RIFF’d: Gary Clark Jr.’s ‘The Story of Sonny Boy Slim’

Gary Clark Jr. is not going to let us just label him ‘that guy from Austin who’s really, really good at guitar’. Or, alternately ‘that black guy from Austin…’, since bluesy guitar work has become a […]

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Lyricapsule: Robert Johnson is Poisoned; August 13, 1938

One of the most infamously forgotten members of the 27-Club, blues-heart Robert Johnson was served a poisoned glass of whiskey on this day back in 1938 during a show in Greenwood, Mississippi, leading to his […]

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RIFF’d: Jack White’s ‘Lazaretto’

A lot of millennials freaked out over the 10-year anniversary of Mean Girls, marking it a milestone in ‘holy crap, I’m getting old’ syndrome. I, on the other hand, get the same set of heebie jeebies […]

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RIFF’d: The Black Keys’ ‘Turn Blue’

It’s hard to avoid the narrative trap of filtering an artist’s new music through the lens of their personal life. Here, it’s a non-issue because it’s completely unavoidable. The Black Keys‘ frontman Dan Auerbach went through […]

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Streetside: Seattle’s Big Ass Boombox Festival; January 3-4

Nothing counters the post-New Year’s hangover winter-blah season of the PNW quite like a “DIY-feeling,” free and (semi) all-ages festival of local up-and-comers. That’s the idea behind the Big Ass Boombox Festival, which in its […]

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Listing: The 5 Most Awkward-to-Record Lyrics from The Civil Wars’ S/T

One can’t help but cringe imagining the recording process for this entire album. The Civil Wars‘ new self-titled record (August 6) was made after a run of canceled tour dates signaled an indefinite hiatus due […]

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Blues Personified: The Late Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland in 5 Storied Lyrics

Blues legend Robert Calvin Bland, better known by his stage name Bobby “Blue” Bland, passed away at 83-years-young on June 23, leaving behind a legacy that has spanned over five decades. He was credited with 28 […]

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Spotlight: Rose Windows

Incubated at a home in Seattle’s Central District circa 2010, where a group of seven psych-rock leaning hearts could band together over a mutual love for drone pioneers, Earth, Rose Windows are a curious breed […]

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Streetside: The Cave Singers Bring it All Back Home at Seattle’s Showbox; May 4

Local favorites The Cave Singers ended their 31-date tour with Philly grunge-gaze outfit Bleeding Rainbow at Seattle’s own Showbox at the Market, and the welcome couldn’t have been much warmer. After the openers’ finished their set by unceremoniously […]

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Spotlight: The Shouting Matches

Justin Vernon is no stranger to mystique. While his breakthrough debut album as Bon Iver, For Emma, Forever Ago, tugged everyone’s heartstrings with Vernon’s oddly-masculine falsetto, the music was overshadowed by its romantic, backwoodsy legend. […]

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