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TEAM BIRTHDAY TAKES ON UPSTREAM MUSIC FESTIVAL

It’s finally over! The inaugural Upstream Music Festival took on a monumentally intense roster of 300+ bands, three days of summit, and the task of actually getting audiences down to Pioneer Square to enjoy it. Did you love it? Did you hate it? Did your bag get to attend? Here are our thoughts…. Team Birthday […]

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SIFF Review: The Otherside

This was an interesting time for director Daniel Torok to do a documentary on underground hip-hop in Seattle. In a strange way, it either seems a little late, or a little too early. (Maybe that means it's right on time — the way a new record doesn't quite make sense, recalling memories of other music […]

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SIFF 2013 Preview: Face the Music

Hello, Imaginaries! This year’s Face the Music program at the Seattle International Film Festival contains some music documentaries I AM SUPER EXCITED ABOUT!!! You can buy passes to SIFF now, and inividual tickets go on sale this week on Thursday, 5/2. And so, let us (stage) dive in: First up: a few special events put […]

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Bumbershoot 2011: Cheat sheet for mutants and marginals, Day One {Saturday, 9/3}

{Photo: Christpher Nelson} I've been going to Bumbershoot for, say, around 500 years (post-the Age of Enlightenment made it more awesome, though — since then there's been less jousting and witch house-burning). There are going to be some regional and national musical acts at Bumbershoot 2011 I probably won't dare to miss, though some of […]

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Black Up

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Once you do something extraordinary, the universe gets in the way. People almost seem to be willing you to fail by praising your breakthrough effort, the burst of vision that placed you inside (the center of the world). Near the end of Black Up — Shabazz Palaces‘ first full length but second major statement — […]

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20 words each on 11 of the Best Releases of 2010

{Shabazz Palaces photo from the Three Imaginary Girls Flickr Pool by Jason Tang} Through sheer quirk of fate and possibly my own fatally quirky tastes, the top spots for my four favorite records of the year were given to two separate EPs by two different bands. I’m going to start my Top 20 of 2011 list […]

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Saturday's recommended {benefit} show: SubPopFest with Mudhoney, Fruit Bats, Shabazz Palaces, and more {12/4}

It’s far from hyperbolic to say that *the* place to be this Saturday is the Showbox. SubPop has put together an amazing line-up for an even more amazing cause:  to celebrate the life of Andy Kotowitz {beloved member of the music community and SubPopper} and, more importantly, raise money for the Andy Kotowitz Family Foundation, […]

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Tickets go on sale for SubPop fest for the Andy Kotowitz Family Foundation {noon today, 11/12}

The music community is still reeling from the passing of Andy Kotowitz, a beloved member of the music community.  It’s wonderful to hear that his SubPop family has put together an amazing show to celebrate him and raise money for the Andy Kotowitz Family Foundation, which supports Andy’s wife, Jocelyn, and young daughter Anna. The […]

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Recommended Show: The Stranger's Genius Awards {September 17}

You guys know about this Stranger Genius Awards thing, right? Not to be a smart-ass, but it’s pretty “genius”. *ahem* Anyway! Basically a panel of Stranger editors decides who’s worthy of a $5000 prize and more buzz than is humanly possible, and awards it (via cake) to one outstanding Seattle person (or persons) in the […]

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Peak experiences at the 2010 Capitol Hill Block Party

This year may have been my favorite year ever for the Capitol Hill Block Party. With an up-to-date, enthusiastic focus on exciting developments in local hip-hop and rock, 2010 stands out as a year in which so many hot regional bands amped crowds and few out-of-region big name performers were as required. The presence of […]

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