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Category: Dance
December 5, 2013 at 12:00 PM

L.A. duo El Ten Eleven flies in uncrowded airspace | Concert preview

El Ten Eleven

El Ten Eleven — multi-instrumentalist Kristian Dunn, and drummer Tim Fogarty — plays Seattle Friday. Photo by Finn Turnbull.

“Not to sound conceited,” says El Ten Eleven’s Kristian Dunn, “but there’s no one for us to look up to when it comes to instrumentals and looping. We’re the kings.”

Such swagger may seem surprising coming from a guy who writes cerebral, chilled-out songs with no words — but there’s validity to Dunn’s claims. The Los Angeles duo, which performs live at Neumos Friday, has never followed the fleet.


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December 4, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Vampire Weekend and others offer spirited sets at Deck the Hall Ball | Concert review

Lorde at the Deck the Hall Ball. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Lorde at the Deck the Hall Ball. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

It was cold, crisp and clear Tuesday afternoon as concertgoers lined up outside KeyArena for Deck the Hall Ball. But indoors it was snowing.

The snow was fake, or course, and confined to a giant video screen. But the flurries were just enough to lend a holiday vibe to 107.7 The End’s annual year-end concert, which featured such hot alternative-rock acts as Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Alt-J and Seattle’s new-folk darlings, The Head and the Heart.

Seattle station KNDD has been staging its Deck the Hall Ball for more than 20 years as a well-stocked concert marathon for faithful listeners. This year’s holiday-themed concert also provided bands with a chance to thank the station, as well as fans, for their support.

The thank-yous came in the form of tight, spirited sets showcasing the bands’ best music. There were no shoe-gazers in this energetic lineup.


Comments | More in Dance, Festivals, Folk, R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: Alt J, Concert Review, Deck the Hall Ball

December 3, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Britney Spears’ android-esque pop | New Recordings

Britney Spears, ‘Britney Jean’ (RCA/Sony) Fourteen years ago, Britney Spears sashayed onto the worldwide pop stage as a teen idol, and now is improbably making excellent albums as an adult. She works around her thin voice with production tricks and odd pronunciations (she was always more of a dancer than a singer). She has pulled back…


Comments | More in Dance, Rock/Pop | Topics: "Britney Jean", Britney Spears, New Recordings

November 29, 2013 at 5:17 AM

Deck the Hall Ball brings joy from whole world | Concert preview

(Jim Bates/The Seattle Times)

The Head and the Heart (Jim Bates/The Seattle Times)

Seattle’s longest-running alternative-rock station — 107.7 The End — has been putting on big holiday concerts for more than 20 years, showcasing a who’s who of modern rock.

The station’s 21st annual Deck the Hall Ball features perhaps the most international lineup in the event’s history with Vampire Weekend (New York); Phoenix (France); The Head and the Heart (Seattle); Alt J, Arctic Monkeys and Foals (England); Lorde (New Zealand) and Chvrches (Scotland). Chvrches replaces Tame Impala of Australia.


Comments | More in Americana, Dance, Folk, Rock/Pop | Topics: Alt J, Arctic Monkeys, Chvrches

November 22, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Local duo Odesza’s meteoric rise | Concert preview

(Bronson Selling) By Andrew Gospe Special to The Seattle Times It’s only taken Odesza 18 months to achieve the kind of stature that takes most musicians years. Clayton Knight and Harrison Mills started playing together in spring 2012, the end of their senior years at Western Washington University. Each had been making electronic music independently, but they immediately meshed….


Comments | More in Dance, Rock/Pop | Topics: Clayton Knight, Harrison Mills, Odesza

November 22, 2013 at 5:26 AM

Nine Inch Nails will hammer KeyArena | Concert preview

  Influential rocker Trent Reznor has made a long-awaited comeback after five years away from the public eye. The industrial-rock phenomenon of the 1990s and early 2000s went underground a few years ago, but he finally ended his long hiatus in September with the release of “Hesitation Marks,” a new Columbia Records album featuring the single…


Comments | More in Dance, Rock/Pop | Topics: "Hesiitation Marks", Concert Preview, Nine Inch Nails

October 25, 2013 at 5:00 AM

Electric Lady Janelle Monáe | Concert Preview

(Marc Baptiste) Soul singer and dancer Janelle Monáe — who danced on David Letterman’s desk during a recent appearance on his late-night CBS-TV show — brings her “Electric Lady Tour” to Seattle Wednesday (with soul singer and producer Roman GianArthur. The tour follows the release of her most successful album to date, “The Electric Lady,” which made…


Comments | More in Dance, R & B/Hip-hop | Topics: "The Electric Lady", Concert Preview, Janelle Monáe

October 24, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Halloween-themed FreakNight 2013 is a two-day EDM extravaganza



Afrojack (photo:

Afrojack (photo:

Now in its 17th year, FreakNight is Seattle’s premiere, Halloween-themed, electronic dance music party. Dubbed a “sinister circus” and a “creepy carnival,” the marathon, two-day event at WaMu Theater includes more than 50 EDM acts at indoor venues Twisted Big Top, Midway of Mayhem and Bass Asylum. Big names from the world of EDM include Afrojack, Dieselboy, Benny Benassi, Infected Mushroom, Baauer, Dash Berlin, Dillon Francis, Cosmic Gate and Alvin Risk.


Comments | More in Dance, Festivals | Topics: Afrojack, Baauer, Benny Benassi

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