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May 16, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Unwinding with Survival Knife | Concert preview

Survival Knife

Survival Knife, from left: Meg and Kris Cunningham, Justin Trosper, Brandt Sandeno. Photo by Sarah Cass.

If you’re from Olympia — a place where you can throw a rock and hit a punk — it’s tough to have much of an ego about your band.

And over dinner and drinks at downtown Oly’s hippie-Mexican dive Quality Burrito, a few weeks before their Barboza show this Saturday, Survival Knife singer-guitarist Justin Trosper, guitarist Brandt Sandeno and bassist Meg Cunningham — whose drummer husband Kris completes the lineup — present themselves as ordinary friends making music together.

But that’s not entirely true. Not every group has an icon — albeit a reluctant one like Trosper, former frontman for Unwound — in its midst.

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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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March 6, 2014 at 6:00 AM

It’s not hard to sell Real Estate | Concert preview

Real Estate

Real Estate, from Ridgewood, New Jersey, performs live at Neumos Thursday. Photo by Shawn Brackbill.

For many music fans, New Jersey is synonymous with larger-than-life rockstar personalities, from Jon Bon Jovi to The Misfits’ Glenn Danzig and, naturally, Bruce Springsteen.

Yet the Garden State has an equally storied history of understated, songwriting-forward guitar pop. Like its forebears The Feelies in the 1980s and Yo La Tengo later on, Real Estate’s easygoing, wide-eyed sound pays no mind to surrounding trends. “Atlas,” released this past Tuesday, is the third LP from the quintet, which plays Neumos Thursday.

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November 18, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Punk professionals Obits and Survival Knife rock Neumos | Concert review

Survival Knife

Olympia, Washington’s Survival Knife. Photo by Roger Stanley.

By now, the 1990s band reunion is so commonplace it’s cliché, but San Diego’s Drive Like Jehu and Olympia’s Unwound are notable holdouts.

Their respective head honchos, Rick Froberg and Justin Trosper (pictured, far right), are too busy looking ahead to romanticize the past, and their newish projects — Froberg’s Obits, and Trosper’s Survival Knife — joined forces Friday at Neumos for a display of aggressive, airtight rock’n’roll, hold the nostalgia.

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September 16, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Kathleen Hanna’s The Julie Ruin at Neumos a sort of homecoming | Concert review

The Julie Ruin

NYC’s The Julie Ruin — with Kathleen Hanna, at center — played Seattle Sunday. Photo by Aliya Naumoff.

You might guess there’s not a lot of crossover between Seahawks followers and Kathleen Hanna fans — and you’d be right.

“Go Mariners!” the 45-year-old singer teased Sunday, as her new five-person squad, The Julie Ruin, took the stage at Neumos to roars of affirmation minutes after the Seattle footballers closed out an early-season win against San Francisco.

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September 11, 2013 at 2:15 PM

On the mend, Kathleen Hanna returns with The Julie Ruin | Concert preview

“There’s still a lot to say.” Though The Julie Ruin keyboardist Kenny Mellman delivers this particular line — on “Kids In NY,” from the group’s debut, “Run Fast” — it aptly describes where his iconic bandmate, Kathleen Hanna, is currently at. Having been diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease in 2010, Hanna — best known as the voice…

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