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Monday Music News

James Mercer of The Shins and Danger Mouse are returning as Broken Bells and have released “Holding On For Life” today. The album is appropriately named for the vibes of the song - After The Disco we rest our bones despite not being able to stop hearing those distant dance floor beats in our heads.Read more...

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Monday Music News

One voice that has definitely not been heard in the open letter to Miley Cyrus ballgame is Sufjan Stevens -- but don’t worry, because he has finally voiced an opinion. His main advice: embrace grammar! Finding delicacy and delight in the present perfect continuous tense, Sufjan encourages the musician to continue her “Present. Perfect. Continuous.Read more...

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Monday Music News

The Pixies have a video for “Andro Queen” from their most recent release, EP-1 - although what’s happening in the video is uncertain. Two bands seem to be performing and there is a girl dancing, or just walking, as well as several tiger masks and a tiger lamp. Even if you can’t make heads orRead more...

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Decibel Festival 2013: Optical 2: Erased Tapes @ Nordstrom Recital Hall

Decibel Festival‘s Optical showcases serve to remove the notion that electronic music is simply made for dancing. Instead, they present an array of musicians who specialize in everything from neo-classical to drone to ambient to horror soundtracks. For its 10th anniversary, Decibel brought back beloved German composer Nils Frahm, whose performance last year with CFCFRead more...

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Decibel Festival 2013: Optical 4 @ Triple Door

At last year’s Decibel Festival, as part of the Optical series, there was a live scoring to an incredibly absurdly spliced film from the 70s, unfortunately missing this year. Luckily, Optical 4 made up for it, featuring the doom electro-acoustics of London duo Raime, the terrifying ambient textures from The Sight Below, and, because OrenRead more...

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Decibel Festival 2013: Nicolas Jaar & Friends @ Showbox SoDo

Nicolas Jaar is one of those young musicians who you can already imagine in 10, 15, 20 years as being an staple who is looked up to by musicians who are young when he is older. Not only did his most recent album, Space is Only Noise, reflect a seeping depth of influences, but itRead more...

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Decibel Festival 2013: Resident Advisor Showcase @ The Crocodile

Resident Advisor is among the best online magazines for electronic music fans out there since 2001, and their showcase at Decibel Festival was nothing to be messed with. Not only did they pull from local talent, but they are responsible for bringing Actress to Decibel, a feat which was met with a much regretted failureRead more...

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Decibel Festival 2013: Hyper Dub Showcase @ The Crocodile

Decibel Festival is really just getting started. On Monday, you could catch the pop up art show - with posters designed by some of Seattle’s finest - and on Wednesday there was the awesome kick off party at the Chiluly Garden, the glorious Space Needle presiding over the holy event. Though almost tangible in theRead more...

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Wednesday Music News

K Records‘ Arrington De Dionyso shape shifts easily - between a rather normal looking young individual and a sprawling, terrifying, rapping shaman as part of Malaikat Dan Singa. The PNW has produced some rather odd things over the years, but to see Dionyso pop on some fake teeth and instantly transform into a possibly insaneRead more...

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Scene and Unheard: Cock & Swan, Ionophone, and Prissy Clerks!

On any given weekend in Seattle, there are a million amazing shows to see - from jazz at a coffee shop or theater, to a grunge show at a DIY space, to a major act at any one of our large venues. Maybe this weekend you want to try something new, maybe you heard oneRead more...

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