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Category: Folk
October 18, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Bob Dylan and his band in fine form at Paramount

Bob Dylan’s so-called Never Ending Tour, a string of concert treks that have kept him on the road nearly nonstop since 1988, will someday end with Dylan’s final bow.

But for now, the folk-rock icon with the gravelly voice, poetic songs and enigmatic personality shows few signs of slowing down.

If experiencing Dylan in concert is on your bucket list, there’s no sense in putting it off. The 73-year-old troubadour and his seasoned, five-piece band were in fine form Friday night for the first of three concerts at the Paramount Theatre, performing to a near-capacity crowd spanning several generations.

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October 16, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Which Bob Dylan will we see this weekend? | Concert preview

(Courtesy of the artist)

(Courtesy of the artist)

Bob Dylan has changed sound and shape so many times over his 50-plus-year career that his fans sometimes forget that change is his preferred method of transportation. Here’s a look at four different Dylans, and an estimation as to which one(s) you’re likely to see during his three-night residency at the Paramount, which begins Friday, Oct. 17.

The Bob Dylan You Heard on “Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits”: This man no longer exists — if he ever did. Some people confused him with being a prophet or at the very least prescient. But let’s get serious: How insightful is it to say “The Times They Are A-Changin’ ”? When were times not a-changin’? Please.

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August 27, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Bob Dylan and His Band coming to the Paramount Theatre

Bob Dylan will perform Oct. 17-19 at the Paramount Theatre. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI)

Bob Dylan will perform Oct. 17-19 at the Paramount Theatre. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI)

Bob Dylan and His Band will perform for three nights Oct. 17-19 at the Paramount Theatre. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 5 at LiveNation.com, STGPresents.org, or by phone 877-784-4849. Prices have yet to be announced.

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August 12, 2014 at 5:30 AM

Chris Staples doesn’t leave much of an impression | New Recordings

Chris Staples American SoftChris Staples, ‘American Soft’ (Barsuk)

Right about the time Ben Gibbard’s Death Cab for Cutie was getting its start on Barsuk Records in 1997, another raspy-voiced singer, Chris Staples, was recording his first album with Twothirtyeight. Now Staples is getting his own chance to work with Barsuk, which releases “American Soft” Tuesday, Aug. 12.

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July 25, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Timber! Festival off to a soggy but inspiring start | Concert review

The Timber! Outdoor Music Festival got off to a soggy start Thursday, but by the time Seattle artist Benjamin Verdoes started playing at around 8:30 p.m., it was dry and Tolt-MacDonald Park had started filling up. Now in its second year, Timber! aims to attract a different sort of crowd than most festivals by encouraging attendees…

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June 6, 2014 at 6:01 AM

Sweet harmonies and stripped-down folk| Concert preview

American folk rock is reaching another apex thanks to bands like The Lumineers and Seattle’s The Head and the Heart scoring big hits with anthemic songs with radio-friendly, pop-driven hooks.

While they may not peddle music as readily accessible as some of their peers, The Milk Carton Kids — who swing through the Neptune Theatre on Wednesday, June 11 — have benefited from the genre’s recent commercial success.

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June 1, 2014 at 8:07 PM

James Taylor performs at the Key — and how sweet it is

By Paul de Barros / Seattle Times music critic For nearly three hours Saturday night, James Taylor transformed the sprawling KeyArena into an intimate living room. Chatty and relaxed in sport coat and jeans, the 66-year-old, bald-pated singer-songwriter delivered an expertly paced show, mixing old and new, familiar and unfamiliar, vocals and instrumental jams. He even signed…

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May 27, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Johnnyswim finds diamonds in hard year | Concert preview

Johnnyswim plays The Triple Door Saturday. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Johnnyswim plays The Triple Door Saturday. Photo courtesy of the artist.

It sounds scripted: at their darkest hour, husband and wife team Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano sit on their living room floor and write an angry song telling off their naysayers, but a trip to a local hospital turns the song into the uplifting title track of their debut album, “Diamonds.”

For Johnnyswim, the reality was much tougher than the soundbite, but they’re left with a brilliant first album full of anthemic tunes that fit well within the current folk-rock soundscape dominated by bands like The Head and the Heart and Mumford and Sons. They bring their new music to the Triple Door on May 31.

“It represents the last three years of our life,” Ramirez said. “These songs were in us and we’d be sick if we didn’t get them out. I lost my dad, Amanda lost her mom and her grandmother, and it all happened within a two or three month period. It was a really hard time of our lives.”

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