Archive for March, 2010

JIMI HENDRIX’S FULL “AXIS” ALBUM WILL BE AVAILABLE ON TO PLAY ON “ROCK BAND”

March 26, 2010

Rolling Stone

Jimi Hendrix’s legendary albums are coming exclusively to Rock Band with a wave of downloadable content thanks to Harmonix, MTV Games and Experience Hendrix. The guitarist’s entire second LP Axis: Bold as Love will be unleashed as downloadable content starting March 30th, along with the unearthed Jimi single “Valleys of Neptune” from the new disc of the same name. “Hendrix’s music is something that our fans and supporters have been clamoring for on the Rock Band platform,” said MTV Games’ Paul DeGooyer. Axis: Bold As Love hits XBox 360 and Nintendo Wii on March 30th, with the PlayStation 3 release following on April 1st. To read the full article, follow the above link.

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THE SEATTLE ROCK ORCHESTRA PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE 1970S GLAM YEARS OF DAVID BOWIE

March 26, 2010

Seattle Metropolitan Magazine

In homage to his most prolific decade, the Seattle Rock Orchestra will perform 15 songs from Bowie’s early ‘70s albums at the Moore Theatre tonight, Friday, March 26. Vocalists for the evening include Jon Auer (formerly of the Posies), David Terry (Aqueduct) and Nouela Johnston (People Eating People). At the helm of this event is bassist Scott Teske, director of the SRO—an all-volunteer group of local musicians who lend back-up accompaniment to local and touring acts. And after a successful sold-out show at Fremont Abbey last November, where they covered Arcade Fire’s debut album Funeral in its entirety, Teske realized they could moonlight as a tribute band. The show starts at 8:00 pm. For more information, follow the above link.

VELOCITY DANCE CENTER IS REOPENING THIS SATURDAY WITH A PARADE AND A PARTY

March 26, 2010

Seattle Metropolitan Magazine

When the Oddfellows Building was sold in 2007, the new owner raised the rent, pricing out tenant Velocity Dance. The dance center had spent 13 years in its Capitol Hill home. Now it had months to find a new space or close. After a grueling studio search and some creative fundraising, Velocity Dance will reopen in its new home at 1621 12th Avenue this Saturday, March 27. Calling it “The Greatest Move on Earth,” the circus-themed party starts at 5:30 pm with a parade, complete with marching band, moped gang, and Mayor McGinn, from the Oddfellows Building at 915 East Pine to Velocity’s new space. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6:00 pm, followed by a free party open to all ages from 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm with food, drinks, DJ sets by Mad Rad and performances by Airpocalypse and the Merce Cunningham Duo. Velocity will also offer free studio space for artists and free dance classes for adults (ages 16 and up) all week. For more information, follow the above link.

PAY UP: KING-FM SWITCHES TO LISTENER-SUPPORTED MODEL

March 26, 2010

Crosscut

The board that oversees 62-year-old classical music station KING-FM has decided to convert the commercially-operated station to “listener-supported” public radio format. The change will take place July 1 next year, when an ad sales agreement with Fisher Communications expires. At that time, the station will stop airing 60-second commercial “spots” and will switch to 20-second “underwriting announcements” and occasional listener pledge drives, much like those currently heard on local public radio stations KUOW and KPLU (and already heard on KING-FM’s web streams and HD channels). In the meantime, the new focus on arts education and promoting local arts groups is key to the switch to non-commercial operations, as the station must demonstrate an educational mission in order to secure and maintain not-for-profit status from the IRS. Ridewood explains: “the decrease in arts education in the schools does not help classical formats in the long run, because we need people to grow and learn to love classical music. So our mission will be restructured to think about how we can support education of new audiences.” To read the full article, follow the above link.

SEATTLE STRING PLAYERS: WANT TO BREAK A WORLD RECORD?

