Metallica Rocks Seattle

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(photo credit: Kjell Redal/The Seattle Times ) Metallica arrived in Seattle this past Wednesday, August 9th to perform at Centurylink Field as part of their 2017 WorldWired tour. It's been 9 years since Metallica rocked this city and Seattle fans were drooling at the bits to experience their heavy metal hits lining up before noon in hopes to see 36 year old band members walk by.  I consider myself a true "Metallica head" being a loyal fan since their first time they began. Wednesday was my 5th time experiencing the  WorldWired  tour.  I've seen them in East Rutherford, Uniondale, Detroit, Montreal. Every show has blown me away and it was exactly the same at CenturyLink Field. The show kicked off with a played track of “Ecstasy of Gold” that transition into Lars Ulrich fast drum thrashing beats to introduce "Hardwired." Once...
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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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Festival Review: Upstream Music Fest + Summit

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Photo credit: Rod Mar For three days, Pioneer Square went "Upstream." Over 25 stages featuring 300+ artists were spread out from CenturyLink Field to Occidental Park and beyond. In true Seattle fashion, we experienced some extremely questionable weather during Upstream Fest + Summit . But in between the clouds and downpours, we were blessed with a few fantastic sun breaks that made this fresh festival all the more special. Stages consisted of everything between humble street corners to elaborate set ups where loyal fans danced to the music of their favorite bands. This weekend I made the schlep to the main stage for amazing acts like Deep Sea Diver, Beat Connection, Flying Lotus and Shabazz Palaces, squeezed into clubs like the Comedy Underground for Thunderpussy and Dude York and watched Fauna Shade, Acid Tongue and Tangerine make the Buttnick Building...
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Oregon Eclipse 2017

Oregon Eclipse 2017
Cover Photo by  Zippy Lomax On August 21st, 2017, you have the tremendous chance of witnessing a natural phenomenon, a total solar eclipse. It has been nearly four decades since a total solar eclipse has been visible from the continental United States and this opportunity is not something to be squandered. If you are interested, there might be no better place to celebrate this event than Oregon Eclipse. This festival held in Antelope, Oregon will not only give you the best view of the eclipse on the west coast, but will also feature seven magical stages of music, workshops, yoga & dance classes, theatrical performances and massive art installations. Running from august 17th to the 23rd, Oregon Eclipse will be the highlight of your year. Oregon Eclipse will take place at Big Summit Prairie in the beautiful Ochocco National Forest....
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The Record's Revolution

The Record's Revolution
We live in the digital age. Anything we want to know, see and listen to is just a click or finger swipe away. With everything so accessible, we are losing our patience as well as our ability to slow down, analyze and appreciate. But, as we strive for the future and push the envelope we commonly feel the need to revisit the old. This is especially true with music. In the past few years there has been a massive spike in record sales as well as the overall popularity of records. You could chalk it up to flannel wearing, granola eating hipsters cashing into a new fad but I believe it runs much deeper than that. This growing appreciation boils down to a new generation of music lovers understanding the ritual of listening to records, the respect every record requires...
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A Month of Seattle Concerts

A Month of Seattle Concerts
Deck the Hall Ball
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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Festival Review: Magnifique 2016

Festival Review: Magnifique 2016
There is really nothing quite like the Gorge Amphitheatre. Time and time again I am blown away by the incredible views as well as the crazy, happy and free people here. I think for this trip especially, my friends and I might have been among the craziest. It couldn’t have been a better day, which was nice because driving blind in a rainstorm for nearly two hours before we arrived had been extremely nerve racking. The sun shined down on us as we set up our tents, cracked some beers and settled into our campsite. After a while, we ate and began to plan our departure time. Word slowly got to us that a wind delay had pushed back the times and put a pause on entry for now. We could see the massive line of anxiously waiting guests from...
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Festival Review: Bumbershoot 2016

