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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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Upcoming ‘For Pops’ album will pay tribute to blues legend Muddy Waters

Posted July 8th, 2014 by genestout

“For Pops (A Tribute to Muddy Waters),” celebrating the 100th anniversary of the blues legend’s birth, is due Aug. 19 on Severn Records.
The album features ‘Mud’ Morganfield, Waters’ son, and Kim Wilson, singer and award-winning harmonica player for The Fabulous Thunderbirds.
“I couldn’t ignore all the requests,” says David Earl, president of Severn Records.
“After we released [...]

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Book passage on the Forest Sun cruise aboard the historic schooner Zodiac

Posted June 30th, 2014 by genestout

By GENE STOUT
Chances are you’ve never been on a cruise quite like this.
San Francisco singer-songwriter Forest Sun and his wife, chanteuse Ingrid Serban, will be featured on a scenic and intimate four-day cruise Aug. 7-10 2014 aboard the schooner Zodiac, leaving Bellingham Aug. 7 for San Juan and Orcas Islands. The musical sailing voyage [...]

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