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Long review: Big Business commands its own weather

(Green Room)   Aug 31, 2016

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Must-see live music: Goddammitboyhowdy, Jonny Fritz and the Best Westerns

This is the time of year I'd normally want to take a pretty large break from anything to do with live music, stages, tallboys, earplugs, etc., but this year with no Total Fest happening, I'm pretty into the idea of loading up the calendar with as much in the way of hot tunes as possible.

(Green Room)   Aug 26, 2016

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John Carpenter

Lost Themes II

American horror movie director John Carpenter (Christine, The Thing, the "Halloween" franchise) featured his own great minimalist and heavily synthesized songs in his films.

(Music)   Sep 15, 2016

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Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats

Night Creeper

The plodding pot-rock played by Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats is not where one goes for a whole lot of rock and roll innovation.

(Music)   Sep 15, 2016

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The Double

Dawn of the Double

The Double feature veteran players Emmett Kelley, of Ty Segall's band The Muggers, and Jim White, an underground hero from Australian noise rockers Venom P. Stinger and '90s space explorers the Dirty Three, among many others.

(Music)   Sep 8, 2016

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Latest Review

Re: “Roxy Theater

Simply The Best. Better Than All The Rest.

Posted by Josh on 07/02/2016 at 4:14 PM

Recent Comments

Re: “Oh give me a f*cking break already, enough with this about "nowhere to rock."

If you're interested in promoting a show at the ZACC, it's a pretty easy deal. And straightforward. I don't know what exactly constitutes "legitimate" in your book, but there are relatively small handful of volunteer folks who are trained to open, run, and close the space and they do regularly. If you'd like to receive the training, I think that it's perfectly fine that you request it from ZACC staff. Regardless, as a volunteer-run operation, it requires you have a trained volunteer on hand at your show, to help you run it. These folks got an email when you inquired, and it may simply be that they're otherwise busy.

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Posted by Josh on 09/13/2013 at 7:57 PM

Re: “Local Crank Says: Don't Stop For Me, Driver

Thanks, Rob. Yes, it's all pretty much true. I guess I'd argue that everyone can and should take it up. No caps. I get the point that there's plenty of poor behavior on the part of cyclists and I don't make any apologies for it. But I love that our cops will ticket folks for not having lights, and for riding unsafely. And nobody debates the fact that you've got to co-exist with cars and be practical and obey laws. I'm interested in your take on accepting motorist charity, when you're on a bike and trying to get across an arterial.

Posted by Josh on 03/01/2013 at 8:41 PM

Re: “Stripped down

That's my wife, bro.

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Posted by Josh on 02/15/2013 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Stripped down

I hear you, Dan. Ultimately, you're and everyone else is entitled to want to do something with the music or not, and I guess after that, it's all fine tuning. I think Ben Weiss made a good point about BN's hitting and missing, and I think that's the case with folks who are more experimental with tunes. Bad Naked does have some stuff, and I fear the new release isn't gonna do it justice, some super well-written, creative shit and it's absolutely got structure/verse (as tom points out) and music to it. I hope his next release is recorded in a bedroom at minimum, and perhaps studio or friend's four-track, because it deserves to be documented as music outside the live setting with a handheld mini-cassette....

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Posted by Josh on 02/14/2013 at 8:01 PM

Re: “Stripped down

Dan, to continue this in err, real time and see if I can bait you into some discussion, here's what I think about your con argument: I disagree that there's any irony involved in a Bad Naked show. Or that it's "supposed to be bad." If it's art, it kind of is what it is, and whether one likes it or not doesn't ultimately matter, because it's done for the correct reasons and it should be provocative and challenging about what exactly music is. I'd rather a twice as bad Bad Naked to a six times as pro String Cheese Incident, for example.

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Posted by Josh on 02/14/2013 at 1:23 PM

Re: “Welcome to Green Room


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Re: “Missoula never had a chance

We'd like to submit the Missoula Coat of Arms!

Posted by Josh on 07/22/2012 at 5:41 PM

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