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November 20, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Three decades in, Meat Puppets still cooking | Concert preview

The Meat Puppets

The current Meat Puppets lineup, from left: Cris Kirkwood, Shandon Sahm, Curt Kirkwood. Photo by Jaime Butler.

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.


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August 28, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Desert-dwellers Destruction Unit to run riot at Barboza | Concert preview

Destruction Unit

Tempe, Arizona’s Destruction Unit plays Seattle Thursday. Photo by Kaleb Marshall.

Does Destruction Unit hail from Arizona? Yes.

Do they bring the heat? Most definitely.

Thursday at Barboza, the psych-punk quintet shows off its triple-guitar attack, supporting “Deep Trip” — an eight-song whirlwind of blown-out noise, garage-rock bluster and unhinged hardcore ferocity. (Check out lead track “The World on Drugs” here.)

Opening the show are locals Dreamdecay, whose latest, “N V N V N V” (listen), occupies similar sonic ground, yet is slower and more methodical — though no less destructive — in its approach.

Followers of the new-school punk underground can testify to both bands’ on-the-rise statuses, and the dimly-lit environs of the subterranean, Neumos-adjacent club are a perfect fit for music that drags listeners under with such relentlessness.


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July 16, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Jimmy Eat World | Concert Review

Jimmy Eat World

Veteran pop-rockers Jimmy Eat World — Tom Linton, Rick Burch, Zach Lind and Jim Adkins — played Seattle Monday. Photo by Michael Elins.

Jimmy Eat World has never been the most complex band, or the hippest, or biggest-selling. Its jangle-pop sound isn’t timeless, or particularly influential. Its output since 2001’s “Bleed American” and its feel-good mega-hit “The Middle” has been a bit, well, middle-of-the-road.

Yet the almost-full room Monday at Seattle’s jumbo-sized Showbox SoDo proved that while the Mesa, Arizona foursome’s commercial peak might have passed, they’re far from forgotten.


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June 11, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Album review: Jimmy Eat World, “Damage” (RCA)

Jimmy Eat World

Jimmy Eat World, from left: bassist Rick Burch, drummer Zach Lind, singer-guitarist Jim Adkins, guitarist Tom Linton. Photo by Michael Elins.

Jimmy Eat World’s eighth full-length “Damage,” out Tuesday, proves even-keeled bands can, and should, stay together.

Initially associated with the late-‘90s emo-core scene (anyone remember The Get Up Kids?), time and context have reserved a relevant place for the Mesa, Arizona foursome’s earnest guitar-pop.

While “Damage” might not have the immediacy or scope of 1996’s bracing “Static Prevails” and 2001’s platinum smash “Bleed American,” its ten songs feature crisp, stripped-down production and some of the group’s better melodies in years.


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