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British band Cage the Gods will be among the new stars at SXSW

Posted March 7th, 2014 by genestout

By GENE STOUT
The fun, madness and exhilarating discoveries that make each SXSW a special experience began today, March 7, in Austin, Texas.
This year’s festival and conference on music, film and interactive media continues through March 16 at the Austin Convention Center and dozens of downtown venues.
The event kicked off with a keynote speech by Texas [...]

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REVIEW: ‘Odysseo’ offers a magical equine ballet

Posted February 25th, 2014 by genestout

By GENE STOUT
There is perhaps no better way to celebrate the Year of the Horse than by attending a performance of “Odysseo,” the $30 million international touring extravaganza blending equestrian arts, theater, music, stage craft, daredevil acrobatics and high-tech wizardry.
Extended through March 30 at the white big top at Marymoor Park in Redmond, “Odysseo” is [...]

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PHOTO GALLERY: The Pixies’ marathon show at the Paramount

Posted February 20th, 2014 by genestout

By GENE STOUT
Seattle photographer Alex Crick took the accompanying photos of The Pixies and opening duo Best Coast in concert Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Paramount Theatre.
Charles R. Cross had this to say in a review of the show for The Seattle Times:
“In just over 90 minutes, the Pixies managed to play 29 songs at [...]

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CONCERT PREVIEW: Radio Raheem plans ‘big old dance party’ at High Dive

Posted February 18th, 2014 by genestout

By GENE STOUT
If Seattle funk/rock/soul band Radio Raheem had a mission statement, it would likely be “to have fun, get the people dancing and raise the roof.”
So says guitarist Bryan Cohen, who co-founded the band in 2011 with bassist Paul Christofferson, later adding guitarist, keyboardist and saxophonist Trevor Rasmusson and drummer Zia Uddin.
Sparks began to [...]

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Singer-songwriter Suzy Bogguss gets ‘Lucky’ with Merle Haggard tribute

Posted February 17th, 2014 by genestout

By MIKEL TOOMBS
“Bogguss and an Ace Band Bring Haggard to West Coast,” the title of the press release declares.
In fact, singer (Suzy) Bogguss doesn’t have to bring country-music icon (Merle) Haggard here; the Hag is coming of his own accord, appearing March 1 at Tacoma’s Emerald Queen Casino.
What Bogguss, who had ‘90s Nashville hits with [...]

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