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Category: Rock/Pop
September 17, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Interpol classes up the Paramount, expanding on their instantly recognizable sound

While riding the bus downtown for Interpol’s concert at The Paramount, I struck up a conversation with a fellow commuter headed to the same show. I asked him what he thought of the indisputably classy rock group’s new album, “El Pintor,” the band’s first in four years.

“It’s growing on me,” he replied.

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Comments | Topics: Interpol, Paul Banks, The Paramount Theatre

September 16, 2014 at 5:56 AM

New David Bazan album with string quartet a stunner | New recordings

David Bazan + Passenger String Quartet, ‘Volume 1’ (Bazan)

More than two years after they first started collaborating, David Bazan and the Passenger String Quartet have released their first collection of songs together. “Volume 1” is an elegiacal, beautiful album with a title that suggests maybe, if we’re lucky, this is just the beginning of a long partnership.

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September 14, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Bass, sweat and cheers for Katy Perry at Tacoma Dome

Artifice is inherent to pop music, but you still need actual talent to pull it off. Katy Perry might not have said anything of much importance Saturday night at the Tacoma Dome, but her real trick was making you not care one bit.

Before a predictable sold-out mix of screaming preteen girls (and their surprisingly enthusiastic parents), Perry opened the “Prismatic” tour with her hit single “Roar,” rising from the depths of the stage enclosed in a cocoon of LED panels. The crowd dutifully provided their own roars as Perry led them in a triumphant sing-along, opening with a moment most artists would kill to close their sets with.

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September 11, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Katy Perry’s Popsicle-colored “Prismatic’ show to Tacoma Dome | Concert preview

Nearly a year after its release, Katy Perry’s “Prism,” which spawned her biggest single yet, “Roar,” is still in the top quarter of the Billboard 200 album chart. No doubt her Prismatic World Tour, which will fill the Tacoma Dome Saturday, Sept. 13, isn’t hurting those numbers.

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: "Prism", Concert Preview, Katy Perry

September 9, 2014 at 5:35 AM

Seattle duo Odesza changes course | New recordings

By Joseph Sutton-Holcomb / Special to The Seattle Times

Odesza, ‘In Return’ (Counter)

Odesza’s new album begins with a return to the group’s established sound: sped-up or “chipmunked” vocals and/or a slow, wall-rattling beat. The opening track, “Always This Late,” represents the best and worst trait of Seattle production duo Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight. The chilled-out low-end makes their music impressibly accessible, but the device wears thin.

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Comments | More in Electronic, Rock/Pop | Topics: "In Return", New Recordings, Odesza

September 5, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Ranked one of the most influential bands ever, The Breeders play the Showbox

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The Breeders (Photo by Andrew Kuykendall)

In a recent reader poll, England’s New Musical Express (NME) named The Breeders the 12th most influential band of all time — higher than The Clash, The Velvet Underground and Led Zeppelin.

Lead guitarist Kelley Deal thinks this is hilarious.

“Damn,” she exclaims over the phone from Dayton, Ohio, where she and her twin sister, bandmate, Kim, grew up and still reside. “Those were heavy hitters who were included in there. Like, real bands!

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Comments | Topics: Kim Deal, Showbox, The Breeders

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