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Listing: Death Grips’ Nihilistic, Suicidal ‘Swan Song’ ‘Jenny Death’

Every weirdo, 4chan user, and experimental music fan just had Christmas come early. Or, ridiculously late, if you count the original wait. Jenny Death, the second half of Death Grips‘ supposed final act, The Powers That […]

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Streetside: Melvins at the Showbox in Seattle; October 18, 2014

Melvins are one of the best sludge-stoner metal bands of all time and arguably the first. Of course, that’s not exactly the most lucrative genre, unless you speed it up to midtempo radio format, slap […]

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Streetside: Converge at Seattle’s ‘Rain Fest’; May 23, 2014

It’s Memorial Day weekend in Washington state: all the Pitchfork-hip bands are at the Gorge for the state’s mini-Coachella, Sasquatch!, and the underage kids flirting with hippie culture are at the free Folklife Festival. For those who […]

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RIFF’d: The Faint’s ‘Doom Abuse’

The Faint are probably best known as “that band that Conor Oberst was in briefly once upon a time.” Their second claim to fame is as average participants in indie-dance’s time shared in the spotlight […]

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Streetside: Dog Shredder Rips, Blinds an Intimate Affair at Seattle’s Sunset Tavern; August 22

Seattle’s bar scene – particularly in the faux-folksy Ballard neighborhood – doesn’t exactly scream “metal,” so it’s puzzling that aggressive acts, especially out-of-towners, always flock to the Sunset Tavern. The dim, red hue of the […]

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Spotlight: Dog Shredder

Bellingham, WA trio Dog Shredder was born from two ideas, both stemming from “late-night conversations over cheap beer.” First, the comically-brutal moniker (relax, PETA) originally represented an imaginary band that would “have to rip,” the band […]

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Streetside: Sub Pop Turns 25 in Seattle; July 13

Sub Pop Records can now legally rent a car. By some accounts, the label is actually 27 years old, but this free, block-party-style festival dubbed the ‘Silver Jubilee‘ officially marked 25 years for the brand that […]

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Listing: 5 Weathered Lyrics from Iggy and The Stooges’ ‘Ready to Die’

If helping to invent both punk rock and stage diving while publicly rolling in peanut-butter-coated shards of glass for years doesn’t put some lines on your face (and chest), then a former nasty heroin habit […]

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Listing: 5 Lackluster Lyrics from Alkaline Trio’s ‘My Shame is True’

Alkaline Trio has always been on the outskirts of the post-hardcore/emo/pop-punk scene. While their Jimmy Eat World-ly 2003 breakthrough Good Mourning hit heavy radio rotation, and the lovesick heroin metaphor This Addiction topped US charts, […]

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Listing: The Strokes’ ‘Comedown Machine’ in 5 Redeeming Lyrics

The Strokes have always been privileged, confused young men, muddled in ambivalence and a healthy dose of the fuck-its. It’s what made their 2001 debut so very special – a breed of nonchalant NYC punk […]

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