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Eminem, Pearl Jam, Outkast, Skrillex headline Austin City Limits Music Festival

Posted April 22nd, 2014 by genestout

The Austin City Limits Music Festival returns for its 13th year Austin’s Zilker Park with an energetic lineup featuring headliner Eminem in his only performance in the Southwest in 2014.
Also headlining are Pearl Jam, Outkast, Skrillex, Beck, Calvin Harris, Lana Del Rey, Lorde (Weekend Two only), Foster The People, The Replacements and Zedd.
Joining the three-day, [...]

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‘Muscle Shoals’ documentary and Drive-By Truckers converge in Seattle

Posted April 19th, 2014 by genestout

By MIKEL TOOMBS
“It was a blast.”
That’s Patterson Hood, Drive-By Truckers singer-guitarist, telling us what we already knew about the Triple Door show that was held last May in conjunction with the Seattle International Film Festival screening of the documentary “Muscle Shoals.” (The town was, Hood noted, “named after mussels that would pile up at the [...]

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CD REVIEW: “Symphony of Light” by English prog-rock band Renaissance

Posted April 16th, 2014 by genestout

By MIKEL TOOMBS
The orchestral pop of Renaissance would have been ideal for a KCTS pledge drive, had such a thing existed in the 1970s. (I was about to say pledge “break,” but it appears that the breaks today are PBS programming interrupting the ocean of infomercials.)
Amazingly, even though composer Michael Dunford died in 2012 of [...]

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Orca benefit concert features Graham Nash, Heart and Joat Jett

Posted April 12th, 2014 by genestout

Graham Nash, two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and recipient of EMP’s 2013 Founder Award (with Crosby, Stills & Nash), performs with Heart at “Kiss the Sky! The Orca Freedom Concert” Tuesday, April 22, at EMP’s Sky Church.
Also performing at the concert are Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Jett made headlines by fronting [...]

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A former music writer for The Rocket reflects on the week of Cobain’s death

Posted April 7th, 2014 by genestout

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Seattle author and music journalist Gillian Gaar was a writer and columnist for The Rocket for many years and was working on a story about Courtney Love and her band Hole the week Kurt Cobain’s body was found at the Denny Blaine mansion he shared with Love. Here is Gaar’s personal account of [...]

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