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March 25, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Exhausted but unfazed, Perfect Pussy takes Seattle | Concert review

Perfect Pussy

Perfect Pussy, pictured, played The Vera Project Monday. Photo by Samantha Marble.

If you’ve read a music magazine lately — any magazine, really — odds are you’ve heard about Perfect Pussy, the band from the middle of nowhere with the unprintable name and unbeatable live show.

From Elle publishing singer Meredith Graves’ tour survival guide, to bloggers analyzing bassist Greg Ambler’s spontaneous decision to throw his instrument off a bridge at Austin’s South by Southwest conference, it’s easy to forget the Syracuse, New York five-piece didn’t even exist this time last year.

A curious audience gathered Monday at Seattle’s Vera Project to draw its own conclusions about these buzzed-about noise-punks.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: experimental, punk, The Vera Project

March 12, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Come As You Are: A panel discussion with Nirvana experts

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana. (Photo by Benjamin Benschneider).

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana. (Photo by Benjamin Benschneider).

Experience Music Project will host A panel discussion on April 6 with Charles R. Cross (Cobain biographer and author), Charles Peterson (photographer), Jack Endino (producer and musician) and Bruce Pavitt (co-founder of Sub Pop) with host Jacob McMurray, EMP’s Senior Curator of “Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses.” The group will share stories about the legacy of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana along with video and audio clips.

Admission to the panel discussion, which takes place at 2:30 p.m. at EMP, is free.


Comments | More in General news | Topics: Bruce Pavitt, Charles Peterson, Charles R. Cross

February 18, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Conscious punks Propagandhi to shred Seattle | Concert preview


Propagandhi, from left: Chris Hannah, Dave Guillas, Todd Kowalski, Jord Samolesky. Photo by Mandy Malazdrewich.

Ever notice how many comedians come from Canada? Our northern neighbours have always been outspoken — not just in comedy, but punk rock as well.

Exhibit A: D.O.A. Part of the genre’s late-1970s first wave, the Vancouver trio spent three-plus decades writing the book on political sounds with a black-comedic streak.

Exhibit B: Propagandhi, which plays a sold-out all-ages show Wednesday at Neumos. Although the Winnipeg band’s name is a nostalgia trigger for anyone raised on ‘90s skate-punk, it was slightly out-of-step with that scene.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Canada, Neumos, punk

February 10, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Hardcore hopefuls Touché Amoré rage at Neumos | Concert review

Touché Amoré

L.A.’s Touché Amoré, pictured, performed live in Seattle Sunday. Photo courtesy of Deathwish, Inc.

Youthful aggression was on display Sunday at Neumos, where Los Angeles upstarts Touché Amoré delivered a blistering set of tightly-wound confessionals to a fervent all-ages crowd.

The quintet’s music is loud, fast and anthemic — but leaves space for prettier moments, too. Its mouthpiece is 30-year-old vocalist Jeremy Bolm, whose soul-searching lyrics ruminate on themes like maintaining friendships and relationships amid the chaos of touring life, and making sense of one’s own mortality.

Such über-earnest subject matter and delivery can exhaust sometimes, and those old enough to remember first-wave emotional hardcore outfits like Washington D.C.’s Embrace and Rites of Spring might dismiss the band as a retread.

Its live show, however, was concise and powerful enough to challenge non-believers, the chemistry between artist and audience making clear Touché means just as much to its fans as those groups did to theirs.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Concert Review, Neumos, punk

January 2, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Seattle’s Spits and Wimps keep it short, snotty | Concert preview

The Spits

The Spits headline Chop Suey Friday. Photo by Kealan Shilling.

If your New Year’s Eve disappointed — or you’re looking to continue partying into the weekend — consider The Spits and Wimps at Chop Suey for your Friday entertainment.

Characterized by an oddball sense of humor and an appetite for substance-fueled hijinks, the Seattle-via-Michigan foursome, led by brothers Sean and Erin Wood, has been an underground favorite since the 1990s, releasing a half-dozen albums’ worth of mutant New Wave noise-punk — like a synth-driven Ramones, or perhaps a distorted Devo.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Chop Suey, punk, Seattle

November 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM

For Portland’s Tragedy, crust never sleeps | Concert preview


Tragedy plays The Highline Saturday. Photographer unknown.

If Portland is the Northwest’s crust-punk capital, consider Tragedy the mayors.

Unwashed and uncompromising, the group — which plays Seattle’s Highline Bar Saturday — has spent the last decade-plus decrying social, political and environmental ills to a backdrop of militaristic rhythms and supremely dirty guitars.

Though the sun never shines in Tragedy’s Rose City, seasonal gloom has never affected the band’s work ethic.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: hardcore, Portland, punk

November 14, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Don’t call Sub Pop’s Obits garage-rock | Concert preview


Obits — Rick Froberg, Greg Simpson, Sohrab Habibion and Alexis Fleisig, from left — plays Neumos Friday. Photo by Fleisig.

Obits guitarist Sohrab Habibion would like to be clear.

“We are not a garage-rock band. That substance-free party music is fake youth culture sponsored by corporations. Eventually Scion will move onto something else, and Pabst Blue Ribbon will find a different youth group to exploit.”

Lest fans of the lo-fi punk subgenre du jour take offense, understand the men of Obits, who headline Neumos Friday, have been in the game long enough to recognize a fad.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: New York, punk, Sub Pop

November 1, 2013 at 10:30 AM

A band called Death finds new life | Concert preview


Proto-punks Death — from left, Dannis Hackney, Bobbie Duncan and Bobby Hackney — in 2013. Photo by Samdarko Eltosam.

What’s in a name? For Detroit’s Death, everything.

In the early 1970s, singer-guitarist David Hackney and his brothers, bassist Bobby and drummer Dannis, took cues from their rock’n’roll heroes Jimi Hendrix and The Who, but played with fury and speed unheard of at the time — punk, before it existed.

For a trio of African-American kids performing music this loud and fast in the heart of Motown, opportunities didn’t come easy — in any part of town.

“We played some all-black cabarets, but that didn’t work out too well,” Bobby remembers. “We were looked upon as being weird — both by our community, and the rock’n’roll white community — so it was precarious to get a gig in those days.”

Undeterred, the brothers continued sharpening their sound, and labels soon came calling. But there was another problem.

The name.



Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Concert Preview, Detroit, punk

October 30, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Canadian punks White Lung write their own story, one riff at a time | Concert preview

White Lung

White Lung — from left, Anne-Marie Vassiliou, Mish Way and Kenneth William — plays Seattle Friday. Photo by Kate Brown.

In an era of pseudo-genres like crabcore, witch house and soft grunge — soft grunge? — it’s refreshing to hear a band as straight-ahead, as indisputably punk as Vancouver’s White Lung, who headline Seattle’s Barboza club Friday.

For frontwoman Mish Way — freelance writer, full-time screamer — it’s all in a day’s work.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Concert Preview, punk, Vancouver

October 7, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Concept-rocking Canucks F—ed Up unprintable, unstoppable | Concert preview

F---ed Up

Toronto six-piece F—ed Up performs live at Seattle’s El Corazon club Thursday. Photo by Daniel Boud.

Between their editor-taunting name, sprawling songs and gruff, hulking frontman, Damien Abraham, Toronto’s F—ed Up seem unlikely candidates for commercial success.

Yet in 2011, the co-ed sextet, which plays El Corazon Thursday, scored a left-field chart hit (No. 83 on the Billboard 200) with “David Comes to Life,” a four-sided concept album described as a misfit love story set amidst the political turmoil of early-1980s industrial Britain.


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: hardcore, punk, Toronto

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