Tag Archives: Sub Pop

Live Review: METZ with Nail Polish at Barboza 6/17/16

Theoretically, if you asked me what show would constitute my ultimate pipedream throwdown in a basement by an active, living band, I think I’d pick METZ. The Ontario group signed to Sub Pop in 2012 and immediately took throneroom space aside some of North America’s finest punk names. Two albums deep and primed for aRead more…

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Album Review: Wolf Parade – EP 4

Oh man, oh man. Last week, Sub Pop released the deluxe 10th anniversary edition of the full-length debut of Wolf Parade, Apologies to the Queen Mary, on lush triple disc vinyl, pulling together all three of Wolf Parade’s lead-up EPs and packaging it all in a glorious tri-fold of awesome. The same week, secret WolfRead more…

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Live Review: Beach House with Skyler Skjelset at The Paramount 5/4/16

Beach House, the Baltimore duo of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, are really into surprises right now. When pre-orders for Depression Cherry went up in the summer, the band’s website featured hidden singles, buried in a song recommendation generator based on the user’s selection of favorite past tracks. It also featured a place to requestRead more…

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Album Review: Beach House – Depression Cherry

There’s a highly discernible trajectory between the first four albums by Baltimore dream pop act Beach House, from the bedroom whispers of their debut to the mountaintops of Bloom, the duo have, with each subsequent effort, come a bit more out of their shell, turning up the volume, fleshing out textures, and adding more reverbRead more…

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Live Review: METZ with Big Ups at Neumos 8/4/15

If there were baseball cards for Sub Pop bands, Toronto hardcore band METZ would be the 1.0 benchmark for live performance batting average. They just don’t make ‘em like METZ every day. No matter where they play, whether it be a massive festival stage (like Sub Pop’s own Silver Jubilee several years ago) or anRead more…

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Live at All Tomorrow’s Parties Iceland 2015, Day 2: Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Mudhoney, Iceage, and more

Day two of All Tomorrow’s Parties Iceland was off to a flying start with sets by locals Oyama, NYC’s White Hills, and Philadelphia’s Bardo Pond. Festival attendees crawled out of bed, rubbed sleepy eyes, and stumbled towards Keflavík’s Atlantic Studios in the morning dew. The sky still drizzled, but the rain was slowly clearing, andRead more…

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KEXP Suggests: SUB POP USA Book Launch Party 11/29

We love music. We love books about music. And we love parties with music, which makes this Saturday, November 29th kind of a dream come true. Celebrate the recent publication of Bruce Pavitt’s SUB POP USA: The Subterranean Pop Music Anthology, 1980-1988, at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery with tunes spun by Beat Happening front manRead more…

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Review Revue: Mark Lanegan – The Winding Sheet

I have a confession to make: I am just now listening to Mark Lanegan’s solo debut, The Winding Sheet, for the first time. I know, I should probably turn in my Seattle Rock Card (where did I put that damn thing, anyway?). I’m 38, I’ve lived here for 13 years; I have no excuse. OfRead more…

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Movie Review: The Postal Service – Everything Will Change

“Are we going to play ‘Such Great Heights’ nine times tonight like Watch The Throne?” Jenny Lewis jokes around with Ben Gibbard back stage before their sold-out gig at the Greek in Berkeley while Jimmy Tamborello relaxes on the nearby couch. On the band’s only prior tour in 2003, the question (even apart from theRead more…

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Live Review: Shabazz Palaces with Porter Ray at Neumos 8/1/2014

When Seattle hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces announced an album release show for their sophomore LP, Lese Majesty, there was no question that the event would be a family affair. Ishmael Butler and Tendai Maraire both have deep Seattle roots and have helped assemble a brilliant coalition of artistic minds in Black Constellation. The team recentlyRead more…

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