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June 28, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Paradiso 2014 off to an earthshaking start | Concert review

Seattle Times contributor Terry Wood reports:   GEORGE, Wash. — Day One of Paradiso, the electronic dance music festival hosted for a third straight year Friday and Saturday at the Gorge, was awash in earthshaking beats and PLUR — Peace, Love, Unity and Respect, the founding credo of a growing musical movement that has evolved out of…


Comments | More in Dance, Electronic | Topics: Bassnectar, Paradiso 2014

April 7, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Cartoonist Ward Sutton revisits Nirvana

Nirvana, as drawn by cartoonist, illustrator and rock-poster artist Ward Sutton. Nirvana will be inducted into Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday, April 10, in a ceremony in Brooklyn, N.Y. In anticipation, The Seattle Times asked artist Ward Sutton to draw a tribute to the band. Sutton, a New York-based cartoonist, illustrator and…


Comments | More in General news, Rock/Pop | Topics: Nirvana, Nirvana cartoon, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

July 26, 2013 at 10:26 AM

Best bets for Capitol Hill Block Party 2013

Find music writer Andrew Matson’s day-by-day picks for Block Party below — the list is a companion to his full festival preview. Have your own list to share with other readers? Add it to the comments thread. FRIDAY Danny Brown (6:30 p.m., Main Stage): Hard-core rapping from one of the best doing it. Secret Colors (8:30 p.m., Barboza…


Comments | More in Festivals | Topics: Capitol Hill Block Party

July 19, 2013 at 12:50 PM

David Byrne & St. Vincent raise the spirits | Concert review

Seattle Times arts writer Michael Upchurch writes: With a swaggeringly chunky saxophone riff and a tricky bit of bass-drum syncopation, David Byrne and St. Vincent got their concert at Chateau Ste. Michelle winery off to a glorious start on Thursday night. That riff belonged to “Who,” the opening track on the duo’s 2012 album, “Love This…


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Chateau Ste. Michelle, David Byrne, St. Vincent

May 24, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Folklife day 1: Strike up the bands

The LoveBomb Go-Go Marching Band of Portland Oregon. Photo by Lynn Jacobson/The Seattle Times. The NW Folklife Festival got off to a mellow start Friday afternoon with mostly clear skies and light crowds. Ukulele players happily co-existed with brass bands; belly dancers with Irish cloggers. Here, the LoveBomb Go-Go Marching Band of Portland Oregon stopped…


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May 24, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Get to the Folklife Festival the easy way

What’s the easy way? Depends on where you’re coming from. Folklife has put together a really great web page detailing all possible options: Driving and parking; public transportation; and biking. Note that there’s a special Folklife shuttle operating Saturday, Sunday and Monday from Northgate and from Renton to Seattle Center. The fare is $2.50. The page


Comments | More in Festivals | Topics: Folklife 2013, Seattle Center

May 22, 2013 at 12:46 PM

10 Burt Bacharach songs you should know

At the Seattle Times’ morning news meeting, an editor expressed surprise that a story about composer Burt Bacharach’s newly published memoir was among the most-read items on our website today.

Composer Burt Bacharach, taken by Scott Gries/Invision/AP.

Composer Burt Bacharach, taken by Scott Gries/Invision/AP.

Many of us on the A&E staff know Bacharach as the wellspring of some of the greatest pop hits of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, including “What’s New Pussycat?” (recorded by Tom Jones); “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” (B.J Thomas) and “Close to You” (The Carpenters). But if you’re not clued into this particular era, or a student of pop culture, you might not know this songwriter’s amazing legacy.

Here, for the curious, is a quick list of some of Bacharach’s best-known tunes; all the lyrics were written by his creative partner, Hal David, and a number were recorded by Dionne Warwick. Note that if you are already a Bacharach fan, your favorite might not be here (feel free to add yours to the comments thread). The guy has written scores of songs, dozens of which which broke the top 40. An astonishing body of work.

The list …


Comments | More in General news, Rock/Pop | Topics: Burt Bacharach, Hal David