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March 26, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Gloom-punks Weekend keep it cryptic | Concert preview


Weekend — from Brooklyn, via California — plays Barboza in Seattle Thursday. Photo by Eli Marias.

When Weekend first emerged from San Francisco five years ago, its somber, reverb-heavy sound clashed with its West Coast origins.

The trio’s 2010 debut “Sports” didn’t conjure images of lush, green expanses or pastel-hued houses so much as desolate industrial yards, far-flung train stops and dimly-lit backrooms.

It’s appropriate, then, that bassist-vocalist Shaun Durkan, guitarist Kevin Johnson and drummer Abe Pedroza have since relocated to New York. They’ll headline Barboza Thursday in support of their recent second LP, amusingly dubbed “Jinx.”


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Barboza, Brooklyn, Post-punk

March 19, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Purling Hiss’ psych-punk, Neighbors’ indie rock at The Sunset | Concert preview

Purling Hiss

The Philadelphia band Purling Hiss plays The Sunset in Ballard Wednesday. Photo by Tiffany Yoon.

Philadelphia singer-songwriter-guitarist Mike Polizze — alias Purling Hiss, playing The Sunset Tavern Wednesday — is among the American underground’s more prolific home recordists, having released new albums annually for the past five years.

Compared to early work like 2009’s eponymous debut and 2011’s two-song, 40-minute “Paisley Montage” — messy four-track transmissions from the acid-damaged mind — 2013’s full-band, classic rock and punk-influenced “Water on Mars” establishes a stronger pulse, while retaining enough grime to keep the noise crowd satisfied.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Philadelphia, Post-punk, psychedelic

February 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Chicago’s Bottomless Pit breaks it down | Concert preview

Bottomless Pit

Bottomless Pit, clockwise from left: Andy Cohen, Tim Midyett, Brian Orchard, Chris Manfrin. Photo by Mr. King.

“People, you’ve got to be careful… know not what you do…”

This cautionary line, from Bottomless Pit’s “Dead Man’s Blues,” is one of several off “Hammer of the Gods” — the 2007 debut by the Chicagoan group, which co-headlines The Sunset Tavern in Ballard Saturday with locals Kinski — alluding to singer-guitarists Tim Midyett and Andy Cohen’s late friend and longtime Silkworm bandmate Michael Dahlquist. The drummer died in 2005, when a woman attempting suicide rammed her car into his.

“Hammer” and its 2010 follow-up “Blood Under the Bridge” “were about the experience of losing Michael,” Midyett says. “We didn’t talk to [journalists] for a long time because I didn’t want it to be an off-the-cuff thing. I wanted whatever we said to be very precise.”


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: indie, Post-punk, The Sunset

December 13, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Art-punk pioneers Pere Ubu at Neumos | Concert preview

Pere Ubu

Pere Ubu plays Seattle Friday. Photo by Alexandre Horn.

In the late 1970s, with the world’s eyes focused on New York and London, Cleveland’s Pere Ubu was raising its own transgressive racket — a reaction, perhaps, to the relative simplicity of The Ramones and Sex Pistols — below the pop-cultural radar.

On seminal work like 1978’s “The Modern Dance” and 1979’s “Dub Housing,” the band, which performs live at Neumos in Seattle Friday, mixed garage-rock and free jazz to bewilderingly anthemic effect — post-punk, while punk itself was still brand-new.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Cleveland, Neumos, Post-punk

September 19, 2013 at 12:56 PM

A band on a mission, London’s Savages play Neumos Monday | Concert preview


U.K. post-punk four-piece Savages will perform live at Neumos in Seattle Monday, September 23. Photo by Robert Delahanty.

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.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: London, Post-punk, punk

August 19, 2013 at 8:13 AM

L.A.’s No Age fights the path of least resistance | Concert preview

No Age

No Age — Randy Randall, left, and Dean Spunt — play Seattle’s Washington Hall Tuesday. Photo courtesy of the band.

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.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: D.I.Y., Los Angeles, Post-punk

June 1, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Concert review: Foals


Foals — Jack Bevan, Jimmy Smith, Walter Gervers, Yannis Philippakis and Edwin Congreave — sold out the Neptune Friday. The group plays again Saturday. Photo by Steve Gullick.

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.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Oxford, Post-punk, rock