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Get ready to groove on Motown legend Smokey Robinson’s new duets CD

Posted August 11th, 2014 by genestout

By GENE STOUT
The release date for “Smokey & Friends,” a new Verve Records album of duets by the Grammy-winning Detroit singer-songwriter and Motown icon Smokey Robinson has been moved up to Aug. 19.
Randy Jackson produced the album, which features James Taylor, Elton John, CeeLo Green, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Sheryl Crow, John Legend, John Mayer [...]

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Kellee Bradley rides life’s ups and downs with new ‘Milestones’ CD

Posted August 4th, 2014 by genestout

By GENE STOUT
It’s been nine years since Northwest singer-songwriter Kellee Bradley has released an album. Her new “Milestones” CD reflects the journeys she has taken in the last decade.
“I suddenly realized it had been nine years since my last CD, and I thought, ‘How did that happen?’ I have been so busy facing life’s challenges, [...]

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CONCERT PREVIEW: You’ll have to wait a year for that 5 Seconds of Summer

Posted July 30th, 2014 by genestout

By MIKEL TOOMBS
With its July 24 (that’s 2015, folks) show at KeyArena, the adorable Australian boy band 5 Seconds of Summer, hoping that its 15 minutes of fame won’t be up by then, will help Seattle celebrate its own five seconds of summer. (Obviously, that’s not strictly true but, shhh, don’t tell anyone.)
For those above [...]

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CONCERT REVIEW: Chris Isaak struts his stuff at Chateau Ste. Michelle

Posted July 28th, 2014 by genestout

By GENE STOUT
Whether he’s crooning the sultry 1991 hit “Wicked Game” or teasing his fans about their eating habits, Chris Isaak has mastered the role of Mr. Entertainer.
Sporting an embroidered, neon-blue “Nudie” suit, the 58-year-old retro rocker raised in Stockton, Calif., thrilled a large crowd sprawled on the lawn Sunday night, July 27, at Chateau [...]

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CONCERT PREVIEW: Sugar Stems offer ‘wonderfully saccharine’ power pop

Posted July 23rd, 2014 by genestout

By MIKEL TOOMBS
With a name like Sugar Stems, the Milwaukee power-pop quintet invites such descriptions as “strawberry-sweet” and “wonderfully saccharine.”
How “wonderfully saccharine” are they?
Sugar Stems are so wonderfully saccharine, Noisey opines, that they could make a song about your entire family dying and you’d be like, “Man, today is a pretty good day, let’s get [...]

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