Music

Live Show Preview: Tigerbomb’s Final Performance

Tigerbomb!, the beloved eighteen-year-old Guided By Voices tribute band with origins in Humboldt, will be playing their final show this weekend. The band’s performance will take place Saturday, May 28th at The Shanty in Eureka and they will be accompanied by three local bands. The concept of Tigerbomb! originated with vocalist Jensen Rufe. While attending HSU in 1997, Rufe wrote …

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Poison Idea – Confuse & Conquer

The self-proclaimed “Kings of Punk” from Portland, Oregon’s blank, blacked-out vacancies have been making loud and fast-paced, pissed-off hardcore punk rock music for over 35 years. Confuse & Conquer is the latest chapter in the P.I. saga, and in it we see the triumphant return of their late ’80s War All The Time-era guitarist Eric “The Vegetable” Olson. Songs like …

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Ben’s 10 Volume LXX: Musician Plan B Careers

Ben Allen, music editor Sammy Hagar – NASCAR driver Jerry Garcia – Santa Claus Ronnie Jame Dio – Santa’s Elf Ozzy Osbourne – Elementary School Teacher Eric Clapton – Investment Banker David Lee Roth – Paramedic Scott Stapp – Trailer Park Manager Don Henley – Mortician Ric Ocasek – Model Brian May – Astrophysicist

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Hinds – Leave Me Alone

Cee Cee Hill, contributor I’ll start with a disclaimer. I don’t like Adele’s new song “Hello.” That means my musical tastes are absolutely screwy compared to millions of people out there. So don’t be surprised if I find Hinds’ music exciting, fresh and cool. Hinds play surf garage lo-fi music. Their songs have catchy riffs, cool harmonies, and a lot …

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White Fang – Chunks

Tommy Lucero, contributor White Fang is what I believe to be a breath of fresh bong smoke in a world of stale, backyard boogie breath. Lyrics like, “I hit the weed and then I passed it,” makes me feel there is somebody writing music I can finally relate to. The Fang’s sound harkens back to a simpler time, when happy hours …

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Deerhoof – Fever 121614

Samantha Gilweit, contributor Deerhoof is a band that doesn’t give a FUCK what you think about them. They didn’t give a fuck in the mid-90’s when they first formed and went on stage wearing bear suits, destroying instruments and they definitely don’t give a fuck now with the long awaited release of the masterful and fantastically chaotic live album, Fever …

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The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Hell EP

Sam Greenspan, contributor This all-too-brief and incredibly bracing shot of audible absinthe from The Pains of Being Pure at Heart successfully accomplishes what most musicians could only hope to have their EPs do: leave you wanting more and more. The first song and title track is replete with nods to their influences from Prince’s seemingly effortless hooks, with a poetic …

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Ben’s 10 Volume LXIX: Ten Amazing Facts About Christmas in the Stars

By the early ‘80s, the consistently increasing popularity of the Star Wars saga warranted the production of all types of merchandise, even a holiday-themed recording. Christmas in the Stars was released in November of 1980 and was largely sung and narrated by Anthony Daniels, the guy who played C-3PO in the films. After the initial pressing of 150,000, RSO Records …

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The Messiah: Kurt Cobain

“What the fuck is wrong with popular music these days?” I exclaim as the local alternative radio station plays yet another vanilla, uninspired excuse for a song. In rock & roll’s 60-plus-year existence there have consistently been artists who drastically alter the state of popular music. On occasion a musician emerges whose songwriting and voice is so original and pure …

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Goodman – Honey and Wine

Andrea Bartunek, contributor Honey and Wine by Goodman is a perfect stony Sunday afternoon of an album. The short intro, probably stolen from an old jazz album titled “A Goodman,” pulls you in and you’re like, “What?” Then it’s chill from there. This trippy instrumental record is great driving music, and also lovely for eating nachos while alone. You should …

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