Hailed as heroes by KEXP after “Wings” (2012) and by Elle magazine for Song of the Summer (2013), synth-drenched indie pop quartet Haerts was taken down a notch by the likes of Pitchfork (5.8 out of 10) for its eponymous major-label debut album, which came out in October.More
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Decibel isn’t your typical electronic music festival. Though it sporadically books EDM artists, its main focus isn’t bass drops, but rather electronic music’s cutting edge.
Fittingly, attendees of the 11-year-old electronic-music festival were treated Wednesday night to a mix of club-ready house, pitch-black techno, futuristic R&B and abstruse, forward-thinking hip-hop.More
Ten years ago, a raucous post-hardcore quintet from the Eastside suburbs called The Blood Brothers was making local music history, gaining a national following and spawning a legion of sound-alike bands. On Friday, the band is performing at the Showbox — its first local show since 2007.
A half-mile away, at the Crocodile, Nacho Picasso, a South End-bred rapper at the forefront of Seattle’s underground for the last few years, may be building the kind of legacy that years from now will also deserve a reunion celebration.
Though these artists don’t share much in the way of sound, image or background, there is a common thread — an overarching regional dreariness typical of the Northwest, which resonates with local youth.More
In early 2007 a 16-year-old from Atlanta named Soulja Boy Tell Em made a simplistic steel-drum snap beat on his computer, rapped over it, made up a dance to go with it, and put a video on YouTube. Months later he had a Billboard Chart-topping, multi-platinum single in “Crank That (Soulja Boy),” and a record deal with Interscope. It was one of the earliest, most widespread independent viral music videos.
It’s only been seven years, but that’s multiple music careers’ worth of time in Internet years. And with Soulja Boy’s ever-constant mixtape output, still-ubiquitous online presence, multiple business ventures, eye and ear for the current trends (at least borrowing from them), and major label connections, the 24-year-old appears to have the kind of tools and experience to become the Internet generation’s Diddy or Jay-Z. For an artist who was initially dismissed as a disposable passing fad, he appears to be here to stay.More
With her star on the rise, Illinois-bred singer-songwriter Lissie easily could have filled The Crocodile by herself with her rousing performance of songs from the powerful new album, “Back to Forever.”
But opening act Kopecky Family Band, a troupe of indie rockers from Nashville with its own boisterous following, assured a full house Thursday. The late-night show was a high-value doubleheader for fans of edgy folk-rock, even though the audience seemed divided into separate camps.
Lissie, whose full name is Elisabeth Corrin Maurus, recently completed a short European tour and made appearances on “Conan” and “The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson.”
Wearing a white T-shirt and jeans, she opened just before 10:30 p.m. with “Bully,” a heartfelt song about youthful independence from her 2010 debut album, “Catching a Tiger.”More