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It's Hard to Assign Blame in Seattle Club Shootingsnew

Whether blame was being aimed at Chop Suey, Big Kountry Entertainment, the city's lack of attention to a purportedly growing gang-activity problem, or the music itself, grief quickly manifested itself as cries for culpability. Few viewed it as a failure of club security, but many theories abound when looking closer at the root of the tragedy.
Seattle Weekly  |  Hannah Levin  |  01-12-2009  |  Music

Seattle's Conrad Ford Finds Beauty in Highway 99new

The band is a hushed and ghostly Americana outfit cut from the same vintage fabric as Barton Carroll and Jesse Sykes.
Seattle Weekly  |  Hannah Levin  |  11-25-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

How the Drive-By Truckers Met The Hold Steadynew

While it's no surprise that bottle rockets and plenty of mischief-making have come into the mix, the meeting of DBT frontman Patterson Hood and Hold Steady guitarist Tad Kubler involves interests as brainy as they are bacchanalian.
Seattle Weekly  |  Hannah Levin  |  11-25-2008  |  Music

The Blind Shake is Scary Goodnew

Through the interplay of their dueling baritone and straight guitars, Jim Blaha and his lookalike brother Mike create such an unnervingly taut and unpredictable tension that the anticipation of release leaves the listener with almost no choice but to close their eyes and rattle off of the next sonic cliff they choose to scale.
Seattle Weekly  |  Hannah Levin  |  11-03-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

All Tomorrow's Parties Was a Bloody Good Timenew

Touch and Go's 20-year anniversary festival in 2006 in Chicago was fantastic and Pitchfork this year was a giddy marathon, but simply no one throws down quite like All Tomorrow's Parties.
Seattle Weekly  |  Hannah Levin  |  09-29-2008  |  Music

Monotonix: Too Hot for Bumbershootnew

After just four songs, the fire marshal deemed the Tel Aviv–based band too dangerous, and had Exhibition Hall staff cut their power.
Seattle Weekly  |  Hannah Levin  |  09-08-2008  |  Concerts

The Moondoggies: Wary of the Buzznew

The group's debut, Don't Be a Stranger, has been so immediately well-received that within 48 hours of cracking open my advance copy, no less than half a dozen people called, e-mailed, or texted me with some variation of "Holy shit! Have you heard that Moondoggies record?"
Seattle Weekly  |  Hannah Levin  |  08-25-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Dutchess and the Duke: Seattle’s New Rock Royaltynew

They may not roll with the Stones, but their blend of '60s rock and folk recalls the time when the game was more grit than glamor.
Seattle Weekly  |  Hannah Levin  |  08-11-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Tragic Punk Icons The Gits are Recaptured in a Long-awaited Filmnew

Following a series of eBay purchases, a tentative friendship sprung up between Gits drummer Steve Moriarty and aspiring producer Jessica Bender and budding director Kerri O'Kane, who shared an obsession with the Seattle band and their late singer, Mia Zapata.
Seattle Weekly  |  Hannah Levin  |  06-30-2008  |  Movies

The Brutal Reality of 'Heavy Metal in Baghdad'new

Few things could be deemed as authentically metal as the act of carrying cans of gasoline to band practice to power the generators you plug your amp into.
Seattle Weekly  |  Hannah Levin  |  06-03-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

The Kills Carve Out New Terrainnew

With their dark, nuevo garage swagger and relentless undercurrent of staccato percussion, the Kills are obviously influenced by Velvet Underground, but since their inception in 2000 they've sidestepped the trap of over-emulating their idols.
Seattle Weekly  |  Hannah Levin  |  05-19-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Should Bruce Springsteen Be Forgiven?new

Arguments for reconsidering the missteps on the Boss' otherwise impeccable track record.
Seattle Weekly  |  Mike Seely, Hannah Levin and Brian J Barr  |  03-31-2008  |  Music

N.W.A.'s Underground Rumble Still Roarsnew

What does it say about the state of the union that "Dope Man" and "Fuck tha Police" are still relevant?
Seattle Weekly  |  Hannah Levin  |  12-10-2007  |  Reviews

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