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Why Eric Elbogen Is Saying Bye to His Band, Say Hi

Seattle Musician Eric Elbogen Is Saying Bye to His Band Say Hi After 10 Albums and 15 Years by Dave Segal S ay Hi, the musical project of Seattle multi-instrumentalist Eric Elbogen, has come to an end after 15 years of mostly positive critical reception and middling commercial success. Show More Summary

The Southern Salvation of Adia Victoria

The Southern Salvation of Adia Victoria by Santi Elijah Holley I t's easy to forget, in its current whitewashed and sterilized state, that blues music used to be dark and dangerous. From Robert Johnson’s hellhounds to Geeshie Wiley’s buzzards, there was a time, many decades ago, when blues was the devil’s music. Show More Summary

Rip It Up and Start Over

Second Time's a Charm for Dude York's Sincerely by Amber Cortes S ometimes it takes a second try to get it right. Seattle power-pop trio Dude York's new album, Sincerely (out February 24 on Hardly Art), is loaded with strident riffs and yell-along anthems. Show More Summary

Bands I Pretended to Like for Boys. Part Nine: Dave Matthews

I Don't Listen to Dave Matthews Anymore, but I'm Glad I Did by Kathleen Tarrant T his one's a little different, but I think it's important. I was 9, in that blissful last stretch before puberty, skidding down California streets on my two-wheeler, Walkman clipped to my jean shorts. Show More Summary

Bands I Pretended to Like for Boys. Part Eight: Rush

Part of Me Wanted to "Get" Rush Because They're Marketed as a Boys' Band by Kathleen Tarrant H e worked at a pizza place and played bass. Sometimes he would drive over to my house at midnight to bring me peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwiches...Show More Summary

Clipping. Extend the Legacy of the Hiphop Outsider

Clipping. Extend the Legacy of the Hiphop Outsider by Dave Segal L os Angeles trio clipping. are the latest anomalous group recording for that unlikely incubator of outsider hiphop, Sub Pop. As home to intergalactic explorers Shabazz...Show More Summary

Ace Frehley Soldiers On

Ace Frehley Soldiers On by Mark Lore F ew bands can split a room like KISS. Many fans are so blindly devoted that they probably wouldn’t hesitate to buy an album of the band farting for 30 minutes. Detractors... well, they likely think the group’s records already sound like 30 minutes of farting. Show More Summary

Bands I Pretended to Like for Boys. Part 7.5: I Can't Write About Bands I Pretended to Like for Boys Right Now

Bands I Pretended to Like for Boys, Part 7.5: I Can't Write about Bands I Pretended to Like for Boys Right Now by Kathleen Tarrant I was supposed to write about Rush this week—to make up some funny quips about Neil Peart and how this jazz band kid I liked would not shut up about him. But I can't. Show More Summary

Why Should I GAF About Pinback? Reunited San Diegans Come to Town Feb 8 and 9

Why Should I GAF About Pinback? Reunited San Diegans Were Always More Than Just Math Rock for the Mellow by Amber Cortes Years Active: 19. Provenance: San Diego, California. Essential Albums: At the risk of sounding like one of those people who always says, "I only dig the early stuff," I'll say it (call me an early-aughts purist). Show More Summary

Chameleon and Caricature: Looking for the Real David Bowie

A Year After His Death, Bowie Continues to Reveal Himself by Ned Lannamann O n January 8, David Bowie would have turned 70 years old. On January 10, it will be a full year since his death from cancer—a surprise that arrived almost simultaneously...Show More Summary

Billboard's Top 20 Songs of 2016 Were Every Bit as Shitty as the Year Itself

Billboard's Top 20 Songs of 2016 Were Every Bit as Shitty as 2016 Itself. by Dave Segal E very year, I staunchly avoid chart music, mostly out of a desire to maintain optimal mental health. But come December, my editors inevitably tap me to assess the biggest songs of the year gone by, according to Billboard magazine. Show More Summary

Seattle Artists, Musicians, Writers, and Filmmakers Share Their Regrets About 2016

Seattle Artists, Musicians, Writers, and Filmmakers Share Their Regrets About 2016 by Stranger Staff E very year, we invite the cream of Seattle artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers, and arts administrators to share the things they regret about the year gone by. Show More Summary

Manatee Commune on Ice: No Ice, No Manatees, Just Killer Electronic Music

Manatee Commune on Ice Will Be a Victory Lap for Bellingham's Newest Electronic Music Star by Donovan Farley A December 23 extravaganza at the Neptune will serve as a victory lap of sorts for Grant Eadie, the 23-year-old producer and...Show More Summary

The 51 Moments in Music That Helped Us Survive 2016

by Sean Nelson Read more of the 196 moments in music, art, books, theater, film, and TV that helped us survive 2016. • The sharp intake of breath between realizing David Bowie had made a great album again, finally, with Blackstar, and realizing it would be his last. Show More Summary

How Christmas Songs Help Us Fake It Through the Despair Times

How Christmas Songs Help Us Fake It Through the Despair Times by Jen Graves M y closest friend in the world lay next to me a day after her son died and asked me to sing her a song. To my horror, I couldn't think of one. Finally she murmured, "Just do 'Jingle Bells,'" and so I did. Show More Summary

Bands I Pretended to Like for Boys. Part Four: Daniel Johnston

Bands I Pretended to Like for Boys. Part Four: Daniel Johnston by Kathleen Tarrant T he sweet, distant boy I liked in college picked me up for a movie in his 1980s BMW, and we sat in the dark, warm theater. My hands were sweating profusely. It was one of those cold Montana nights that get dark at 4 p.m. Show More Summary

The Year the Music Died

Looking Back on Some of the Late Greats of 2016, Song by Song by Ciara Dolan I s it over yet? Among 2016’s many regrettable qualities, this year was a particularly unkind one for musicians. From the shocking January death of David Bowie...Show More Summary

The Agony and Ecstasy of Big Star's Complete Third, the Ultimate Broken Masterpiece

Big Star's Complete Third Set Reveals the Agony and Ecstasy of the Ultimate Broken Masterpiece by Everett True S o I had this idea for a review of this latest reissue of the third Big Star album. I thought that maybe I could point out...Show More Summary

Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran on Staying Accessible, Learning from Kanye and Rihanna, and How the Walkman Changed Everything

Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran on Staying Accessible, Learning from Kanye and Rihanna, and How the Walkman Changed Everything by Sean Nelson You've had an extraordinary career with a lot of ups and downs, and made a lot of records at a lot of levels of success. Show More Summary

Suicide Squeeze Records at 20: An Oral History

Suicide Squeeze Records at 20: Artists, Insiders, and Friends Remember the Beloved Seattle Indie’s First Two Decades by Amber Cortes N o one is more surprised by the longevity of Suicide Squeeze than David Dickenson, founder and (practically) sole proprietor of Suicide Squeeze over the past two decades. Show More Summary

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