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Category: R & B/Hip-hop
November 19, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Flying Lotus hypnotic and personable at Neptune | Concert review

A big triple wow for Flying Lotus’ sold-out show at the Neptune Theatre Tuesday, Nov. 18. One wow for the non-stop assault of electronically mashed up sound, one for the warp-speed 3D visuals by Timeboy and Strangeloop — they came last year, too, but this was my first encounter — and one for the opening trio…

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November 14, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Flying Lotus landing at the Neptune

Los Angeles-based DJ/producer Flying Lotus, who plays the Neptune next week, released his fifth studio album — “You’re Dead!” — in October. It is a brief (under 39 minutes) but exploratory jaunt through multiple styles and genres that begins as a free jazz album but takes turns through electronic, bass, juke and hip-hop, with guest…

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November 4, 2014 at 5:07 AM

Tacoma rapper Bruce Leroy drops smart new EP | New recordings

Bruce Leroy, ‘10’’ (self-released)

Bruce LeoryBruce Leroy is a Tacoma emcee with more artistic perspective than that city’s young guns, and his “10’” EP (the apostrophe in the title means ‘foot’) shows he can stay traditional without being corny. The key is to play to your strengths and embrace your idiosyncrasies. Crucial tracks “Know the Biz” and “You Heard of Us” are uncluttered lessons in the art of the slumper, beats coolly dragging as Leroy puts the pedal to the metal (lyrically).

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October 30, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Macklemore honored by ACLU for same-sex marriage activism

The ACLU of Washington announced today that Macklemore, the local-boy-made-worldwide-music-phenom, has been awarded the organization’s Civil Libertarian Award for his efforts around same-sex marriage. According to a news release, the rapper “has been an outspoken supporter of gay rights. He shares his views about the issue in his moving song ‘Same Love,’ written in support of legalizing marriage…

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October 16, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Ya’ll get back now! Big Freedia comes to Neumos | Concert preview

New Orleans’ Big Freedia has built a cult the past few years with her high-energy “bounce music,” a party-centric regional rap subgenre geared specifically to get butts shaking. With a two-season renewal of her Fuse TV reality show, “Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce,” and a forthcoming memoir, tentatively titled “God Save the Queen Diva,” the flamboyant rapper may be edging toward the mainstream. Her dynamic live performances featuring expert-level exhibitions of twerking by Freedia and her dance team are a vital part of the experience, which is all about cutting loose, having fun, and — as her recently released album’s title suggests — to “Just Be Free.”

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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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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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