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    EMA Launches Tour With Beautifully Disastrous Seattle Show

    Most musicians come out kicking and screaming on the first show of a new tour. Most artists get motivated by the excitement of starting a fresh chapter, seeking a wider audience. But Erika M. Anderson, known as EMA, is exceptionally unconventional, as she proved at her Seattle concert Friday night. The kick-off of her new tour was more a deconstruction of a traditional rock show than it was a joyous kick-out-the-jams. That doesn't mean it wasn't riveting, but at every turn it was unusual. Anderson came onstage without an introduction and launched into the bleak "Marked." Some lines she sang, and others she spoke, but all painted a desperately dark landscape. "I wish that every time he touched me left a mark," she murmured. After that, the audience hardly knew whether to applaud or dial a suicide prevention hotline. When she did address the crowd, it was to seek direction.

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    'Nevermind' Tribute Show Celebrates Nirvana

    At the original Seattle record release party for Nirvana's Nevermind, back in September 1991, Kurt Cobain raised a wry smile in disbelief when someone suggested his new album might possibly sell 100,000 copies: Even to the ambitious Cobain, that dream seemed outrageous. So one can only imagine how wide Cobain's smile would have been if he'd witnessed last night's Nevermind 20th Anniversary Tribute Concert in Seattle. For the Experience Music Project on Tuesday night, twenty different bands covered songs from the album and other Nirvana tracks. The event was both a celebration of the release of the new Nevermind set (out next Tuesday) and a benefit for Susie Tennant, Nirvana's promotion person who put together that original 1991 record release party, and is now battling cancer.

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    True or False? 8 Myths About Nirvana's 'Nevermind'

    In September 1991, DGC Records released Nirvana's Nevermind, one of the most influential and revered albums of the past two decades. But much of what the general public thinks they know about the record is wrong — or at least slightly skewed. Here's the real scoop, from Kurt Cobain biographer Charles R. Cross. MYTH NO. 1: NEVERMIND WAS KURT COBAIN'S FIRST CHOICE FOR AN ALBUM TITLE.Kurt Cobain was a notorious planner, and his journals are filled with track listings for albums he never made. His first idea for a title for Nevermind was Sheep.

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    Telekinesis Debut New Songs, Cover Bieber Live

    Hot Seattle power-pop outfit Telekinesis released one of SPIN's favorite under-the-radar albums of 2009 with their self-titled debut, and are poised for their big break in 2011 with 12 Desperate Lines (out Feb. 15). But the band couldn't have been more humble or gracious onstage at their homecoming show Friday night. "Hi, we're Telekinesis, and we live here," was how Michael Benjamin Lerner, the outfit's mastermind and frontman, sheepishly began the set at the intimate, 300-person Triple Door, their first U.S. gig since returning from a long European tour.

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    Die Antwoord Shock, Rock in U.S. Tour Kickoff

    Die Antwoord started their first headlining tour of the U.S. in a manner typical for a band that at every turn leaves audiences scratching their heads -- they played second, on a three-band bill, opening for Deadmau5. This Seattle date was no doubt set up before Die Antwoord's "Enter the Ninja" video went viral, which made the South African band a YouTube sensation, and catapulted their name temporarily ahead of the Sears Die Hard battery in search engine results. While the Die Hard has earned a following among auto buffs over years, the record-buying public is decidedly more fickle, particularly in the problematic category of white rap. There were times while watching leader "Ninja" when one couldn't help but think of the specter of Vanilla Ice, albeit a lankier, more tattooed, Afrikaner version.

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