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Class, Craft, and the Cost of Ambition: An Interview with 'Lake City' Author Thomas Kohnstamm

While Lake City masquerades as a social climber satire that is really something else, author Thomas Kohnstamm is an open book about his intentions in his work and his hopes for his city.

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Soundgarden: Badmotorfinger (Deluxe Edition)

Twenty-five years on, the populace gets a renewed look at Soundgarden’s contribution to the year punk broke with a fully loaded reissue of their career-changing Badmotorfinger.

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Helms Alee: Stillicide

Stillicide manages to achieve what Helms Alee's previous records could not: atmosphere.

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Wimps: Suitcase

Suitcase is a 27-minute uprising of stupid fun.

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Downpilot: Radio Ghost

Radio Ghost is a thoughtful piece of music, not cheery in the least, but compelling in a strange sense regardless.

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Katie Kate: Nation

Nation isn't an opus. It's a warning.

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Mudhoney: On Top: KEXP Presents Mudhoney Live on Top of the Space Needle

Seminal Seattle band Mudhoney celebrate their 25-year existence by playing at the top of the city's iconic Space Needle. I guess that makes sense.

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EMP's Pop Conference Goes Mobile and Returns Home

In its 13th year, the Pop Conference offered more exciting ideas about music and mobility than you could shake a walking stick at.

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Pearl Jam: Lightning Bolt

Lightning Bolt is sure to rank among one of the high points of Pearl Jam’s discography, standing as an example of their ability to burrow down and hone all of their strengths to a fever pitch.

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The Performance of Summertime and Regional Identity at Bumbershoot

At Bumbershoot, Seattleites pat themselves on the back with enough force to crack vertebrae, reinforcing their sense of civic and regional pride, saying to one another over and over again: this is who we are, and right now we are at our most perfect.

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A Fast-Paced, Thorough & Often Funny Story About an Important Band: 'I'm Now: The Story of Mudhoney'

Financial savvy, drugs, distortion boxes, major labels, and a (kind of) battle with Courtney Love are all part of this fascinating film.

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Shadows of Kurt Cobain and Other Rockers Play Across the Kid in 'Fat Kid Rules the World'

Quirky, witty and emotionally dynamic, Fat Kid Rules the World is an honest look at living on cultural margins. Exceptional performances from Matt O'Leary and Billy Campbell make this coming of age tale stand out.

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Unnatural Helpers: Land Grab

For their third time at bat, these grungy garage rockers have a hard time concealing their restlessness amidst a sonic jumble of Seattle hero worship, power pop dreams, and the existential right to rock.

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Jason Clackley: To the Few and Far Between

Jason Clackley's leanings as a singer and songwriter are equal part Blake Schwarzenbach, Bob Mould, and Ronnie Spector, and that's probably the only time I'll say that about anyone, ever. His vision is few and far between.

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The Life: Alone

Just another band from the Pacific Northwest.

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Shelby Earl: Burn the Boats

Seattle songwriter teams with Long Winters members for a fine, fine flaming feast.

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Scarlet Season: The Taxidermist

Scarlet Season falls flat with The Taxidermist, resorting to cheesy metaphors and cliché angst-rock beats.

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Ivan & Alyosha: The Verse, the Chorus

Looking for a decent indie pop effort? Ivan and Alyosha has just the thing.

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Grunge by Michael Lavine and Thurston Moore

Sub Pop's first lens on the grunge scene offers an early look at the signs of flannel to come, and the distinctive regional imprints on the sounds that followed punk.

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Grunge Is Dead by Greg Prato

Prato's book makes one misty eyed for the good ol’ days, when flannel was the fashion and sludge rock was king.

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