Category Archives: NW Music Spotlight

NW Music Spotlight – The Decemberists

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eQ8gSUyLII“This Portland band led by Colin Meloy is back with another ambitious concept album, this one taking inspiration from an old Japanese folk tale with Meloy using typically literate lyrics to flesh out and expand upon the tragic storyline. Their 1st release for a major label, The Crane Wife was co-produced by Tucker Martine andRead more…

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NW Music Spotlight – Trentalange

“Lush, moody and provocative, the songs on Photo Album of Complex Relationships are cinematic soundscapes built upon instrumentation that includes cello, piano, flute, bass and percussion, with Trentalage’s voice – velvety and emotive – as the foundation and centerpiece.” – read more Photo Album of Complex Relationships is available on iTunes now and is dueRead more…

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NW Music Spotlight – Dead Moon!

Dead Moon at Metropool Hengelo, The Netherlands – 9/16/06 Photo courtesy of Tuuur “Dead Moon are truly one of the most independent and revered Northwest underground bands of all time… Dead Moon have been churning out their own indescribable brand of rock and roll for nearly 20 years now… The model of DIY self-sufficiency, DeadRead more…

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NW Music Spotlight – Iceage Cobra!

Iceage Cobra at High Dive, courtesy of pdgibson “One of the more entertaining new bands in Seattle, Iceage Cobra bring the rock in a big way with a high-energy mix of garage-rock, punk, metal, and even a bit of rap, powered by gonzo guitar riffs, multiple time changes, and ass-shaking beats.” – Don Yates TheirRead more…

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NW Music Spotlight – Tall Birds!

Photo courtesy of Tall Birds “Rising up from the drunken ashes of The Catheters like a phoenix are Tall Birds. A decidedly more melodic and compositionally complex outfit… Tall Birds music lies somewhere between the classic realm of rock luminaries like Love, The Byrds, Rolling Stones, and The Velvet Underground, while still desperately stretching towardRead more…

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NW Music Spotlight – Xiu Xiu!

Xiu Xiu, courtesy of killrockstars5rc “Xiu Xiu create some of the most confrontational, abrasive, disturbing, yet exciting music in the world of contemporary indie rock. Jamie Stewart continues to lead the way with his emotionally husky voice and grim tales that tackle painful topics such as rape, suicide, and self-abuse. Greg Saunier (also of Deerhoof)Read more…

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NW Music Spotlight – Viva Voce!

Viva Voce at the 100 Club, courtesy of deejayhart “The Portland husband-and-wife duo of Kevin and Anita Robinson get a bit darker and heavier on their 4th album, which also contains their strongest batch of songs to date, ranging from delicate, hazy psych-pop ballads to full-on trippy guitar freakouts.” – Don Yates Get Yr BloodRead more…

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NW Music Spotlight – The Doll Test!

Photo courtesy of The Doll Test “The Doll Test is a Seattle rock band formed in 2005, but it’s really much older. The actual test helped desegregate public schools in the 1950s. Although the band members had nothing to do with that, they liked the story. So the trio took the name after performing andRead more…

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NW Music Spotlight – Central Services!

Courtesy of Central Services “This Seattle band’s debut full-length is a sweet outing of gentle indie-pop. The band shares two members with the similarly-sounding Math and Physics Club.” – Don Yates The debut self-titled LP, Central Services just came out this week. Download a song from the new record… 4 Letter Word – (MP3) SheRead more…

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Bumbershoot spotlight – The Purrs!

Photo courtesy of The Purrs “This Seattle band follows up their two earlier EPs with a promising debut full-length of hazy psych-pop, combining languid tempos with blissed-out guitar lines for a dreamy, slow-burning sound reminiscent of Galaxie 500.” – Don Yates Download a song from their 2005 self-titled debut full length album… Get On WithRead more…

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