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April 17, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Northwest ex-pats Gun Outfit steady their aim | Concert preview

Gun Outfit

Gun Outfit’s Dylan Sharp, above. Photo by Rachel Carr.

While the presence of two distinct songwriters — and absence of a bass player — has defined Gun Outfit since it formed in Olympia in 2006, co-founders Dylan Sharp and Carrie Keith changed things up for last year’s “Hard Coming Down” LP, their third, adding low end and harmonizing for the first time. Bassist Anton Seder and drummer Dan Swire round out the lineup; they’ll play Chop Suey Thursday. The four-band bill also includes Brooklyn’s The Men, Olympia’s Moldy Castle and Seattle’s Lures.

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0 Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Chop Suey, Los Angeles, Olympia

April 10, 2014 at 4:12 PM

All welcome at queer ‘Mo-Wave Festival | Concert preview

For the second consecutive year, ’Mo-Wave is upon us — the Capitol Hill music, dance and art festival with a punk edge that draws heavily on the five letters L, G, B, T and Q.

That’s Q for “queer,” a more inclusive word than “gay,” though organizers stress that any gender or orientation is welcome to attend.

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0 Comments | Topics: 'Mo-Wave Festival, Chop Suey, Concert Preview

January 2, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Seattle’s Spits and Wimps keep it short, snotty | Concert preview

The Spits

The Spits headline Chop Suey Friday. Photo by Kealan Shilling.

If your New Year’s Eve disappointed — or you’re looking to continue partying into the weekend — consider The Spits and Wimps at Chop Suey for your Friday entertainment.

Characterized by an oddball sense of humor and an appetite for substance-fueled hijinks, the Seattle-via-Michigan foursome, led by brothers Sean and Erin Wood, has been an underground favorite since the 1990s, releasing a half-dozen albums’ worth of mutant New Wave noise-punk — like a synth-driven Ramones, or perhaps a distorted Devo.

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October 3, 2013 at 3:16 AM

Falling for Raw Geronimo | Concert review

Laena Geronimo of Raw Geronimo. Photo by Owen R. Smith.
Laena Geronimo of Raw Geronimo. Photo by Owen R. Smith.

Laena Geronimo of Raw Geronimo. Photo by Owen R. Smith.

Seeing a great band for the first time is a bit like falling in love. It’s intense, exotic and sometimes it’s over far too soon.

That was certainly the case Wednesday night at Chop Suey as Los Angeles-based Raw Geronimo turned in a rocking 40 minutes of melodic mayhem that accomplished the seemingly impossible in today’s musical landscape: The band, led by Laena Geronimo, sounded pretty damn unique.

Raw Geronimo announced itself with “Van Gogh Baby,” a slow-burning track off their debut album “Dream Fever” that builds into a cathartic, crashing release of pounding drums and Geronimo’s supremely confident belting.

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0 Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: alan myers, Chop Suey, devo

October 2, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Raw Geronimo brings lush rock to Chop Suey tonight | Concert preview

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Raw Geronimo plays Chop Suey tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 2. (Photo courtesy of Riot Act Media)

To write off Laena Geronimo as simply the child of a famous dad (Devo drummer Alan Myers) would be a mistake. Geronimo is a talented multi-instrumentalist with a background in symphonic music, a penchant for punk rock and a taste for vintage clothes.

It would be a similar mistake to write her band off as just another Los Angeles indie-rock pretension. Raw Geronimo, at Chop Suey tonight, has a modus operandi that goes deeper.

“I kind of always knew I would do this. I always wrote songs and I knew that at some point I’d want to create a vehicle for that,” Geronimo said. “I naturally was very shy, believe it or not, and it kind of took some time just running the gamut playing instruments in other bands (to get to this point).”

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0 Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: alan myers, Chop Suey, daniel g. harmann

June 18, 2013 at 11:32 AM

CD Review: Eddie Spaghetti serves up new album

Eddie Spaghetti “The Value of Nothing” (Bloodshot Records) Seattle’s Supersuckers have always evinced a rockabilly influence in their music, and you’ll find the same kind of swing on Eddie Spaghetti’s (the Supersuckers’ bassist and one of the band’s vocalists) solo albums as well. His latest, “The Value of Nothing,” rocks its way though its 10 tracks…

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