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What’s in a name? For Viet Cong, who plays a sold-out show in Seattle this Friday, way more than they thought.

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Seattle music mainstay Chop Suey is getting some unwanted attention upon new ownership.

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Pussy Riot first English song, "I Can't Breathe," repeats the last words of Eric Garner when he died at the hands of police officers.

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The video, which went live just moments ago, is already getting some national limelight.

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A few lines have earned Kendrick Lamar's new single 'The Blacker the Berry' a closer reading than any hip hop song in years.

Seattle hip hop artist Draze performs at the EMP's Black History Month Kickoff on Saturday. (Photo by Jama Abdirahman)

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Talib Kweli and Draze joined up and coming Seattle artists in celebrating the value of Black lives.

Things get a little bit weird with Swedish psychedelic band Goat, one of more than a dozen international acts currently signed to Sub Pop. (Courtesy photo)

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Your world tour of alternative music departs from Sea-Tac — but you won’t even have to get on a plane.

Horse head fiddle player and throat singer Davaazorig Altangerel performs as part of Mongolian orchestra Agra Bileg at Town Hall last Friday. (Photo by Aida Solomon)

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Tejano rock, Hawaiian chanting, and Mongolian jazz all come to Seattle as part of a world music concert series at Town Hall.

(Photo courtesy AEG)

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South African rave-rappers Die Antwoord return to Seattle’s Paramount Theatre on Monday.

Anacortes-based group, Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble, are a regular act at Folklife. Here, they perform at the annual Spring Festa in Skagit County, another one of their regular annual gigs. (Photo from www.goskagit.com)

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This weekend Seattle Center will transform into a microcosm of the Northwest’s prolific community of world music and arts. If you’ve ever wanted to experience the...

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The presence of international dance competition R-16 is a sign that the Seattle Break-dancing scene has made its mark in the global B”boy” world. #seattle #R-16

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Former Microsoft programmer Kirt Debique wanted to build a new kind of record label to supported Seattle musicians. So far, so good.

Mailarie Muñoz, age 16 (center) and Jennifer Bravo, age 16 (right), during the intermediate Mariachi class program at Wenatchee High School. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

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A high-school program called Mariachi Huenachi in Wenatchee is not only producing fine music, it’s helping students do better in school.

(Photo courtesy Sarey Savy)

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Meet the queer White Center teen determined to be the first Cambodian American to make a mark on the music biz.

206 Zulu founder King Khazm. The organization is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this weekend.

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Seattle hip hop icon King Khazm is ringing in ten years of globally connected hip hop in the 206. #ZuluNation

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis perform in San Francisco on their 2013 tour. (Photo by Amanda Rhoades / SF Foghorn)

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With a fresh batch of Grammy gold under their belts, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis might catch their Seattle fans reminiscing about the days when...

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Last Friday, local and international artists from the De Cajón Project took over the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute with performances celebrating the fusion of African...

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Yuna Zarai shares her inspiration for making music and her singular, Malaysian-infused style. She performs in Seattle this Tuesday at The Crocodile. Yuna Zarai’s sophomore...

Still from a Sham MC's video by Egyptian director Yassin Gabriel.

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The Sham MC's have refused to let war in their country dash their dreams of hip-hop stardom. I first met Syrian hip-hop group Sham MC's...

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The talent pool of Asian American performers in the Northwest is deep. But the organizers of Kollaboration Seattle say making it to the national...

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Read-a-thon time! Seattle's up-and-coming-est Renaissance woman shares her top 5 summer books. Hollis Wong-Wear is in heavy rotation across the nation these days. She sings...