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May 29, 2014 at 5:30 AM

Love Nirvana? Don’t miss Rock Hall induction on HBO | TV preview

Dave Grohl performing with Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in April, 2014. (Kevin Mazur)

Dave Grohl performing with Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in April, 2014. (Kevin Mazur)

On Saturday, May 31, HBO will air a three-hour special of the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. If that sounds like a long ceremony, consider that the event itself — which took place April 10 in Brooklyn, New York — ran nearly two hours longer.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Courtney Love, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic

March 25, 2014 at 1:14 AM

Lorde ricochets from intimate to intimidating | Concert review

(Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

(Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

By Joseph Sutton-Holcomb / Special to The Seattle Times

I didn’t show up to WaMu theater expecting to see Lorde deliver a rote, boilerplate performance, but at the same time, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a pop show that heartfelt.

It was the story she told toward the end of her set that did it. She was introducing “Ribs” one of the softer tracks on her debut album “Pure Heroine,” out last September.

“I’m going to tell you about this song,” she said.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Lorde, Royals, WaMu Theater

December 4, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Vampire Weekend and others offer spirited sets at Deck the Hall Ball | Concert review

Lorde at the Deck the Hall Ball. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Lorde at the Deck the Hall Ball. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

It was cold, crisp and clear Tuesday afternoon as concertgoers lined up outside KeyArena for Deck the Hall Ball. But indoors it was snowing.

The snow was fake, or course, and confined to a giant video screen. But the flurries were just enough to lend a holiday vibe to 107.7 The End’s annual year-end concert, which featured such hot alternative-rock acts as Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Alt-J and Seattle’s new-folk darlings, The Head and the Heart.

Seattle station KNDD has been staging its Deck the Hall Ball for more than 20 years as a well-stocked concert marathon for faithful listeners. This year’s holiday-themed concert also provided bands with a chance to thank the station, as well as fans, for their support.

The thank-yous came in the form of tight, spirited sets showcasing the bands’ best music. There were no shoe-gazers in this energetic lineup.


Comments | More in Dance, Festivals, Folk, R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: Alt J, Concert Review, Deck the Hall Ball

November 29, 2013 at 5:17 AM

Deck the Hall Ball brings joy from whole world | Concert preview

(Jim Bates/The Seattle Times)

The Head and the Heart (Jim Bates/The Seattle Times)

Seattle’s longest-running alternative-rock station — 107.7 The End — has been putting on big holiday concerts for more than 20 years, showcasing a who’s who of modern rock.

The station’s 21st annual Deck the Hall Ball features perhaps the most international lineup in the event’s history with Vampire Weekend (New York); Phoenix (France); The Head and the Heart (Seattle); Alt J, Arctic Monkeys and Foals (England); Lorde (New Zealand) and Chvrches (Scotland). Chvrches replaces Tame Impala of Australia.


Comments | More in Americana, Dance, Folk, Rock/Pop | Topics: Alt J, Arctic Monkeys, Chvrches

September 30, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Vampire Weekend, Phoenix and the Head and the Heart to headline Deck the Hall Ball

  The Head and the Heart. Photo by Jim Bates / THE SEATTLE TIMES. Deck the Hall Ball will feature Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, The Head and The Heart, Alt J, Arctic Monkeys, Lorde, Foals and Tame Impala. The annual holiday show put on by Seattle’s 107.7 the End takes place at KeyArena…


Comments | More in Festivals, Rock/Pop | Topics: 107.7 The End, Alt J, Arcic Monkeys

September 20, 2013 at 5:03 AM

Decibel Festival bigger but true to it roots


(Dave Matthews)

(Dave Matthews)

“I was essentially creating a music festival for myself,” explains Decibel Festival mastermind Sean Horton jokingly. “I didn’t like the fact that all this quality music was being produced and distributed all over the world, and there was no place for me to go experience it in a live context.”

Seattle’s annual citywide electronic-music event will celebrate its 10th anniversary next week as it packs 11 local venues with more than 130 artists and DJs from all over the world over the course of five days.

Headliners include recent breakouts and emerging talents — Russian-German electro-house producer Zedd, Chicago “EDM-trap” pioneers Flosstradamus, 16-year-old New Zealand electropop singer/songwriter sensation Lorde, deep house musician Nicolas Jaar (whom Horton says they have been trying to book for “close to five years now”).


Comments | More in Festivals, Rock/Pop | Topics: Decibel Festival, Lorde, Sean Horton