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Beloved Northwest band Sleater-Kinney finishes its tour in Seattle

Posted December 11th, 2014 by genestout

By MIKEL TOOMBS
“Where is the love?” Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway famously asked in 1972.
“Here,” riot-grrrl survivors Sleater-Kinney answer in 2014. “Right here in Seattle.”
Sleater-Kinney is now ending its “No Cities to Love” tour on May 8 and 9, 2015, at Seattle’s Showbox at the Market; tickets go on sale Friday, Dec. 12: http://www.showboxpresents.com/events/detail/256768
The tour [...]

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Actor Vincent D’Onofrio records eccentric ‘punk spoken word’ album

Posted December 5th, 2014 by genestout

By MIKEL TOOMBS
As William Shakespeare, were he alive today (he’d be 450), might have tweeted, “Though this be Method (acting), yet there be madness in ‘t.”
Noted Method actor Vincent D’Onofrio, 55, has created a “punk spoken word album,” “Slim Bone Head Volt,” along with a crew of musicians led by Dana Lyn. (D’Onofrio is known [...]

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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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