Review: Unwound — Kid is Gone

Kid is Gone Unwound Numero Group Reissues can be tricky beasts to tackle. There is wide range of reissue treatments, from the minimal rerelease, to a repackage, to a remaster, remix, and a deluxe reissue that tries to cast further light on the original document. Into the fray steps Kid is Gone the first part…

Review: Chung Antique – Sweater Weather

Sweater Weather Chung Antique 20 Sided records Chung Antique is a band somewhat out of place in 2014. This isn’t meant to be a reductive statement; some of the best bands don’t fit easily within their given cultural landscape. On their latest offering, Sweater Weather, the band weaves complex instrumental landscapes that feel more at…

Review: Criminal Code – No Device

No Device Criminal Code Deranged Records Tacoma, Washington’s Criminal Code play a guitar heavy, tense, and frenetic style of post-punk, washed out in a sea of dark ambience. The band picks up quick and easy comparisons with bands like Husker Du and the Wipers in no large part due to both the driving nature of…

Sherwood At The Controls, Vol. 1: 1979-1984

Adrian Sherwood On-U Sound As a producer Adrian Sherwood deserves to be a household name. After all his template of heavy bass – dub inspired – pop music inspired a generation of musicians making their voices heard throughout the last decade and a half. For every !!!, LCD Soundsystem and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, there was…

Concert Review: Mayhem Fextival

  On Tuesday, July 3 the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival made a stop at Auburn, Wash.’s White River Amphitheater. The touring metal festival brought with it bands, merch, motocross madness from the Metal Mulisha and hoards of die-hard metal fanatics. Every festival has its own vibe, and the Rockstar Energy Drink sponsored Mayhem Festival…

Concert Review: 2:54 and Widowspeak; Portland, OR

On Friday June 22, Portland was treated with a double bill of buzzworthy bands in 2:54 and Widowspeak. In the dark, moody lit, subterranean room of the Doug Fir Lounge, 2:54 and Widowspeak served as almost bookends around a conversation centering on professionalism and audience engagement. 2:54 have been poised to be one of the…

Concert Preview: Behead the Prophet

Behead the Prophet No Lord Shall Live has returned, at least for the time being. The Olympia hardcore punk band, often considered at the forefront of the noise queercore movement, toured the country multiple times in the mid-1990s, while releasing material on Outpunk, Sound Pollution and K Records. Since the demise of the band some…