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Category: R & B/Hip-hop
April 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM

The Doggfather and his Dogg-sessor at WaMu

L.A. gangster rap innovator Snoop Dogg is like a modern-day Willie Nelson, recognized for his celebrity and unswerving marijuana activism almost as equally as his musical accomplishments. Along with a catalog of hits 20-plus years deep, he’s bringing along frequent collaborator and movie co-star Wiz Khalifa (who’s working on becoming a Snoop Dogg-level stoner-rap icon…


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April 14, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Sasquatch! 2014 is sold out!

(Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

(Photo by Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

After cancelling the first-ever second weekend of Sasquatch!, originally scheduled for July 4-6, Adam Zacks and LiveNation announced that the original weekend, scheduled for May 23 – 25 has completely sold out.


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April 14, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Reinvented Barcelona shines with electropop sound | Concert review

Barcelona played Neumos Thursday.

Barcelona played Neumos Thursday.

Note: This post was scheduled for the weekend and didn’t get posted because I don’t understand how dates work. So enjoy it today!

Watching a band reinvent itself can often be a painful experience, especially if that reinvention isn’t quite complete when they take that new material on the road. Fortunately for Seattle’s Barcelona, the transition from indie rock to a shimmering electropop was complete by the time they took they stage Thursday at Neumos.

After strong opening sets from Seattle’s Gibraltar and Portland-based Mackintosh Braun, Barcelona announced the change immediately with the sinister blast of 80s synth and soaring vocals of “Paper Lion,” a standout track from their new three-EP set “The Melodrama.” It was all the proof needed; Barcelona is a much different band.


0 Comments | Topics: barcelona, gibraltar, mackintosh braun

April 14, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Schoolboy Q and the new, improved L.A. gangsta rap | Concert preview

(Courtesy of the artist.)

(Courtesy of the artist.)

There are multiple levels of meaning in the title of the latest album, “Oxymoron,” by Los Angeles rapper Schoolboy Q, who plays the Showbox SoDo Monday, April 14. (Note the show has been moved from the Showbox downtown.)

First, there’s its multifaceted sound: The beats meander from sneering, hard-knocking West-Coast opener “Gangsta” to bouncing, dub-reggae single “Collard Greens” to thumping-808 trap-house anthem “Hell Of A Night” to the blog-friendly, indie-sampling “Man Of the Year.”


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April 10, 2014 at 4:12 PM

All welcome at queer ‘Mo-Wave Festival | Concert preview

For the second consecutive year, ’Mo-Wave is upon us — the Capitol Hill music, dance and art festival with a punk edge that draws heavily on the five letters L, G, B, T and Q.

That’s Q for “queer,” a more inclusive word than “gay,” though organizers stress that any gender or orientation is welcome to attend.


0 Comments | Topics: 'Mo-Wave Festival, Chop Suey, Concert Preview

April 10, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Barcelona bucks the trend at Neumos | Concert preview

Barcelona plays Neumos tonight to celebrate the release of "The Melodrama," a three EP set.

Barcelona plays Neumos tonight to celebrate the release of “The Melodrama,” a three-EP set.

There’s nothing that says a band can’t give its sound a complete makeover, but it takes the right group of musicians to pull it off. In the case of Seattle’s Barcelona, the change was so radical that at first, it started off as frontman Brian Fennell’s side project.

Fennell was exploring writing in a different voice and using different sounds and never intended for Barcelona to transition from a pretty standard indie rock outfit to purveyors of lounge-ready electropop. But somehow, they did, and they’re celebrating the release of a slick three-EP set of albums titled “The Melodrama” tonight at Neumos on the tail end of a quick West Coast tour that started at SXSW. 


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March 31, 2014 at 2:03 PM

London Grammar and Highasakite soar at Neumos | Concert review

Highasakite surprised at Neumos on Saturday. Photo by Hilde Mesics Kleven.

Highasakite surprised at Neumos on Saturday. Photo by Hilde Mesics Kleven.

Most of the people who sold out Neumos Saturday night were there for London Grammar, and the rising English trip-hop trio did not disappoint. But it was a forceful performance by Highasakite, a little-known outfit from Norway peddling in big, layered anthems that was the surprise of the night.

Highasakite, fronted by the laser-voiced Ingrid Helene Håvik, has been on tour with London Grammar for the past two weeks testing out material from their debut full-length album, “The Silent Treatment,” due out April 8. Perhaps because Saturday was the final night of the tour for them, the band seemed to be in an unstoppable groove.


0 Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: highasakite, london grammar, Neumos

March 24, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Chimurenga Renaissance extends Dumi Maraire legacy | New recordings

ChimurengaChimurenga Renaissance, ‘Rize, Vadzimu Rize’ (Brick Lane Records)

Dumisani Maraire was one of Seattle’s legendary music figures, a Zimbabwean immigrant and master of Shona music who introduced it to Seattle and ergo the United States in the late ‘60s. Traditional Shona instruments include the marimba (wooden, hit with a mallet) and mbira (handheld, metal prongs thumbed).


0 Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop, World | Topics: Chimurenga Renaissance, Dumisani Maraire, Hussein Kalonji

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