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March 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Reunited Owls not much to hoot about | New recordings

OwlsOwls, ‘Two’ (Polyvinyl)

Reunions aren’t often inspired by 13-year-old one-off projects, but Chicago’s Owls — whose self-titled 2001 LP was its only release until now — is back with a new album, titled, naturally, “Two.”

On the debut, the quartet, centered around brothers Mike and Tim Kinsella — of the groups American Football and Joan of Arc, respectively — updated the frenzied Midwestern emo of their first band, Cap’n Jazz, into a complex yet catchy math-pop balancing act.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Chicago, emo, math rock

February 7, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Touché Amoré finds poetry in emotion | Concert preview

Touché Amoré

The Southern California band Touché Amoré plays Neumos in Seattle Sunday. Photo courtesy of Deathwish, Inc.

For a guy who screams his head off for a living, Touché Amoré’s Jeremy Bolm seems curiously shy — at least when he first picks up the phone.

Speaking from his home in Los Angeles, the vocalist-lyricist is admittedly weary from a day’s worth of interviews, but begins to perk up when asked about his musical upbringing.

“My parents listened to Elvis and country,” he remembers, “which I hated. Hated. I think that subconciously pushed me to find aggressive music at an early age, because it was the complete antithesis to what I was raised on. I was eight when Nirvana ‘Nevermind’ and Pearl Jam ‘Ten’ came out. That was such an awesome time to be exposed to actual alternative music, because it wasn’t hidden. It was right in front of you.”

While Bolm’s band isn’t operating on that large of a scale yet, it’s on the bubble. The quintet — which also features guitarists Clayton Stevens and Nick Steinhardt, bassist Tyler Kirby and drummer Elliot Babin — performs live at Neumos Sunday.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: emo, Los Angeles, Neumos

August 23, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Reunited Waxwing to take flight Saturday at Vera Project | Concert preview


Waxwing’s show Saturday is its first since 2005. Photo by Peren Votolato.

With the grunge era in its rear-view, early-2000s Seattle quietly fostered a close-knit community of hard-working, über-sincere indie-rock outfits like The Murder City Devils, Juno, a then-fledgling band called Death Cab for Cutie — and the recently-reformed Waxwing, who play Saturday at the Vera Project.


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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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