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September 19, 2013 at 12:56 PM

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

Savages

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.

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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.

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August 4, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Sebadoh makes a bumpy landing at Barboza | Concert review

Sebadoh

Sebadoh — Bob D’Amico, Jason Loewenstein and Lou Barlow — played Seattle Saturday. Photo by William Anthony.

When 1990s indie-rockers Sebadoh announced their return from a 14-year hiatus — complete with a new LP, the upcoming “Defend Yourself” — the New England trio’s small but dedicated fanbase rejoiced.

Saturday night at Seattle’s Barboza club, however, singer-songwriters Lou Barlow and Jason Loewenstein and drummer Bob D’Amico appeared to still be re-acclimating to life on the road.

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July 31, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Sebadoh back on the road, with a legacy

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Sebadoh, from left: Jason Loewenstein, Lou Barlow, Bob D’Amico. Photo by Bryan Zimmerman.

Throughout the 1990s, East Coast lo-fi firebrands Sebadoh proved formidable rock ’n’ roll could be made with just a couple guitars, good friends, great ideas and a working four-track.

Singer-guitarist Lou Barlow and songwriting foil Jason Loewenstein were never household names — most who’ve heard of Barlow know him as the bassist for punk-rock legends Dinosaur Jr. — yet Seattle always reserved a special place for Sebadoh.

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May 28, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Album review: Roomrunner, ‘Ideal Cities’ (Fan Death Records)

Roomrunner

Roomrunner, from left: Dan Frome, Denny Bowen, Bret Lanahan, Jeff Byers. Photo by Josh Sisk.

On its smashing debut LP “Ideal Cities,” out Tuesday, Baltimore’s Roomrunner has its way with the ghost of grunge, losing the gloom and machismo while keeping the headbanging riffs, adding triumphant pop hooks, and audibly having a blast.

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