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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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Spotlight: Shakey Graves

Watching Austinite Shakey Graves (a.k.a. Alejandro Rose-Garcia) saunter up to a mic thumbing his suspenders and proceed to set up his makeshift suitcase-kickdrum rig, the 25-years-young singer-songwriter clearly has crafted a Bert-hobo folk schtick he […]

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