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The Showbox is shown on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, on 1st Avenue in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Pearl Jam, Death Cab for Cutie, Tacocat: All these bands have called on Seattle officials to "Save the Showbox."

Monday, that's what the Seattle City Council did.

KUOW PHOTO/Megan Farmer

This week, people who want to save Seattle's Showbox theater came to City Hall.

They don't want a developer to turn the 80 year old downtown concert venue into a high rise apartment building.

One of those testifiers was a man who's played the Showbox dozens of times, Ben Gibbard of the platinum-selling band Death Cab For Cutie.

KUOW PHOTO / CASEY MARTIN

At Pearl Jam’s first Home Show Wednesday night, front man Eddie Vedder dedicated their hit song, “Evenflow,” to another Eddie.


A poster attached to a telephone pole shows KUOW's original story on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, near the intersection of East Olive Way and Summit Avenue East in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

If you've walked around Capitol Hill lately, you might have seen large signs on telephone poles.

BOYCOTT LOST LAKE CAFE, they say - with a screenshot of an article about rape accusations against cafe owner Dave Meinert.

How rap moved to SoundCloud from the streets

Aug 7, 2018
RadioActive's Tre'vion Sinclair, Kenny Ou and Joshua Fernandes go to meet Dave Sandlund at Neptune Music in the University District.
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We know what rap is today, but not everyone knows where it came from and how it started. Today we will discuss rap and its evolution. Grandmaster Flash, Public Enemy, Tupac, Kanye West and Lil Pump — by looking at these artists and their music, we can see that rap has changed over the years.


This fight is tough. Even if you're Beyoncé

Aug 7, 2018
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

I wish Beyoncé was my boss. (Sorry, boss…she said to herself.)

The Showbox marquee
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The outcry yesterday was immediate, after new documents showed a developer is planning on bulldozing the concert venue and replacing it with a 44-story, $100 million dollar apartment building.

Protesters occupy the sidewalk and into the street during the Solidarity Day protest outside of the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac.
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Bill Radke talks to our panelists about the 'Familes Belong Together' protests across the country over the weekend, including the rally at the SeaTac Federal Detention Center. We also discuss what the end of the Sasquatch music festival means for the city's arts scene, and if the City of Seattle's app should be used to report homeless encampments.

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In honor of the summer solstice, we asked listeners about their favorite summer songs. You came through with the nostalgic, the playful, and some truly excellent 80s throwbacks. 


A full transcript of the interview with Myles de Bastion is here.

Puget Sound inspired new music by Neko Case

May 31, 2018

Neko Case is out with her 7th solo album today, the latest milestone in a career that's spanned more than two decades.

Case hails from Tacoma, as sung on the 18-year-old track “Trice All American.” The song starts off with the lyrics:

I want to tell you about my hometown 

Marco Collins, Bill Radke and Karen Mason-Blair at KUOW
KUOW Photo/Brie Ripley

Pearl Jam is coming to Safeco Field this summer. Ichiro is back with the Mariners. Sea-Tac Airport plays a message from Sir Mix-A-Lot. Is it fair to say that Seattle can't get over the 90s? We look at a Seattle Met article that asks, "Why can't Seattle quit the '90s?" Who are the city's cultural icons of today?

Bill Radke asks Seattle DJ Marco Collins and grunge photographer Karen Mason Blair. Also restaurateur Tom Douglas joins us to weigh in on his position as an icon of the 1990s.

An adult mountain lion
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife/Rich Beausoleil

Bill Radke recaps the biggest stories of the weekend, including the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the cougar attack in Washington, and why pop songs are getting sadder. Our panelists include Leah Baltus, editor in chief of City Arts magazine and John Roderick, singer and guitarist of The Long Winters.

Meredith Truax

The band is called Thunderpussy.

“I always remember my Mom going, ‘Oh Mol, couldn’t you think of something better?’” said singer Molly Sides.


Have you heard the new Stephen Malkmus album?

May 18, 2018
Stephen Malkmus of Pavement is out with new album with new(er) Portland-based band The Jicks.
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If you were into indie rock in the '90s, you might be familiar with a band called Pavement.

