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RIFF’d: Shabazz Palaces’ ‘Lese Majesty’

Shabazz Palaces had a tall order in front of them when approaching their sophomore album Lese Majesty. Riding in three years after the success of Black Up, the expectations were high. But like any true creative would attest to, the […]

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RIP Death Grips

Death Grips accomplished more in four years than most artists do in a lifelong career. That might sound like hyperbole, but right out of the gate, the group formed by Hella‘s Zach Hill and his neighbor MC Ride (along […]

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Streetside: ‘Oh Comely’, Dear Neutral Milk Hotel, Back to Seattle’s Neptune Theater; April 4

In 2012, Jeff Mangum visited Seattle’s The Moore Theater for two nights, the first of which – as was the case at dates across the country – sold out almost instantaneously. It marked the first […]

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Listing: 5 Darkly Poignant Lyrics from St. Vincent’s ‘St. Vincent’

St. Vincent‘s return comes with a new look, but also with a heavy dose of distorted, synthesized funk. It’s a bit weirder than her past fare, but she actually seems to be getting new converts […]

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RIFF’d: MGMT’s ‘MGMT’

It took balls to for MGMT to abandon Oracular Spectacular‘s catchy-as-hell, platinum-selling, indie dance party feel on follow-up Congratulations. After the resulting ‘we don’t conform to your expectations’ rep, it took a similar amount of oxymoronic balls to […]

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Streetside: Postmadonna Turn Seattle’s Crocodile into a Sweat Lodge; June 30

If ever there were a time and place for a packed LP-release show, it’s probably not the tube-shaped Crocodile Café Back Bar on a Sunday night during an uncharacteristically-epic heat wave in Seattle. Still, DIY […]

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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: Black Moth Super Rainbow Tear Up Neumo’s; May 20

Maybe it has something to do with our antiquated dance laws, but Seattle audiences have a bad rep amongst killer bands – the best out-of-town acts rarely come on weekends. Such was the case as […]

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Spotlight: How To Destroy Angels

Disrupting forte for alt-industrial pioneer Trent Reznor, How to Destroy Angels marries, the marriage, of his new love Mariqueen Maandig, and Oscar-Grammy golden collaborations with producer Atticus Ross (The Social Network, The Girl with the […]

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Listing: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ ‘Push The Sky Away’ in 5 Boundless Lyrics

As cryptic and stream of consciousness as Push The Sky Away is in passing, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds‘ 15th record is one of the most accessibly intimate 2013 has birthed. Typical Cave story arch: […]

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