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Crooked Still

Crooked Still

Back in 2000 O’ Brother, Where Art Thou premiered and, along with it’s cinematic achievements, the film carried with it an Old Time and Bluegrass based soundtrack that caused a revival in traditional music interest. But here we are, eight years have passed, and we are still seeing a continuation of this interest in the […]

Young Widows

Young Widows

Shortly after making their mark on the fertile post-hardcore scene of Louisville, a former quartet known as Breather Resist found themselves without a singer. But as luck would have it, the loss came at the perfect time. The three remaining members had been working on material that pushed beyond their previous limits in both execution […]

Blind Pilot

Blind Pilot

To warm up for their tour supporting their debut album 3 Rounds and a Sound, Oregon based Blind Pilot pedaled around the Pacific Northwest from town to town on bicycles, scaled down gig gear in tow. It’s a novel idea, conscious and progressive, not unlike the band itself. Blind Pilot sounds like a soulful, pensive […]

Lee “Scratch” Perry

Lee “Scratch” Perry

It wasn’t too many years ago that reggae music was thought of as a singular genre, with its own distinct set of musical characteristics. Over the past couple of decades, however, a host of new sub-genres have popped up, making reggae increasingly difficult to follow and blurring the lines between it and other forms of […]

Sub Pop 20th Anniversary

Sub Pop 20th Anniversary

I strolled into the Sub Pop Records 20th Anniversary festival, the sun beating down blissfully on my face, to the sound of Orbit finishing up their set. Redmond, WA’s Marymoor Amphitheater was awash with eclectic concert goers, relaxed and peacefully marveling the serendipity of such spectacular weather on this particular day. The stages were set […]

Augustana, Maroon 5, Counting Crows

Augustana, Maroon 5, Counting Crows

I am generally not a fan of concerts at large venues, which come off frequently as poor sites at which to enjoy great meaningful music. The sound’s often distorted to be spread over a wide area, the bands are often given set times too short to present a solid musical statement, and the venues are […]

CSS

CSS

The first time I heard CSS, I was driving across Seattle’s Lake Washington on a hot summer day, trying to stay cool in my ghetto fabulous seafoam green Honda Accord, blasting local independent radio station, KEXP, on full. The subdued sass of “Alala” buzzed through my aging speakers and my ears perked up, like a […]

Capitol Hill Block Party

Capitol Hill Block Party

My first day at Seattle’s Capitol Hill Block Party was an utter disaster from the get-go. I stepped through the entrance and was immediately bombarded with a dense mass of spectators milling about haphazardly, and I wasn’t able to find a single pocket to escape from the humid swell of people the entire day. I’ll […]

Zach Hill

Zach Hill

Zach Hill deserves to have a genre named after him. His spastic brand of drumming makes an indelible mark on every project he is a part of. And boy does he love being a part of projects. In the past 7 years, in addition to his work with original duo Hella, Mr. Hill has been […]

The Tracey Fragments

The Tracey Fragments

Here’s a movie with pieces that somehow fit but also don’t. There’s a part of me that isn’t sure if maybe this is director Bruce McDonald’s goal, given that The Tracey Fragments cites something broken in the titles. But then again, there’s a part of me that thinks perhaps these aren’t quite the fragments that […]