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A blog for Seattle music lovers of all stripes, from hip-hop and indie rock to jazz and world music.

Category: Rock/Pop
August 21, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Eastside punk, South End rap – something in common? | Concert preview

Ten years ago, a raucous post-hardcore quintet from the Eastside suburbs called The Blood Brothers was making local music history, gaining a national following and spawning a legion of sound-alike bands. On Friday, the band is performing at the Showbox — its first local show since 2007.

A half-mile away, at the Crocodile, Nacho Picasso, a South End-bred rapper at the forefront of Seattle’s underground for the last few years, may be building the kind of legacy that years from now will also deserve a reunion celebration.

Though these artists don’t share much in the way of sound, image or background, there is a common thread — an overarching regional dreariness typical of the Northwest, which resonates with local youth.

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August 18, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Make no mistake, Ed Sheeran is lovable and loud

It’s no surprise that English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is a fan of another English singer-songwriter: Sam Smith. Despite their different musical styles, both come across as earnest and straightforward.

“It’s instilled in English people to always downplay things,” said the 23-year-old singer in a phone interview last week. “We don’t really shout too loud. We quietly get on with what we are doing.”

What Sheeran’s been doing hasn’t been quiet at all. He’ll be especially loud this Thursday when he plays Seattle’s WaMu Theater.

Credit: Ben Watts

Credit: Ben Watts

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August 16, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Tom Petty at top of his game at Gorge | Concert review

By Todd Hamm With his latest album, “Hypnotic Eye,” having debuted two weeks ago at No. 1 on the Billboard charts — his first to hit that spot — Tom Petty played the confident entertainer Friday night at the Gorge Amphitheatre. Petty and his stalwart band, the Heartbreakers, plucked a small clutch of songs from the album,…

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August 14, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Murder City Devils back together and home | Concert preview

If you’ve ever checked out the jukebox at a Seattle dive bar, The Murder City Devils require little introduction. The reunited locals, back on stage this weekend, provided a jolt of excitement during the lean post-grunge years. Like their forebears The Misfits, MCDs dealt in punkish rock with fright-night flair.

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