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November 20, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Bastille storms KeyArena Tuesday| Concert preview

When London band Bastille first came to Seattle last year, they played at the venerable Tractor Tavern in a wild, sold-out show that had people begging for tickets outside. Just a little over a year later and with No. 1 hit “Pompeii,” Bastille is set to perform at KeyArena on Tuesday, Nov. 25, after canceling…


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: "Pompeii", Bastille, Concert Preview

November 2, 2014 at 11:19 AM

The Black Keys crank it up to 11 | Concert review

If you are a fan of spontaneity, it may disappoint you to learn that the Black Keys played the exact same set Saturday at KeyArena as they did on Friday in Portland and Vancouver the night before that. The benefit of all that repetition was easy to see, however, as the band turned in an impressive marathon of some of its biggest hits that was on point from start to finish.


Comments | More in Blues, Rock/Pop | Topics: Concert Review, KeyArena, The Black Keys

October 10, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Echosmith: A young band finding its way | Concert review

Teenagers are not finished products and despite a hit single and charming 17-year-old singer Sydney Sierota, neither is Los Angeles sibling act Echosmith. Comprised of four Sierota siblings who range in age from 15 to 21, Echosmith’s short set opening for American Authors at Showbox at the Market Thursday revealed the band still has a lot…


Comments | Topics: Echosmith

October 10, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Angus and Julia Stone experience sibling revival-ry | Concert preview

Second chances in the music industry are funny things. Sometimes these comebacks are carefully orchestrated and years in the making, and sometimes super-producer Rick Rubin calls out of the blue and tells you he wants to cut a record.

The latter happened to Angus and Julia Stone, an Australian sibling act that split up in 2011 so that the Stones could get some time away from each other and pursue solo projects. Thanks to Rubin’s interest, they’re back with a new self-titled album and a North American tour that stops in Seattle on Sunday at The Showbox at the Market.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Angus and Julia Stone, Showbox

September 26, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Stream a new track from Android Amaker

Brent Amaker is set to launch his Android Amaker project November 7. Photo courtesy of Frank Correa. Brent Amaker and a host of collaborators including Vox Mod, P-Smoov and Frank Correa are set to unleash their multimedia project, Android Amaker, on Nov. 7. More than just an album, Android Amaker is a collection of music, photography,…


Comments | More in Electronic, General news | Topics: android amaker, brent amaker, p smoov

September 25, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Old Crow Medicine Show brings boozy, charming string sound to Paramount

Old Crow Medicine Show has its signature hit, “Wagon Wheel,” but there’s much more to the Nashville string band, which stops by Seattle Friday. Its latest album, “Remedy,” is a boozy, charming collection of songs that confirm the band members’ songwriting chops even as they continue to modernize their sound. Highlights include the silly humor of “Brushy…


Comments | More in Americana, Country | Topics: "Wagon Wheel", Concert Preview, Old Crow Medicine Show

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