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The King Is Dead

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As most semi-popular music fans know, the two oldest stories in the history of the rock album as “art” is actually the same one from different ends. The grand, ornate, rococo resurrection – and the stripped down, for serious or fun reinvention. Dylan invented all this with his trilogy of amphetamine-fueled apocalypse pop in the […]

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Friday's recommended show: Dandy Warhols playing the hits at the Showbox {12/3}

[video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FidZlbZLCc] Given my love of all things Pacific Northwest  and Britpop, it’s no surprise that I have a soft spot for The Dandy Warhols.  The band expertly blends the brashness and hook-laden landscapes of their UK influences with Portlander moxie.  I had forgotten how much I dig on them until I their 2010 retrospective of […]

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Of the Blue Colour of the Sky

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So here’s the story: OK Go won my heart at the (old) Crocodile one night when Damian Kulash awkwardly positioned himself center stage with one leg in a full cast, and proceeded to sing the sweet & funny “It’s Tough to Have a Crush When the Boy Doesn’t Feel the Same Way You Do” at […]

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The Decemberists are — well, they're everywhere.

For the love of all things verbose, our lyrically adept Northwest neighbors are certainly going at it full-force these days. Seriously. The Decemberists are currently about to do a full album performance at SXSW, a simultaneous NPR live stream, plus side projects, poster contests, track releases, special vinyl issues, and listening parties (and autograph sessions) […]

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It's Not Me, It's You

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In the United States,we like our celebrities to be perfect so we can revel in their flaws when they cease to be. The Olympic champion Michael Phelps achieved a perfect eight Gold Medals at the Beijing Olympics this past summer but the moralist echo chamber went into fast effect when he was photographed smoking marijuana […]

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Toxic Tuesday

For new music Tuesday my pick for the day is more mainstream than one might assume here, Tristman Prettyman's "Hello." Not only is it sexy singer-songwriter tastiness polished to a delectable sheen by Martin Terefe and Sacha Skarbek (the wizards who make KT Tunstall's roots pop so good) but it features the femme fatale pop […]

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Dan In Real Life soundtrack

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With all the talk that Juno has inspired on the topic of film soundtracks overshadowing the film itself, it's refreshing to come across Norwegian pop songwriter Sondre Lerche's collection of tracks for 2007's Dan In Real Life. The 11 original songs serve their intended purpose as backdrop for the film's story, making use of acoustic […]

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