Festival Review: Bumbershoot 2016
The Bumbershoot Festival was one hell of a weekend. What makes Bumbershoot so special is not only the different musical genres it provides but also the wide variety of entertainment as well. For 3 days, Seattle Center is taken over by music, comedy, theatre, film, visual arts, dance performances and more. The ability to jump from a yoga class, to a laser show, to stand up comedy and still have plenty of time for live music is something you mustn’t take for granted. Of course, Bumbershoot also attracts a classic mass of festival folk who range in age, creeds, color and music preference. No matter the differences, all of us were there to have a great time together and enjoy the last bit of summer, which despite a bit of rain during Friday, shined down on us splendidly for the...
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Festival Review: MusicfestNW Project Pabst

Festival Review: MusicfestNW Project Pabst
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
I bought my ticket for the Project Pabst Sunday show the day they went on sale. Two names stuck out to me on the lineup, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Tame Impala . I had just seen Unknown at Sasquatch and their lively performance was burnt into my brain. And well, I had been obsessed with Tame Impala since the end of 2015 (I know I was late to the party - sue me). I wasn’t going to miss seeing Unknown Mortal Orchestra again and perhaps the once in lifetime opportunity to see Tame Impala. That is until the Bumbershoot lineup was released… so maybe it’ll be twice in a lifetime. After what seemed like forever, the weekend of Project Pabst had finally arrived. I made the trip down with one of my best friends, Dylan. There was nothing but Tame...
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Pickathon 2016

Pickathon 2016
photo credit: Pickathon 2016 | Mt. Hood Stage from above l by Liz Devine It's almost astounding that the sylvan paradise of Pendarvis Farm, located in rural Happy Valley, OR., is less than 15 minutes from Downtown Portland. It's like it has a cloak of invisibility around it, protecting it from the outside world. It's this circle of protection that has allowed Pickathon to flourish into its 18th incarnation, the largest yet, with musicians from all over the world and thousands of music fans from all walks of life. This year, Pickathon had the most eclectic lineup than ever before, flourishing far from the festival's traditional music roots. There was hardly a fiddle or banjo in sight. Instead it favored an impressive array of guitar-centric indie rock, some experimental electronica, several African musicians, and a surprising amount of punk, metal and progressive. Over...
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End of Summer Festivities

End of Summer Festivities
South Lake Union Block Party
Summer is slowly coming to an end as we enter the second week of August. Before we know it, it’ll be winter and raining every day, yikes. But don’t worry, there are still plenty of opportunities to take in the sun and some fantastic music. So check out these four upcoming events for some good, clean fun in the sun. South Lake Union Block Party August 12 The SLUBP is back this year and even better, its free entry! You can spend that ticket money on food from 16 different restaurants and food trucks and grab a few delicious drinks in the Brave Horse Tavern beer garden. You also have the chance to sample sliders from the “Best Burger in SLU” competition. Did I also mention there’s music? Artists like Beat Connection. Hibou, The True Loves and more will be...
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Capitol Hill Block Party 2016: One on One Artist Interviews

Capitol Hill Block Party 2016: One on One Artist Interviews
Brothers from Another
Get to know some the artists that performed at Capitol Hill Block Party 2016!  Brother from Another l Israel Nash l Maiah Manser l Odesza l On an On l Tangerine Brothers From Another Seattle Hip Hop group Brothers from Another is Beeba, Cole and Isaiah. They weren’t performing at Capitol Hill Block Party, just enjoying the festivities. CM: What do you guys think about a festival like CHBP smack dab in the middle of Seattle? Beeba: It’s f**kin’ dope. It’s put on by local people, it’s run by local people. A lot of our friends run this festival. It’s for the people, by the people. Cole: And I get to wake up in my own bed tomorrow, f**k yeah. CM: Oh yeah no waking up at the Gorge? Cole: Yeah I’m like a 5 minute Uber, I’m good. Beeba:...
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Festival Review: Captiol Hill Block Party 2016

Festival Review: Captiol Hill Block Party 2016
It’s always a pleasure when a large group of people come together to party in the streets, especially when it comes to Capitol Hill Block Party . This 3 day festival is a cornucopia of artists and attendees where a good time comes naturally. And now in its 20 th year, CHBP is set in stone as a fundamental part of Seattle music scene. “I just think of it as a part of Seattle. It’s been happening since we were little kids here….. It’s just been a part of our upbringing,” said Tangerine’s Marika and Miro. “It’s dope to have major artists come through our little Capitol Hill, you know?” said Beeba of Brothers From Another. This local party never fails when it comes to a line up and sadly, not all could be included in this review because it...
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The Digital Oasis

