Modern Woes, Modern Life: Next Exit in “Seattle 1982-1984”

This release also adds three live tracks, giving you an idea of what the group was like in performance. The energy is more contemplative, not quite as manic, though “Fallout Zone” (another fable of modern paranoia), really whips the crowd up. It’s a welcome release that offers a great look back at a simpler time in our rock history, before everything got so gentrified.

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In memory of a friend: the David Bowie Alumni Tour

“Look up here, I’m in heaven.” These lines from David Bowie’s “Lazarus,” a song on his final album, Blackstar, were perfectly apt during this night of music in tribute to Bowie’s creations. But “A Bowie Celebration: The David Bowie Alumni Tour” also had a direct connection to the man as well. The show’s subtitle refers to the fact that the musicians aren’t just admirers, they themselves worked with Bowie over the years, giving the production a more personal touch.

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Review: Thunderpussy tracks on “Danger Diva”

Danger Diva is the story of a rock singer who allows her voice to be surgically modified (with the inevitable unexpected results), set in a futuristic Seattle that’s just around the corner. Making her cinematic debut Thunderpussy lead singer Molly Sides stars as “Devi,” who gets more than she bargained for in agreeing to the unorthodox vocal treatment.

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Late Arrival: The Coming of Wenis

Wenis would likely have remained less than a footnote in Seattle’s music history had the good folks at Green Monkey Records not decided that their tiny oeuvre was deserving of re-discovery, and wider release. The Donut House is a terrifically fun record of gleeful enthusiasm (even when the lyrics are sad), the joyful sound of a group of teenagers learning to play their instruments.

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