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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

May 12, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Mary Lambert headlines Oso benefit at the Tractor | Concert preview

Mary Lambert plays the Tractor Tavern tonight.

Mary Lambert plays the Tractor Tavern tonight.

Nature can be cruel, none more so when a mudslide claimed the lives of 43 people in Oso, Washington in March. It rocked the tiny community of 180, but its true impact reached far across the state and soon touched people of all stripes who wanted to help in their own small way.

Jake Uitti and the Monarch Review heard the siren call of charity and have done their part to help the victims and their families by (you guessed it!) setting up a benefit show tonight at the Tractor Tavern. This one is can’t miss, with Ryan Lewis/Macklemore collaborator Mary Lambert, surf-rock girl group La Luz and Star Anna. Tickets are $25, which makes them pricier than your usual Tractor cover, but all the proceeds will go to the Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation, a local charity working directly with victims.

“More and more stuff trickled in about people losing their lives, losing their families, the precarious building situation out there,” said Uitti, the Monarch’s managing editor. “Something inside of me said, ‘I need to do something. I need to do something.'”

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: jake uitti, La Luz, Mary Lambert

December 17, 2013 at 5:10 AM

Mary Lambert rises above politics | New recordings

Mary Lambert Welcome51tBITxQgZL__SL500_AA280_Mary Lambert, ‘Welcome to the Age of My Body’ (Capitol)

Mary Lambert was the voice of the chorus on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ hit “Same Love,” and she’s the first Macklemore-associated act to get picked up by a major label. “Body Love,” broken into two parts on this EP, examines the challenges of being female in a society that objectifies women.

“I only know how to exist when I am wanted,” she sings.

It’s a moving song, but rises above politics to become a message about the human struggle to find faith and self-acceptance.

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Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: "She Keeps Me Warm", "Welcome to the Age of My Body", Mary Lambert

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

May 25, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Sasquatch! 2013 Friday night: Macklemore and Vampire Weekend UPDATED

Macklemore

Photo by Christopher Nelson / Live Nation; all other photos by me

It’s Macklemore’s world right now. You know that, right? The Capitol Hill rapper is super famous at the moment, with his songs “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us” having blown up nationally, crossing over from kids to their parents, making him a household name. Every other person at Sasquatch! is a 22-year-old wearing a Macklemore “My City is Filthy” t-shirt. He’s Kurt Cobain famous.

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Comments | More in Festivals | Topics: Macklemore, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert