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Streetside: Dan Deacon at Seattle’s Neumo’s; May 8, 2015

If you know who Dan Deacon is outside of his viral “Drinkin’ Outta Cups” sketch-rant, then you’ve heard of his infamous live show: a highly-interactive, all-inclusive indie dance party that just about everyone describes as […]

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Streetside: Pig Snout, The Fall of Troy at Seattle’s El Corazón; January 30

Every now and then in Seattle there’s a bill that juxtaposes the strangest artists and venues together. Thomas Erak-led The Fall of Troy, beloved local post-hardcore set, shared the stage with pinchably-adorable family band Pig Snout at an old dive […]

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Streetside: Alt-J Live from the Artist’s Den; December 11

Alt-J is the newest truly exceptional gift from the UK. Their debut album An Awesome Wave has been running through myriad veins since 2012, while their sophomore album This is All Yours dropped in September of this […]

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Streetside: Elite Underground Chicago Hip-Hop Trifecta Hit the Empty Bottle; October 21

There was quality to the Open Mike Eagle show at the Empty Bottle featuring Serengeti and Jeremiah Jae that for better or worse spoke volumes about the Chicago hip-hop scene. It was Tuesday and unless […]

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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: The Herbie Hancock Quartet Hits Portland; September 23

This is a minefield. Herbie Hancock is gesturing to the rest of his quartet with a muffled chuckle at Portland’s Arlene Schnitzer concert hall, two days shy of autumn on Sunday, September 21. Vinnie Colaiuta, James […]

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Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival 2014: Day 1

“I want you to tell your kids about this night,” Kanye West exclaimed during his headlining set on the opening day of this year’s Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival. West’s hook from “Good Life” […]

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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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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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Streetside: The Gospel According to Neil Young at LA’s Dolby Theatre; April 2

Dashing harmonica lube on people in the front row as he did on the other three dates of his Dolby Theater run in Hollywood, Neil Young‘s fourth and final set from the little church of […]

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