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November 19, 2014 at 11:26 AM

FKA Twigs debut short, slow & mesmerizing | Concert review

FKA Twigs making her Seattle debut at the Showbox Tuesday, Nov. 18. (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times

FKA Twigs making her Seattle debut at the Showbox Tuesday, Nov. 18. (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times

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Rising U.K. singer/songwriter/producer/dancer FKA Twigs’ performance at the Showbox Tuesday, Nov. 18, was everything that her music is — moody, intimate and dramatic, but ultimately kind of slow-moving.It was FKA Twigs’ first appearance in Seattle, part of her first large-scale international tour.

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: "LP1", "Video Girl", "Water Me"

October 16, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Local electronic heroes Odesza celebrate new album with two shows | Concert preview

Northwest electronic duo Odesza’s profile has grown immensely in the past two years, and the group now has a proper album to show for it. Upcoming Seattle shows are in support of “In Return,” a release that expands Odesza’s trademarks — waves of sub bass, hip-hop-lite drums and hooky melodies from a cadre of anonymous-sounding guest vocalists — to widescreen proportions. With Hayden James, Ambassadeurs.

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Comments | Topics: Odesza, Showbox, Showbox at the Market

October 10, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Angus and Julia Stone experience sibling revival-ry | Concert preview

Second chances in the music industry are funny things. Sometimes these comebacks are carefully orchestrated and years in the making, and sometimes super-producer Rick Rubin calls out of the blue and tells you he wants to cut a record.

The latter happened to Angus and Julia Stone, an Australian sibling act that split up in 2011 so that the Stones could get some time away from each other and pursue solo projects. Thanks to Rubin’s interest, they’re back with a new self-titled album and a North American tour that stops in Seattle on Sunday at The Showbox at the Market.

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Angus and Julia Stone, Showbox

September 5, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Ranked one of the most influential bands ever, The Breeders play the Showbox

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The Breeders (Photo by Andrew Kuykendall)

In a recent reader poll, England’s New Musical Express (NME) named The Breeders the 12th most influential band of all time — higher than The Clash, The Velvet Underground and Led Zeppelin.

Lead guitarist Kelley Deal thinks this is hilarious.

“Damn,” she exclaims over the phone from Dayton, Ohio, where she and her twin sister, bandmate, Kim, grew up and still reside. “Those were heavy hitters who were included in there. Like, real bands!

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Comments | Topics: Kim Deal, Showbox, The Breeders

August 21, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Eastside punk, South End rap – something in common? | Concert preview

Ten years ago, a raucous post-hardcore quintet from the Eastside suburbs called The Blood Brothers was making local music history, gaining a national following and spawning a legion of sound-alike bands. On Friday, the band is performing at the Showbox — its first local show since 2007.

A half-mile away, at the Crocodile, Nacho Picasso, a South End-bred rapper at the forefront of Seattle’s underground for the last few years, may be building the kind of legacy that years from now will also deserve a reunion celebration.

Though these artists don’t share much in the way of sound, image or background, there is a common thread — an overarching regional dreariness typical of the Northwest, which resonates with local youth.

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Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: Concert Preview, Crocodile, Nacho Picasso

June 9, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Modest Mouse to play the Showbox on July 18, band slowly working on new material with Outkast’s Big Boi

Modest Mouse will play the Showbox on July 18. (Photo by Wendy Lynch)

Modest Mouse will play the Showbox on July 18. (Photo by Wendy Lynch)

Seattle’s Showbox Theater is celebrating 75 years as a music venue and will host Modest Mouse on July 18. Tickets, which cost $45-$50, will go on sale at noon on Friday, June 13 via www.showboxpresents.com. The event is all ages with a 21-and-over section as well.

Modest Mouse have not released a new album since 2007’s “We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank,” but reportedly have been working with Outkast’s Big Boi on new songs as of April 2011.

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Modest Mouse, Showbox

May 16, 2014 at 3:00 PM

At last, Failure a success | Concert preview

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Failure, from left: Ken Andrews, Greg Edwards, Kellii Scott. Photo by Jeff Bender.

It takes a lack of superstition and a sense of sarcasm to call a band Failure in the first place — but around 1996, singer, guitarist and producer Ken Andrews had to be wondering if it was a self-fulfilling prophecy for his star-crossed Los Angeles trio.

For a group to make a career-defining work, only to have it go largely unheard, requires bad luck and bad timing — and Failure had both.

Their label, Warner Bros., had no idea what to do with “Fantastic Planet” — their 68-minute whale of a third album — and gave up promoting it after it failed to chart on Billboard’s Top 200.

“I’ll never fully understand why they got cold feet,” sighs the Seattle native in a phone interview. “I felt like people really just needed a minute to get to know us, to figure out what our sound was about… but they weren’t ready to make that commitment.”

But now, Andrews and his writing partner Greg Edwards — Failure’s bassist and co-founder — are getting their due. Last winter, they announced their first live performance since breaking up, at L.A.’s El Rey Theatre. It sold out instantly. They’ll play The Showbox Sunday.

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Los Angeles, post-grunge, Showbox

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