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Staying Mild with Tops

Tops talks positive breakups and perfect pop songs. by Suzette Smith M ellow Montreal pop band Tops is at a tentative level of success where everyone I know seems to have heard of them, but no one can really say where they came from....Show More Summary

Why Should I Give a Fuck About... Los Dug Dug's?

Northwest Psych Fest headliners Los Dug Dug's put Mexico on the global psych-rock map. by Dave Segal Years Active: 53 (with sporadic breaks). Provenance: Durango, Mexico. Essential Albums: Dug Dug's; Smog; Cambia, Cambia; El Loco. Essential...Show More Summary

Gravelly-Voiced Mark Lanegan Documents a Botched World with Leonard Cohen–esque Gravitas on Gargoyle

Ex–Grunge Icon Mark Lanegan Breaks New Creative Ground on Latest Album, Gargoyle by Jake Uitti A fter more than 30 years in the music business, singer-songwriter Mark Lanegan has learned a few things about himself as a creative individual. Show More Summary

The Hitman’s Bodyguard Isn’t Bad, It’s Just Desperately Unimaginative

Turns out you can judge a movie by its title! by Ned Lannamann H ow does one evaluate the successful exercise of a familiar formula? The Hitman’s Bodyguard is so formulaic—and so completely unsurprising in the ways it ably fulfills every requirement of the buddy-action-comedy genre—that it’s both a great movie and a terrible movie. Show More Summary

Golden Retriever Make Experimental but Deeply Human Music

Their new LP is spellbinding. by Ryan J. Prado T he radiant summer sidewalk outside a cafe seems too exposed an environment to be talking with Portland experimental duo Golden Retriever. The contents of the music created by Jonathan Sielaff and Matt Carlson are dark, cerebral, and brooding. Show More Summary

It's Never Too Late for Guantanamo Baywatch

The band moves beyond surf. by Ryan J. Prado I f Guantanamo Baywatch's blistering surf instrumentals and seething punk sermons ever seemed rooted in place, the Portland band weren't too concerned with sticking to one on their new record, Desert Center. That's because all three members now live in different cities. Show More Summary

Four Ex-Christian Rockers Walk into a Studio: Lo and Behold, Lo Tom!

Lo Tom might just be the Mega Voltron of 1990s Christian indie-rock luminaries. by Amber Cortes W hatever you do, don't call Lo Tom a "supergroup." Band leader Dave Bazan, for one, is embarrassed by it. "Supergroup made us all laugh," he says. Show More Summary

With Arms Uncrossed: African Super-Duo Amadou & Mariam Celebrate Decades of Exploration on La Confusion

Two nights of omnivorous electro-Afro-blues-pop-rock. by Ben Salmon A bout two-thirds of the way through "Bofou Safou"—the opening track on Amadou & Mariam's forthcoming album La Confusion—the song sheds its buzzy synths and bouncing-rubber-ball...Show More Summary

Why Should I Give a Fuck About... Swirlies?

They created the most beautiful, blurred, and noisy shoegaze rock this side of My Bloody Valentine. by Dave Segal Years Active: 27 (with sporadic breaks). Provenance: Boston/Cambridge, MA. Essential Albums: Blonder Tongue Audio Baton,...Show More Summary

The Challenges of Keeping Up with Belle and Sebastian After 20 Years

It's hard to remember how thrilling Belle and Sebastian seemed before "twee" became an all-purpose cultural signifier. by Sean Nelson "I can't remember the last time I listened to a whole album by a contemporary band. So why would IShow More Summary

Olivia Chaney and the Decemberists' Offa Rex Breaks Tradition

Their debut LP The Queen of Hearts is a love letter to British folk music by Robert Ham I f Colin Meloy had his druthers, the Decemberists would exist in 1970s England, where they could share stage time and radio airplay with the psych-folk...Show More Summary

Seattle Rap Altruist Raz Simone Methodically Builds a Musical Empire in Sodo

"You know me, I'm always doing something weird." by Jake Uitti I n an age when brief pops like retweets and viral videos reign supreme, Seattle rapper Raz Simone has chosen a more maintainable route—one where numbers aren't the driving force but the viability of making art is. Show More Summary

Rhythm in Colors Offers the Sprawling Multimedia Celebration Seattle Jazz Deserves

Rhythm in Colors brings Seattle's world-class jazz, past and present, to vivid life. by Andrew Hamlin S eattle jazz assumes the metaphorical and spiritual shape of the city, the land, and the environment. It affects the way people think,...Show More Summary

Why Should I Give a Fuck About... Laraaji?

Laraaji, Eno's favorite (former) street musician, is elevating new age's rep, one electric zither strum at a time by Dave Segal Years Active: 39. Provenance: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Essential Albums: Celestial Vibration (recorded...Show More Summary

Lead by Your Samples: DJ Shadow on Collecting Vinyl, Scratching, and His New Tour

The DJ will evoke classic hiphop while keeping it contemporary on his 2017 tour by Jake Uitti S ay the name DJ Shadow to any hiphop head who came of age in the 1990s, and they'll stop what they're doing to recall a favorite track. For some, it's "Organ Donor," the methodical-yet-spastic gymnastic of an instrumental. Show More Summary

La Luz’s California Dreams

La Luz discusses their move to Los Angeles. by Emilly Prado I t’s been more than a year since La Luz left Seattle and took their seismic sounds to Los Angeles. Trading constant drizzle for sunshine has proven so inspirational, ShanaShow More Summary

The Unbearable Witness of Katy Perry

Katy Perry feels extremely empowered and liberated, but her new album is plagued by vague, tepid anthems and excessive pining over exes by Amber Cortes T he prodigal, problematic pop princess Katy Perry has returned with her fourth major-label...Show More Summary

Dance Your Way Around Seattle's Coolest Neighborhoods—Quietly!—with What the Float

Seattle's quietest mobile dance party, What the Float, is making bold moves this summer. by Greg Scruggs A s a college student in Boston 10 years ago, my fellow radio-station geeks and I had access to an FM transmitter that covered a 100-mile radius. Show More Summary

Former Grunge Icon Tad Doyle Reboots Himself as a Composer of Darker-Than-Thou Soundtracks

Incineration Ceremony announces the arrival of a powerful soundtrack composer—Tad Doyle by Dave Segal T homas Andrew Doyle—or Tad to people who used to wear Sub Pop LOSER T-shirts—is taking out the recycling at his South Seattle home. Show More Summary

Roger Waters: The Mellow Misanthrope

Pink Floyd’s former lyricist has more to be angry about now than ever before. by Ned Lannamann R oger Waters has never been one to back down from a tough subject. As Pink Floyd’s primary lyricist and rock’s most notorious misanthrope,...Show More Summary

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