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November 21, 2013 at 8:00 AM
Though often remembered as 1990s staples, Helmet never really went away.
The NYC heavies play The Crocodile Friday.
The focus of a big-label bidding war, the band’s 1993 debut “Meantime” boasted some of the most in-your-face guitar work this side of Rage Against the Machine or Seattle’s TAD, but also fist-pumping choruses to balance out the intensity. Frontman Page Hamilton’s jazz training came through in the songs’ atypical constructs and mathematical drop-D workouts. (more…)
November 20, 2013 at 12:30 PM
Countrified and acid-fried, The Meat Puppets were among the Reagan-era underground’s most unique bands.
And they’re still here.
Thirty-three years strong, the Phoenix natives play Seattle’s Crocodile Thursday.
Co-founded by the Kirkwood brothers – singer-songwriter-guitarist Curt, and bassist Cris — the trio built its name on whimsical, mellowed-out sounds better suited for wide-open expanses than claustrophobic mosh pits. (more…)
August 22, 2013 at 2:44 PM
Nothing about My Bloody Valentine’s sound is compact, so when word came down last week that the Irish-English noise-pop innovators’ upcoming Seattle show had been moved from the airplane hangar-sized WaMu Theater to the much-smaller, much-maligned Showbox SoDo, those who’d pre-purchased tickets let out a collective groan.
That the foursome handily sold out WaMu in 2009, its last trip through town, only to be demoted to a smaller room for this tour — supporting 2013’s “m b v,” its first new LP since 1991’s legendary “Loveless” — suggests that when it comes to reunions, fans get more excited when they don’t know what to expect.
Yet while the surprise factor might’ve been lower Wednesday night, the volume certainly wasn’t. (more…)
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