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January 22, 2015 at 2:07 PM

The Vaselines, a Kurt Cobain fave, return to Seattle | Concert preview

There’s an ocean and a continent between Glasgow and Seattle, but the ties between the Vaselines and Northwest music run so deep, the Scottish duo may as well be from here.

Frances McKee and Eugene Kelly, who appear at Neumos Saturday, wrote “Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam,” “Molly’s Lips” and “Son of a Gun” — all recorded by Nirvana. Kurt Cobain even mused about the couple in his journal.

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: 'V for Vaselines', Concert Preview, Eugene Kelly

October 24, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Australia’s Pond has a touch of Tame Impala | Concert preview

On the list of bands overdue for a Seattle show, Tame Impala ranks near the top. Following 2012’s star-making “Lonerism,” the Australian psychedelic rock juggernaut was a disappointing no-show at last winter’s Deck the Hall Ball, and hasn’t been heard from since. Tuesday, however, the Tractor Tavern in Ballard hosts Pond, featuring two of Tame…

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Pond, Tame Impala

October 2, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Macefield fest brings The Sonics, The Posies, THEESatisfaction and others to Ballard

A bastion of live-music tradition in a gentrifying city, Seattle’s tight-knit Ballard neighborhood is like a big house with different artists making different work in different rooms.

Fitting, then, that this weekend’s Macefield Music Festival honors the late Edith Macefield, a local musician and folk hero for refusing high-rise developers’ millions to stay put in her 100-year-old cottage. (Think the house in the 2009 Pixar film “Up.”)

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Comments | Topics: Macefield Festival, Posies, The Sonics

September 5, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Ranked one of the most influential bands ever, The Breeders play the Showbox

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The Breeders (Photo by Andrew Kuykendall)

In a recent reader poll, England’s New Musical Express (NME) named The Breeders the 12th most influential band of all time — higher than The Clash, The Velvet Underground and Led Zeppelin.

Lead guitarist Kelley Deal thinks this is hilarious.

“Damn,” she exclaims over the phone from Dayton, Ohio, where she and her twin sister, bandmate, Kim, grew up and still reside. “Those were heavy hitters who were included in there. Like, real bands!

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Comments | Topics: Kim Deal, Showbox, The Breeders

August 25, 2014 at 6:01 AM

New documentary about legendary teen band Slint | Concert preview

Six months before Nirvana’s “Nevermind” came out in 1991, a band called Slint — playing Seattle’s Showbox Wednesday — issued its own one-of-a-kind record. An angular, shadowy six-song suite, “Spiderland” is today considered by many to be the genesis of post-rock, a style emphasizing atmosphere and extreme dynamics over verses and choruses. Without it, there’d be…

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: "Breadcrumb Trail", "Spiderland", Concert Preview

August 14, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Murder City Devils back together and home | Concert preview

If you’ve ever checked out the jukebox at a Seattle dive bar, The Murder City Devils require little introduction. The reunited locals, back on stage this weekend, provided a jolt of excitement during the lean post-grunge years. Like their forebears The Misfits, MCDs dealt in punkish rock with fright-night flair.

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: "Empty Bottles Broken Hearts", "The White Ghost Has Blood On Its Hands Again", Concert Preview

June 17, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Buzz Osborne of the Melvins — unplugged? | Concert preview

While most musicians — most people — are dead asleep, Buzz Osborne, who plays Neumos Friday, is already wide awake.

“Most days, I leave before the sun [comes up] and go play 18 holes of golf with the working-class people at the municipal courses around Los Angeles,” he says via telephone from his house in Hollywood. “They just think I’m some weirdo. It’s funny.”

Golf?

Can this be the same musician who taught a young Kurt Cobain his first few guitar chords and introduced Dave Grohl to his eventual Nirvana bandmates? Never mind practically inventing the sludge and stoner metal subgenres on 1991’s seminal “Bullhead” and ’93’s “Houdini” — to name just two of 19 Melvins LPs.

Yes, it is. And on his new solo album, “This Machine Kills Artists,” (an allusion to Woody Guthrie) he plays acoustic guitar.

Has King Buzzo gone soft?

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Buzz Osborne, Concert Preview, Melvins

June 6, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Guided by Voices back in business | Concert preview

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Guided by Voices: Mitch Mitchell, Greg Demos, Robert Pollard, Tobin Sprout, Kevin March. Photo by Matt Davis.

Discovering Guided by Voices means diving headfirst into a catalog of more songs than there are years A.D. — a daunting prospect, perhaps, but a rewarding one.

The Dayton, Ohio indie lifers — known for their concise pop craftsmanship, surrealist lyrical slant, lo-fi production tactics, and sheer output — play Seattle’s Showbox club Sunday.

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: indie, Ohio, Showbox at the Market

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