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Category: Rock/Pop
December 15, 2014 at 12:04 PM

‘Sucker’ confirms birth of new girl-pop star | New recordings

Charli XCX, ‘Sucker’ (Neon Gold/Atlantic)

What do you get when you poke the bashing beats and sweet soaring synths of dance music with the punked-up, 8-on-the-floor snarl of the Ramones? Charli XCX is what — a crazy-talented, 22-year-old “bad girl” from London who’s clearly on her way to the top.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: 'Break the Rules', 'Fancy', 'Sucker'

December 12, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Jackson Browne feted by EMP Museum | Concert review

Jackson Browne at EMP Museum Thursday, Dec. 11. (Brady Harvey/EMP Museum)

Jackson Browne at EMP Museum Thursday, Dec. 11. (Brady Harvey/EMP Museum)

Most tribute concerts are bloated affairs where a slew of acts can make you just want to hear the original songs on the albums. But Thursday’s EMP Museum Founder’s Day Jackson Browne tribute was a template for how it can be done right.


Comments | More in Folk, Rock/Pop | Topics: Concert Review, Danny O'Keefe, Dave Alvin

December 12, 2014 at 5:11 AM

Swedish teenage rapper Yung Lean to make Seattle debut | Concert preview

Yung Lean — headlining Neumos with his Sad Boys crew on Thursday, Dec. 18 — is a telling example of just how young, strange and global rap music has become. An 18-year-old Swedish kid whose first exposure to rap was 50 Cent’s 2003 track “Patiently Waiting,” Lean combines futuristic, emotive electronic beats with stream-of-consciousness, alternate-reality raps….


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: "Ginseng Strip 2002", Concert Preview, Neumos

December 11, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Tune-Yards, armed with more star power, returns to Seattle

Merrill Garbus, who has performed under the band name Tune-Yards since 2009, has risen in five years from quirky club favorite (she last played here at the Crocodile) to major venue star, opening for the likes of Arcade Fire and returning to Seattle to play the Moore Theatre. It’s altogether appropriate, then, that her new…


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Moore Theatre, rock, Tune-Yards

December 9, 2014 at 9:40 AM

UPDATE: Sleater-Kinney adds third Seattle show to ‘No Cities To Love’ tour | Ticket alert

Sleater-Kinney will play the Showbox on May 8 and 9. (Brigitte Sire)

Sleater-Kinney will play the Showbox on May 8 and 9, 2015. (Brigitte Sire)

UPDATE: Sleater-Kinney has added a third show, Thursday, May 7, at the Showbox.

Sleater-Kinney has announced that it will close out its “No Cities To Love” tour with a two-night stand at the Showbox on May 8-9, 2015. The band, which formed in Olympia in 1994 and was a key part of the riot grrrl movement, has added a total of 19 new dates to its 41-date schedule. “No Cities To Love” is Sleater-Kinney’s first album in 10 years. Band member Carrie Brownstein (center) is the co-star of the successful TV comedy “Portlandia.”

Tickets cost $30 and are available at noon on Friday, Dec. 12, via


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: "No Cities To Love", Sleater-Kinney, The Showbox

December 9, 2014 at 5:30 AM

R.E.M. singles box confirms growing vinyl popularity | New recordings

R.E.M., ‘7in-83-88’ (IRS)

Vinyl accounts for a growing percentage of physical music sales — and while the numbers are still small — far less than CDs, digital sales, or illegal downloads — it is one of the only sectors of the music industry that’s growing. As such, collectors will savor the new R.E.M. box set available only on seven-inch vinyl records.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: "7IN-83-88", New Recordings, R.E.M.

December 8, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Elvis Costello to play solo Seattle show | Ticket alert

Elvis Costello, master of the three-minute rock song and irrepressible dabbler in other genres, from jazz to classical, will perform a solo concert in Seattle April 26, 2015 at the Paramount Theatre. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12; $45-$75; (877-784-4849  or or in person at the Paramount box office, 911 Pine…


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Elvis Costello, paramount theatre, Ticket alert

December 4, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Portland Cello Project does Bach and…Elliott Smith | Concert preview

The Portland Cello Project brings its holiday show to Seattle on Sunday, Dec. 7, but don’t expect roasting chestnuts and a winter wonderland. This nontraditional Santa has everyone from Bach to Britten in his sleigh and this year, he has another little something up his scarlet sleeve — new arrangements of songs by the late More

Comments | More in Americana, Folk, Rock/Pop | Topics: "to e.s.", Concert Preview, Elliott Smith

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