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If You Want It

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Incorporating their influences of pop rock groups from the sixties to the present, Seattle’s powerpop darlings Young Sportsmen have universally culled together the characteristics of their heroes from The Who to XTC to Cheap Trick on their second full-length release, If You Want It. Fans of the group will be pleased with this sparkly record, […]

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The Familiar Glow of Colliding Particles

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Young Sportsmen have released five shattering, pumping, bass-run, drum-pounding, air-guitar shredding power-post-punk-pop songs, written by Ryan Maxwell and Wesley Nelson, vocals and guitar and guitar and vocals, respectively. The band started long ago as Dirty Bomb (with noteworthy drummer Burke Thomas from Vendetta Red), who ws replaced more than adequately by Jeff Roeser. His intricate […]

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Three Imaginary Girls Best Northwest Releases of 2005 Readers' Poll Results {40-31}

{50-41} * {40-31} * {30-21} * {20-11} * {10-1} {top 100} * {imaginary picks} #40 Vendetta Red — "Sisters Of the Red Death" (Sony) {official website} * {buy it}   #39 Matthew Shaw — Convenience (Self-released) {official website} * {buy it}   #38 Fruit Bats — Spelled in Bones (Sub Pop) {official website} * {buy […]

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The Small Change

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Sometimes the best records come from bands that are difficult to place descriptors in front of. While the self-titled second record from The Small Change isn't necessarily one of the best records of the year, it is an album that showcases plenty of potential and is definitely one of those records that can't necessarily be […]

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From early-Wire angular to Beat Happening twee, local Seattle four-piece Crown Aruba cleverly scoop the cream from several styles to deliver an infectious debut that is pure indie pop. The vocal throwbacks to Sebadoh, the Guided By Voices guitar crunch, and the crisp, papery drums all evoke the lo-fi alt-rock of the mid-90's, but the […]

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AstroPOP! for September 2003

Imaginary rock and roll astrology CD reviews by Chilly C for September 2003 Virgo {August 23-September 22} Earth to Virgo: everyone knows your "leave me alone" vibes are vain attempts to mask a desperate-puppy "pet me please" need for attention. This month, just go for it. That's right: curl into a ball, howl for love, […]

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