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February 22, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Good music, bad vibes at Sun Kil Moon show | Concert review

Sun Kil Moon

Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek played Seattle Friday. Photo by Bill Ellison.

“I’m spilling my guts up here and you guys won’t shut up.”

So went one of several tense exchanges between Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek and his audience Friday at The Neptune Theatre.

In contrast to the delicate, vulnerable nature of his songwriting, the San Francisco singer-guitarist’s disposition can be ornery, even caustic.

Friday, however, his ire was warranted.

Before he even played a note, Kozelek was fighting an uphill battle. The venue staff was asleep at the switch, unresponsive to his pleas for more light onstage and more reverb on his nylon-stringed guitar.

Misreading his frustration as contempt, some showgoers started heckling Kozelek, casting a pall of negativity over a night meant to celebrate the 47-year-old artist’s current renaissance.

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February 21, 2014 at 9:45 AM

A Q&A with Sun Kil Moon songsmith Mark Kozelek | Extras

Sun Kil Moon

Mark Kozelek, pictured, performs live as Sun Kil Moon at The Neptune in Seattle this Friday. Photo by Gabriel Shepard.

“Benji,” the devastating new LP from Sun Kil Moon — the pen name of San Francisco’s Mark Kozelek — is an early album-of-the-year contender, and a bold addition to a first-rate catalog. The singer-guitarist plays Seattle’s Neptune Friday — read Soundposts’ preview here.

Kozelek doesn’t grant interviews often, but graciously spoke via email about subjects including songwriting, concert etiquette and the recording process.

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February 20, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Sun Kil Moon’s Mark Kozelek lays it on the line | Concert preview

Sun Kil Moon

San Franciscan singer-songwriter Mark Kozelek plays Seattle’s Neptune Theatre this Friday. Photo by Gabriel Shepard.

For three decades, Mark Kozelek — who headlines The Neptune Friday — has recorded and performed under his own name, and the aliases Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon.

The Ohio-born, San Francisco-based artist’s catalog is unique, beguiling and deep, from highlights like the Painters’ self-titled 1993 slowcore opus and the classic rock heroics of Sun Kil’s 2003 debut “Ghosts of the Great Highway” to oddities like whole albums of Modest Mouse and AC/DC covers.

In 2013 alone, he released four full-lengths, most notably a mellow, jazzy collaboration with the Bay Area instrumental rock trio Desertshore.

But “Benji,” his newest, trumps them all.

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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.

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July 9, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Concert preview: Deafheaven

Deafheaven

Deafheaven — Shiv Mehra, Daniel Tracy, Stephen Clark, Kerry McCoy, and George Clarke — performs live at Seattle’s El Corazon club Friday. Photo by Reid Haithcock.

To connoisseurs of black metal — the harsher, shrieking son of thrash and grandson of heavy metal — “Sunbather,” the second full-length from San Francisco’s Deafheaven — should sound familiar.

At least on the surface.

Further listening, however, reveals a band hellbent on inverting its chosen style’s usual tropes, and the result is one of 2013’s finest albums — in any genre. The quintet plays El Corazon Friday.

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