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Category: Dance
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.  


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

July 28, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Charles Bradley leads dance party to end Timber! Fest

Charles Bradley performs at Timber! Outdoor Music Festival on Saturday. Photo by Owen R. Smith.

Charles Bradley performs at Timber! Outdoor Music Festival on Saturday. Photo by Owen R. Smith.

Charles Bradley hugged me. Wading into a sea of  ecstatic revelers Saturday night at Timber! Outdoor Music Festival as the final strains of “Why Is It So Hard” played, Bradley cast his arms open wide, pulled me into an enormous bear hug and whispered his sincerest thanks for coming to watch him play. I stood there, as more people pushed to get their moment with Bradley, stunned. I have experienced very few things in my 20 or so years of attending concerts that have given me real pause, but that indelible moment of gratitude from an artist who had just spent over an hour killing himself on stage is something I will carry with me long after I’ve stopped writing about music. It was exactly the sort of moment that organizer Kevin Sur had hoped for when he booked Bradley, whom he called the most gracious performer he’d ever seen.


Comments | More in Dance, Festivals, R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: Charles Bradley, Timber Festival

June 28, 2014 at 5:58 PM

Paradiso 2014 off to an earthshaking start | Concert review

Seattle Times contributor Terry Wood reports:   GEORGE, Wash. — Day One of Paradiso, the electronic dance music festival hosted for a third straight year Friday and Saturday at the Gorge, was awash in earthshaking beats and PLUR — Peace, Love, Unity and Respect, the founding credo of a growing musical movement that has evolved out of…


Comments | More in Dance, Electronic | Topics: Bassnectar, Paradiso 2014

February 17, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Something pure about Miley Cyrus | Concert review

Miley Cyrus and her crew saunter downstage during "SMS (Bangerz)" at the Tacoma Dome on Sunday. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Miley Cyrus and her crew saunter downstage during “SMS (Bangerz)” at the Tacoma Dome on Sunday. (Photos by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Miley Cyrus during her concert at the Tacoma Dome. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

“I would love to see you guys make out for this next song,” said Miley Cyrus Sunday at the Tacoma Dome, introducing “Adore You,” a vulnerable ballad off her smash album “Bangerz.”

Kissing broke out throughout the arena as the influential, 21-year-old pop star belted out the tune in her countryish alto. Cell phones waved like lighters in the crowd. It was a lovely moment.


Comments | More in Dance, Rock/Pop | Topics: Bangerz, Concert Review, Miley Cyrus

February 10, 2014 at 7:15 PM

Delorean back to the present | Concert preview


The Barcelona-based group Delorean, pictured, headlines Seattle’s Barboza club Tuesday. Photo by Nacho Alegre.

Touring bands have a lot to worry about — temperamental equipment, deadbeat promoters, the risk the van crashes or the plane goes down. The list goes on, but seldom does it include:

“Do what we say or you’re dead.”


Comments | More in Dance, Rock/Pop | Topics: Barboza, Concert Preview, Delorean

February 5, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Sasquatch! 2014 ticket info

(Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times) The big news is that Sasquatch! 2014 has added a second show, on Fourth of July weekend, but that’s no guarantee tickets will be any easier to get. Like last year — when tickets sold in 90 minutes — there are only three-day passes available. No single-day tickets will be sold….


Comments | More in Dance, Festivals, R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: Sasquatch 2014

January 24, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Excision brings on full throttle EDM | Concert preview

(Terrance Blanton /  Fadewood Studios)

(Terrance Blanton / Fadewood Studios)

“We Will Rock You” could easily be the catchphrase for Excision’s 2014 tour.

Armed with his next single, “Rock You,” based on the 1977 Queen classic, and a completely insane 150,000-watt sound system, the Canadian DJ, producer and dubstep innovator is ready to push the boundaries of electronic dance music.

Be sure to bring earplugs.


Comments | More in Dance, Rock/Pop | Topics: "Rock You", Concert Preview, Excision

January 22, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Ryan Hemsworth’s seamless trances| Concert preview

(Conrad McGee)

(Conrad McGee)

In less time than it took him to earn his journalism degree from his hometown Halifax, Nova Scotia’s University of King’s College, producer and DJ Ryan Hemsworth has ridden waves of internet buzz to become an internationally-touring performer, releasing his debut full-length Guilt Trips on famed Canadian label Last Gang Records (who has also released albums by the likes of Metric, Crystal Castles and Death From Above 1979) along the way.


Comments | More in Dance, R & B/Hip-hop | Topics: Concert Preview, Ryan Hemsworth

December 27, 2013 at 5:10 PM

7 wildly different top 10 album lists of 2013

Whether you’re into the Seattle scene, hip-hop, jazz, dance, pop, country, Americana, punk or world music, it’s been a great year for music. Below is a collection, in alphabetical order (by writer) of The Seattle Times’ 2013 Top 10 lists.

It’s remarkable how few artists made more than one writer’s list — Arctic Monkeys, Pearl Jam, The Head and the Heart, King Krule, Shelby Earl, Migos (warning: language), Young Thug, Earl Sweatshirt and ILLFIGHTYOU — and none made more than two. That speaks to the wide reach of our contributors, but also to the fragmented taste pockets in music these days.

We hope you see something here you loved but also something you haven’t heard yet. Because that’s what it’s all about. Finding the best new stuff, every year.

Happy New Year!



Comments | More in Americana, Blues, Country, Dance, Folk, Jazz, R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop, The Bonus Track | Topics: Top 10 2013

December 27, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Above and Beyond brings EDM to WaMu | Concert preview

(Amelia Troubridge)

(Amelia Troubridge)

Electronic-dance music is known for dazzling audiovisual experiences featuring throbbing rhythms and pulsating lights.

But English trance and progressive-house group Above & Beyond, which co-headlines the annual “Resolution” New Year’s Eve party at WaMu Theater, will launch a new chapter in its career with the release of its first live acoustic album, titled “Above & Beyond Acoustic,” Jan. 28 on Ultra Music. A companion concert film will premiere Jan. 24 on Vice’s THUMP channel.


Comments | More in Dance, Rock/Pop | Topics: "Acoustic", Above & Beyond, Concert Preview

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