The Digital Oasis
Paradiso Festival 2016 Day 1
On Friday, June 24th, around noon, seven girls hopped into a pimpin’ Honda Odyssey to head from Seattle to the Gorge Amphitheatre for Paradiso 2016 . The excitement oozed through the minivan as flower headbands were compared and chatter about how excited they were to see The Chainsmokers. We reminisced of the years prior and explained to the two Paradiso virgins what to expect. Even though they had heard, I explained that Paradiso is not a rave. Just because it’s EDM does not automatically classify it as a rave. A rave is party; Paradiso is a festival – hence the name, “Paradiso Festival.” By definition a festival is an “organized series of concerts, plays, or movies, typically one held annually in the same place.” People from 18 years old to over 50 years old attend and this was my fourth...
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One on One with Seattle Artists at Sasquatch!

One on One with Seattle Artists at Sasquatch!
Beat Connection at Sasquatch 2016
If experiencing Sasquatch alone wasn’t great enough already, I had the wonderful opportunity to interview some great Seattle groups like Beat Connection, Grace Love & The True Loves, Tangerine and Thunderpussy as well as Chicago rapper, Sir the Baptist. Beat Connection   CM: I saw you guys recently played a DJ set at Neptune. How does a DJ set work with a 4 man group? Reed: We’re actually working on changing it up a little bit but right now the DJ set is just me. Composition and flow is really important to us when we’re working on records and shows. I started Djing a long time ago, it’s been an important part of the band but it’s not something we do that often. It’s more of a special event because we haven’t quite figured a way to bring everyone into...
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Festival Review: Sasquatch! 2016

Festival Review: Sasquatch! 2016
Beat Connection at Sasquatch! 2016
Sasquatch! is four full days of music, arts and communion that takes place at the world famous Gorge Amphitheatre. Each day is jam packed of musical acts where it’s physically impossible to see them all. Every little nook and cranny of the Gorge Amphitheatre you’ll find work by Sasquatch! artist, Ryan “Henry” Ward and other featured visual artists. And of course, what is a festival without some friends to enjoy it with? How do you sum up such a crazy event like Sasquatch!? For me, the answer is simple. Five bands who made my trip to Sasquatch! are Alabama Shakes , Allen Stone , Beat Connection , Deep Sea Diver and Mac DeMarco . It was not only the power of their music which resonated with me so well, but also their ability to connect with the crowd that made...
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A Paradiso Paradise

A Paradiso Paradise
USC’s Paradiso combines electronic music with nature at the gorgeous Gorge Amphitheatre. There is really nothing comparable to that mainstage view. Blooming into its 5th year, Paradiso is now squaring up with festivals like Electric Forest, Hard Summer and Tomorrowland with amazing stage production, carnival rides, art installations and a plethora of performing artists. So, if you are gearing up for Paradiso 2016 , make sure to check out these featured artists. Bassnectar No stranger to this scene, Bassnectar has been highly active since his first album was released in 2001. His music has been described as amorphous and ever-changing. Bassnectar is what you could easily call dubstep but it is really much more than that. Elements of hip hop breaks and groovy melodies are always working behind the heavy dripping bass sounds. His set will be one of the...
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Mic Check: J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar

Mic Check: J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar
What classifies as good hip hop these days? Is it the repetitive hooks and choruses? Lyrics that are dominated by violence, drugs, alcohol and women? Or singing the same sad ol’ autotuned song time and time again? No. Real hip hop seems to be sitting in the shadows lately. Although motifs like sex, drugs, alcohol and violence are present in all hip hop, in great hip hop these subjects are not simply thrown at you and they are not the primary focus. They are details of stories. Stories that give birth to thoughts. Thoughts that inspire and connect with you in some sort of way. That is what good music, of any genre, is all about. Two MC's who are doing exactly this are J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar. J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive from start to finish is...
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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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