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July 3, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Pop, Electronic, Rock and Americana all on tap at KEXP’s Concerts at the Mural

Starr Anna will perform on Aug. 22 at the Mural Amphitheatre. (Hillary Harris)

Starr Anna will perform on Aug. 22 at the Mural Amphitheatre. (Hillary Harris)

A wide variety of genres and local acts will be featured at KEXP’s Concert at the Mural, which kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug 1 with performances by TacocaT, Kithkin and a special guest at the Seattle Center’s Mural Amphitheatre.

The full schedule of performers:

8/1 – Donor Appreciation Night
Special Guest
TacocaT
Kithkin

8/8 – Decibel Festival Night
Yppah
Katie Kate
IG88

8/15 – Rock Show
A Place To Bury Strangers
Battleme
Wimps

8/22 – Swingin’ Roadhouse
Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires
Star Anna
Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands

The free all-ages concert series features picnic style seating on the lawn with food and beverage available along with a beer and wine garden for guests 21 and up.

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: Concerts at the Mural, KEXP, Seattle Center

April 16, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Tacocat to perform free show on Thursday, April 24 at Hilliard’s Taproom

Tacocat perform a free show at Hilliard's Taproom on Thursday, April 24.

Tacocat perform a free show at Hilliard’s Taproom on Thursday, April 24. (Photo by Kyle Johnson)

Tacocat, everyone’s favorite palindrome band, will perform at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 24 at Hilliard’s Beer Brewery and Taproom, 1550 N.W. 49th St., Seattle. Admission is free, but attendees must RSVP. The event is limited to those 21 and over.

Seattle Seahawk’s mascot, Blitz, will make a special appearance and be available for photos with fans. A food truck will be offering free hotdogs to the first 300 people in the door.

KEXP DJ Alex Ruder will be spinning tunes throughout the evening.

Warning: Infectious pop song below.

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Comments | Topics: Crimson Wave, DJ Alex Ruder, KEXP

March 27, 2014 at 4:52 PM

The Kings of Leon: Evolution? Sellout? Who Cares?

By Chris Kornelis / Special to The Seattle Times

When Kings of Leon released its fourth LP, “Only By the Night” in 2008 the Nashville band not only became one of the country’s biggest rock bands, but one of its most divisive. Fans of the scrappy, undercard rock on KOL’s first two albums had largely tolerated transitional third album, “Because of the Times,” but cried sellout when the band rose to the top of the charts on the back of lead single “Sex On Fire.” The band is now touring behind last year’s “Mechanical Bull.” I recently traded notes with KEXP DJ John Richards about the band and the backlash.

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: "Mechanical Bull", "Only By the Night", Concert Preview

December 10, 2013 at 6:03 AM

Celebrating Harry Smith’s ‘Anthology of American Folk Music’ | Concert preview

(Brian Graham)

(Brian Graham)

The Coen Brothers’ splendid new film, “Inside Llewyn Davis,” set in the Greenwich Village folk-music scene of the early ’60s, has launched a welcome wave of interest in Northwesterner Harry Smith, whose 1952 six-LP set, “Anthology of American Folk Music,” was the folk singers’ bible.

“Without the Harry Smith Anthology, we could not have existed,” wrote folk singer Dave Van Ronk in his autobiography, “The Mayor of MacDougal Street,” which inspired the Coens’ new movie. “After a while we all knew every word of every song, including the ones we hated.”

This week, two celebrations of Smith are on tap — a three-hour radio show Wednesday, on KEXP, and a variety concert Friday at the Columbia City Theater. The anthology, still available on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, was where many budding folk artists first heard such blues players as Mississippi John Hurt and Blind Lemon Jefferson or country singers like the Carter Family. The compilation’s 84 tracks, recorded on 78 rpm records between 1927-32, came from what critic Greil Marcus later dubbed “the old, weird America”: haunting, nasal voices of Appalachia; dreamlike tales of murder and metamorphosis; work songs from seamen and sharecroppers; scraping dance floor fiddles and twanging banjos; shape-note and lining-out singing from possessed voices aimed heavenward; and wise and witty blues.

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November 10, 2013 at 12:20 AM

Barsuk 15th anniversary series rumbles on with The Long Winters | Concert Review

The four-day celebration of Barsuk Record’s 15th anniversary continued Friday at the Neptune Theatre with another sold-out showcase of some of the best artists in the label’s history.

Barsuk might be a “teenager” but most of the bands (and their fans) are looking a little grayer these day. It was John Roderick, lead singer of the headlining Long Winters, who summed things up on stage.

“I’m a 45-year-old man in skinny-ass jeans,” Roderick said. “I can do what I want.”

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: David Bazan, john roderick, juliana hatfield