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The Vaselines

It’s fairly safe to say that if it weren’t for Kurt Cobain, there’s a possibility that the Vaselines might have remained simply a cult favorite, known only to the most studious of crate diggers and music scholars. Back in the heady days of the...
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The Rake: Reconciled Differences

Robert Ham takes stock of the onslaught of reunited bands hitting Seattle clubs this season, sans sentimentality. Mick Collins is not one to sit idly by while his band the Dirtbombs takes a much-needed break. Instead, he has reconciled with his...
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Not Fade Away

Battling a debilitating disease, former U-Men guitarist Tom Price refuses to change his tune. Near the stage in Ballard’s belowground performance space the Mine, Tom Price is quietly setting up his gear, methodically unwrapping a long black guitar...
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Hardly Garbage: The Cassette Makes a Comeback With Local Labels

Although you won’t likely see them returning to the bins at Fred Meyer any time soon, cassette tapes are making a surprising comeback in the indie marketplace. Dozens of tape-only labels have sprung up in the last five years, most specializing in...
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Hangout: Henta Ellis at the Little Red Bistro

The Grammy-nominated new-age artist takes a break from her inspiration for some relaxation. The back cover of Henta Ellis’s latest album, Laserium for the Soul, promises to provide “sonic nurturing for your inner garden.” But when I meet up...