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August 18, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Make no mistake, Ed Sheeran is lovable and loud

It’s no surprise that English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is a fan of another English singer-songwriter: Sam Smith. Despite their different musical styles, both come across as earnest and straightforward.

“It’s instilled in English people to always downplay things,” said the 23-year-old singer in a phone interview last week. “We don’t really shout too loud. We quietly get on with what we are doing.”

What Sheeran’s been doing hasn’t been quiet at all. He’ll be especially loud this Thursday when he plays Seattle’s WaMu Theater.

Credit: Ben Watts

Credit: Ben Watts

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June 13, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Concert review: They Might Be Giants

They Might Be Giants

They Might Be Giants — John Flansburgh, left, and John Linnell — played Seattle Wednesday. Photo by Shervin Lainez.

The shortest path to an early end for an artist is to rest on past success. Comforting as it may be, it leads to stagnation and death.

Tireless veterans They Might Be Giants, who played Showbox SoDo Wednesday, are instead very much alive in their very long career.

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June 2, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Concert preview: Mice Parade

Mice Parade

Mice Parade’s Adam Pierce, center, plays Seattle’s Triple Door club Monday. Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov.

Reflective of its name, an anagram of bandleader Adam Pierce’s, New York’s Mice Parade — who play Monday at the Triple Door — artfully re-arranges folk, shoegaze, electronica and worldbeat curiosities into cozy experimental pop.

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