March 26, 2010

Seattle Weekly

Calling cellists, violists, violinists, and string bassists of all ages and skill levels. In an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest string ensemble to play under a single room, Lake Washington School District is looking to gather 250-plus players to perform Deep Purple’s classic “Smoke on the Water.” Spring Jam ’10 takes place at 7:00 pm on Saturday, April 10 at Juanita High School. Players must register by Wednesday, March 31 to participate. Follow the above link to register.

SEATTLE METROPOLITAN MAGAZINE ASKS WHICH LOCAL ACTS MADE AN IMPRESSION ON NON-SEATTLE JOURNALISTS AT SXSW

March 26, 2010

Seattle Metropolitan Magazine

With about 37 Seattle acts having played at SXSW last week, Laura Dannen of Seattle Metropolitan Magazine wanted to find out which acts got coverage from national publications. Christopher Weingarten of Rolling Stone tweeted about Shabazz Palaces, saying “Ex-Digable Planet does impossibly funky, dubby avant-rap with shakers, kalimbas, ideas without boundaries. Truly a unique and wonderful mix that deserves to be one of SXSW 2010’s breakout stars. Get Googling!” The Dutchess and the Duke and The Moondoggies sat for short interviews with AOL Music blog Spinner.com. Paste magazine announced that Visqueen played the “Best Single-Song Performance by a Band I Really Wanted to See a Whole Set by But Missed It” for the song “Fight For Love,” saying, “It was tight and fierce and totally generous in the way most Visqueen songs are.” The New York Times ArtsBeat culture blog four-word review called Ben Gibbard’s solo set “Alone, narrative bleakness underscored.” To read more on Seattle bands at SXSW, follow the above link.

CHICAGO READER LOVES THEESATISFACTION AT SXSW

March 26, 2010

Chicago Reader

Jessica Hopper of The Chicago Reader called THEESatisfaction “Seattle’s best-kept secret” after watching their Thursday afternoon performance at SXSW. “Queer, Afrocentric, feminist, skilled, and both funny and fun, Thee Satisfaction have a two-MC/one-DJ setup,” says Hopper. “The crowd of 35 was collectively knocked out. I will be shocked if I see a show with as much wow power before I leave Austin—or anytime soon.”

JIMI HENDRIX’S LAST DAYS AND LOST MUSIC ON THE COVER OF THE NEW ISSUE OF ROLLING STONE

March 26, 2010

Rolling Stone

In the new issue of Rolling Stone Magazine, David Fricke dives into Hendrix’s last days and lost recordings, tracing the epic plans and earthly troubles that marked the guitar god’s final months. Speaking with Hendrix’s longtime engineer Eddie Kramer, as well as bassist Billy Cox and former assistant engineer Tommy Erdelyi (better known as Tommy Ramone), Fricke explores Hendrix’s high hopes for Electric Lady and his anticipated fourth studio album. In an interview just days before his death, the guitarist had said he was thinking “this era of music — sparked off by the Beatles — had come to an end. Something new has got to come, and Jimi Hendrix will be there.” To read more, follow the above link.

LOCAL BANDS GET SHOUT-OUT ON ROLLING STONE

March 26, 2010

Rolling Stone

SXSW is in full swing in Austin, and our local musicians are holding it down! There is lots of great press about all the bands, including this tweet from RollingStone about Shabazz Palaces. “SHABAZZ PALACES: Ex-Digable Planet does impossibly funky, dubby avant-rap with shakers, kalimbas, ideas without boundaries. Truly a unique and wonderful mix that deserves to be one of sxsw 2010’s breakout stars. Get Googling!” Congratulations to all the bands who are doing such a great job! For a full list of reviews including more on Seattle bands, follow the above link. For those at SXSW, be sure to check out The Seattle Party, Saturday March 20 at the Beauty Bar.

FOLLOW THE MALDIVES TOUR VLOG

March 26, 2010

The Maldives

Seattle band The Maldives are chronicling their adventures on tour with a series of video blogs. First stop, SXSW! For everyone in Austin, be sure to check them out at The Seattle Party Saturday March 20 at the Beauty Bar on the Inside Stage at 2:30pm.