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November 29, 2013 at 5:17 AM

Deck the Hall Ball brings joy from whole world | Concert preview

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The Head and the Heart (Jim Bates/The Seattle Times)

Seattle’s longest-running alternative-rock station — 107.7 The End — has been putting on big holiday concerts for more than 20 years, showcasing a who’s who of modern rock.

The station’s 21st annual Deck the Hall Ball features perhaps the most international lineup in the event’s history with Vampire Weekend (New York); Phoenix (France); The Head and the Heart (Seattle); Alt J, Arctic Monkeys and Foals (England); Lorde (New Zealand) and Chvrches (Scotland). Chvrches replaces Tame Impala of Australia.

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May 27, 2013 at 9:56 PM

So long, Sasquatch! 2013, and thanks for the surprises

Note: This is an overview of Sasquatch! 2013. Go here for detailed daily coverage and photos.

Mumford and Sons at Sasquatch! 2013. Photo by Jimmy Lovaas/The Seattle Times.

Mumford and Sons at Sasquatch! 2013. Photo by Jimmy Lovaas/The Seattle Times.

The crowd was a little bewildered Friday night at Sasquatch!, when, right in the middle of Macklemore’s set, the Seattle rapper left the stage and everything went dark. A man in coveralls came on, pushing a broom. But as soon as the man began to whistle the familiar hook to Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop,” the audience erupted.

The man turned out to be Wanz, who sings the super-catchy “I’m gonna pop some tags” chorus of the megahit. A moment later, Mackle­more, donning a lavish fur coat, came coasting out on a scooter. The reaction was deafening.

The 29-year-old sounded like the happiest man in music as he addressed the sold-out Sasquatch! crowd thronging the mainstage amphitheater at the Gorge, saying there was no other place he’d rather be.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are now touring the world behind their certified-gold album, “The Heist.” (By the next day, he had tweeted, “Now on a plane to Dublin.”)

It was Macklemore’s moment, but there was plenty of love for the festival in general.

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May 25, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Sasquatch! 2013: Rock in the gloaming with Built To Spill and Arctic Monkeys

After an afternoon of fervid performances by young Seattle hip-hop talent, the early evening hours listed more toward a rock n’ roll journeymen vibe with a main stage set by Northwest mainstay Built To Spill.

Built To Spill (photo by Christopher Nolan/courtesy of Sasquatch!)

Built To Spill (photo by Christopher Nolan/courtesy of Sasquatch!)

There was a sunshower just as the set began, and thunderclouds wafted down over the wind farm on the ridge behind the stage. In that peculiar light, the band played a solid and heartfelt set. To say it was low-key wouldn’t be exactly it, but it was together and right.

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