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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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Former Seattle singer-songwriter Susan Ruth (Robkin) releases new album

Posted July 22nd, 2014 by genestout

By GENE STOUT
Longtime fans will know Susan Ruth as Susan Robkin, a Seattle singer-songwriter with an unforgettable voice and open-hearted spirit.
Her songs come from a deep place in her psyche and soar with gentle determination.
She recorded her first album, the never-released EP “All Those Years,” in 1997, then moved to Nashville the following year to [...]

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Roots-rocker Chuck Prophet performs five Northwest shows before new album

Posted July 15th, 2014 by genestout

By GENE STOUT
Singer-songwriter Chuck Prophet, formerly of the celebrated roots-rock band Green on Red, will release his 13th studio album, “Night Surfer,” Sept. 23 on Yep Rock Records.
Among the players on the rootsy new album, featuring the lead single “Wish Me Luck,” is Seattle resident Peter Buck of R.E.M.
As part of his summer tour leading [...]

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