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August 21, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Eastside punk, South End rap – something in common? | Concert preview

Ten years ago, a raucous post-hardcore quintet from the Eastside suburbs called The Blood Brothers was making local music history, gaining a national following and spawning a legion of sound-alike bands. On Friday, the band is performing at the Showbox — its first local show since 2007.

A half-mile away, at the Crocodile, Nacho Picasso, a South End-bred rapper at the forefront of Seattle’s underground for the last few years, may be building the kind of legacy that years from now will also deserve a reunion celebration.

Though these artists don’t share much in the way of sound, image or background, there is a common thread — an overarching regional dreariness typical of the Northwest, which resonates with local youth.

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May 22, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Videos: Local music on the move, Sasquatch! 2014 edition

It’s Sasquatch! weekend once again (also known, to others, as Memorial Day weekend). We recruited three local acts that will be taking the stage this weekend at the Gorge, and had them do a song on the go for us. It’s not quite planes, trains and automobiles, but you’ll definitely notice a transportation theme.

For our full preview of the Sasquatch experience, head over here.

La Luz, “What Good Am I?”

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Comments | Topics: Gifted Gab, La Luz, Maggie Tweedy

April 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM

The Doggfather and his Dogg-sessor at WaMu

L.A. gangster rap innovator Snoop Dogg is like a modern-day Willie Nelson, recognized for his celebrity and unswerving marijuana activism almost as equally as his musical accomplishments. Along with a catalog of hits 20-plus years deep, he’s bringing along frequent collaborator and movie co-star Wiz Khalifa (who’s working on becoming a Snoop Dogg-level stoner-rap icon…

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Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop | Topics: Jarv Dee, Nacho Picasso, Snoop Dogg

September 13, 2013 at 11:50 AM

The ambient ambition of Blue Sky Black Death

Kingston Maguire and Ian Taggart are Blue Sky Black Death (photo courtesy Blue Sky Black Death)

Kingston Maguire and Ian Taggart are Blue Sky Black Death (photo courtesy Blue Sky Black Death)

Production duo Blue Sky Black Death’s upcoming fourth solo album Glaciers — out October 1 — has just six songs on it, but only one of them has a runtime under 10 minutes. True to it’s title, the expansive compositions are “slow-moving, giant, and freezing-cold” epics that fully realize the group’s signature ambient instrumental sound.

Recently premiered track “III”  which repurposes and expands upon a loop from “Black Hearts” — the eerie opening track from last year’s Presents: Skull & Bones album featuring local rappers Bolo Nef and Caz Greez — was recently revealed to have over 240 individual audio tracks making up its 13:27 runtime. Members Kingston Maguire and Ian Taggart say that “III” is the first time they have taken a rap track and expounded on it for an instrumental album.

“When we lived back in Santa Rosa like in ’05 we tried to do a 15-minute song,” Taggart says. “We never really finished it, but the idea was always there… we came to a point where we were actually able to execute it.”

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August 30, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Nacho Picasso to rile local rap fans at Bumbershoot

By Mike Ramos Nacho Picasso has become a sort of underground antihero for Seattle rap fans over the last few years. His drugged-up and goonish, yet goofy and reference-packed lyrics delivered over dark electronic beats helped pioneer a local wave of gloomy grunge-rap in stark contrast with the city’s traditional sound. While his material might be…

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Comments | More in Festivals, R & B/Hip-hop | Topics: Bumbershoot, Nacho Picasso

July 26, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Block Party countdown Q&A: Jarv Dee on drunken Capitol Hill escapades and Moor Gang style

Jarv Dee

Jarv Dee (photo by Ivan Mrsic)

By Mike Ramos

In the last year or so, local rapper Jarv Dee has developed from Cloud Nice crew member and hypeman into one of the hardest-working, multifaceted artists in the city. From his modern take on Seattle street rap with Nacho Picasso and the Moor Gang (their crew of fellow rappers, producers and goons), to his perspective-laced experimental hip-hop approach with group Kingdom Crumbs, to the cruising, Southern rap lean on his breakout solo album Dopamine, Jarv takes on a combination of styles but somehow manages to never sound out of his lane. He found time to catch up with us the day before a quick trip to Alaska for a Kingdom Crumbs show.

Jarv Dee plays Capitol Hill Block Party Sunday at 6:20 p.m. on the Vera Stage.

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Comments | Topics: Capitol Hill Block Party, Jarv Dee, Moor Gang

May 27, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Squatch Watch: the 5 Squatchiest Squatchers of day three, Seattle pride edition

With an official recognition from Governor Jay Inslee under its belt, Sasquatch! is now a Pacific Northwest institution and there was no shortage of sartorial love for the PNW in general, and Rain City specifically. Today we’re rounding up some of the most legit Seattle pride garments from Sunday at the Gorge.

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Comments | Topics: Brothers from Another, Mariners, Nacho Picasso