Green River split in 1987. Now there’s finally a book detailing the events that followed for the other band members, who went on to form Mudhoney.

Keith Cameron, a writer for prestigious UK monthly “Mojo,” was a young aspiring journalist when Mudhoney first toured England in 1989, and, having covered the band from the very beginning, is well-placed to take the reader through the labyrinthine twists and turns of the burgeoning grunge era.

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Book review, Mudhoney, Sub Pop

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