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The Thermals interview (audio)

Portland’s popular punk trio, the Thermals, is headed north for a pair of big shows at Seattle’s Neumo’s (Friday) and the Northern in Oly. That second one will be open to all ages on Sunday.

We’ll have a related Q & A in this week’s GO section and the Olympian’s Weekend. Meanwhile, I figured fans might get a kick out of a few clips from my interview with drummer Westin Glass. Click the links below to hear him talk about …

… being the semi-new guy.

… recording

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The Decemberists will preview new song on ‘Conan,’ play Seattle in 2011

Portland’s Decemberists are headed back to Seattle early next year. The experimental pop-rock outfit will headline the Paramount Theatre on Feb. 18, 2011, Capitol Records announced.
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Kings of Leon talk new songs, the price of fame

This week’s hot ticket is to see Nashville’s Kings of Leon at the Gorge Amphitheatre, a band that in the last few years has grown from club-headlining indie darlings to one of the hottest bands on the planet.

The Kings are Friday’s GO cover story, so pick up the paper tomorrow to read what they have to say about returning to the Gorge and what they learned from Pearl Jam. Meanwhile, check out these clips I recorded during a May conference call brothers Caleb

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Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier talks new songs, Olympia roots

College radio faves Deerfhoof will headline Olympia’s Capitol Theater on the Fourth of July and Seattle’s Vera Project the day after that. And recently, I caught up with founding member Greg Saunier for a story that will run in Friday’s GO section and the Olympian’s Weekend. But before that hits the streets, you can click the links below to hear Saunier talk about …

… the new album the band is mixing on the road and a new local fans

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Video of the Week: Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside

Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside opened for the Avett Brothers last year and were more recently named Portland’s best new band by Willamette Week.

Why bring all that up? They’re kicking off the second not-quite-annual Squeak and Squawk festival Thursday night at the New Frontier Lounge. That’s why.


The XX tickets go on sale Friday

The trio was a big hit at Sasquatch! Festival over Memorial Day weekend. And now one of England’s hippest bands, the XX, is headed back for more Washington love. STG Presents announced a headlining gig at 8 p.m. on Sept. 25 at the Paramount Theatre.

Tickets are set at $26.50 and they’ll go on sale at noon on Friday, June 11. Find more details here.


Tiny Vipers, Typhoon among acts tapped for Squeak and Squawk 2

Some of you may recall the Squeak and Squawk Festival, a Tacoma indie-rock happening that went on at the now defunct Helm Gallery and then fledgling rock room, the New Frontier Lounge, in October 2008. (I blogged about it here if you don’t.)

The festival’s second not quite annual installment will returned to the New Frontier next Thursday with shows running through June 14. But while those dates have been on my radar for a while, I didn’t know about a batch of all-ages shows until I caught up with even organizer Sean Alexander today.

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Spoon, night one

Spoon’s Britt Daniel, during an early set that included “Before Destruction,” “I Saw the Light” and “The Underdog.” (All photos by Ernest Jasmin).

I’m a slacker when it comes to Texas alt-rock band Spoon, having jumped on the veteran outfit’s bandwagon only a decade late. And to be honest, I was only on the edge of that bandwagon until just a few weeks ago. Sure, I enjoyed the band’s fifth and sixth albums “Gimme Fiction” and “GaGaGaGaGa,” but I wasn’t truly hooked until I got my hands on the new “Transference” disc, which hit stores in January.

It showcases a grittier turn in band leader Britt Daniel’s songwriting that gradually drew me in until I became totally obsessed. Lately, I’ve related most to “Before Destruction,” the world-weary track the quartet – also bassist Rob Pope, keyboard player Eric Harvey and drummer Jim Eno – kicked off with Friday night at Seattle’s Moore Theatre, followed by another album standout, the jammy “I Saw the Light.”
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