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August 22, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Pink Martini drummer dies

Sad news for Pink Martini and its legion of dedicated Seattle fans, who recently saw the group perform Wednesday and Thursday at the Woodland Park Zoo. The group’s drummer, Derek Rieth, has died. According to The Associated Press, a police spokesman said Friday that the Oregon State medical examiner’s office has determined that Rieth died of…

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August 4, 2014 at 9:18 AM

Soundgarden, Pharrell to perform prior to Seahawks’ season opener vs. Packers

Soundgarden and Pharrell will perform a free concert at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 4 outside Seattle's CenturyLink Field. (Seattle Times)

Soundgarden and Pharrell will perform a free concert at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 4 outside Seattle’s CenturyLink Field. (Seattle Times)

Two Grammy award-winning acts, singer/rapper Pharrell and Seattle’s own Soundgarden, will perform a free concert outside CenturyLink Field on Sept. 4 before the Seattle Seahawks‘ 2014 NFL season opener against the Green Bay Packers. The music begins at 4:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on the NFL Network.

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July 31, 2014 at 12:05 AM

Jay Z and Beyoncé bring the On the Run Tour to Seattle

It’s in the books. The second show ever at Safeco Field and it was a big one. Mr. and Mrs. Carter, aka Bey and Jay, aka the closest thing pop music has to a royal couple, performed for more than two and half hours Wednesday night. See SoundPosts tomorrow morning for a full review.

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July 29, 2014 at 5:50 PM

Earshot Jazz Festival makes early announcement

Saxophonists Pharaoh Sanders, Joe Lovano and Miguel Zenon, trumpeter Dave Douglas and pianist Jacky Terrasson are some of the headliners announced this week by Seattle jazz non-profit Earshot Jazz for its annual festival, which runs Oct. 10 through Nov. 11 at various venues around the city. Other shows feature bassist Linda Oh, vocalist Carmen Lundy and…

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July 27, 2014 at 7:45 AM

8 acts to see at Capitol Hill Block Party Sunday

Sara Slayton, of Camas, Wash., dances behind her boyfriend Marc'antonio Undeberg, of Seattle, during a performance by the band Poolside on the main stage during Capitol Hill Block Party on Saturday. Slayton was celebrating her 21st birthday. The three-day annual music and arts festival hosts nationally known and local bands across six stages. (Photo by Maddie Meyer / The Seattle Times)

Sara Slayton, of Camas, Wash., dances behind her boyfriend Marc’antonio Undeberg, of Seattle, during a performance by the band Poolside on the main stage during Capitol Hill Block Party on Saturday.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer / The Seattle Times)

The third and final day of the Capitol Hill Block Party is heavy on the local acts, but still has some national headliners to attract the mainstream crowd.

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July 26, 2014 at 7:45 AM

10 acts to see at Capitol Hill Block Party Saturday

A$AP Ferg reaches out to the crowd from on top of a speaker during his performance. (Photo by Maddie Meyer / The Seattle Times)

A$AP Ferg reaches out to the crowd from on top of a speaker during his performance Friday. (Photo by Maddie Meyer / The Seattle Times) See more photos from Day 1

Saturday features two way-retro headliners in Canadian ’80s-electro-funk revivalists Chromeo and New York’s The Budos Band, who make the kind of big-band instrumental funk that sounds like it belongs on ’70s kung fu movie soundtracks. Manchester, England, producer Star Slinger’s soulful sample chops and The Thermals’ Portland indie-punk add some variety to the day’s offerings, but the hidden theme for Saturday is showstopping female artists:

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July 24, 2014 at 3:30 PM

More free tickets! Lucinda Williams and Josh Ritter

Love singer-songwriters Josh Ritter and Lucinda Williams? So do we. That’s why we’re giving away free tickets to both shows at ZooTunes. Ritter plays Wednesday, July 30; Williams, Thursday, July 31. Please go to our Facebook page to find out how you can win! Click here for tickets to Lucinda Click here for tickets to Josh Have fun out…

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July 24, 2014 at 9:00 AM

What to see at Capitol Hill Block Party 2014

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Concertgoers take in Capitol Hill Block Party 2013. (Marcus Yam/The Seattle Times)

The Capitol Hill Block Party — Seattle’s favorite one-day actual block party-turned three-day corporate-sponsored music festival — is returning to a fenced-in Pike Street for the 17th year this weekend.

Friday’s lineup boasts headlining indie-rock veterans Spoon, who haven’t released an album since 2010s “Transference” but have a new one called “They Want My Soul” on the way that comes packed with a wannabe slacker-pop summer anthem “Do You.” Brooklyn DIY keyboard/drums dance-pop sweethearts Matt & Kim will also bring their energetic, feel-good live set to the main stage.

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