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Listing: 5 Stereotypical ’60s-isms from Foxygen’s ‘…And Star Power’

Foxygen have made a name for themselves with a clever portmanteau moniker and a hefty dose of 60s nostalgia. However, there’s not a lot more to their style, which seems to trigger over-compensation with superfluous, extended noise […]

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RIFF’d: Weezer’s ‘Everything Will Be Alright in the End’

In college, while discussing music with some new friend-quaintances, one of them dared to blurt out “Weezer sucks.” While I was quick to pounce on this blasphemy and defend indie-emo’s founding older brothers, he was […]

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The Rural Alberta Advantage – ‘Mended With Gold’

The Rural Alberta Advantage may be one of the less recognizable acts in the Saddle Creek roster, but they are just as beloved as Bright Eyes or Cursive. Armed with a frontman boasting a Jeff Mangum-ish nasally delivery, paired […]

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Streetside: El Ten Eleven at Seattle’s Decibel Festival; September 26

Seattle does electronic music festivals a bit differently than your typical Miami or Ibiza dead teenager bonanza. The city’s premier Decibel Festival, in its 11th year, is a testament to that. While they’ve booked international […]

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Spotlight: Seacats

A buddy of mine told me about Seacats well over a year ago. He worked at the local label to which they’re signed – Fin Records – and it was easy to cynically write them […]

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Perfume Genius – ‘Too Bright’

Too Bright may be Perfume Genius‘ (a.k.a. Mike Hadreas) third album, but still it feels like this dude came out of nowhere. Maybe it’s because, while as a society, we can accept gay men, we’re only […]

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RIFF’d: U2′s ‘Songs of Innocence’

Ahh, the journalistic goldmine that only a washed-up, self-parodying act with unmatched misplaced self-importance can provide. From U2‘s new position as the Apple house band, to the automatic (and un-consensual) addition of their new album to your […]

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RIFF’d: Interpol’s ‘El Pintor’

El Pintor is as Interpol as they’ve ever been. Perhaps that’s why, given that they’d already done a self-titled, they went with an anagram of their band name for this record, their fifth. Banks is […]

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RIFF’d: Ty Segall’s ‘Manipulator’

Ty Segall‘s having his Bowie moment – complete with a new, messianic and androgynous look. Beyond the surface, he’s also combining the many musical hats he’s worn on previous records (like Bowie’s many eras), tapping […]

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Michael Cera – ‘True That’

The phrase ‘Michael Cera releases surprise solo album‘ drops anyone into a minefield of inevitable prejudices. We all fell in love with Superbad and Arrested Development-Cera, eventually got sick of one-trick pony mumble-core Cera in the […]

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About Karl Ernest

Karl is a Seattle-based musician and writer at SONGLYRICS; a veteran of both east and west-coast scenes, he has performed with the likes of The Ying Yang Twins, David Arquette, Wynton Marsalis, among others. But he's no stranger to seedy dives or house shows, either.