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September 19, 2013 at 12:56 PM
Savages has an axe to grind with the information age.
“THE WORLD USED TO BE SILENT,” begins the caps-lock manifesto printed on the jacket of “Silence Yourself,” the Londoners’ recent debut LP. “NOW IT HAS TOO MANY VOICES, AND THE NOISE IS A CONSTANT DISTRACTION.”
On “Silence,” the all-female foursome sounds anything but preoccupied, channeling its societal frustrations into 11 exhilarating post-punk bangers. Though it’s not difficult to imagine Savages sharing bills with Joy Division and Public Image Ltd circa 1978, the band instills its old-school sensibilities with flashes of modernity. (more…)
August 19, 2013 at 8:13 AM
When bands depart basements for larger clubs and festivals, what they gain in stability they often lose in day-to-day spontaneity.
Not so, however, for Los Angeles duo No Age, which celebrates the release of its latest LP “An Object” Tuesday at Washington Hall, a hundred-year-old theater in Seattle’s Central District with a deep musical history. The city’s first documented jazz performance took place inside its walls in 1918, and Jimi Hendrix played there often in the ‘60s. Nowadays, however, it mostly hosts plays and community meetings.
For No Age’s Randy Randall (guitar) and Dean Spunt (drums and vocals), such underused — or disused — spaces are a way of life. (more…)
June 1, 2013 at 12:42 PM
Friday at the Neptune, Foals demonstrated why they’re a band on the rise.
The quintet hails from Oxford, an English university town with a knack for melodic guitar-rock. It’s where Radiohead, Ride and Supergrass got their start in the ‘90s, and where Foals formed in 2005. Since then, the group’s style has grown from concise, noodly post-punk — danceable, but forgettable — into something more significant. (more…)
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