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May 23, 2014 at 10:00 AM

From Robert Fripp and friends, a different kind of orchestra | Concert preview

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Bill Rieflin, center, speaks with The Times, surrounded by The Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists. Photo by Glenn Hughes.

“I’m often asked, ‘what can we expect to hear if we show up at an Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists performance?’” says Bill Rieflin, on a break from rehearsing with Robert Fripp’s ensemble of acoustic guitarists — 60 of them — appearing at Washington Hall Sunday.

“And my answer is always, ‘Well, I kind of have no idea.’”

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Comments | Topics: experimental, progressive, Washington Hall

April 12, 2014 at 5:30 PM

Portland’s Mark McGuire a most valuable player | Concert preview

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Mark McGuire plays Seattle Sunday. Photo by Ken Seeno.

Don’t confuse Mark McGuire with the home run hitter — and admitted steroid user — with the similar name. The Cleveland-born, Portland-based guitarist, headlining Barboza Sunday, is a natural.

The 28-year-old musician creates long, luminous soundscapes using his Fender Lonestar Stratocaster and cadre of time-based effects pedals as both melodic and rhythmic implements.

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: experimental, progressive rock, psychedelic

March 25, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Exhausted but unfazed, Perfect Pussy takes Seattle | Concert review

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Perfect Pussy, pictured, played The Vera Project Monday. Photo by Samantha Marble.

If you’ve read a music magazine lately — any magazine, really — odds are you’ve heard about Perfect Pussy, the band from the middle of nowhere with the unprintable name and unbeatable live show.

From Elle publishing singer Meredith Graves’ tour survival guide, to bloggers analyzing bassist Greg Ambler’s spontaneous decision to throw his instrument off a bridge at Austin’s South by Southwest conference, it’s easy to forget the Syracuse, New York five-piece didn’t even exist this time last year.

A curious audience gathered Monday at Seattle’s Vera Project to draw its own conclusions about these buzzed-about noise-punks.

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: experimental, punk, The Vera Project

March 21, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Noise-punk provocateurs imperfect on purpose | Concert preview

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Perfect Pussy: Greg Ambler, Garrett Koloski, Meredith Graves, Ray McAndrew, Shaun Sutkus. Photo by Drew Reynolds.

“We recorded a demo, threw it up online and forgot about it. Then, out of the blue, some music media outlets heard it and passed it around. Within days, it was all over the Internet after sitting quietly by itself for months. Things started to get very real.”

Meredith Graves, lead singer for Syracuse, New York’s Perfect Pussy, isn’t kidding.

Listening to the 26-year-old talk about her noisenik quintet’s surprise 2013 hit “I Have Lost All Desire for Feeling,” it’s hard to recall another band, especially one so brazenly non-commercial, enjoying this kind of meteoric rise — much less from a lo-fi cassette EP recorded on a lark.

It’s not just an underground phenomenon, either. Decidedly un-punk publications like Rolling Stone and The New York Times have spilled ink on the group. They’re currently touring behind their debut full-length, “Say Yes to Love” (Soundposts review here), and headline The Vera Project Monday — their first Seattle show. They’ve been together less than a year.

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: experimental, hardcore, New York

March 18, 2014 at 10:40 AM

New York punks’ debut no tension, all release | New recordings

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Syracuse, New York’s Perfect Pussy works up an anarchic racket on its first album, “Say Yes to Love,” capitalizing — if not necessarily expanding — on last year’s “I Have Lost All Desire for Feeling,” a noisy, no-fi demo tape that received unexpected acclaim.

The band signed to Brooklyn’s Captured Tracks label for “Say Yes,” out Tuesday, but not much else has changed. Picking up where the cassette left off, frontwoman Meredith Graves leads the charge for eight more bombed-out hardcore punk catharses.

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: experimental, hardcore, noise

September 4, 2013 at 9:01 AM

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

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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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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Canada, experimental, post-rock

June 2, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Concert preview: Mice Parade

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Mice Parade’s Adam Pierce, center, plays Seattle’s Triple Door club Monday. Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov.

Reflective of its name, an anagram of bandleader Adam Pierce’s, New York’s Mice Parade — who play Monday at the Triple Door — artfully re-arranges folk, shoegaze, electronica and worldbeat curiosities into cozy experimental pop.

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop, World | Topics: experimental, New York, pop