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February 18, 2014 at 1:38 AM

Charles Bradley, J Mascis and Damien Jurado headline Timber! 2014 | News

Seattle’s favorite folk singer, Damien Jurado, soul singer Charles Bradley and J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. lead a packed Timber! Outdoor Music Festival 2014. Festival organizers released the first batch of artists, including hip-hop trio The Physics and Grynch this morning as the festival is set to return July 24-26 to Carnation, Wash. Timber! is the brainchild of…

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0 Comments | More in Festivals, General news | Topics: Damien Jurado, dinosaur jr, Kevin Sur

January 19, 2014 at 2:38 AM

The cult of Damien Jurado | Concert review

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Damien Jurado celebrated the release of his new album, “Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son,” at the Neptune Theatre Friday night. Photo by Owen R. Smith.

Backed by a choir and band in shimmering silver graduation gowns at his album release party Saturday night at the Neptune Theatre, Damien Jurado knew he must have looked somewhat odd dressed all in white.

“This is the Silver Sister choir and the Silver brothers,” Jurado said. “And I’m their cult leader.”

He got a chuckle even if there might have been some truth to that statement. But it wasn’t the musicians gathered on stage that constituted Jurado’s cult; instead, it was his legion of fans that packed the Neptune and lined the street outside searching for extra tickets. 

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0 Comments | More in Folk | Topics: Damien Jurado, naomi wachira, neptune theatre

January 17, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Damien Jurado’s ‘sounds of euphoric freedom’

(Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)

(Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)

Reinvention is the key word for Seattle songwriter Damien Jurado, 41 years old and on a hot streak with a new album, “Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son,” his third in three years with Oregon producer/multi-instrumentalist Richard Swift.

In 18 years journeying into rock and folk music (Jurado is the godfather of our current folk boom), he has not shied away from weirdness. But this druggy, headphone record is his freakiest move to date.

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0 Comments | More in Folk, Rock/Pop | Topics: Damien Jurado, The Neptune

July 14, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Glory on the horizon for Shelby Earl

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Shelby Earl celebrated the release of her sophomore album, “Swift Arrows,” Saturday night at Columbia City Theater. Photo by Owen R. Smith.

On her debut album “Burn The Boats,” Shelby Earl reasons that if you burn the boats after a long voyage, you’re already home.

It’s essentially what she did before heading into the studio to record that album, quitting her day job at age 33 and going on all-in on a career in music. She did it, she said, because it was the final step necessary to help her believe in her music and her future as an artist.

Four years after that fateful decision, Earl’s belief has never been stronger. She celebrated the release of her sophomore album, “Swift Arrows,” with a show Saturday night at Columbia City Theater, where the album was recorded the course of eight days with producer Damien Jurado.

Some hauntingly beautiful tunes from songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews and an exuberant hour from brothers Mikey and Matty Gervais got the night started off on the right foot. Finally, Earl, clad in a black cocktail dress, nonchalantly made her way onto the stage and got her set going with “The Seer,” the first song she wrote for her new album.

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0 Comments | More in Folk, Rock/Pop | Topics: Burn The Boats, Columbia City Theater, Courtney Marie Andrews