Seattle Concerts: The Hottest Names Coming In August

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This summer has been a big one for Washington concerts. Headlining names like John Mayer, Bruno Mars, Russ, Khalid, Slightly Stoopid, and more have all headed up to the Pacific Northwest to bless the evergreen state with their presence.  If you think that you have missed out, there is some good news. Seattle summer concerts are far from over. Washington – finally – has that much anticipated blazing summer heat, and there is not a better way to spend it than enjoying live music this August. Kendrick Lamar: The DAMN. Tour with Travis Scott & D.R.A.M., August 1st @ Tacoma Dome If you listen to rap, you know Kendrick Lamar. The American rapper is stopping by Tacoma to promote his fourth album, DAMN . You may know some singles off the album like “HUMBLE,” “DNA,” and “FEAR.” Joining Lamar on...
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A Month of Seattle Concerts

A Month of Seattle Concerts
There is always a great concert happening in Seattle. We should consider ourselves lucky that we don’t live in a tiny town where once every ten years a Guns & Roses cover band performs. Every month we have the chance to absorb some great music and this month is no different. Here are December's upcoming concerts any music lover shouldn’t miss. Deck the Hall Ball: Tuesday, December 6th @ Key Arena Once again, 107.7 The End’s Deck the Hall Ball returns to the Key Arena. Last year, we were graced with bands like Twenty One Pilots, Alabama Shakes and Cage the Elephant and this year is looking just as fine with headliners like Empire of the Sun, The Head and The Heart, Jimmy Eat World, Phantogram, Band of Horses and more. This holiday themed concert is the perfect way to...
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Review: New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival

Review: New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
by Scott Mindel The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is the original Jazz Fest started from an intimate setting to now over 150,000 attendants on a single day. The festival started in the 70’s and the first year had an attendance of about 350 people and a lineup that included Duke Ellington, Fats Domino and Clifton Chenier. While jazz is still the focus; it has grown into a more traditional music festival with that New Orleans flavor. Whether you’re a lover of Jazz or not, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is a place to see bands from jazz and blues, folk, African beats, church hymns to some of the largest bands out today. The vendors offered an amazing array of foods from crocodile sandwiches to their most popular jambalaya and unusual crafts vendors throughout. The 12 stages...
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SoundCloud vs Spotify

SoundCloud vs Spotify
Once upon a time, one couldn’t buy music; hearing it on the radio or live in some swanky dive was the only way. Then records came along, followed by cassette tapes, CDs and mp3s. Today, society mainly uses online streaming sites and apps for their musical fix. There are multiple options to tune into, but two of the best are SoundCloud and Spotify. Comparing these is like the “apples to oranges scenario.” Each one provides a special service that the other lacks. SoundCloud is a fantastic medium for new artists while Spotify is more reserved for studio albums, but both are vastly beneficial to the discovery and cultivation of music in their own way. SoundCloud SoundCloud is for underground artists looking for their break. That progressive metal disco group from Sweden no one has heard of? Guess what? They just...
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Scratching the Vinyl Surface

Scratching the Vinyl Surface
In HBO’s new series Vinyl , we are exposed to the raw and gritty world of the record business. We learn how labels make big coin, while artists make nothing. We learn how shady deals are made every day to keep records on the radio. We see the peak of Rock & Roll as well as the birth of Punk and Hip Hop. We hear the explosive sounds that captured the United States during the 1970’s. So, without further ado, let’s throw on the record, drop the needle and crank up the volume. Meet the man with the golden ear and silver tongue, Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale). He owns American Century Records. The year is 1973 and the place is New York. He is steps away from selling his label for millions of dollars but runs into a bit of...
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5 Artists to Look Out for in 2016

5 Artists to Look Out for in 2016
Sometimes as we age, we begin to appreciate the old and doubt the new. I believe that is especially true with music. It is so easy to get stuck on the music you grew up with and feel hesitant towards any new artists. Don’t spend your life in your dark, unwilling to explore! Here are 5 new & upcoming artists to shatter those old thoughts of yours and redefine modern music. *These are in no particular order, they’re all amazing* Tame Impala Tame Impala’s sound is infected with psychedelic rock influences. Their funky basslines, melodic guitar riffs, delayed and reverbed vocals are extremely refreshing and impressive. This Australian group’s albums have already gone gold and platinum in their home country, but they are now making big waves in America with their 3rd album, Currents. Currents is amazing start to finish...
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Seattle Symphony's Performance of Handel's Messiah

Seattle Symphony's Performance of Handel's Messiah
George Frideric Handel’s Messiah was composed in 1741 and first performed in Dublin on April 13th 1742. This piece of music is older than the revolutionary war! The language used in the piece are direct quotes from scripture. This composition is split into three parts, all focusing on Jesus Christ. The first uses Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah while also focusing on his loving nature. The second grimly explains his suffering and eventual death. The third centers on the resurrection. Handel wrote the music for the Messiah in a whopping 24 days. That is 53 individual pieces of music, spread across multiple instruments, completed in under a month. Handel continued to revise and edit the piece over 10 years and the first published score was released in 1767, 8 years after Handel’s death. The Seattle Symphony has been performing...
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Concert Review: 107.7 The End's Deck the Hall Ball 2015

Concert Review: 107.7 The End's Deck the Hall Ball 2015
The weather was cold and rainy the day of 107.7 The End's  Deck the Hall Ball , but the adoring fans waiting to get in were full of bright and warm spirits. As I found my seat, I watched people pour into the pit, anticipating the live music to come. Some were festively wrapped in Christmas lights or wearing Santa caps. Soon the lights dimmed and the seated mass of people arose like a wave as Deep Sea Diver walked onto the stage. The stage was painted purple by the lights above as they began to play. Deep Sea Diver definitely got the party started in Key Arena. They ended with a bluesy version of “O’ Holy Night” that captivated the crowd. It was such a pleasure to watch a local band play their first big show. X Ambassadors was next. Lead singer, Sam Harris, ran...
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