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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 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, video and fashion all centered around the concept of The Singularity — the moment that humanity…


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

September 20, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Blake Shelton charms with hits, humor and a personal moment | Concert review

  With his ninth studio album due out in just over a week, Blake Shelton was feeling the passage of time Friday night at the Tacoma Dome. “Did you know I’ve been coming to Washington for 13 freaking years?” he asked, almost as if he couldn’t believe the number. Shelton, 38, brought it back to basics in an…


Comments | More in Country | Topics: Blake Shelton, Tacoma Dome

September 16, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Florida Georgia Line start the party at the fair | Concert review

Florida Georgia Line -- Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley -- strike a pose at the Washington State Fair Monday, Sept. 15. (Lindsey Wasson)

Florida Georgia Line — Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley — strike a pose at the Washington State Fair. (Lindsey Wasson)

There are few country bands that possess the pop flair and down-home charm needed to ignite a party the way Florida Georgia Line did Monday, Sept. 15, at the Washington State Fair.


Comments | More in Country | Topics: "Cruise", "Here's to the Good Times", brian kelley

September 16, 2014 at 5:56 AM

New David Bazan album with string quartet a stunner | New recordings

David Bazan + Passenger String Quartet, ‘Volume 1’ (Bazan)

More than two years after they first started collaborating, David Bazan and the Passenger String Quartet have released their first collection of songs together. “Volume 1” is an elegiacal, beautiful album with a title that suggests maybe, if we’re lucky, this is just the beginning of a long partnership.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: 'Volume 1', David Bazan, New Recordings

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