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April 1, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Cloud Nothings enter adulthood | New recordings

Cloud NothingsCloud Nothings, ‘Here and Nowhere Else’ (Carpark)

On 2012’s “Attack on Memory,” Cloud Nothings came off like impressionable young men who heard The Wipers’ Northwest punk classic “Youth of America,” from 1981, and tried to write their own version the same week.

While it sounded amazing — as Steve Albini recordings do — it was an awkward look, like a kid trying on his father’s too-big workclothes.

But “Here and Nowhere Else,” out Tuesday, fits just right. It’s the Cleveland trio’s fourth full-length — and first great one.


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December 13, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Art-punk pioneers Pere Ubu at Neumos | Concert preview

Pere Ubu

Pere Ubu plays Seattle Friday. Photo by Alexandre Horn.

In the late 1970s, with the world’s eyes focused on New York and London, Cleveland’s Pere Ubu was raising its own transgressive racket — a reaction, perhaps, to the relative simplicity of The Ramones and Sex Pistols — below the pop-cultural radar.

On seminal work like 1978’s “The Modern Dance” and 1979’s “Dub Housing,” the band, which performs live at Neumos in Seattle Friday, mixed garage-rock and free jazz to bewilderingly anthemic effect — post-punk, while punk itself was still brand-new.


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