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October 24, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Peter Buck and Alejandro Escovedo at Benaroya | Concert preview

It’s billed as “One Night, Two Legends,” but when Peter Buck, left, and Alejandro Escovedo, right, play Benaroya Hall, what you really will witness are two legends who are also friends. Part-time Northwest resident Buck is best known for R.E.M., but he has often jammed with Austin songwriter legend Escovedo over the years. On this…

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Comments | More in General news, Rock/Pop | Topics: Alejandro Escovedo, Benaroya Hall, Peter Buck

October 14, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Chappelle’s first Seattle set: funny, intermittently tense| Comedy review

Dave Chappelle

Dave Chappelle performs at Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket /Invision/AP)

Comedian Dave Chappelle’s 7 p.m. stand-up set Monday at the Neptune Theatre was funny and intermittently tense without clear highlights, a meandering, conversational performance, which the legendary comic could at this point call his own genre. He covered topics such as race and class, poked frequent fun at the grain quinoa (“It can’t fix everything”) and chastised Seahawks fans who overestimate their influence on games’ outcomes (“You aren’t on the team”).

This is a comeback time for Chappelle, known for his aughts-era “Chappelle’s Show” sketch-comedy program, which he famously quit despite a rumored $50 million contract.

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October 14, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Mary Lambert’s major-label debut is all heart | New Recordings

Mary Lambert, ‘Heart on My Sleeve’ (Capitol Records)

It’s no surprise that the title of Mary Lambert’s debut album starts with “Heart.” The word shows up in nearly every song as a metaphor for love, but also self-acceptance. That combination of sincerity and empowerment makes “Heart on My Sleeve” a winning effort, and a surefire hit.

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Comments | More in General news, Rock/Pop | Topics: Macklemore, Mary Lambert, Same Love

October 10, 2014 at 9:16 AM

With 10 Seattle shows , does Chappelle have a third act in him? | Comedy preview

Comedian Dave Chappelle is back in action, which on one hand is great news. Arguably the funniest person in America during the Bush II era, Chappelle went from being a stoner comic lingering in B-movies to suddenly a household name with his genius-streaked, sketch-comedy program “Chappelle’s Show” (2003-’04). He was a valuable criticizer of racism in America, and a soothsayer about hip-hop, even giving Kanye West his first TV performance. And then, he was gone.

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Comments | Topics: Dave Chappelle, STG, The Neptune

October 9, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Trashy fashion wins Seattle diver a kayak trip with Macklemore

Seattle diver Laura James’ trash-inspired fashion has netted her a kayak trip on the Duwamish River with thrifty hip-hop icon Macklemore. The contest was part of the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition’s “River For All” campaign to raise awareness of the environmental and health threats of toxic pollution in Seattle’s Duwamish…

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: Duwamish River, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, Macklemore

October 7, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Bill Frisell’s shimmering reverb and nostalgic optimism | New Recordings

Bill Frisell, ‘Guitar in the Space Age’ (Okeh)

Seattle guitarist Bill Frisell grew up playing in a rock band, so like every musician of his generation, he was drenched in surf music, early R & B and all manner of dance and novelty tunes. So it was a great idea to revisit tunes like Duane Eddy’s “Rebel Rouser” and the Beach Boys’ “Surfer Girl.”

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Comments | More in General news, Rock/Pop | Topics: Bill Frisell, New Recordings

October 3, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Echosmith: hits and high-school | Concert preview

Before her 12th birthday, Sydney Sierota formed a family band with her three brothers that played Rihanna and Rage Against the Machine covers at local festivals and Chick-fil-As near their home in Los Angeles. Before she was old enough to drive, she and her brothers sat across the table from an executive at Warner Bros. Records who offered them a deal on the spot.

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Comments | More in General news, R & B/Hip-hop | Topics: Echosmith, Sydney Sierota

October 2, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Macefield fest brings The Sonics, The Posies, THEESatisfaction and others to Ballard

A bastion of live-music tradition in a gentrifying city, Seattle’s tight-knit Ballard neighborhood is like a big house with different artists making different work in different rooms.

Fitting, then, that this weekend’s Macefield Music Festival honors the late Edith Macefield, a local musician and folk hero for refusing high-rise developers’ millions to stay put in her 100-year-old cottage. (Think the house in the 2009 Pixar film “Up.”)

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September 30, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Tom Morello vs. David Meinert at Seattle’s 5 Point Cafe

Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello picked the wrong business owner to start a Twitter war with. After getting turned away from from the 5 Point Cafe, which was at capacity on Saturday night, he did what normal people do when they aren’t happy: he complained on Twitter.

Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello. Photo by Kevin Clark/Washington Post.

Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello. Photo by Kevin Clark/Washington Post.

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Comments | Topics: 5 Point Cafe, Dave Meinert, Rage Against the Machine

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