Daniella Watters – Artist with a Hidden Talent‏

Meet Daniella Watters, an award winning pop/soul/R&B singer-songwriter from Toronto. She has just released a video for her latest single “Never Will Die,” a song dedicated to her grandmother.

As a Canadian child, it was Watters’ dream not to play pro hockey, but to be an Olympic figure skater who delighted worldwide audiences . . . → Read More: Daniella Watters – Artist with a Hidden Talent‏

World-Wide March For Climate Change Draws About Two Thousand Plus In Seattle, by Holly Homan

Sunday September 21, 2014, people in many municipalities around the world gathered to protest climate change and push for clean, renewable energy sources.

When I arrived things were already in full swing in downtown Seattle’s Westlake Plaza. I was quite surprised to see so many gathered in the one acre park. People stood or . . . → Read More: World-Wide March For Climate Change Draws About Two Thousand Plus In Seattle, by Holly Homan

A Die Hard Vikings Fan’s Take on Adrian Peterson, by Mark Erickson

I was born and raised in Minnesota, and despite having lived more than half my life in Illinois, I still bleed purple. In my childhood, the Minnesota Vikings absolutely dominated their division throughout the 1970s. Bud Grant, Alan Page, “Benchwarmer” Bob Lurtsema, Chuck Foreman, and Sir Francis Tarkenton were household names. Tommy Kramer, Anthony . . . → Read More: A Die Hard Vikings Fan’s Take on Adrian Peterson, by Mark Erickson

Skatalites Return to Seattle’s Nectar Lounge For A Night Of Dancing And Smooth Ska, by Holly Homan

It’s Sunday night and Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood is teeming with night life. I’m hanging at the Nectar Lounge where The Skatalites are headlning. Skatalites are pure reggae ska. Although they list Jamaica as their hometown, the members hail from all parts of the globe. And with various guest performers joining them from time to . . . → Read More: Skatalites Return to Seattle’s Nectar Lounge For A Night Of Dancing And Smooth Ska, by Holly Homan

Real McKenzies Rile A Small But Zealous Crowd At El Corazon, by Holly Homan

The Real McKenzies, from Vancouver, BC, ventured into Seattle for a hell raising show at El Corazon. After some rebel rousing from four opening acts, the Real McKenzies, all wearing green plaid kilts, hit the stage sans their lead singer, Paul McKenzie. They led the audience in several chants for, “Paul! Paul! Paul!” to . . . → Read More: Real McKenzies Rile A Small But Zealous Crowd At El Corazon, by Holly Homan

Tynnu Sylw and the quick trip through the Aruthrol transporter

Cover design by Gustavius Payne

By Peter Dysart

It’s been a blustery overcast morning. The steady rain has formed rivulets and puddles all over the lawn. Hot cup in hand, I’ve opened the email and click on a link to a new song. Within seconds of sound waves pushing a few bars of The . . . → Read More: Tynnu Sylw and the quick trip through the Aruthrol transporter

The Trio Mandili – Apareka

If you haven’t seen these three ladies yet (plus one daughter along for the walk) you must stop and watch right now. I like the gritty sound from the stringed instrument one of them plays. This is a minimalist music video in the Georgian language which is absolutely lovely.

Who’s Guilty? God Knows. By Kim Rendfeld

First published Sept. 8, 2014, on Spann of Time http://www.susanspann.com

To prove her innocence of adultery, Kunigunde, wife of Holy Roman Emperor Heinrich II, walked over red-hot ploughshares (circa 1010, bas-relief from Bamberg Cathedral).

Who’s Guilty? God Knows. By Kim Rendfeld

Delve into the justice system of early medieval Francia and . . . → Read More: Who’s Guilty? God Knows. By Kim Rendfeld

Bastards of old bring it in reunion‏, by Claude Iosso

Playing at Seattle’s Bumbershoot as part of their short reunion tour, the Replacements kick, kick, kicked our doors down. We didn’t realize what great anthems those songs were when only 200 people were in the audience.

