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September 5, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Ranked one of the most influential bands ever, The Breeders play the Showbox

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The Breeders (Photo by Andrew Kuykendall)

In a recent reader poll, England’s New Musical Express (NME) named The Breeders the 12th most influential band of all time — higher than The Clash, The Velvet Underground and Led Zeppelin.

Lead guitarist Kelley Deal thinks this is hilarious.

“Damn,” she exclaims over the phone from Dayton, Ohio, where she and her twin sister, bandmate, Kim, grew up and still reside. “Those were heavy hitters who were included in there. Like, real bands!

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August 21, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Eastside punk, South End rap – something in common? | Concert preview

Ten years ago, a raucous post-hardcore quintet from the Eastside suburbs called The Blood Brothers was making local music history, gaining a national following and spawning a legion of sound-alike bands. On Friday, the band is performing at the Showbox — its first local show since 2007.

A half-mile away, at the Crocodile, Nacho Picasso, a South End-bred rapper at the forefront of Seattle’s underground for the last few years, may be building the kind of legacy that years from now will also deserve a reunion celebration.

Though these artists don’t share much in the way of sound, image or background, there is a common thread — an overarching regional dreariness typical of the Northwest, which resonates with local youth.

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June 9, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Modest Mouse to play the Showbox on July 18, band slowly working on new material with Outkast’s Big Boi

Modest Mouse will play the Showbox on July 18. (Photo by Wendy Lynch)

Modest Mouse will play the Showbox on July 18. (Photo by Wendy Lynch)

Seattle’s Showbox Theater is celebrating 75 years as a music venue and will host Modest Mouse on July 18. Tickets, which cost $45-$50, will go on sale at noon on Friday, June 13 via www.showboxpresents.com. The event is all ages with a 21-and-over section as well.

Modest Mouse have not released a new album since 2007′s “We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank,” but reportedly have been working with Outkast’s Big Boi on new songs as of April 2011.

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May 16, 2014 at 3:00 PM

At last, Failure a success | Concert preview

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Failure, from left: Ken Andrews, Greg Edwards, Kellii Scott. Photo by Jeff Bender.

It takes a lack of superstition and a sense of sarcasm to call a band Failure in the first place — but around 1996, singer, guitarist and producer Ken Andrews had to be wondering if it was a self-fulfilling prophecy for his star-crossed Los Angeles trio.

For a group to make a career-defining work, only to have it go largely unheard, requires bad luck and bad timing — and Failure had both.

Their label, Warner Bros., had no idea what to do with “Fantastic Planet” — their 68-minute whale of a third album — and gave up promoting it after it failed to chart on Billboard’s Top 200.

“I’ll never fully understand why they got cold feet,” sighs the Seattle native in a phone interview. “I felt like people really just needed a minute to get to know us, to figure out what our sound was about… but they weren’t ready to make that commitment.”

But now, Andrews and his writing partner Greg Edwards — Failure’s bassist and co-founder — are getting their due. Last winter, they announced their first live performance since breaking up, at L.A.’s El Rey Theatre. It sold out instantly. They’ll play The Showbox Sunday.

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April 16, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Alt-rock’s Switchfoot still savors surfing | Concert preview

Grammy-winning rock band Switchfoot, which plays the Showbox Friday, began life on the sun-drenched beaches of San Diego, where brothers Jon and Tim Foreman and friend Chad Butler shared a passion for surfing.

They decided to name their band for a surfing term that describes a change in stance and direction, providing a metaphor for the alternative-rock group’s inevitable musical evolution.

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April 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM

The Afghan Whigs step back into the light | Concert preview

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The Afghan Whigs perform live Tuesday at Seattle’s Showbox club. Photo by Piper Ferguson.

When The Times last spoke with Greg Dulli two years ago, The Afghan Whigs main man teased about the possibility of new material from his revitalized band.

“If there’s something to say later,” he’d said, “I’m sure we’ll say it.”

There was — and they have.

“Do to the Beast,” their first LP since 1998, hits stores Tuesday — with a celebratory Showbox gig that night.

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April 14, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Schoolboy Q and the new, improved L.A. gangsta rap | Concert preview

(Courtesy of the artist.)

(Courtesy of the artist.)

There are multiple levels of meaning in the title of the latest album, “Oxymoron,” by Los Angeles rapper Schoolboy Q, who plays the Showbox SoDo Monday, April 14. (Note the show has been moved from the Showbox downtown.)

First, there’s its multifaceted sound: The beats meander from sneering, hard-knocking West-Coast opener “Gangsta” to bouncing, dub-reggae single “Collard Greens” to thumping-808 trap-house anthem “Hell Of A Night” to the blog-friendly, indie-sampling “Man Of the Year.”

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