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Choice Spins

The 10 Record Store Day releases we'll be looking out for
Big Star, Complete Third, Vol. 3: Final Masters

Freshen Up

Jimmy Eat World keeps evolving after nine albums and nearly 25 years
When a band's been around a while, it can be a challenge to keep things fresh. For pop-rockers Jimmy Eat World, the years after their 2013 album Damage proved full of efforts to recharge the band's batteries, nearly 25 years into a career that's seen them move from emo-scene figureheads to MTV darlings to elder statesmen of the alt-rock scene.

Gear Junkies

Spokane rock trio Supervillain defy expectations with their new album's vintage riffage
Supervillain is a band in a constant standoff with other people's assumptions about what they might sound like. If they get you at one of their shows, though, they'll have you hooked with danceable riffs that defy any of your preconceived notions.

Rare Air

Get down to the globally flavored electro-jams of Beats Antique
For a hard-touring band — especially one with a habit of releasing its albums in the fall — a winter at home with few professional obligations is a rarity. But that's exactly what the three members of Beats Antique have enjoyed over the past few months, drummer Tommy "Sidecar" Cappel says in a telephone interview from his residence in Oakland, California.

Monthly Mardi Gras

Northwest of New Orleans is a musical variety series that aims to bring the sounds of the Big Easy to the Bartlett
It was in 2005, in a small New Orleans jazz club called the Spotted Cat, when Garrin Hertel fell head over heels in love with the music of the French Quarter. While watching a band called the Jazz Vipers, Hertel, a classically trained pianist who hadn't played music in more than a decade, was finally inspired to get back into the swing of things.

This Ain't No Disco

Life During Wartime pays groove-filled homage to Talking Heads
Name a popular band, and there's likely a tribute act out there delivering soundalike versions of their songs. The Bing and the Knitting Factory get a steady diet of classic-rock tributes, and even smaller venues occasionally play host to the likes of Super Diamond (Neil Diamond) or the Iron Maidens (duh — Iron Maiden).

Beats Meet Bach

As influenced by Beethoven as Biggie Smalls, Wil B and Kev Marcus of Black Violin are all about shattering stereotypes
Whenever Wilner Baptiste travels, he's invariably asked about his viola case. It's not because the case is unusual in any way, or because the inquirers have somehow never seen one before.

Distorted Views

Four decades into his career, Social Distortion's Mike Ness is fighting ignorance one rock anthem at a time
Whatever you imagine happens backstage at a Social Distortion show, it's likely a little bit wilder than reality. "At the end of the day, I'm done.

A Foo's New Muse

Guitarist Chris Shiflett heads for the country, musically speaking, while on a break from Foo Fighters
The driving honky-tonk rhythms and distinct twang slathered across Chris Shiflett's new album didn't exactly come naturally for the longtime Foo Fighters guitarist. His side gig as an alt-country singer/songwriter developed slowly through the years, well after he'd established himself as a six-string ace with punks No Use for a Name and then Dave Grohl's crew.

Existential Pop

Transplanted from Portland to the California desert, Josh Hodges of STRFKR found inspiration in desolation
Josh Hodges, the creative force behind the band STRFKR, retreated into the California desert in early 2016 to record his latest album. He emerged several months later with Being No One, Going Nowhere, which explores heady themes of identity, solitude and meditation and yet features perhaps the poppiest, most approachable collection of songs he's yet produced.

Road Worthy

Strand of Oaks' path to sonic nirvana comes through Spokane
If you've only heard Strand of Oaks' Tim Showalter, there's a bit of visual dissonance to overcome the first time you see him. The burly, bearded, heavily tattooed Philadelphia resident looks like he's more likely to be fronting a Motörhead tribute band or working as a bouncer at a biker bar than delivering expansive, electronically enhanced folk-rock with shockingly pretty vocals.

Perfect Harmony

The singing sisters of Portland's Joseph return to Spokane
The band Joseph is a literal sister act, the kind that often gets its start at a church, or sitting around the kitchen, or in the back of the station wagon on the road to some vacation destination. The kind rooted in DNA and honed over decades of singing together.

Making Herself a Name

Seattle's Shelby Earl expands her sound on a "celebratory" new album
Shelby Earl didn't write her first song until she was 28. She'd always had the desire to be a singer, she says, standing on her bed as a kid and employing a broomstick as an imaginary microphone.

Second Coming

On his sophomore LP, Marshall McLean contemplates fame, family and growing up
It's a Monday morning in late February, and Marshall McLean is a bit bleary-eyed. And understandably so: He became a dad again just last night.

Break with Tradition

The bluegrassy Brothers Comatose aren't beholden to old-timey sounds
Like young artists in any genre, bluegrass-tinged quintet the Brothers Comatose are learning that to navigate the music biz in 2017, they have to be increasingly creative and light on their collective feet. That means recording and releasing new songs as they're written, rather than gathering them for months for a traditional album release.

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