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Category: R & B/Hip-hop
July 31, 2014 at 12:22 PM

The social media rewind on Bey and Jay at Safeco

Beyoncé and Jay Z’s #OnTheRun Tour stopped in Seattle Wednesday night. With their ironclad image management, Mr. and Mrs. Carter were not allowing press photography or video, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t thousands of people their with smartphones. We scoured social media to bring some images of the night. View the story “The…

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July 31, 2014 at 7:50 AM

Beyoncé and Jay Z near perfection at Safeco Wednesday night

Beyonce and JAY Z perform on the On The Run Tour at Safeco Field on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Mason Poole/Parkwood Entertainment/PictureGroup)

Beyoncé and Jay Z perform in their “On The Run” tour at Safeco Field on Wednesday, July 30. (Photo by Mason Poole/Parkwood Entertainment/PictureGroup)

The official theme for the joint Beyoncé and Jay Z concert Wednesday night at Safeco Field was “On the Run,” harkening back to the singer and rapper’s duet “03 Bonnie and Clyde” — a statement of solidarity when Jay Z was a bigger star than Beyoncé (it was his song, technically). Wedded now, they’re both international pop music icons, but the power dynamic has changed.

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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 30, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Shabazz Palaces pushes boundaries again| New recordings

Shabazz Palaces, ‘Lese Majesty’ (Sub Pop) “Focus” is the first word uttered on Shabazz Palaces’ second full-length, “Lese Majesty,” an expectedly dense and boundary-pushing follow-up to its 2011 future-rap opus “Black Up.” It’s a fitting word for a record in which everything demands a closer listen or further consideration, from its lyrics to its track names…

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July 28, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Charles Bradley leads dance party to end Timber! Fest

Charles Bradley performs at Timber! Outdoor Music Festival on Saturday. Photo by Owen R. Smith.

Charles Bradley performs at Timber! Outdoor Music Festival on Saturday. Photo by Owen R. Smith.

Charles Bradley hugged me. Wading into a sea of  ecstatic revelers Saturday night at Timber! Outdoor Music Festival as the final strains of “Why Is It So Hard” played, Bradley cast his arms open wide, pulled me into an enormous bear hug and whispered his sincerest thanks for coming to watch him play. I stood there, as more people pushed to get their moment with Bradley, stunned. I have experienced very few things in my 20 or so years of attending concerts that have given me real pause, but that indelible moment of gratitude from an artist who had just spent over an hour killing himself on stage is something I will carry with me long after I’ve stopped writing about music. It was exactly the sort of moment that organizer Kevin Sur had hoped for when he booked Bradley, whom he called the most gracious performer he’d ever seen.

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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 25, 2014 at 5:31 AM

Jay-Z and Beyoncé play Safeco Field Wednesday

Mr. Carter and Mrs. Carter — better known as the pop-music royal couple Jay-Z and Beyoncé — have been celebrating life and love together with erotic abandon on their “On the Run” tour, which opened in Miami on June 25, despite sizzling rumors that their marriage is on the rocks. Whether they are still “Drunk in…

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