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April 15, 2014 at 9:07 AM

A$AP Rocky, Spoon and Chromeo to headline 2014 Capitol Hill Block Party

The crowd photographs giant streams of confetti released from the main stage on the last day of the Capitol Hill Block Party Sunday, July 28, 2013. (Courtesy of the Seattle Times)

The crowd photographs giant streams of confetti released from the main stage on the last day of the Capitol Hill Block Party Sunday, July 28, 2013. (Courtesy of the Seattle Times)

The lineup for the 2014 Capitol Hill Block Party features A$AP Rocky, Spoon, Chromeo, Matt and Kim, The War on Drugs, ODESZA, Sol, A$AP Ferg, Beat Connection, Star Slinger, Budos Band, Tanlines, XXYYXX, Angel Olsen, Poolside, Cymbals and Shy Girls.

The music and arts festival runs July 25-27 and takes place in a six-block area of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood with two outdoor stages as well as music and events happening in the clubs, bars and restaurants within the gates.

Discounted three-day passes are available today through Friday for $99 and are available at the Capitol Hill Block Party website.

Three-day passes are $125 in advance, individual day passes are $50 in advance and $60 day of and at the door.


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March 11, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Iska Dhaaf delivers ‘Even the Sun Will Burn’ | New recordings

iskadhaaf_artworkIska Dhaaf, ‘Even the Sun Will Burn’ (Brick Lane)

Seattle, like every city, is full of bands that, for whatever reason, can’t parlay local buzz into something greater. For every Macklemore, there are myriad Mad Rads and Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Bands.

This Tuesday, those two groups’ core members — singer-guitarist Nathan Quiroga and drummer Benjamin Verdoes, respectively — return with “Even the Sun Will Burn,” their debut as Iska Dhaaf — Somali for “let it go.”


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Iska Dhaaf, New Recordings, Seattle

January 2, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Seattle’s Spits and Wimps keep it short, snotty | Concert preview

The Spits

The Spits headline Chop Suey Friday. Photo by Kealan Shilling.

If your New Year’s Eve disappointed — or you’re looking to continue partying into the weekend — consider The Spits and Wimps at Chop Suey for your Friday entertainment.

Characterized by an oddball sense of humor and an appetite for substance-fueled hijinks, the Seattle-via-Michigan foursome, led by brothers Sean and Erin Wood, has been an underground favorite since the 1990s, releasing a half-dozen albums’ worth of mutant New Wave noise-punk — like a synth-driven Ramones, or perhaps a distorted Devo.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Chop Suey, punk, Seattle

December 10, 2013 at 5:00 AM

Seattle International Comedy Competition Winner Zoltan Kaszas | Q/A

Comedian Zoltan Kaszas, winner of the 34th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition (photo by Peter Greyy).

Comedian Zoltan Kaszas, winner of the 34th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition (photo by Peter Greyy).

Before winning the the 34th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition, Zoltan Kaszas was an injured wannabe professional wrestler performing in a converted warehouse doubling as a comedy club.

Now, the 26-year-old from San Marcos, Calif. is meeting with an agent and a talent coordinator for Fox Television.

On stage Kaszas, who once coached a youth soccer team, uses observational humor and anecdotal jokes from his personal life to get laughs.

“I wouldn’t have signed up to coach if they had told me that all their games are on Saturday mornings at 7,” he said. “I like to drink. I’m not teaching these kids anything except what a whiskey hangover smells like.”

Kaszas spoke over the phone to us about his big win and the plans he has for the future.

How long have you been performing?

I’ve been doing stand up for 7 years now. I was 19 when I got started. Doing comedy wasn’t my original dream. I wanted to be a professional wrestler, but I have bad shoulders. I was going to get surgery and I was like well I have to do something while I’m in a cast for six months. I always loved stand up and I was always the one cracking jokes, making people laugh, but I never thought I could do it.


Comments | Topics: Comedy, Seattle, Seattle International Comedy Competition

September 30, 2013 at 9:54 AM

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

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 on Dec. 3. Tickets, which cost $47.70-$77.70, will go…


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

September 1, 2013 at 8:58 PM

A new comedy stereotype emerges at Bumbershoot: Seattle’s slacker pot heads

Long lines, legal weed and inappropriate humor for children emerged as consistent themes throughout Sunday’s comedy performances at Bumbershoot. Here’s a look at a few of the showcases: Comedy at the Playhouse:  Doug Benson, Kyle Dunnigan, Tony Camin Comedian Doug Benson opened Sunday’s show with the joke that seemed to already be on every attendee’s mind. “What did…


Comments | Topics: Bumbershoot, Comedy, Doug Benson

July 8, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Pearl Jam announce North American tour, homecoming show

Pearl Jam

Photo by Drew Gurian/Invision/AP

Pearl Jam is set to play 24 shows across North America, finishing with a homecoming show on Dec. 6 at KeyArena in Seattle. The tour kicks off Oct. 11 in Pittsburgh and finishes with a handful of Northwest shows, including Nov. 29 (Portland), Nov. 30 (Spokane) and Dec. 4 (Vancouver, BC).

Tickets for Pearl Jam’s North American dates go on-sale Saturday, July 27 at 10:00 a.m. local time.  A special ticket pre-sale for current Pearl Jam Ten Club members (as of July 7, 2013) begins today. Visit for full details.

Full schedule below.


Comments | More in General news, Rock/Pop | Topics: grunge, Mookie Blaylock, Pearl Jam

June 7, 2013 at 11:32 AM

Eugene Mirman to host Sub Pop Records Silver Jubil-Eve Comedy Thing (For Charity!)

Comedian Eugene Mirman will host Sub Pop Records’ Silver Jubil-Eve Comedy Thing (For Charity!) with performances by David Cross, Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal and Kurt Braunohler. The all-ages performance is at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 12 at the Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle. Tickets are $22.50. Proceeds and donations collected will benefit local…


Comments | More in Comedy, General news | Topics: Comedy, Moore Theatre, Seattle

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