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February 18, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Conscious punks Propagandhi to shred Seattle | Concert preview

Propagandhi

Propagandhi, from left: Chris Hannah, Dave Guillas, Todd Kowalski, Jord Samolesky. Photo by Mandy Malazdrewich.

Ever notice how many comedians come from Canada? Our northern neighbours have always been outspoken — not just in comedy, but punk rock as well.

Exhibit A: D.O.A. Part of the genre’s late-1970s first wave, the Vancouver trio spent three-plus decades writing the book on political sounds with a black-comedic streak.

Exhibit B: Propagandhi, which plays a sold-out all-ages show Wednesday at Neumos. Although the Winnipeg band’s name is a nostalgia trigger for anyone raised on ‘90s skate-punk, it was slightly out-of-step with that scene.

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November 11, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Elegant dream-pop from Canada’s Besnard Lakes | Concert preview

The Besnard Lakes

The Besnard Lakes, from Montréal, perform live Tuesday at The Crocodile in Seattle. Photo by Jessica Eaton.

A Montréal-based group led by a husband and wife, given to cinematic arrangements and yearning melodies, recently released its fourth album — and it’s a masterpiece.

The Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor,” right? Wrong.

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September 4, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Enigmatic Godspeed You! Black Emperor headlines Showbox SoDo | Concert preview

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Québécois experimentalists Godspeed You! Black Emperor perform live in Seattle Thursday night. Photo by Eva Vermandel.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor doesn’t write songs. The Montreal collective, which plays Showbox SoDo Thursday, writes instrumental pieces. Evocative swells of sound more rooted in classical than rock music, they’re beautiful and terrifying, like soundtracks to movies not yet made — or life itself.

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