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Got any Capitol Hill Block Party line-up guesses / rumors? My money is on Thurston Moore…

{Photo: Ari Marcopoulos, 2011} I just heard a song from the new Thurston Moore album {set to be released on 5/24 on Matador} and it’s as sweet as a Carpenters cover {listen/download “Benediction” now}.  As Thurston describes the song: “On day one I played the first song sitting in front of a Beck-wired microphone, its […]

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Countdown to the Royal Wedding! Let's talk {indie-rock} royal couples

The world is a buzz with Royal Wedding chatter… and I am all for it. I love talking about royal matchings, probably because of all my fond memories of the glory days when Damon {Albarn of Blur} and Justine {Frischmann of Elastica} ruled the Britpop scene. These days I get to fantasize of the regal […]

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Legendary NW rock band D.O.A. release DVD autobiography

When old school Seattle punk-metal icon Duff McKagan wrote about punk rock at the Seattle Weekly a couple of weeks ago, he gave a little list of bands he considers essential to the canon. Though it wasn’t specifically numerical in importance, the phenomenon-by-response stack of heroes began with The Ramones (good choice), then The Clash […]

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Capitol Hill Block Party 2009 {Saturday}

Show Date: July 25, 2009

As I approached Block Party from Broadway on day two of Block Party, I heard the rising wave of Hey Marseilles on the main stage. Upon entering, my half hung over self was immediately swept up in their orchestral swell. Their performance only got better and better until the last song where their improvised musical […]

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Recommended Show: Capitol Hill Block Party 2009

Considering the window of weather for outdoor antics is pitifully small in Seattle, it seems we have learned to really pack the few months of sunshine with good times, great oldies and a bunch of great new bands as well. 12 years ago Capitol Hill Block Party began and next week you can take part […]

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The Eternal

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“Smash the moral hypocrisy” is one of the lines in “Anti-Orgasm,” one of the many standout tracks on Sonic Youth’s brand new landmark album, The Eternal. The epigram is not only standard fare, but is also a sign that the group still has the characteristic unsettled angst that it is known for. After countless classic […]

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I'm Not There Soundtrack

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It's been quite a couple of weeks for I'm Not There. First, Cate Blanchett earned a nomination for best supporting actress for her rendition of a young Dylan. And then later that day we learned of the untimely death of one the film’s amazingly talented stars, Heath Ledger.  I’d love to write about the whole […]

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Guitar Hero 3 lets you master The Stone Roses and Sex Pistols!

I've actually never played Guitar Hero — but after perusing the list of songs that are featured in the recently released Guitar Hero 3, I might just be able to complete. Sure there's some stinkers on the list (one need only see the names Die Hoten Toten and Slipnot to revert back to your original thought on […]

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