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Writer Jessica Hopper on the sexism of emo and the sex crimes of R. Kelly.


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Jessica Hopper is only kind of joking when she refers to her new collection of essays, The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic, as a “bible.” The physical similarities   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 JASON WOODBURY

A New Lease

Matt Sharp revives the Rentals—but don’t expect it to end up like his old band.


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If Weezer lost your love and affection after its divisive second record, Pinkerton, consider yourself in good company. The group’s original bassist, Matt Sharp, left the band in 1998 during a    More
 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 PETE COTTELL

Show Preview: Stephin Merritt, Darren Hanlon


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[ABECEDARIAN LOVE SONGS] While some avant-garde karaoke nights (cue Baby Ketten) would make a killing with Magnetic Fields songs, the recent audiences for the band and its glum, glam tunesmith Ste   More
 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 AARON MESH

Introducing: Coco Columbia


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Who: Coco Columbia (vocals, keyboards), Grant Sayler (guitar), Micah Hummel (drums). Sounds like: A weed-fueled weekend in Candyland.  For fans of: Stereolab, Dirty Projectors, Sia, Lorde.    More
 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 CRIS LANKENAU

Exhume Yr Idols

The return of Sleater-Kinney.


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“Did you see what I put on Instagram?” Carrie Brownstein asks the table at the Observatory, a homey bistro in Portland’s Montavilla neighborhood, where she and her once-again bandmates, dr   More
 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Young Fathers: Wednesday, April 29

Genres are for suckers.


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Is it hard to make music that truly sounds new in 2015? Because Alloysious Massaquoi, of Scottish trio Young Fathers, makes it seem gallingly easy: “It’s just wanting to make something that    More
 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 MATTHEW SCHONFELD

Flashback: Old Time Relijun at Ground Kontrol, 2007


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Experimental K Records punk band Old Time Relijun is reuniting to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The above photo is from a performance at Satyricon during MusicfestNW 2008, but  the band   More
 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 WW MUSIC STAFF

Music Facts NW

Everything we know about this year’s MusicfestNW—visualized.

 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 WW MUSIC STAFF

Adventure Time

Two decades later, the band behind the music of Pete & Pete gets real.


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Like many acclaimed cultural artifacts of the ’90s, Nickelodeon’s The Adventures of Pete & Pete ended right as it hit its stride. Besides lasting only three seasons, then being decommiss   More
 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 PETE COTTELL

Stumpfest: Thursday-Saturday, April 23-25

Who is Rynne Stump, and how the hell did she get her own music festival?


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As Andy Warhol said, “Everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame—and, in the future, their own music festival.” But when Rynne Stump persuaded Mississippi Studios to let her book a night of    More
 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER
 

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