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December 15, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Mad Season joins symphony’s Sonic Evolution lineup

Seattle Symphony’s fourth annual cross-genre Sonic Evolution concert (8 p.m. Jan. 30) will include a SSO-commissioned work by Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready (during which he’ll perform, too), the SSO has announced. Other big Sonic Evolution news: McCready will also perform during the show with Mad Season — original drummer Barrett Martin,  Guns N’…


Comments | Topics: Mad Season, Sonic Evolution

October 31, 2014 at 7:30 AM

At 88, Tony Bennett is still loving life, and you can hear it | Concert preview

It’s probably not a surprise to most fans that Tony Bennett, who appears at the Paramount Theatre Thursday, Nov. 6, comes off far better than Lady Gaga, his musical sweetheart of late, on their punchy but problematic new album, “Cheek to Cheek.”

But it’s certainly telling. Relaxed and in total control of his material, at 88 Bennett is still a master of his craft.



October 30, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Macklemore honored by ACLU for same-sex marriage activism

The ACLU of Washington announced today that Macklemore, the local-boy-made-worldwide-music-phenom, has been awarded the organization’s Civil Libertarian Award for his efforts around same-sex marriage. According to a news release, the rapper “has been an outspoken supporter of gay rights. He shares his views about the issue in his moving song ‘Same Love,’ written in support of legalizing marriage…


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October 24, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson swings into town | Concert preview

Vocalist Karrin Allyson loves visiting Seattle’s Jazz Alley every year — and we love seeing her — but even she would admit that the Emerald City doesn’t quite compare to where she’s been recently — a jazz cruise on the Mediterranean, with stops in Monte Carlo, Marseilles and Rome. Allyson was keeping pretty great company at sea, too, with a front line that included reed player Anat Cohen, trumpeter Randy Brecker and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon.



October 16, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Local electronic heroes Odesza celebrate new album with two shows | Concert preview

Northwest electronic duo Odesza’s profile has grown immensely in the past two years, and the group now has a proper album to show for it. Upcoming Seattle shows are in support of “In Return,” a release that expands Odesza’s trademarks — waves of sub bass, hip-hop-lite drums and hooky melodies from a cadre of anonymous-sounding guest vocalists — to widescreen proportions. With Hayden James, Ambassadeurs.


Comments | Topics: Odesza, Showbox, Showbox at the Market

October 16, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Ya’ll get back now! Big Freedia comes to Neumos | Concert preview

New Orleans’ Big Freedia has built a cult the past few years with her high-energy “bounce music,” a party-centric regional rap subgenre geared specifically to get butts shaking. With a two-season renewal of her Fuse TV reality show, “Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce,” and a forthcoming memoir, tentatively titled “God Save the Queen Diva,” the flamboyant rapper may be edging toward the mainstream. Her dynamic live performances featuring expert-level exhibitions of twerking by Freedia and her dance team are a vital part of the experience, which is all about cutting loose, having fun, and — as her recently released album’s title suggests — to “Just Be Free.”


Comments | Topics: Big Freedia, Bounce, Neumos

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