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November 20, 2013 at 12:30 PM
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. (more…)
November 11, 2013 at 10:00 AM
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. (more…)
October 10, 2013 at 9:38 AM
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. (more…)
August 28, 2013 at 1:48 PM
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.Destruction Unit, Dreamdecay, Lindseys
8 p.m. Thursday at Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $10 (206-709-9467 or www.thebarboza.com/).
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