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Aussie boy band 5 Seconds of Summer releases its first live album

Posted November 25th, 2014 by genestout

By MIKEL TOOMBS
5 Seconds of Summer, just named New Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards, is extending its five seconds of fame.
The Australian boy band answer to Green Day (was there a question?), 5 Seconds releases its first live album, “LIVESOS” (a cry for help?), on Dec. 15. “LIVESOS” includes both a [...]

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Seattle’s Jessica Domingo shares her chill pop-soul sounds at The Crocodile

Posted November 21st, 2014 by genestout

By GENE STOUT
Seattle-based singer-songwriter Jessica Domingo pays a visit to the Crocodile Café Sunday, Nov. 23, for a showcase of her latest music.
Domingo shares the bill with Hawaiian singer-songwriter Anuhea and Tribal Theory, a San Diego group with Pacific Island roots. The triple treat promises a great evening of music with an island vibe.
The pop-soul [...]

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Sunday’s American Music Awards will celebrate Taylor Swift’s rapid rise

Posted November 21st, 2014 by genestout

By MIKEL TOOMBS
F. Scott Fitzgerald, were he alive today (he’d be 118), no doubt would observe that Taylor Swift is different from you and me. (The classic reply still applies: “Yes, she has more money.”)
Swift’s ascendance, perhaps transcendence, will be celebrated Sunday on the American Music Awards, that classic 42-year-old (!) merger of television and [...]

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Esme Patterson answers a Beach Boys classic in ‘The Glow’

Posted November 19th, 2014 by genestout

By MIKEL TOOMBS
In “Surf City,” the Beach Boys’ ultimate ‘60s fantasy land, cars and girls were both justly celebrated via their glorious music.
What few noticed was that the boys (well, at least Boy king Brian Wilson, who incidentally co-wrote the Jan & Dean hit “Surf City”) seemed far more comfortable with cars (the, ahem, auto-erotic [...]

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Seattle’s 107.7 The End announces new late-night EDM show

Posted November 12th, 2014 by genestout

Seattle’s 107.7 The End (KNDD-FM) has announced a new program in its specialty music lineup, the EDM-focused Saturday night segment dubbed Subtronic End.
The show makes its debut from 10 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Nov. 8, and will become a staple of the station’s weekend programming.
Subtronic End offers two hours of electronic dance music, from superstar [...]

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