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September 25, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Decibel Festival on the cutting edge | Concert review

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.


Comments | More in Electronic | Topics: Arca, Concert Review, Crocodile

September 19, 2014 at 5:13 AM

Decibel Festival moves to EMP | Festival preview


Since it began in 2004, the Decibel Festival has brought to Seattle an international collection of producers and DJs — from electropop and drone to experimental hip-hop and minimal techno — who represent the cutting edge of electronic music, a genre that has grown from a fringe interest to a multibillion-dollar industry.


Comments | More in Electronic | Topics: Clean Bandit, Concert Preview, Decibel Festival

May 19, 2014 at 11:06 PM

The Macklemore apology drops: ‘A “Jewish stereotype” never crossed my mind’

Macklemore in the costume that caused so much controversy, at a surprise performance at EMP Museum Friday, May 16, 2014. (Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Macklemore in the costume that caused so much controversy, at a surprise performance at EMP Museum Friday, May 16, 2014. (Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

So, after an absolute social-media firestorm about his costume at last Friday’s surprise performance at EMP, Macklemore has issued a public statement on his website. It’s fairly long, and in it the rapper tries to explain both how he ended up in the getup many (in Twitter speak that means thousands) are saying was an anti-Semitic outift.


Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: Apology, Costume, EMP

May 19, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Macklemore in controversial ‘Jewish’ costume at surprise EMP performance

Last Friday, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis showed up for what seemed to be a rollicking, innocuous surprise performance to open the “Spectacle” exhibit at the EMP Museum. Attendees were encouraged to come in costume from their favorite music video. Unclear what video Mackelmore’s costume is referencing, but it seems more than a few people think…


Comments | Topics: Controversy, EMP, Jewish

November 22, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Local stars celebrate Crosby, Stills and Nash in EMP fete | Concert review

Paul Allen, Stephen Stills, David Crosby and Graham Nash (l-r) at EMP’s Founders Award ceremony. (Brady Harvey) The finale at this year’s Experience Music Project Founders Award tribute to Crosby, Stills and Nash could not have been more predictable, but it was also appropriate — and magical. EMP’s annual Founders Award raises money for the museum’s…


Comments | More in Folk, General news, Rock/Pop | Topics: Concert Review, Crosby Stills and Nash, EMP