Somewhere between 5,000 to 10,000 were in attendance Sunday at the main stage at Memorial Stadium, singing along . . . → Read More: Bastards of old bring it in reunion‏, by Claude Iosso

Classic Pug Joke

Aren’t pugs wonderful? There is nothing they can’t do. Thanks to boingboing.net:

SHE SANG TO THE BEAT OF A DIFFERENT DRUM, by Knute Rimkus

Linda Ronstadt, one the great folk chanteuses, has been in the news lately, receiving a National Medal of the Arts in July for all of her work. She released a collection of duets with various artists in April, and her memoir, Simple Dreams, was published in September 2013.

Ronstadt was a leading member of . . . → Read More: SHE SANG TO THE BEAT OF A DIFFERENT DRUM, by Knute Rimkus

Unicycling Darth Vader Upgrades to Flaming Bagpipes, by Randy Rendfeld

How can you not feel optimistic? In a world where unicycle-riding kilt-wearing Darth Vaders can belch flames from their bagpipes, there’s just no room for cynicism.

– Randy Rendfeld

Seattle’s Legendary Posies Play A Reunion Show at The Triple Door, by Holly Homan

Saturday night, August 23, was a date I looked forward to for some time, for this night a rare reunion concert of the Posies was to occur at Seattle’s Triple Door. The lineup consisted of what was the original Posies, that is Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow. The two formed The Posies while still . . . → Read More: Seattle’s Legendary Posies Play A Reunion Show at The Triple Door, by Holly Homan

Leilani Wolfgramm – Four Summer Singles

Meet your new favorite reggae artist. Singer-songwriter Leilani Wolfgramm has the greatest name in show business. Any name with “wolf” in it is wicked awesome.

The Orlando, Florida native with Tongan roots has been busy releasing four singles this summer from her recent album, Rebel. And here they are.

East Portland Blog has only . . . → Read More: Leilani Wolfgramm – Four Summer Singles

Gang of Four: Six songs live in Zagreb, Yugoslavia, 1981! by Tom Kipp

A gift, if not “The Gift”—

http://dangerousminds.net/comments/entertainment_gang_of_four_live_in_zagreb_1981

At or very near THE PEAK! (of Postpunk, of Rock Music in General, and of Live Musical Performance….)

TK

Ella Eyre – Comeback

London soul songstress Ella Eyre’s rapid rise continues with ‘Comeback’, a thrilling, horn-led smash new tune with a whole heap of attitude. The song is based on a break-up Ella experienced at 17, but is written from the point of view of speaking to a troubled best friend. ‘We’ve all been played, we’ve . . . → Read More: Ella Eyre – Comeback

Sonia Rao – Let’s Hate LA Together

“Let’s Hate LA Together” makes fun of the quirks of Los Angeles living — red carpets, selfies, and self-involvement — and tells the story of Sonia Rao moving to LA and navigating this world. The message in the end is that most of us find these things strange, so let’s hate it together . . . → Read More: Sonia Rao – Let’s Hate LA Together

Traditional Marriage: Eighth Century Frankish Style

“As a novelist, I don’t judge the marriage traditions of another society. My responsibility is to accurately depict my characters’ reality and their reactions to it. But examining customs in another time teaches us that the definition of marriage–who is eligible, who gets to decide, why one gets married–has indeed changed.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: Kim . . . → Read More: Traditional Marriage: Eighth Century Frankish Style

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Make A Long Awaited Return to Seattle, by Holly Homan

On a hot steamy Tuesday night, Seattle’s Neptune hosted the legendary Mighty Mighty Bosstones. It’s been more than a decade since the Bosstones played this area, but like a good wine, they’ve aged well and this eight-piece from Boston was in top form. They came on stage all wearing matching read coats and black . . . → Read More: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Make A Long Awaited Return to Seattle, by Holly Homan

Jo Mersa – Sunshine

Rising reggae artist Jo Mersa, the son of Stephen “Ragga” Marley and grandson of Bob Marley, unveils his intimate side on the brand new video for “Sunshine,” the first single off his debut EP Comfortable (out now on Ghetto Youths International).

So where’s the big funky spliff? This vid shows a Rastaman in exile, . . . → Read More: Jo Mersa – Sunshine