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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 28, 2013 at 1:48 PM
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.Destruction Unit, Dreamdecay, Lindseys
8 p.m. Thursday at Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $10 (206-709-9467 or www.thebarboza.com/).
July 16, 2013 at 11:25 AM
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. (more…)
June 11, 2013 at 8:15 AM
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. (more…)
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