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Thunder, Lightning, and Arctic Monkeys, all in Seattle

As Bob Dylan once said, a change in the weather can be extreme. Last night before the Arctic Monkeys show at the Paramount, it was 97 outside in Seattle. Coming out two hours later, the temp had dropped twenty degrees, there was thunder, lightning, and raindrops, and only the latter is something we see

Pete Carroll, and the Seattle Seahawks, as the Ultimate Rock Band?

I think you can safely say that when you think of individuals who through their professional background, and propensity for wearing “12th man” jerseys and Seahawks swag, are ideally suited to be commentators on professional football, and also qualified to give business advice for that matter, I am not at the top of the

July 2014 Ends with 26 Hours of Music

During the past twenty-six hours of a life in music, I felt nostalgic seeing Lake Street Dive, was charmed by Josh Ritter’s storytelling, got to talk about that bastard Buddy Rich during the twilight moments of the Bob Rivers show, saw Vaudeville Etiquette wow a downtown crowd, heard Gerald Collier return to form at

Mix-A-Lot video goes viral with dancing queen

If you happened to see the viral of Shawn Bounds, who danced with Anthony Ray AKA Sir Mix-A-Lot, and the Seattle Symphony, here’s the backstory from tomorrow’s Seattle Times. It’s great that she tells me her story has made many women (and men) write her to say they now feel empowered about their bodies,

Baby Got Bach: Sir Mix-A-Lot Brings it to Benaroya

Baby Got Bach: In case you happened to miss the Sir Mix-A-Lot show with the Seattle Symphony Friday night, June 6, 2014, it was, well, unlike anything you’ve seen in Benaroya before (and are likely to see again). I can’t help but imagine what the white-haired society page matrons of the Gerard Schwarz-era, or

Gene Simmons is a Jerk. A Big Jerk.

My preview of the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame show on HBO is in the Seattle Times today—it airs on HBO on the 31st. But that won’t tell you what a jerk Gene Simmons of Kiss was backstage, and even onstage. He’s on TMZ video today ripping Nirvana. He implies that they don’t

In Seattle, Food is the new Grunge.

Okay, I said it: “Food has become the new rock & roll in Seattle. It’s what people are obsessed with. It’s what we talk about. Our chefs are the current grunge stars of Seattle.” Not that any food has ever taken me to the emotional place that a great song has, mind you, or

Is this really what Kurt Cobain would have looked at 70?

The Seattle Times has a story today (May 9, http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2023564592_agingsoftwarexml.html) on a new software program the University of Washington has developed that attempts to show aging from using a photograph. Their example is Kurt Cobain, and here are there results. In my mind it completely fails because they are using a photo from adolescence

Kurt Cobain did not write that “death scene” note, which is not actually a death scene note, either

When CBS news reported the “breaking story” this week of what they called the “Kurt Cobain ‘death scene note,’” it seemed obvious to me that the note they were referring to was in Courtney Love’s handwriting, and not Kurt’s. I have examined thousands of pages of Kurt’s writing over the years, from a variety

Read My Review of Nirvana at the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame (Honky Tonk Women)

Here’s my review of Nirvana’s appearance at the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame on April 10, 2014. Even better, the band showed up at a Brooklyn club after the show and did sixteen total songs. http://seattletimes.com/html/entertainment/2023350283_rockhallinductionxml.html