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CD REVIEW: “Symphony of Light” by English prog-rock band Renaissance

Posted April 16th, 2014 by genestout

By MIKEL TOOMBS
The orchestral pop of Renaissance would have been ideal for a KCTS pledge drive, had such a thing existed in the 1970s. (I was about to say pledge “break,” but it appears that the breaks today are PBS programming interrupting the ocean of infomercials.)
Amazingly, even though composer Michael Dunford died in 2012 of [...]

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Orca benefit concert features Graham Nash, Heart and Joat Jett

Posted April 12th, 2014 by genestout

Graham Nash, two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and recipient of EMP’s 2013 Founder Award (with Crosby, Stills & Nash), performs with Heart at “Kiss the Sky! The Orca Freedom Concert” Tuesday, April 22, at EMP’s Sky Church.
Also performing at the concert are Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Jett made headlines by fronting [...]

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A former music writer for The Rocket reflects on the week of Cobain’s death

Posted April 7th, 2014 by genestout

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Seattle author and music journalist Gillian Gaar was a writer and columnist for The Rocket for many years and was working on a story about Courtney Love and her band Hole the week Kurt Cobain’s body was found at the Denny Blaine mansion he shared with Love. Here is Gaar’s personal account of [...]

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Darrington’s Summer Meltdown announces 2014 lineup, support for Oso

Posted April 2nd, 2014 by genestout

By GENE STOUT
Summer Meltdown Festival has announced its initial artist lineup for the 14th annual festival Aug. 7-10 at Whitehorse Mountain Amphitheatre in Darrington.
The eclectic music festival in a spectacular mountain setting includes STRFKR, Lord Huron and Nahko and Medicine for the People, as well as Neon Indian, Five Alarm Funk, Ill-Esha, Acorn Project and [...]

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An excerpt from the life of Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain

Posted March 30th, 2014 by genestout

By GENE STOUT
Kurt Cobain was a mess.
Sitting motionless on a tiny stool in a dressing room at the Paramount Theatre on Halloween night in 1991, Nirvana’s lead singer held his head in his hands at a backstage “meet and greet.”
His blond hair was damp and stringy, and he looked utterly exhausted or stoned – or [...]

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