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January 16, 2015 at 10:20 AM

Alice in Chains to play halftime at Seahawks game Sunday

The Seattle Seahawks announced Friday morning that Seattle rock band Alice in Chains will play the halftime show at CenturyLink Field Sunday, Jan. 18, for the NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers. In the Hawks announcement, Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell professed being a Seahawks fan since 1976, when he was 10…


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January 2, 2015 at 5:15 AM

Built to Spill is built to last | Concert preview

By Joseph Sutton-Holcomb
Special to The Seattle Times

Lead singer-songwriter Doug Martsch of Built to Spill, which plays the Showbox Friday and Saturday, Jan. 2-3, approaches live performance with an air of distinguished solemnity.

He doesn’t speak much, except for the occasional “thanks” after he finishes a song. There is often a stack of towels beside him to mop the sweat from his brow. He frequently buoys his earnest singing with an unusual, quavery vibrato, an effect he accentuates by moving his mouth back and forth in front of the microphone, like a nervous tic.

But while Martsch may not be the most animated frontman, Built to Spill has been a key influence since the ’90s on countless rock groups, including Modest Mouse and Death Cab for Cutie.


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December 8, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Elvis Costello to play solo Seattle show | Ticket alert

Elvis Costello, shown here playing at the Paramount Theatre in 2012. (Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times) Elvis Costello, master of the three-minute rock song and irrepressible dabbler in other genres, from jazz to classical, will perform a solo concert in Seattle April 26, 2015 at the Paramount Theatre. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday,…


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December 4, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Brandy Clark, and more local names in the Grammy noms

Brandy Clark, who hails from Morton, Lewis County, is up for a Best New Artist Grammy Award/Jason Davis, Getty Images UPDATE: Yet more local names have surfaced as Grammy nominees. Among them is Morton-bred Brandy Clark,  who’s competing against Iggy Azalea, Bastille, Haim and the ubiquitous Sam Smith. Clark is already on the industry’s radar, having…


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November 18, 2014 at 5:54 PM

Foo Fighters slated for Gorge next fall | Ticket alert

The Foo Fighters announced Tuesday that the band will perform at the Gorge Amphitheatre Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. The band is currently promoting its new album, “Sonic Highways,” with an eight-part HBO series documenting the group’s recording sessions in eight different cities, including Seattle. Tickets for the Gorge show go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday,…


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November 18, 2014 at 4:36 PM

What does ‘FKA Twigs’ really mean?

(Dvid Burton)

(David Burton)

In our preview of FKA Twigs (given name Tahliah Debrett Barnett), who plays the Showbox Tuesday, we repeated an explanation of “FKA” originally published by Pitchfork, taken up by Wikipedia, then repeated a gajillion times in a gigajillion publications.

When Seattle Times freelancer Mike Ramos spoke with the British soul sensation on the phone last week, however, she said that explanation was false.


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October 30, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Macklemore honored by ACLU for same-sex marriage activism

The ACLU of Washington announced today that Macklemore, the local-boy-made-worldwide-music-phenom, has been awarded the organization’s Civil Libertarian Award for his efforts around same-sex marriage. According to a news release, the rapper “has been an outspoken supporter of gay rights. He shares his views about the issue in his moving song ‘Same Love,’ written in support of legalizing marriage…


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September 17, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Interpol classes up the Paramount, expanding on their instantly recognizable sound

While riding the bus downtown for Interpol’s concert at The Paramount, I struck up a conversation with a fellow commuter headed to the same show. I asked him what he thought of the indisputably classy rock group’s new album, “El Pintor,” the band’s first in four years.

“It’s growing on me,” he replied.


Comments | Topics: Interpol, Paul Banks, The Paramount Theatre

September 9, 2014 at 5:35 AM

Seattle duo Odesza changes course | New recordings

By Joseph Sutton-Holcomb / Special to The Seattle Times

Odesza, ‘In Return’ (Counter)

Odesza’s new album begins with a return to the group’s established sound: sped-up or “chipmunked” vocals and/or a slow, wall-rattling beat. The opening track, “Always This Late,” represents the best and worst trait of Seattle production duo Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight. The chilled-out low-end makes their music impressibly accessible, but the device wears thin.


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