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 »
You Can See the Bottom by Triptet That the three gents who make up Triptet met as members of a Sun Ra tribute band should be the first clue as to the sonic environment in which they operate. A few rhythmic motifs are thrown down as the loosest of loose guideposts for jams to meander over and around, never settling in one place for long. Horns skron... 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.
Swedish pianist/vocalist Anna von Hausswolff creates stately pipe-organ-powered chamber pop of considerable grandeur, over which she sings with bold poise. (She is the daughter of noted minimalist composer Carl Michael Von Hausswolff—Papa has passed on some of his love of sonic severity to his offspring.) Ms. von Hausswolff sounds like a less bomb... more » $11.
Thirty years on, there's still never been a band like Pere Ubu. Blasting of out Cleveland as leaders of the American post-punk scene in the mid '70s, this experimental rock band full of guys who look like substitute teachers were even great when they tried to sell out. (See 1989's not-beloved-enough Cloudland). In the 21st century, Pere Ubu means... more » $15.
Harry Smith's legendary six-album compilation of folk dating from the late '20s to the early '30s is widely regarded as a primary influence on the generation of singer-songwriters who came to prominence in the '60s, including a certain Mr. Dylan. But when you're listening to the anthology itself, the cultural significance takes a backseat to the pu... more » $10/$12.
Come on, this show is going to be good. And just in time for the holidays! Allen Stone will do his charming organ dance pop thing, and the Lonely Forest are gonna make that certain tone of rock and roll that makes the moment you're in feel like a music video about your life—that song about Seattle? Listen to it on your way in or out of town someti... more »
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.
Holograms are about as far as you can get from the cheery, neon-and-sparkle cartoon-heroine posse band of Jem and the Holograms. The Swedish four-piece play seriously dark, synthy post punk—grim, gritty songs that tell tales of industrialization, being broke and broken and alienated and alone. On their recently released second album, Forever, Hol... more » $10/$12.
Some things I'll never understand: intelligent people who smoke cigarettes; folks who take Sarah Palin seriously; how anyone can convert the 7–10 split; and the bubbly enthusiasm many Northwesterners have for the bland country rock of the Moondoggies and the Maldives. These Seattle bands are not bad, by any means, but they're honor-bound to a trad... more » $15.
Going to see Dancer and Prancer, at least once a holiday, is becoming almost as much of a Seattle tradition as buying a ticket to see Dina Martina over at "The Re-bar's Place" [sic]. Sure, some people get sick of hearing Christmas songs, especially when they start force-feeding them to us in October—but what if these same songs were played, instrum... more » $8.
Though he's been on the radar of more internet-savvy heads since his 2012 debut, 10 Day, Chicago's Chance the Rapper blew up this year thanks to his earnest and soulful yet pained and nostalgic Acid Rap mixtape. Over beats ranging from forward-thinking takes on footwork/juke to classic sample-based boom bap, the squawk-voiced Chance offers a persp... more »
Pre Future Post Modern Love Songs:AKA AlienBootyBass by OCnotes Tonight, yours truly delivers a talk called "What to Do with Free Time," which concerns the strange situation of living in a society that is very rich but puts limits on the availability of what should be abundant and meaningful for all its citizens: free time. We need a politics of fr... more »
I got hip to Anthony "Rappin' 4-Tay" Forté one fall day years back, walking up Alaska from Rainier Avenue, a funeral home on one side of the street, a library on the other. "It's the dank season," he rapped, "for 1994"—which it certainly was. 4-Tay's Fillmore fly shit was vetted by no less a personage than Too Short, when he debuted on the 1988 cla... more »