Jerad Walker of OPB music reminded us that Pavement was led by a guy named Stephen Malkmus. And Malkmus is still making music, still sounding a little like that band you loved back in the day.


The complex and ever-changing time signatures of Sama Dams' new song “Pockets” almost feels more appropriate for a jazz trio.

“But it’s still pop [music] and they never forget that,” says Jerad Walker, music director of OPB Music.


Seattle Symphony musicians Eric Jacobs and Danielle Kuhlmann have some fun with Giovanny, the four-year-old son of Taylor Joffre, before a sharing session for the Lullaby Project at Mary’s Place in Seattle, Monday, May 7, 2018.
KUOW Photo/Dan DeLong

The Seattle Symphony will perform five original lullabies at a free Mother's Day concert this weekend. And each lullaby was composed with help from a parent staying at a local homeless shelter.

It's part of the symphony's effort to address homelessness in its own way. 

Jeff Bezos speaks at the Apollo rocket engine unveiling at The Museum of Flight, showing the injector plate from an F-1 rocket used on Apollo 12.
Courtesy of The Museum of Flight/Ted Huetter

Bill Radke discusses the stories that had people buzzing over the weekend, from a tweet by Jeff Bezos, to the new single from Childish Gambino. Our guests are Valerie Curtis-Newton, professor in acting and directing and head of performance at the University of Washington School of Drama, and Seattle politics blogger Mellina White Cusack, of The Seattle Conservative.

Lake Lousie, Banff National Park, Canada
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Each Friday, Morning Edition host Emily Fox checks in on new music in the Pacific Northwest.

This week she talks with Grant Lawrence, host and producer with CBC Music about the debut record by the Vancouver-based band, The Long War.


KUOW PHOTO/ Gil Aegerter

Bill Radke talks to actor Alan Cumming about home, becoming American, identity and learning to let go.

Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo.
Courtesy Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello

Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo’s career as a musician began at six years old, singing into the dark. 

But with her new cover of the Talking Heads’ classic album, she’s asking us all to "Remain in Light." She spoke to Bill Radke from Los Angeles to explain why she doesn’t believe in cultural appropriation – and why stupidity just might be the thing that connects us all.

Screenshot from the music video for the song 'Leave Them' features childhood sexual assault survivors scream underwater as a way to highlight their silence.
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Ben Doerr is a sailboat charter captain by summer and a songwriter in Seattle’s cold and rainy months as leader of the band St. Paul de Vence.

“I write toward the darker side because I write in the winter of Seattle,” Doerr said. “It’s always gray and sad so I kind of write sadder songs but there are little themes of hope and inspiration in there.”


NPR

It’s time to throw away the objective journalist hat for a moment and put on my completely-biased, music-loving shoes, because the submissions are in for NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest

The judges at NPR are pouring through all the entries right now to pick their national winner, and that announcement is expected April 24. In the meantime, I watched all 132 videos submitted to the contest from Washington state.

The results are in for the first-ever NPR Turning the Tables readers' poll, and they send a strong message to anyone fancying themselves a cultural justice warrior in 2018. It is this: check your intervention.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra performing in Belguim in 2015.
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KUOW’s Morning Edition host, Emily Fox has been taking time on Fridays to check in on music coming out of the Pacific Northwest.

This week she spoke with OPB music’s Jerad Walker about the latest album by Unknown Mortal Orchestra.


Fallbrigade of Victoria, BC made it to the top 10 in CBC's Searchlight competition
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The CBC has been in search of Canada's best undiscovered musical talent, so they held their annual Searchlight contest.

Artists submit their music and the public, along with a panel of judges, vote on their favorite. Two bands from the Pacific Northwest made it to the top 10.

When it comes to inter-Korean relations, pop music — and politics — work in concert. North Korea sent a musical delegation to South Korea for the Winter Olympics last month.

Now it's the other side's turn. South Korean solo singers and group acts will head north this weekend for the first time in more than a decade.

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Canada is having its equivalent of the Grammy Awards this weekend. Our neighbors to the north call it the JUNO Awards.

Vancouver, B.C. is celebrating by hosting JUNOfest this weekend. 

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