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 »
(Hollow Earth Radio) Tokyo guitarist/vocalist Suzuki Junzo has played in the psych-rock combos Overhang Party and Miminokoto and collaborated with some of Japan's upper-echelon mind-melters, including Acid Mothers Temple's Kawabata Makoto. His repertoire includes spacey drones that evoke Ash Ra Tempel and Kluster's desolate, lunar tone nebulae, tu... more »
Creatures by NUDES (Black Lodge) If you're a fan of '80s hardcore, this one is for you. Unlike the macho-tough-guy "hardcore" of today, local band Nudes is the epitome of punk ferocity: short bursts of shrieking guitars and piercingly angry vocals rage atop a solid foundation of furious drum blasts. Negative Press come straight out of Tacoma and, m... more »
(Neptune) Australian trio Jagwar Ma (apparently also known as Noel Gallagher's favorite band) make Madchester-inspired indie rock melted into poppy dance music for sun-stoned festivalgoers rocking tasteful body paint. Their songs' recipes usually call for a couple rhythm patterns (say, layers of funky beats and looped vocals) warping and expanding... more »
(KeyArena) Like any major pop event, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis's "Same Love" attained its stature by riding several individual waves of significance. The first time I heard it, soundtracking the just-released video on YouTube, it felt like a great loving gesture from a hometown rapper to a city at the center of a statewide push for marriage equality.... more » $35-$55.
Gradus is the composition resulting from this experiment (!): "Since 2002, Neal Kosaly-Meyer has been systematically working through all combinations of all the As on the piano, devoting an extended improvisation session to each single A, and to all combinations of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 As." 290-1601.