Named after a Minneapolis street dotted with dive bars, this ridiculously infectious boy-girl-boy-girl quartet toiled in obscurity for nearly a decade before pulling in more than a million views of its minimalist YouTube cover of the Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back.” A Manhattan show spun off from the Coen Brothers film, “Inside Llewyn Davis,” earned…More
Category: R & B/Hip-hop
It’s been almost a decade after Tallahassee’s T-Pain left behind his rap career with the group Nappy Headz and released his first solo album Rappa Ternt Sanga, but the same Auto-Tune vocal effects he pioneered — and were inspired by the vocoder leads of ‘80s/’90s R & B originators Roger Troutman and Teddy Riley — are a staple of not only the music industry, but many aspects of American pop culture in 2014.More
With fuzzed-out bombast, Detroit electropop outfit Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. cruised through a tight set at Neumos Wednesday night.
If the smell of Washington’s newest legal vice wafting in the air wasn’t enough to set a party atmosphere, the funky, self-assured “Hiding,” from 2013′s “The Speed of Things,” did the trick. The band wisely chose to eschew the subtlety of its recordings for in-your-face bass meant to get people’s bodies moving.More
By Zosha Millman
Seattle local Otieno Terry is a man of many musical talents. And with those talents, the R&B pianist, singer, songwriter and guitarist won first place at the EMP’s 13th annual Sound Off! competition Saturday, Mar. 1.More
Toby McKeehan, better known as TobyMac, will bring his pioneering brand of Christian rap and pop rock to KeyArena on Saturday. The former member of Grammy-winning Christian trio DC Talk has built a successful solo career that spans 10 studio albums, including 2012’s “Eye On It,” which won the 2013 Grammy for best contemporary Christian…More
Georgia’s 2 Chainz and Virginia’s Pusha T — two of mainstream rap’s biggest, most ubiquitous names — are coming to Seattle’s Showbox SoDo for a stop on their national 2 Good to be T.R.U. Tour.
The rappers — both 36 — have become a strange type of new-school veterans to their genre. Though they could be easily mistaken for young, contemporary artists to new listeners, both have already had eventful careers starting in different groups from their specific home regions.More
By Joseph Sutton-Holcomb
In retrospect, last year’s Sasquatch was a seminal event.
The enthusiasm generated for the festival in 2013 — tickets sold out in 90 minutes — allowed the festival to sprawl over two weekends this time around. That Coachella-esque expansion has accelerated some of the trends that have slowly changed the face of this beast over the last several years.
With the induction of the two-weekend schedule, one thing is clear: Sasquatch has lumbered out of the misty forests of neofolk and obscure indie rock, and into the sunny, solo-cup strewn field of EDM and party pop.More
The big news is that Sasquatch! 2014 has added a second show, on Fourth of July weekend, but that’s no guarantee tickets will be any easier to get. Like last year — when tickets sold in 90 minutes — there are only three-day passes available. No single-day tickets will be sold. Tickets for both the…More
Young Thug & Bloody Jay “Black Portland” (Mixtape)
Atlanta’s Young Thug built some serious momentum last year by releasing his incendiary 1017 Thug mixtape on Gucci Mane’s 1017 Brick Squad imprint, which has since nearly dissolved — with Gucci serving another prison term after falling out with fellow label figurehead Waka Flocka Flame and leaving the once-great rap empire in shambles.More
It was Seattle’s year at the Grammys. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis won four, including best new artist. Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic entered the winners’ circle. Neko Case was nominated for Best Alternative Album. Our coverage included on-the-spot reporting in L.A., a complete list of winners, red-carpet photos and photos of…More