Today in (Northwest) Music: Riot Grrls Not Dead

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Arthur & Yu live on KEXP today
photos by Jasper Berg

Good news for Sleater-Kinney fans still mourning the influential riot grrl trio’s demise — and vindication for live tapers to boot. Tiny Mix Tapes reports that the band is soliciting for live videos on their website in attempt to pull together a retrospective DVD. You can help them create this “complete visual artifact” by digging through your shoe boxes of old tapes and send them your vids.

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Team Dresch, another Olympia-based band with queercore roots (Carrie Brownstein was an early member of Excuse 17), is currently on the road, touring for Pride Week. According to their website, they’re “playing shows, writing songs, coming up with new t-shirt designs” as a “full functional band.” Look for a new record in 2008 and a song from them on an upcoming Music That Matters podcast.
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KEXP, Rawkus & Kicksclusive are sponsoring a CD release party for Blue Scholars in NYC! You must RSVP for the 21+ party and live performance at Sol (609 29th St.) on June 27.
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Just as I was getting over not being at Bonnaroo this year, Sound on the Sound turned me on to the column by the frontman for The Long Winters-turned MSNBC correspondent John Roderick, whose hilarious commentary both mocks and marvels at festival performers like Lily Allen, Wilco, The Decemberists and more. If lines like “Meg White drums like she’s riding a pony” don’t make you laugh, you’ve got a fork sticking out of you.
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To anticipate their August festival, which will include Blitzen Trapper, Corrina Repp, and High Violets, PDX Pop Now! released PDX Pop Now! 2007, their fourth compilation of Portland music. The two-disc set, priced at a very meager $7, features a range of lesser and greater known artists like Kristin Hersh, Lifesavas, Alela Diane, Menomena, and YACHT. A highlight of for Decemberists fans: Colin Meloy provides a demo of the b-side “Culling of the Fold.”
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The Stranger’s Line Out has this completely pointless and purposefully uninformative but yet somehow still quite amusing interview with the Cave Singers, whose debut “might be coming out in the fall” (it’s already confirmed to be on Matador!). Keep watching for the acoustic live song recorded on their couch:
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Be sure to check out our Club Calendar for upcoming performances by local artists like Arthur & Yu, Graig Markel, Ms. Led, Hypatia Lake, and more!

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