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July 24, 2014 at 9:00 AM

What to see at Capitol Hill Block Party 2014

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Concertgoers take in Capitol Hill Block Party 2013. (Marcus Yam/The Seattle Times)

The Capitol Hill Block Party — Seattle’s favorite one-day actual block party-turned three-day corporate-sponsored music festival — is returning to a fenced-in Pike Street for the 17th year this weekend.

Friday’s lineup boasts headlining indie-rock veterans Spoon, who haven’t released an album since 2010s “Transference” but have a new one called “They Want My Soul” on the way that comes packed with a wannabe slacker-pop summer anthem “Do You.” Brooklyn DIY keyboard/drums dance-pop sweethearts Matt & Kim will also bring their energetic, feel-good live set to the main stage.

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Comments | More in Festivals, General news, R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: A$AP Ferg, A$AP Rock, Capitol Hill Block Party 2014

June 27, 2014 at 5:38 AM

Future follows his own blueprint | Concert preview

(Jonathan Mannion)

(Jonathan Mannion)

Atlanta’s Future, who plays the Neptune Theatre Thursday, is one of the leading voices in rap, R&B and even pop music in 2014, with multiple radio hits (“Move That Dope,” “Honest”) and collaborations with everyone from Kanye West and Andre 3000 to Miley Cyrus.

But the 30-year-old’s path to the top has been an arduous one.

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Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop | Topics: "Honest", Concert Preview, Future

June 8, 2014 at 4:32 PM

KUBE 93 Summer Jam’s day two a let-down | Concert review

Before any musical acts took the Gorge Amphitheatre main stage at KUBE 93’s Summer Jam on Saturday, it was announced that Rick Ross, one of the headliners, would not be performing as scheduled. Though artists not being able to make the trek out to George, Wash. is a fairly regular occurrence and Miami’s Ross has suffered health complications on long flights in recent years, his absence took a great deal of star power away from the lineup, and the crowd’s audible disappointment hinted the thing was doomed to fail before it even began.

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Comments | Topics: Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, KUBE 93 Summer Jam

June 5, 2014 at 4:02 PM

KUBE 93 Summer Jam brings the new classics and old favorites for a two-day party at the Gorge

KUBE 93’s annual Summer Jam is back at The Gorge again this weekend, but this year adds an extra day of high-powered rap acts to become a two-day festival well worth the trip out to George, Washington.

Saturday’s main lineup reads like a typical radio-rap festival in 2014

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Comments | More in Festivals, R & B/Hip-hop | Topics: Big Sean, Ice Cube, Kendrick Lamar

April 25, 2014 at 6:31 AM

Electronic producer Shlohmo still out in front | Concert preview

Twenty-four-year-old Los Angeles producer and WeDidIt collective founder Shlohmo (real name Henry Laufer) has been making innovative electronic beats since 2009, but in recent years his signature downtempo atmospherics, skittering percussion and R & B samples have become the popular standard for modern instrumental production.

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Comments | More in Electronic | Topics: "Laid Out", "No More", Concert Preview

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