On the record: Hermanas y Hermanas raise the lighters with new EP

On the record: Hermanas y Hermanas raise the lighters with new EP

(at the VFW Sat., Dec. 3, at 9 PM)

The Hated’s 1986 demo version of “What Was Behind” is one of my favorite examples of the superiority of lo-fi.

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On the record: Kyle Gass Band, Thundering Herd

(at Monk’s Wed., Dec. 7, at 9 PM.)

You might know Kyle Gass as a clueless kids’ book writer in Elf, or as Jack Black’s guitar-wielding partner in Tenacious D. But his real passion comes forth in Kyle Gass Band’s overwrought goofball rock.

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On the record: Nocturnal Habits, New Skin for Old Children

In 2013, archival record label The Numero Group began releasing the recordings of Unwound, a cult favorite of the Northwest’s 1990s post-hardcore music scene.

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Snoop, dogged

Can a quintessential ’90s rapper turn back time?

For approximately one year during my ignorant youth, I maintained that Snoop Dogg was the best rapper of all time.

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On record: If You Lived Here, You Would Be Home by Now, by The Chris Robinson Brotherhood

(at the Wilma on Tue., Nov. 29)

The rap on the Black Crowes' sound has always been their wholesale looting of the '70s glam swagger of bands like Faces, the Stones and T-Rex.

(Music)   Nov 23, 2016

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On Record: Under the Shadow of This Red Rock, by Modality

Modality, which started with Jay Bruns and former local Clark Grant making refreshingly not-quite-rock, not-quite-pop kosmische music, now seems to exist on some spacious new kind of plane.

(Music)   Nov 23, 2016

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On record: The Bend in the Break, by Dangers

Los Angeles' Dangers makes the kind of hardcore punk so many of us need right now.

(Music)   Nov 23, 2016

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Here comes a regular

Missoula stalwart Caroline Keys takes center stage with a new band — the LaneSplitters — and a new album.

On the night of Sept. 26, during the first presidential debate, progressive-leaning patrons dominated the Top Hat Lounge, groaning at the spectacle of Donald Trump on the venue's large drop-down screen.

Nov 17, 2016

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On record: Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic by The Gotobeds (at the Palace Nov. 18)

"Something tells me you're a nut if you're not taking in the Gotobeds live before you listen to this."

Pittsburgh's The Gotobeds are an indie rock band with a pretty good sense of album nomenclature and irony.

(Music)   Nov 17, 2016

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On record: An Odd Entrances by Thee Oh Sees (at Stage 112 Nov. 23)

"Entrances feels like a sculpture made by a madman or a science experiment built by the smartest kid in the class. It might be innovative, but that doesn't mean it's compelling."

I get what's so great about John Dwyer: He's a musical explorer who uses the building blocks of psychedelia, electronica and garage rock to create technically compelling fireworks.

(Music)   Nov 17, 2016

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On record: La Araña Es La Vida by Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds

"The music has a timeless caveman rock and roll feel with a boxy, pre-Kinks, overdriven tone, basic riffs and minimal effects. There isn't a dud track."

Kid Congo Powers is the stage name of Brian Tristan, the stalwart underground rock 'n' roller who played with the Gun Club, Cramps and the Bad Seeds.

(Music)   Nov 17, 2016

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Rooster Sauce

Missoula's Rooster Sauce releases Fantasma dell'Opera at the Palace on Sat., Nov. 12

It's partly the subject matter—sex, partying and monsters—that makes Rooster Sauce seem like the band equivalent of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

(Music)   Nov 10, 2016

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Purling Hiss

On High Bias, Purling Hiss delivers deliberate analog-ness—without the annoying analog fetishism. They play Stage 112 on Mon., Nov. 14

That a group like Purling Hiss exists in 2016 is a testament to the deep cyclical power of rock and roll.

(Music)   Nov 10, 2016

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Shakewell

Marzoula

For the past five years, Missoula band Shakewell has been bringing the party.

(Music)   Nov 10, 2016

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Speechless in Seattle

Chung Antique communicates with instrumental precision

I'm a sucker for how smart lyrics can transform a song—the way Johnny Cash paints his rough-and-tumble characters or how Bonnie "Prince" Billy takes a sharp lyrical turn in the middle of the seemingly optimistic "Hard Life" to sing, "But I ain't breathing/ Let me breathe/ Let me go/ Let me drown."

Nov 3, 2016

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Got soul

Har Mar Superstar doesn't hold back

Sean Tillmann, better known as Har Mar Superstar (also Sean Na Na) is a onetime indie/punk guy from Minnesota who's now known for playing shows in a Speedo and sweating like a UFC fighter.

(Music)   Nov 3, 2016

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Fister

IV

The bleak, stoney, blackened doom metal of St. Louis' Fister doesn't exactly leave the listener with a spring in his step, or with any particular certainty that anything's going to be okay.

(Music)   Nov 3, 2016

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Wayne Hancock

Slingin' Rhythm

If you load your music player with roots rock and traditional country, you should know that Wayne Hancock is back with a full magazine of high-caliber twang.

(Music)   Nov 3, 2016

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High desert

A brief history of the Meat Puppets' limitless landscape

As teenagers in Phoenix in the late '70s, brothers Cris and Curt Kirkwood were outsiders.

(Music)   Oct 27, 2016

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Pure rollicking

Laney Lou offers irresistible rowdiness

If you wanted to seek out a band that epitomizes "stomp-grass," you couldn't find a better fit than Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs.

(Music)   Oct 27, 2016

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Drift

Drift

Missoula has as broad a musical palette as anywhere.

(Music)   Oct 27, 2016

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Bon Iver

22, A Million

22, A Million doles out goosebumps.

(Music)   Oct 27, 2016

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Nice things

Eric Tollefson's EP features Seattle heroes

In 2010, the Indy wrote about how musician Eric Tollefson graduated from the University of Montana, moved to Oregon to become a stockbroker and, after the 2008 housing collapse, turned back to his passion of music.

(Music)   Oct 20, 2016

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Brand New

"I Am a Nightmare"

Brand New style themselves a punk rock band, but their fans know better.

(Music)   Oct 20, 2016

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Dex Romweber

Carrboro

Imagine you're wandering through a postapocalyptic Las Vegas, far from the decimated Strip.

(Music)   Oct 20, 2016

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Doom and boom

Grazing the metal smorgasbord at Missoula's two-night Erosion Festival

Doom and stoner metal still hold outsider status in the music world, even as they gain popularity among underground music scenes.

Oct 13, 2016

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