Rio2016 May Have its Controversies, but Brazil will Always Have These Songs

Rio 2016 has been mired in controversy; unsanitary living conditions, corruption and a blatant disregard for human rights have all overshadowed the olympic event. The negative headlines are overwhelming, but it shouldn’t take away from Brazil’s […]

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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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Streetside: A Full Friday the 13th Moon with Goat in Chicago; June 13

Goat is a strange and enigmatic group, a band of cultural nomads that seem to delight in mystery. Their arrival at Chicago’s Thalia Hall last Friday – to celebrate their album World Music – held […]

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RIFF’d: Broken Bells’ ‘After the Disco’

There’s nothing elusive or misleading about what Broken Bells is trying to do with their sophomore album After the Disco. The title itself says it all. This is about moving beyond trivial pursuits, and into […]

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RIFF’d: Warpaint’s ‘Warpaint’

Looking to avoid the trappings of redundancy, Warpaint waited four long years to release the follow up to The Fool, gambling with creative purgatory in these internet flash times. But it paid off. In that span […]

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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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RIFF’d: The Polyphonic Spree’s ‘Yes, It’s True’

Still arguably more famous for their flowing white robes than their hippie-friendly psychedelic gospels, Dallas-based symphonic pop-rock choir The Polyphonic Spree have yet to reap the rewards from their relentlessly positive approach. However, written and […]

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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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RIFF’d: Queens of the Stone Age’s ‘…Like Clockwork’

Queens of the Stone Age are considered – by some – one of three genuine ‘rock’ bands that can still top the charts in a decidedly un-rock Top-40 environment; the others being Foo Fighters and The Black Keys. […]

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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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