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July 31, 2014 at 12:22 PM

The social media rewind on Bey and Jay at Safeco

Beyoncé and Jay Z’s #OnTheRun Tour stopped in Seattle Wednesday night. With their ironclad image management, Mr. and Mrs. Carter were not allowing press photography or video, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t thousands of people their with smartphones. We scoured social media to bring some images of the night. View the story “The…

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Comments | More in Dance, R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: Beyoncé, Jay Z, safeco

July 31, 2014 at 12:05 AM

Jay Z and Beyoncé bring the On the Run Tour to Seattle

It’s in the books. The second show ever at Safeco Field and it was a big one. Mr. and Mrs. Carter, aka Bey and Jay, aka the closest thing pop music has to a royal couple, performed for more than two and half hours Wednesday night. See SoundPosts tomorrow morning for a full review.

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Comments | More in General news, R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: Beyoncé, Jay Z, On the Run Tour

July 10, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Antlers not ‘sad’ but definitely intense | Concert review

By Joseph Sutton-Holcomb / Special to The Seattle Times

The Antlers are often mislabeled as a sad band. Wednesday night’s show at Neumos proved once and for all that the reality is far more complex.

(Marc Lemoine)

(Marc Lemoine)

Sure, there were moments of desperate-feeling musical upheaval where lead singer Peter Silberman’s voice cut like a razor, but most of the songs inhabited a space between trumpet-laden other-worldliness and slow, towering walls of guitar noise. The vibe was not depressing — just intense, and eclectic as well. It’s refreshing to see a rock band deliver those utterly necessary boilerplate guitar explosions in songs dominated by keyboards and horns.

Silberman, renowned for his mastery of the higher vocal registers, navigated his lyrics with confidence. Few falsettos sound quite as crisp in a live setting as they do on recordings, but the sound was mixed well. The venue crew must have known his singing was too central to The Antlers’ sound to get lost behind the instruments.

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: 'Burst Apart', Antlers, Concert Review

July 4, 2014 at 5:30 AM

Antlers, fully mature now, to play Neumos | Concert preview

By Joseph Sutton-Holcomb / Special to The Seattle Times

Peter Silberman, lead vocalist and primary lyricist for The Antlers, is a man with big ideas.

(Marc Lemoine)

(Marc Lemoine)

They are often too expansive to resolve themselves on a single track, which Silberman proved to the world on 2009’s “Hospice,” a concept album so adept and high-minded that it became the gold standard against which many fans and critics have measured all the Antlers’ subsequent releases, including this year’s “Familiars.”

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Concert Preview, Familiars, Neumos

July 2, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Sub Pop launches internet radio station

By Katharine Schwab / Seattle Times staff writer

Sub Pop, the Seattle-based indie record label known for popularizing grunge music in the ’90s, is jumping on board the streaming radio trend with its own radio station on TuneIn, which hosts more than 100,000 radio stations and caters to more than 50 million monthly active users.

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Comments | More in General news, Rock/Pop | Topics: SoundCloud, Sub Pop, TuneIn

July 1, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Macklemore on the Duwamish: My river is filthy

Macklemore-slideBy Katharine Schwab/Special to The Seattle Times

Macklemore added another cause to his list with his participation in the River For All campaign, which calls on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and local government officials to provide an adequate cleanup plan for the toxically polluted Duwamish River.

“This is our city’s only river, and I want to do my part to make sure that it’s safe to reside here,” Macklemore said in a statement on the campaign’s website, which features personal testimonials from Seattleites from a diverse group of communities. “I stand in solidarity with community leaders and families who have organized for years to right this injustice.”

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Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop | Topics: Duwamish River, Macklemore

June 1, 2014 at 8:07 PM

James Taylor performs at the Key — and how sweet it is

By Paul de Barros / Seattle Times music critic For nearly three hours Saturday night, James Taylor transformed the sprawling KeyArena into an intimate living room. Chatty and relaxed in sport coat and jeans, the 66-year-old, bald-pated singer-songwriter delivered an expertly paced show, mixing old and new, familiar and unfamiliar, vocals and instrumental jams. He even signed…

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Comments | More in Americana, Folk, Rock/Pop | Topics: Concert revieww, James Taylor

May 22, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Videos: Local music on the move, Sasquatch! 2014 edition

It’s Sasquatch! weekend once again (also known, to others, as Memorial Day weekend). We recruited three local acts that will be taking the stage this weekend at the Gorge, and had them do a song on the go for us. It’s not quite planes, trains and automobiles, but you’ll definitely notice a transportation theme.

For our full preview of the Sasquatch experience, head over here.

La Luz, “What Good Am I?”

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