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April 14, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Get your Goat | Concert preview


New Sub Pop signees Goat, from Sweden, perform live in Seattle Monday. Photo courtesy of the band.

Among music nerds, it’s a fun exercise: play some friends an ahead-of-its-time record — like Can’s 1971 Krautrock landmark “Tago Mago” or Big Star’s 1972 power-pop blueprint “#1 Record” — and ask what year they think it’s from.

Goat’s “World Music” inverts this game.

Made in 2013 — but sounding pre-digital era — it’s a dizzying amalgam of hypnotic rhythms, childlike vocals, bongos, organ and wah, drawing upon everything from progressive rock to Indian raga and West African guitar music.

The Swedish group inked a Stateside distribution deal with Seattle’s Sub Pop label last month; they’re in town Monday, headlining Neumos.

Enigmatic types to say the least, Goat doesn’t divulge involved parties’ names — but an anonymous member, speaking on the band’s behalf, answered a handful of questions via email.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop, World | Topics: psychedelic, Sub Pop, Sweden

April 12, 2014 at 5:30 PM

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

Mark McGuire

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.


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

April 4, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Dead Meadow, masters of the vibe | Concert preview

Dead Meadow

Dead Meadow, from L.A. via D.C., plays Seattle Friday. Photo by Aaron Giesel.

Dead Meadow, headlining El Corazon Friday, has been at odds with its surroundings ever since forming in 1998 in Washington, D.C. Back then, dance-punk was king, and the trio’s slow, hazy sound stood out like a loose-fitting drug rug in a crowd of white belts and bad haircuts.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: prog, psychedelic, stoner rock

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

January 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Appalachia’s Pontiak guns it on ‘Innocence’ | New recordings


The Virginia band Pontiak. Photo by Lino Brunetti.

(Thrill Jockey)

Pontiak’s Carney brothers — singer-guitarist Van, bassist Jennings and drummer Lain — don’t just share a surname. The hard-hitting, tripped-out sounds they make together suggest they share a brain. And a diligent work ethic — “Innocence,” out Tuesday, is their seventh LP in just eight years.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: psychedelic, rock, Thrill Jockey

November 20, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Three decades in, Meat Puppets still cooking | Concert preview

The Meat Puppets

The current Meat Puppets lineup, from left: Cris Kirkwood, Shandon Sahm, Curt Kirkwood. Photo by Jaime Butler.

Countrified and acid-fried, The Meat Puppets were among the Reagan-era underground’s most unique bands.

And they’re still here.

Thirty-three years strong, the Phoenix natives play Seattle’s Crocodile Thursday.

Co-founded by the Kirkwood brothers – singer-songwriter-guitarist Curt, and bassist Cris — the trio built its name on whimsical, mellowed-out sounds better suited for wide-open expanses than claustrophobic mosh pits.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: alternative, Arizona, psychedelic

November 11, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Elegant dream-pop from Canada’s Besnard Lakes | Concert preview

The Besnard Lakes

The Besnard Lakes, from Montréal, perform live Tuesday at The Crocodile in Seattle. Photo by Jessica Eaton.

A Montréal-based group led by a husband and wife, given to cinematic arrangements and yearning melodies, recently released its fourth album — and it’s a masterpiece.

The Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor,” right? Wrong.


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

October 10, 2013 at 9:38 AM

For California’s prolific Thee Oh Sees, everything old is new | Concert preview

Thee Oh Sees

Thee Oh Sees perform live at Seattle’s Crocodile Monday. Photo by Matías Corral.

Recent years have produced an explosion of 1960s-inspired garage-rock outfits, but at the end of the day, there’s Thee Oh Sees — who play The Crocodile this coming Monday — and then there’s everybody else.

Stripping rock’n’roll down to its primordial elements — guitar, bass, keys, drums, passion — the San Francisco troupe has a flair for breathing new life into old sounds, and a hard-fought reputation for turning the rooms they play into frenzied dance-offs — like “American Bandstand” for cool kids.

Thee Oh Sees’ gigs are so memorable they almost discourage repeat business because people don’t want that memory tainted, yet the group always finds ways to outdo itself.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: garage, psychedelic, San Francisco

August 28, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Desert-dwellers Destruction Unit to run riot at Barboza | Concert preview

Destruction Unit

Tempe, Arizona’s Destruction Unit plays Seattle Thursday. Photo by Kaleb Marshall.

Does Destruction Unit hail from Arizona? Yes.

Do they bring the heat? Most definitely.

Thursday at Barboza, the psych-punk quintet shows off its triple-guitar attack, supporting “Deep Trip” — an eight-song whirlwind of blown-out noise, garage-rock bluster and unhinged hardcore ferocity. (Check out lead track “The World on Drugs” here.)

Opening the show are locals Dreamdecay, whose latest, “N V N V N V” (listen), occupies similar sonic ground, yet is slower and more methodical — though no less destructive — in its approach.

Followers of the new-school punk underground can testify to both bands’ on-the-rise statuses, and the dimly-lit environs of the subterranean, Neumos-adjacent club are a perfect fit for music that drags listeners under with such relentlessness.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Arizona, psychedelic, punk