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Magic Sword: Friday, Jan. 16

Who are those masked men?


Music Stories
Last year, on a balmy night in mid-August, a trailer rolled up in Old Town carrying a bunch of gear and two masked men in full-length druid cloaks. Signs posted on walls and telephone poles ar   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 MARK STOCK

Photo Review: Hibou and Appendixes at Bunk Bar, Jan. 4

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Seattle quartet Hibou treated a quiet Bunk Bar school-night crowd to its very own tidal brand of punk-pop on Jan. 4. A thematic guitar effect—languid, loud and lingering—gave the band a shoe gaze feel, despite fidgety structures. Imagine Pure Bathing Culture playing CBGB's and you’re nearing Hibou’s live presenc...   More
 
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 by MARK STOCK

Show Preview: Les Sins, Ben Tactic, DJs Kiffo & Rymes


Music Stories
[ELECTRONICA EXHALED] As Toro y Moi, South Carolina native Chaz Bundick has excelled at turning out cool, complex electronica made up of groovy basslines and unexpected samples. Chances are, you   More
 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Cotton

The White Eagle (Self-Released)


Album Reviews
[DIY FOLK] At Dub Narcotic Studios in Olympia, less is more. Calvin Johnson’s audio office is a place for artists to bask in their idiosyncrasies, and it’s a fitting context for Portland’s   More
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Brakemouth

Marlene (Self-Released)


Album Reviews
[SOLO SYNTH POP] Brakemouth is Casey Frantum, a one-man avalanche of guitar-driven electronica, operating high atop prefab samples, typically in the form of synthesizers and neatly ironed drums.   More
 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 MARK STOCK

Q&A: Mick Learn, Doug Fir Sound Guy

As Doug Fir wraps up its anniversary month, meet the man who's made the Burnside club the best-sounding in town.

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Don’t let Mick Learn’s calm demeanor fool you: He’s put in the hours. From his knob- and dial-filled station in the basement of the cabin-like Doug Fir, Learn has helped transform the club, which opened a decade ago this month into a Graceland for audiophiles. Chances are, the shows you’ve enjoyed at the eastside venue over the last 10 years have been shepherded by the veteran sound tech�...   More
 
Thursday, October 30, 2014 by MARK STOCK

Show Preview: Hozier, James Bay


Music Stories
[RUSTIC SOUL] While it's easy to bask in the warm glow of Sam Smith and the Black Keys individually these days, why not embrace an artist who evokes both? Andrew Hozier-Byrne, aka Hozier, is a    More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MARK STOCK

Show Preview: The Both, Telekinesis


Music Stories
[MOM-AND-DAD ROCK] The Both pairs two indie-rock stars whose best work is probably behind them. That said, it is an intriguing match, as likable as anything either has done before. Ted Leo’s   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 MARK STOCK

Live Review: Broken Bells at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 8/11

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A couple of things stood out about Monday evening’s Broken Bells show at the Schnitz. First, it was at the Schnitz, a venue often utilized by orchestras and philharmonics that is so damn pretty it makes you sick. Why, then, were James Mercer, Danger Mouse and co. bringing their vintage pop to these hallowed walls? Sure, the group is catchy and downright impressive during long stret...   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 by MARK STOCK

MusicfestNW 2014: The Antlers

Peter Silberman invites the world into his bedroom.


MFNW 2014
In 2009, Brooklyn trio the Antlers released Hospice, a sobering concept album equating a decaying relationship with terminal illness. It was a quiet, intelligent record constructed from orchestral   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 MARK STOCK
 

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