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April 14, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Schoolboy Q and the new, improved L.A. gangsta rap | Concert preview

(Courtesy of the artist.)

(Courtesy of the artist.)

There are multiple levels of meaning in the title of the latest album, “Oxymoron,” by Los Angeles rapper Schoolboy Q, who plays the Showbox SoDo Monday, April 14. (Note the show has been moved from the Showbox downtown.)

First, there’s its multifaceted sound: The beats meander from sneering, hard-knocking West-Coast opener “Gangsta” to bouncing, dub-reggae single “Collard Greens” to thumping-808 trap-house anthem “Hell Of A Night” to the blog-friendly, indie-sampling “Man Of the Year.”


0 Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop | Topics: "Oxymoron", Concert Preview, Schoolboy Q

April 11, 2014 at 6:31 AM

Sonny Fortune headlines Ballard Jazz Festival | Concert preview

After playing with John Coltrane, pianist McCoy Tyner faced a daunting challenge when he went looking for a saxophone player for his own group. But in the early 1970s, he solved that problem by hiring Sonny Fortune (pictured). The masterful sax man is not seen often in these parts, so it’s a nice surprise that the Ballard Jazz Festival has booked him to headline its Saturday, April 19, show.


0 Comments | More in Festivals, Jazz | Topics: Ballard Jazz Festival, Concert Preview, Sonny Fortune

April 11, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Seattle Odesza’s has arrived | Concert preview

By Joseph Sutton-Holcomb / Special to The Seattle Times

Sometimes, getting skeptical music fans excited about an EDM band is an incredible hassle. With this genre especially, the listening experience changes drastically based on context. The newest EP by production duo Odesza — called “My Friends Never Die” — might sound repetitive if played through a laptop for people chilling distractedly on a living room couch.


0 Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: "My Friends Never Die", Concert Preview, Neumos

April 10, 2014 at 4:12 PM

All welcome at queer ‘Mo-Wave Festival | Concert preview

For the second consecutive year, ’Mo-Wave is upon us — the Capitol Hill music, dance and art festival with a punk edge that draws heavily on the five letters L, G, B, T and Q.

That’s Q for “queer,” a more inclusive word than “gay,” though organizers stress that any gender or orientation is welcome to attend.


0 Comments | Topics: 'Mo-Wave Festival, Chop Suey, Concert Preview

April 10, 2014 at 11:26 AM

It’s Bill Rieflin times two at Slow Music and Humans show next week | Concert preview

Bill Rieflin's music credits extend back to the late '70s. (photo: Bill Rieflin)

Bill Rieflin’s music credits extend back to the late ’70s. (photo: Bill Rieflin)

Bill Rieflin will be on double duty next week when he appears at the Triple Door on April 14 and 15. The multi-instrumentalist, who boasts a wide-ranging resume (Ministry, R.E.M., Nine Inch Nails, Robyn Hitchcock), will headline both shows with his improvisational group Slow Music, which also includes legendary English guitarist Robert Fripp, as well as playing in the evening’s opening act, the Humans, which features Fripp’s wife, English singer/actress Toyah Wilcox.

“Believe me, it’s not my idea,” Rieflin said of the double billing. It all began when Rieflin was recently out dining in London with Fripp, Wilcox, R.E.M.’s Peter Buck (another Slow Music member), and Young Fresh Fellows/R.E.M. guitarist Scott McCaughey. “We were all having a very fun dinner, drinking lots of bubbling solutions,” Rieflin recalled. “And someone began to reminisce — ‘Ah, Slow Music, that was fun, wasn’t it?’ And I won’t say who, but someone else said, ‘Let’s do it again! Let’s do a Slow Music show.’ And Toyah pipes up, ‘Yeah! And the Humans will open!’


0 Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Bill Rieflin, Concert Preview, Robert Fripp

April 8, 2014 at 4:37 PM

V. Contreras offers sultry mix of pop, rock and soul | Concert preview

V. Contreras was only 12 when she heard a song that changed her life.

On a nine-hour car trip to Idaho, Contreras and her family passed the time listening to her parents’ favorite albums on the car stereo.

“They played Linda Ronstadt, the Supremes and Heart, but when they played Patsy Cline’s ‘Sweet Dreams,’ it made a really big impression on me,” Contreras recalled.


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April 4, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Jazz lives again on Jackson Street | Concert preview

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Bernie Jacobs (Courtesy of the artist)

From the late 1930s through the early 1950s, Seattle’s Jackson Street was a thriving hub for jazz, where Quincy Jones, Ernestine Anderson and Ray Charles — among others — performed on a regular basis.

The jazz scene has long since migrated to other neighborhoods. But thanks to an enterprising neighborhood organization called Jackson Street Commons, jazz returns to Jackson Street Saturday, April 5, with the Jackson Street Jazz Walk, a free showcase along this fabled avenue.


0 Comments | More in Jazz | Topics: Bembe Olele, Bernie Jacobs, Concert Preview

April 4, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Bryan Ferry celebrates ‘The Jazz Age’ | Concert preview

Stylish and sophisticated, English music icon Bryan Ferry has embarked on his first North American concert tour in three years, dubbed the “Can’t Let Go Tour.” The set list includes Ferry’s biggest hits and beloved cover tunes, as well as a few rarities from his more than 40 years in popular music. The sharply dressed singer…


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April 3, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Tom Petty Fest features Strokes’ Albert Hammond Jr. | Concert preview

Albert Hammond Jr. plays Petty Fest at the Showbox . (Jason McDonald)

Albert Hammond Jr. plays Petty Fest at the Showbox . (Jason McDonald)

What began in a tiny New York bar a dozen years ago as a jam session celebrating Bob Dylan’s 60th birthday has grown into a popular series of all-star charity fests honoring the music of Dylan, the Rolling Stones and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.


0 Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Albert Hammond Jr., Concert Preview, Duff McKagan

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