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KISW’s ‘Pain in the Grass’ festival rocks White River Amphitheatre Sept. 12

Posted June 4th, 2014 by genestout

By GENE STOUT
Seattle rock station 99.9 KISW-FM has announced its 2014 “Pain in the Grass” festival Sept. 12 at White River Amphitheatre.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. June 6 at Ticketmaster.
This year’s lineup features Godsmack, Rob Zombie, Theory of a Deadman and Buckcherry, as well as Pop Evil, New Medicine, Redlight King, Escape the [...]

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Bumbershoot Festival announces ‘Conscious Nights’ EDM series

Posted May 28th, 2014 by genestout

By GENE STOUT
Bumbershoot is launching a new electronic dance music series titled “Conscious Nights at Bumbershoot.”
Created by Seattle’s USC Events, promoters of the Paradiso Festival June 27-28 at The Gorge, the series features such EDM acts as Savant, Hook N Sling and Myron & Shane 54.
Featuring local, national and international performers, the series is offered [...]

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Singer-songwriter Rachel Taylor explores ‘darker side of pop’ on new EP

Posted May 20th, 2014 by genestout

By MIKEL TOOMBS
Remember He Is We, the onetime Tacoma-livin’ and then MySpace-driven pop duo? (Remember MySpace?)
Well, He Is We is no longer around, but singer-songwriter Rachel Taylor is, having survived both Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and, as she was diagnosed two years ago at age 21, the rare autoimmune disease Ankylosing Spondylitis (the treatment included [...]

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CONCERT PREVIEW: Rapper Tech N9ne offers weekend of musical mayhem

Posted May 19th, 2014 by genestout

By GENE STOUT
Stuck in town for the Memorial Day weekend? If your musical tastes run to hardcore rap, make your “staycation” count with some high-decibel fun.
Hardcore rapper Tech N9ne’s “Independent Grind Tour 2014” of 70 cities features shows Friday and Saturday, May 23-24, at Showbox SoDo. Joining him are fellow Strange Music artists Krizz Kaliko, [...]

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Dierks Bentley, moonshine and the Power of Music conference (no relation)

Posted May 12th, 2014 by genestout

By MIKEL TOOMBS
Clearly, this is not your granpappy’s moonshine.
Country superstar Dierks Bentley, currently tune-shining across the nation on his “Riser” tour, has announced a partnership with sponsor Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine: “They’re going to help us get the party started early out in the parking lot and set the tone for a rowdy night,” Bentley [...]

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