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October 14, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Mary Lambert’s major-label debut is all heart | New Recordings

Mary Lambert, ‘Heart on My Sleeve’ (Capitol Records)

It’s no surprise that the title of Mary Lambert’s debut album starts with “Heart.” The word shows up in nearly every song as a metaphor for love, but also self-acceptance. That combination of sincerity and empowerment makes “Heart on My Sleeve” a winning effort, and a surefire hit.

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Comments | More in General news, Rock/Pop | Topics: Macklemore, Mary Lambert, Same Love

October 9, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Trashy fashion wins Seattle diver a kayak trip with Macklemore

Seattle diver Laura James’ trash-inspired fashion has netted her a kayak trip on the Duwamish River with thrifty hip-hop icon Macklemore. The contest was part of the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition’s “River For All” campaign to raise awareness of the environmental and health threats of toxic pollution in Seattle’s Duwamish…

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: Duwamish River, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, Macklemore

July 1, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Macklemore on the Duwamish: My river is filthy

Macklemore-slideBy Katharine Schwab/Special to The Seattle Times

Macklemore added another cause to his list with his participation in the River For All campaign, which calls on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and local government officials to provide an adequate cleanup plan for the toxically polluted Duwamish River.

“This is our city’s only river, and I want to do my part to make sure that it’s safe to reside here,” Macklemore said in a statement on the campaign’s website, which features personal testimonials from Seattleites from a diverse group of communities. “I stand in solidarity with community leaders and families who have organized for years to right this injustice.”

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Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop | Topics: Duwamish River, Macklemore

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.

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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…

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Comments | Topics: Controversy, EMP, Jewish

December 15, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Macklemore caps a very special year at benefit show | Concert review

Bettina Hansen (The Seattle Times)

(Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

This week Macklemore and Ryan Lewis played to 50,000  fans over three nights at KeyArena. Just hours later, they flew to New York to play Madison Square Garden Friday.

But on Saturday they were back in Seattle playing a benefit for Children’s Hospital at the Showbox. It was the smallest venue they’ve played in many months, but as the final performance of a transformative year, it was also their most special.

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Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: Macklemore, Seattle Children's Hospital

December 13, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Macklemore announces surprise appearance for Seattle Children’s hospital benefit

As if they hadn’t already done enough in town this week, after three sold-out shows at KeyArena, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis announced Friday that they will join The Helio Sequence and other Seattle bands for the second annual Seattle Children’s hospital benefit Saturday at Showbox at the Market. The concert is sold out. The benefit is…

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December 11, 2013 at 2:22 AM

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis take a triumphal homecoming turn at KeyArena

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis play the first of three sold-out shows at KeyArena in Seattle on Tuesday. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis play the first of three sold-out shows at KeyArena in Seattle on Tuesday. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

If you were looking to understand the unifying force of Seattle’s teen idol rapper Macklemore in one scene, this was it: a 40-something mom drinking white wine, dancing hard while “chaperoning” three elementary school-aged girls wearing T-shirts with “Same Love” printed on the front.

Was the concert for the mom, or the kids? Tuesday night at KeyArena — the first night of a three-night, sold-out stand — the answer was both.

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Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop | Topics: Hollis, KeyAreana, Macklemore

December 6, 2013 at 8:00 PM

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis nominated for 7 Grammy awards

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (Carlo Allegri / Allegri Invision / AP

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (Carlo Allegri / Allegri Invision / AP

Pop music pundits were predicting that the Seattle rap team of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis would show up in Friday’s Grammy award announcement, but few expected the duo to rake in seven nominations.

Even fewer expected the members of Nirvana, whose singer Kurt Cobain has been dead for 19 years, to get a nomination, as well.

But that’s how it came down.

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Comments | More in General news, R & B/Hip-hop | Topics: Dave Grohl, Grammy Awards, Krist Novoselic

December 6, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Homecoming parties for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Carlo Allegri / Invision / AP

Carlo Allegri / Invision / AP

Exactly who does this Macklemore think he is? The Emperor of Seattle? The King of Rap? Shall we buy him a crown and a throne and build him a palace overlooking the city? Or is he just another overhyped music star who could be down-and-out in a couple of years and riding a boxcar out of town?

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Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop | Topics: KeyArena, Macklemore, Ryan Lewis

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