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Category: World
April 14, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Get your Goat | Concert preview


New Sub Pop signees Goat, from Sweden, perform live in Seattle Monday. Photo courtesy of the band.

Among music nerds, it’s a fun exercise: play some friends an ahead-of-its-time record — like Can’s 1971 Krautrock landmark “Tago Mago” or Big Star’s 1972 power-pop blueprint “#1 Record” — and ask what year they think it’s from.

Goat’s “World Music” inverts this game.

Made in 2013 — but sounding pre-digital era — it’s a dizzying amalgam of hypnotic rhythms, childlike vocals, bongos, organ and wah, drawing upon everything from progressive rock to Indian raga and West African guitar music.

The Swedish group inked a Stateside distribution deal with Seattle’s Sub Pop label last month; they’re in town Monday, headlining Neumos.

Enigmatic types to say the least, Goat doesn’t divulge involved parties’ names — but an anonymous member, speaking on the band’s behalf, answered a handful of questions via email.


0 Comments | More in Rock/Pop, World | Topics: psychedelic, Sub Pop, Sweden

March 26, 2014 at 5:24 PM

Brazilian singer-songwriter Caetano Veloso never ages | New recordings

CaetanoCaetano Veloso, ‘Abraçaço’ (Nonesuch)

The stunning final installment of  longtime Brazilian superstar Caetano Veloso’s trilogy with the trio of youngsters  known as Banda Ce, “Abraçaço” (big hug), kicks off with an irresistibly boingo-bouncing paean to  bossa nova and its creator Joao Gilberto (the “wizard of Juazeiro”: one of many oblique references, including one to Bob Dylan as “the Jewish bard of Minnesota”).


0 Comments | More in Rock/Pop, World | Topics: "Abraçaço", Caetano Veloso, New Recordings

March 24, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Chimurenga Renaissance extends Dumi Maraire legacy | New recordings

ChimurengaChimurenga Renaissance, ‘Rize, Vadzimu Rize’ (Brick Lane Records)

Dumisani Maraire was one of Seattle’s legendary music figures, a Zimbabwean immigrant and master of Shona music who introduced it to Seattle and ergo the United States in the late ‘60s. Traditional Shona instruments include the marimba (wooden, hit with a mallet) and mbira (handheld, metal prongs thumbed).


0 Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop, World | Topics: Chimurenga Renaissance, Dumisani Maraire, Hussein Kalonji

February 20, 2014 at 2:47 AM

Paul Simon and Sting enthrall capacity crowd at KeyArena | Concert review

(Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

(Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

The improbable pairing of two baby-boomer icons — Paul Simon and Sting — enthralled a capacity crowd at KeyArena Wednesday in what Simon affectionately called “our little experiment.”

Blending their respective bands and repertoires into a powerful evening of rock ’n’ roll infused with world rhythms, Simon and Sting took turns performing separate sets as well as stirring duets of each other’s most beloved songs. (See additional photos.)


0 Comments | More in Americana, Folk, Rock/Pop, World | Topics: Concert Review, KeyArena, On Stage Together

February 13, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Paul Simon and Sting ‘On Stage Together’ and singing, too | Concert preview

(kevin Mazur / Wire Image)

(Kevin Mazur / Wire Image)

So what’s this newfound Paul Simon/Sting bromance all about? The former Policeman certainly doesn’t look like an Art Garfunkel surrogate.

Well, consider this. Simon may have a decade on Sting in years, but they share a talent for writing incisive lyrics, incorporating world rhythms into their music — Simon, South African and Latin; Sting, Jamaican and jazz — and singing with emotional precision in the upper reaches of their voices.


0 Comments | More in Folk, Rock/Pop, World | Topics: On Stage Together, Paul Simon, Sting

November 7, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Slack key master Cyril Pahinui to play Town Hall | Concert preview

Cyril Pahinui performs a the blah blah in Honolul, earlier this month. (Gillian G. Gaar0

Cyril Pahinui performing at the Kani Ka Pila Grille, in Honolulu, earlier this month. (Gillian G. Gaar)

Amid the dropping temperatures, blustery winds and increasing rainfall, Cyril Pahinui is bringing a touch of the Aloha spirit, if not Hawaiian weather, to Seattle this weekend.

Five years ago, the Oahu-based musician and his wife, Chelle, founded the Seattle Slack Key Festival, which returns to Town Hall this Sunday.

“It’s just to give the people on the mainland a treat,” the guitarist explained, speaking from the Kani Ka Pila Grille, the Waikiki restaurant at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach, where he can be found performing every Wednesday with his trio. “It’s helping to keep Hawaiian culture going.”

The four hour event, which starts at 2 pm, will feature not only Pahinui, but also such acclaimed talents as Palani Vaughan, known for his four album series about Hawaii’s “Merrie Monarch,” King Kalakaua; Roland Cazimero, one half of noted Hawaiian duo The Brothers Cazimero, who have over 30 albums to their credit; and Jerry Santos, known for his work with his band Olomana, as well as his efforts on behalf of water conservation in Hawaii.

“You’re going to get the best of best,” Pahinui said proudly. “Some of these guys you’ve never seen for many years. You can’t go wrong.”


0 Comments | More in World | Topics: Concert Preview, Cyril Pahinui, Seattle Slack Key Festival

October 27, 2013 at 6:11 PM

World flavors blend well at Fremont Abbey Saturday | Concert review

Federico Aubele and Natalia Clavier play the Fremont Abbey Saturday. Photo by Owen R. Smith.
Federico Aubele and Natalia Clavier play the Fremont Abbey Saturday. Photo by Owen R. Smith.

Federico Aubele and Natalia Clavier play the Fremont Abbey Saturday. Photo by Owen R. Smith.

When Lisa Alma was touring the East Coast this year, she played a number of cavernous concert halls that afforded her the luxury of playing a grand piano, so excuse Alma for feeling a little cramped Saturday night.

The tiny Fremont Abbey stage limited Alma to a keyboard, but that didn’t stop her from delivering a haunting set of subtle, electronic dream-pop. As soon as Alma began playing the first strains of “Our Time,” one woman in the back row had this succinct analysis: “All of a sudden I’m in Europe.”

It’s true, Alma’s charming Danish accent does worm its way into her singing, and the icy-cool beats she sings over instantly sound like they hail from Western Europe. 


0 Comments | More in Rock/Pop, World | Topics: federico aubele, lisa alma, san juan

October 25, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Lisa Alma puts theory into action | Concert preview

Lisa Alma. Photo by J. Fick.

Lisa Alma. Photo by J. Fick.

Most artists don’t bother getting their master’s degrees but for Danish singer Lisa Alma it seemed like the natural thing to do.

“I got really interested in feminist theory, performance art, the whole vibe that started with John Cage and got developed into the performance art scene in New York in the 70s,” said Alma, who holds a master’s degree in theater and performance studies. “But I always did the practical stuff on the side while I was studying theory.”

Back when she was a young student at the London Centre of Contemporary Music, Alma discovered the electronic music that creates the basis for the restrained dream-pop of her debut self-titled album. She plays the Fremont Abbey Saturday night with Argentinian singer-songwriter Federico Aubule. 


0 Comments | More in Rock/Pop, World | Topics: federico aubule, fremont abbey, lisa alma

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