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Beloved Sleater-Kinney trio returns with ‘No Cities to Love’ album

Posted October 22nd, 2014 by genestout

By MIKEL TOOMBS
They were on a break!
Sleater-Kinney, the Olympia-born riot-grrrl trio once aptly deemed “America’s best rock band” by venerated critic Greil Marcus, made its supposed farewell appearance eight years ago with a “ferocious performance” at Portland’s Crystal Ballroom, reviewed here.
Now, after separate(d) stints in the promising Wild Flag (drummer-singer Janet Weiss and singer-guitarist Carrie [...]

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Guitarist Tim Reynolds brings his red-hot TR3 to the Tractor Tavern

Posted October 18th, 2014 by genestout

By GENE STOUT
Dave Matthews guitarist Tim Reynolds is back on the road with his group, TR3, featuring Reynolds, bassist Mick Vaughn and drummer Dan Martier.
The electric power trio, led by two-time Grammy nominee Reynolds, brings its fall tour to Seattle for a show Nov. 7 at the Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W. Tickets are [...]

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Def Jam co-founder Cey Adams featured at interactive conference

Posted October 9th, 2014 by genestout

By GENE STOUT
Cey Adams, a co-founder of Def Jam Recordings, as well as a visual artist, author and designer, is among “The Makers” speaking at the 2014 Seattle Interactive Conference Oct. 15-16 at the Conference Center at the Washington State Convention Center.
Adams is known for his work with the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, LL Cool [...]

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CONCERT PREVIEW: The Americans bring their cool basement sound to High Dive

Posted September 30th, 2014 by genestout

By GENE STOUT
Formed in 2010, L.A. indie rock band The Americans have accomplished a lot in four years.
They’ve crisscrossed the country, performing with such artists as T Bone Burnett, Patti Smith and Grammy and Oscar winner Ryan Bingham on his “Junky Star” and “Tomorrowland” tours. The band’s current tour features a stop at High Dive [...]

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Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons take fans on a fun nostalgia trip

Posted September 14th, 2014 by genestout

By GENE STOUT
Still witty and engaging after decades of performing, 80-year-old Frankie Valli led his storied vocal group on a baby boomer nostalgia trip Friday, Sept. 12, at Chateau Ste. Michelle winery.
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, whose tale has been told in the Broadway musical and movie “Jersey Boys,” rolled out hit after hit [...]

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