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Category: Rock/Pop
January 12, 2015 at 3:27 PM

Meghan Trainor debut album ‘Title’ goes beyond that bass | New Recordings

Meghan Trainor, ‘Title’ (Epic) The playful, catchy hip-hop/doo-wop hit “All About That Bass” (cowritten by Nashville songwriter Kevin Kadish) was nearly impossible to escape (or resist) last year. The song reached No. 1 and spent many weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, disrupting the relentless trajectory of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” The song…


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January 2, 2015 at 5:15 AM

Built to Spill is built to last | Concert preview

By Joseph Sutton-Holcomb
Special to The Seattle Times

Lead singer-songwriter Doug Martsch of Built to Spill, which plays the Showbox Friday and Saturday, Jan. 2-3, approaches live performance with an air of distinguished solemnity.

He doesn’t speak much, except for the occasional “thanks” after he finishes a song. There is often a stack of towels beside him to mop the sweat from his brow. He frequently buoys his earnest singing with an unusual, quavery vibrato, an effect he accentuates by moving his mouth back and forth in front of the microphone, like a nervous tic.

But while Martsch may not be the most animated frontman, Built to Spill has been a key influence since the ’90s on countless rock groups, including Modest Mouse and Death Cab for Cutie.


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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.


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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.


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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….


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December 11, 2014 at 12:47 PM

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

Tune-Yard , at Sonos Studio in L.A. (Jerod Harris/Getty Images) 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…


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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


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