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May 8, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Bumbershoot 2014 lineup announced! | Festival preview

Elvis Costello, shown here playing at the Paramount Theatre, will perform at this year's Bumbershoot. (Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Elvis Costello, shown here playing at the Paramount Theatre, will perform at this year’s Bumbershoot. (Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

Classic rocker Elvis Costello, pop band Foster the People and pioneering rap outfit Wu-Tang Clan are three of the headliners booked for Bumbershoot this year. The annual arts festival is presented on Labor Day weekend at Seattle Center, Aug. 30-Sept. 1.

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April 14, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Schoolboy Q and the new, improved L.A. gangsta rap | Concert preview

(Courtesy of the artist.)

(Courtesy of the artist.)

There are multiple levels of meaning in the title of the latest album, “Oxymoron,” by Los Angeles rapper Schoolboy Q, who plays the Showbox SoDo Monday, April 14. (Note the show has been moved from the Showbox downtown.)

First, there’s its multifaceted sound: The beats meander from sneering, hard-knocking West-Coast opener “Gangsta” to bouncing, dub-reggae single “Collard Greens” to thumping-808 trap-house anthem “Hell Of A Night” to the blog-friendly, indie-sampling “Man Of the Year.”

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Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop | Topics: "Oxymoron", Concert Preview, Schoolboy Q