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Esme Patterson answers a Beach Boys classic in ‘The Glow’

Posted November 19th, 2014 by genestout

By MIKEL TOOMBS
In “Surf City,” the Beach Boys’ ultimate ‘60s fantasy land, cars and girls were both justly celebrated via their glorious music.
What few noticed was that the boys (well, at least Boy king Brian Wilson, who incidentally co-wrote the Jan & Dean hit “Surf City”) seemed far more comfortable with cars (the, ahem, auto-erotic [...]

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Seattle’s 107.7 The End announces new late-night EDM show

Posted November 12th, 2014 by genestout

Seattle’s 107.7 The End (KNDD-FM) has announced a new program in its specialty music lineup, the EDM-focused Saturday night segment dubbed Subtronic End.
The show makes its debut from 10 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Nov. 8, and will become a staple of the station’s weekend programming.
Subtronic End offers two hours of electronic dance music, from superstar [...]

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Collaborative Android Amaker project promises to be a ‘Singular’ event

Posted November 7th, 2014 by genestout

“Android Amaker,” a unique, collaborative, music and arts project led by Seattle vocalist and co-creator Brent Amaker, will be performed Friday, Nov. 7, at Neumos.
The project emcompasses a sci-fi electronic concept album of the same name inspired by futurist Raymond Kurzweil’s theory of the Singularity, a point when progress becomes so rapid that humans won’t [...]

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SoCal’s Calico trio brings its sweet alt-country to Darrell’s Tavern

Posted November 4th, 2014 by genestout

By GENE STOUT
Calico could be catnip for alt-country fans.
The Southern California trio featuring Kirsten Proffit, Manda Mosher and Aubrey Richmond has a sound that recalls the country sounds of Emmylou Harris, with carefully crafted songs and compelling vocal harmonies.
Hailing from the San Fernando Valley, the group draws on the spirit of L.A.’s Laurel Canyon, which [...]

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‘Rockin’ the Wall’ film tour includes screening Nov. 4 at U.W. Tacoma

Posted October 26th, 2014 by genestout

By MIKEL TOOMBS
“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall,” Jimmy Haslip said in 1989.
You don’t remember that? OK, so my recollection might be a bit hazy, but surely the event commemorated in “Rockin’ the Wall: 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall” explains the continued presence of such diverse musicians as Haslip (Yellowjackets), [...]

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