Rigoletto is one of the classics, a Verdi opera for the ages, meaning the music is as beautiful as the plot is perverse. The action includes a hunchback, an assassin, a duke, and much "ruining" of virgins. Several of the arias, duets, and quartets are famous. It's a great opera to come back to, or to begin with. Seattle Opera's production is set in... more »
In two programs this fall, the Esoterics perform Britten's entire repertory for a cappella chorus, divided into earthly and sacred. This second half is for heaven.
(Paramount) I was in grade school at the time, but according to now-defunct UK music rag Melody Maker, the Black Crowes were "the Most Rock and Roll Rock and Roll Band in the World" back in the mid-'90s. And who am I to argue? Their commitment to reviving the dormant "traditional" rock sound of the '70s was probably commercially risky given what wa... more »
(Neptune) Washington, DC, band Dismemberment Plan pulled off what might've been one of the most successful band reunions ever in 2011, after being on hiatus for almost a decade. The fact that this means "The Ice of Boston"—one of the best nerd-punk scream-along narrative anthems ever written by humans—can be performed in front of (or alongside, onc... more »
(Lo-Fi Performance Gallery) Seattle supergroup alert! Ron Nine and Kevin Whitworth of the great Love Battery, Garrett Shavlik of the Fluid, and Kurt Danielson of TAD have formed Vaporland. Just a gut feeling, but I don't think these seasoned, Sub Pop–affiliated veterans of the '80s and '90s hard-rock wars will be joining their old label's roster. (... more »
No Regerts by Chastity Belt (Heartland) It's not hard to be a fan of Chastity Belt. On their (awesome) new album, No Regerts,they rocket from the dreamy, oceanic indie rock of lead single "Black Sail" to a pretty little ditty about being drunk and wanting chips in the span of a mere four songs. A little something for everyone! Plus, there's a verys... more »
Happy 100th birthday to Benjamin Britten with his Ceremony of Carols and A Boy was Born.
Electronic music by Cornish students.