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April 16, 2014 at 3:46 PM

The trend-surfing Dillinger Escape Plan play El Corazón this Saturday | Concert Preview

By Todd Hamm / Special to The Seattle Times

The breakneck brand of metal that New Jersey’s the Dillinger Escape Plan helped pioneer a decade-and-a-half ago still strikes a chord around these parts. Maybe it’s because we love the electric shock that comes with the genre, but it could also be pegged to the fact that bands like Tacoma’s Botch were digging into the same mathcore tool kit around the same time.

If Botch hadn’t broken up, perhaps they’d be on this bill, or even headlining it. But things have changed, and while Botch’s members have moved on to bigger things, DEP have simply shifted their focus to keep pace with changing trends.

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April 14, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Sasquatch! 2014 is sold out!

(Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

(Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

After cancelling the first-ever second weekend of Sasquatch!, originally scheduled for July 4-6, Adam Zacks and LiveNation announced that the original weekend, scheduled for May 23 – 25 has completely sold out.

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April 11, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Seattle Odesza’s has arrived | Concert preview

By Joseph Sutton-Holcomb / Special to The Seattle Times

Sometimes, getting skeptical music fans excited about an EDM band is an incredible hassle. With this genre especially, the listening experience changes drastically based on context. The newest EP by production duo Odesza — called “My Friends Never Die” — might sound repetitive if played through a laptop for people chilling distractedly on a living room couch.

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April 3, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Dum Dum Girls: sunny, with swagger | Concert preview

Dee Dee Penny, leader of Dum Dum Girls (James Orlando)

Dee Dee Penny, leader of Dum Dum Girls (James Orlando)

By Joseph Sutton-Holcomb / Special to The Seattle Times

Frequent KEXP listeners might have noticed that on Friday afternoons, DJ Kevin Cole lays on the rock music pretty thick. It can be punk, grunge, garage, whatever, as long as it’s high energy.

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March 28, 2014 at 3:25 PM

What does Nirvana mean to you? Share your memories with us

(Photo by Chris Cuffaro / AP)

(Photo by Chris Cuffaro / AP)

With the 20th Anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death on April 5, and the induction of Nirvana into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the following Thursday, April 10, we reached out to acquaintances of the band, cultural figures and fellow musicians to get their personal impressions of Nirvana and their legacy.

Filmmaker Lynn Shelton remembers Cobain’s “striking blue eyes.” Photographer Alice Wheeler recalls seeing the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video for the first time. Graphic designer Art Chantry tells the story of hearing “Nevermind” before it came out. Rapper Black Cobain told us about listening to Nirvana in a childhood neighborhood dominated by hip hop. And local musician Michael Benjamin Lerner, of Telekinesis, explains what it’s like to cover “On a Plain.” (Read the whole article here.)

Their accounts, and others, will be published Sunday, March 30, both in print and online. We want to know your recollections, impressions and stories about what Nirvana meant to you. About what you remember most vividly. Submit using the form below (email addresses are not published), and we’ll collect the responses and run them online this week.

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March 27, 2014 at 4:52 PM

The Kings of Leon: Evolution? Sellout? Who Cares?

By Chris Kornelis / Special to The Seattle Times

When Kings of Leon released its fourth LP, “Only By the Night” in 2008 the Nashville band not only became one of the country’s biggest rock bands, but one of its most divisive. Fans of the scrappy, undercard rock on KOL’s first two albums had largely tolerated transitional third album, “Because of the Times,” but cried sellout when the band rose to the top of the charts on the back of lead single “Sex On Fire.” The band is now touring behind last year’s “Mechanical Bull.” I recently traded notes with KEXP DJ John Richards about the band and the backlash.

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