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Sep.
7th

Video interview with Georgia Anne Muldrow & Declaime (a.k.a. Dudley Perkins)

I’ve followed singer/rapper Georgia Anne Muldrow for a couple of years and, like Mos Def, I’m smitten with her uplifting neo-soul ballad “Roses” (a cut Mos remade for his his last album, “The Ecstatic.”)

I was looking forward to her set Sunday with Declaime (a.k.a. rapper Dudley Perkins) more than just about any other act at Bumbershoot. And I even got to hang out for a minute. In the interview clip below, the couple talks about their heartfelt brand of hip-hop and why they rebel against trends that land other artists

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June
27th

Grit City Bootlegs No. 57: Tacoma Hempfest finale

A couple of weeks ago at Hell’s Kitchen I ran into Big Wheel Stunt Show’s Evan Nagle, who was excited about an all-star jam he was putting together for the finale of the inaugural Tacoma Hempfest, which took place Saturday at Wright Park. On site, Legend of Bigfoot’s Jason Flom hinted that they’d practiced a song by a band that played Woodstock. So thinking about the styles of music that LOB and Stunt Show play I figured … Hendrix? The Who? Uh, Sha Na Na?

You could say I

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June
16th

Tour the new Supremes exhibit with Motown legend Mary Wilson (video)

On Friday, Mary Wilson of Motown’s legendary Supremes took a few of us media types on a tour of “Reflections: The Mary Wilson Supreme Legacy Collection,” the new exhibit at Seattle’s Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum. A related story will run in GO on Friday. Meanwhile, here are some of the video highlights.

April
8th

Corinne Bailey Rae recalls her days in Helen (audio)

Most people know Corinne Bailey Rae for “Put Your Records On,” the pop smash that elevated her from unsigned artist to international superstar back in 2006. But did you know that Rae, Monday’s main attraction at the Moore in Seattle, started out as a rocker?

Before her solo career took off, the British songbird played in an alt-rock band called Helen that was nearly signed to Roadrunner Records. Click here to find out what happened to that band and how it may have influenced her new album, “The Sea.”

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March
12th

Maxwell and Jill Scott headed to KeyArena

Grammy Award winning soul singers Maxwell and Jill Scott have teamed up for a 20-city tour that’s scheduled to drop in on Seattle’s KeyArena on June 2, Live Nation announced today.

Maxwell ended a long hiatus, scored the most critically acclaimed R&B album of 2009 with “BLACKsummers’night” and wound up taking best male R&B vocal performance and best R&B album at this year’s Grammys.

Scott launched her “Real Thing” tour at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre in early 2008. Since then she’s been making waves as the star of HBO’s “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.”

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Feb.
14th

Forecast, “Quiet Storm”: Smokey Robinson brings Motown magic to Tacoma Valentine’s Day

He’s “the poet laureate of soul,” creator of the “Quiet Storm” – not to mention one of the most accomplished hit makers of the last half century. Who better to get Tacoma couples in a Valentine’s state of mind than William “Smokey” Robinson?

The Motown legend headlined a joyful two-hour set at the Emerald Queen Casino tonight, and in the process demonstrated to a packed house that his voice is still silky after all these years. And a few days shy of 70, Robinson still has a few gyrations left in those creaky, ol’ hips. He

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Feb.
3rd

Corinne Bailey Rae headed to Seattle


British songbird Corinne Bailey Rae debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 with “The Sea,” the stellar follow up to her self-titled debut smash from 2006. And she’ll bring some of her most emotionally charged songs on the road with an April 12 stop scheduled at the Moore Theatre in Seattle, her U.S. management announced.

The show will start at 7:30 that night. Tickets for the Seattle show are $25.50 and will go on sale Saturday. Find more details here.

Jan.
14th

R.I.P. Teddy Pendergrass

Chart-topping R&B singer Teddy Pendergrass died yesterday following a bout with colon cancer. Excerpts from the Rolling Stone obit:

Teddy Pendergrass, one of the most successful R&B singers of the 1970s and ’80s, passed away yesterday after a battle with colon cancer. He was 59. Pendergrass was diagnosed with cancer last year and had a difficult time recovering from surgery; he died at Bryn Mawr Hospital outside of his native Philadelphia, ABC News reports. The five-time Grammy-nominated singer had chart-topping hits in three different decades with 1978’s “Close the Door,” 1988’s “Joy” and 1991’s “It Should’ve

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