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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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February 22, 2014 at 12:24 PM

The Head and the Heart’s splendid ‘homecoming’ weekend | Concert review

The Head and the Heart wrote their own concert review headline Friday at the Paramount. It was the first of two sold-out nights, and was a homecoming of sorts for a band that has been touring the world for much of the last year. So when they followed the opener, “Shake,” with “Homecoming Heroes,” they were…

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February 4, 2014 at 6:30 AM

‘Sweetheart 2014′ compilation with Fleetwood Mac, others | New recordings

Sweethear 2014 album coverVarious Artists, ‘Sweetheart 2014’ (Hear Music/Concord)

Created exclusively for Starbucks, “Sweetheart 2014” is a delightfully eclectic collection of classic love songs by such current artists as The Head and the Heart, Beck, Brandi Carlile, Ben Harper, Vampire Weekend, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings.

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Comments | More in Folk, Rock/Pop | Topics: 'Sweetheart 2014', Bob Marley, Fleetwood Mac

December 4, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Vampire Weekend and others offer spirited sets at Deck the Hall Ball | Concert review

Lorde at the Deck the Hall Ball. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Lorde at the Deck the Hall Ball. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

It was cold, crisp and clear Tuesday afternoon as concertgoers lined up outside KeyArena for Deck the Hall Ball. But indoors it was snowing.

The snow was fake, or course, and confined to a giant video screen. But the flurries were just enough to lend a holiday vibe to 107.7 The End’s annual year-end concert, which featured such hot alternative-rock acts as Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Alt-J and Seattle’s new-folk darlings, The Head and the Heart.

Seattle station KNDD has been staging its Deck the Hall Ball for more than 20 years as a well-stocked concert marathon for faithful listeners. This year’s holiday-themed concert also provided bands with a chance to thank the station, as well as fans, for their support.

The thank-yous came in the form of tight, spirited sets showcasing the bands’ best music. There were no shoe-gazers in this energetic lineup.

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Comments | More in Dance, Festivals, Folk, R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: Alt J, Concert Review, Deck the Hall Ball

November 29, 2013 at 5:17 AM

Deck the Hall Ball brings joy from whole world | Concert preview

(Jim Bates/The Seattle Times)

The Head and the Heart (Jim Bates/The Seattle Times)

Seattle’s longest-running alternative-rock station — 107.7 The End — has been putting on big holiday concerts for more than 20 years, showcasing a who’s who of modern rock.

The station’s 21st annual Deck the Hall Ball features perhaps the most international lineup in the event’s history with Vampire Weekend (New York); Phoenix (France); The Head and the Heart (Seattle); Alt J, Arctic Monkeys and Foals (England); Lorde (New Zealand) and Chvrches (Scotland). Chvrches replaces Tame Impala of Australia.

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Comments | More in Americana, Dance, Folk, Rock/Pop | Topics: Alt J, Arctic Monkeys, Chvrches

November 6, 2013 at 2:53 PM

The Head and the Heart debuts in the Billboard Top 10

You read it first in The Seattle Times. This week’s industry bible, Billboard magazine, arrived today and, as we predicted, the new disc by The Head and the Heart, “Let’s Be Still” (Sub Pop), debuted in the Top 10 on the album charts, with sales of 42,000 copies in its first week. And guess what…

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