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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

Why Should I Give a Fuck About... King Crimson?

If you listen to only one English prog rock group in your life, make it King Crimson by Dave Segal Years Active: 49 (with periodic breaks). Provenance: London, England. Essential Albums: In the Court of the Crimson King, Lizard, Earthbound,...Show More Summary

Seattle Couple Hopes to Unify the City's Splintered Music Scene Via the Orphan Radio Pirate Station

Can Orphan Radio bring a London-style pirate station to Seattle? by Dave Segal I f my early-1990s hardcore-rave cassettes dubbed by the esteemed music critic Simon Reynolds are any indication, English pirate radio stations customarily...Show More Summary

Beatles for Sale: Sgt. Pepper's 50th Anniversary

A deluxe reissue reframes the Beatles’ 1967 landmark album by Ned Lannamann It was 50 years ago today, give or take, that the Beatles inaugurated the Summer of Love. On June 1, 1967, a newly mustachioed Fab Four released Sgt. Pepper’s...Show More Summary

Poptone Is a Family Band

Diva Dompe of Poptone is living her rock star dream. by Robert Ham Kids always get asked what they want to be when they grow up. That question can inspire all kinds of unrealistic fantasies, Diva Dompe’s vision was clear. “I would always put down ‘rock star,’” she says, speaking over Skype from her home in Los Angeles. Show More Summary

Mature & Unsure: Chastity Belt Embrace the Paradoxes in Their New Album, I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone

Chastity Belt's latest is a sophisticated album seething with heart-wrenching vulnerability. by Amber Cortes I t was a perfect sunny day, and everyone was eager for summer to start, but a little unprepared for it. At the Bothell Block Party and BrewFest, some people were still sweating in jeans and boots (guilty). Show More Summary

Girlpool’s Powerplant Is an Album of Uncommon Depth

On their new album, Girlpool takes risks without losing their radical vulnerability. by Nathan Tucker There’s a moment in the middle of “123”—the stunning opening track from Girlpool’s new record, Powerplant—that crystallizes the 28 minutes to come. Show More Summary

Unpacking the Razorblade Suitcase: 21 Years of Complicated Love for Bush

What if you realized that Gavin Rossdale’s lyrics were your most profound literary influence? by Elissa Washuta U nfortunately, Bush's Razorblade Suitcase is my all-time favorite record. I'm not ashamed that I've listened to it dozens...Show More Summary

Michael Kiwanuka Sings His Heart Out

His sophomore album is lush, challenging, and often foreboding. by Santi Elijah Holley A few years ago, Michael Kiwanuka was in crisis mode. His debut album, Home Again, had sold more than 70,000 copies, won the BBC’s Sound of 2012, and was nominated for the UK’s prestigious Mercury Prize. Show More Summary

Get Over It: Fleet Foxes Are a Great Band

Their first new album in six years proves that Fleet Foxes are worth returning to by Kathleen Tarrant I t's been six years since locally grown band Fleet Foxes, led by songwriter and vocalist Robin Pecknold, released their deft sophomore...Show More Summary

Two Directions: Harry Styles and Damon Albarn Shake Off Pop Stardom in Radically Different Ways

Pop stars go rock. Rock stars go pop. Just stop your crying, it's a sign of the times. by Sean Nelson H arry Styles, the debut solo album from Harry Styles, formerly of the British boy band One Direction, comes out this week. This is...Show More Summary

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