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Thursday, August 14,2014

Hail to the chiefs

Presidents of the United States of America still doing things their way

By Brian Palmer
Songs like “Lump,” “Peaches,” and “Boll Weevil,” were short, fast, loud, catchy as all hell, and unlike almost every other Seattle band releasing records in the ’90s, they were giddy fun, preferring lyrics about tiki gods and kitties to heroin.
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Thursday, July 17,2014

Delta blues

‘The Great Flood’ makes a case for one of rock and roll’s most unsung events

By Brian Palmer
The great Mississippi River flood of 1927 began when more than 100 levees broke early in the year. It resulted in more than 27,000 square miles of land being flooded, lasted for almost eight months, and is the most destructive flood in the history of the United States.
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Thursday, July 3,2014

Chameleons

Umphrey’s McGee ‘Similar Skin’ is consistently different

By Brian Palmer
And Cummins is not kidding when he says this album leans heavily in the rock and roll direction. While there are melodic moments, like the Police-esque opener “The Linear,” songs like “Cut the Cable” are balls-to-the-wall rockers that teem with chugging, gritty guitar riffs.
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Thursday, June 12,2014

VAUDEVILLE MAKES A COMEBACK

Intuitive Compass gives audiences one hell of a theatrical concert experience

By Brian Palmer
“Usually our show will contain music and some kind of Vaudeville slapstick,” says Jason O’Dea, who in addition to singing, also plays the guitar, kazoo, harmonica and drum. “We’ve done stuff like that at the beginning of the show to get people’s attention.
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Thursday, May 29,2014

What they do

Shook Twins embrace a more mature, darker sound on new album

By Brian Palmer
If variety is the spice of life, then the music that Laurie and Katelyn Shook (Shook Twins) make is very spicy. Their early albums have included everything from tales about robot love to near Biblical levels of flooding, and their live shows feature beatboxing, singing and one of the twins clucking like a chicken.
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Thursday, May 8,2014

Focus puller

William Fitzsimmons writes his new album from the outside looking in

By Brian Palmer
When it came time for singer-songwriter-guitarist William Fitzsimmons to start work on his newest project, Lions — which released in February — it felt like a personal and professional reboot.
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Thursday, May 1,2014

An orchestra of one

Zo Keating and her cyborg cello

By Brian Palmer
ZoŽ Keating is not your typical cellist. Instead of performing with an orchestra, she marries her cello to a variety of loopers, pedals and laptops to create a layered cello experience which makes her a one-woman orchestra. But as much as she relishes her ongoing creative endeavor, she sometimes has a love-hate relationship with it.
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Thursday, April 10,2014

Playing through the pain

Colorado native Katie Herzig channels tragedy into new album

By Brian Palmer
And before she could even think about performing, there was the issue of actually writing something. Herzig went nine months without writing any songs, and when she finally realized it was time to start, the prospect of doing so was daunting. Fortunately for Herzig, once she got going, she gradually started to heal.
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Thursday, January 30,2014

Liz Berube’s mountain road

Singer-songwriter Liz Berube’s debut EP explores the past, present and future

By Brian Palmer
Most of the songs from her debut EP, 2013’s Mountain Road, are based on her life in Colorado or at least were created here. But the closing song on the EP, “When I Was Young,” hearkens back to her days growing up in Vermont.
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Thursday, September 8,2011

Fireworks

Explosions in the Sky successful with unconventional music

By Brian Palmer
When speaking with Michael James, one of the guitarists for Explosions in the Sky, you quickly discover that two things are at the forefront of his mind with respect to the band: time and communication. Sometimes things happen quickly and easily, like when you meet someone for the first time and you hit it off. Other times though, things evolve at a glacial pace.
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