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Above Ground

Atmosphere isn't getting any younger, but they can live with that
Last Saturday, at a sold-out show in Los Angeles, the hip-hop duo Atmosphere proudly celebrated their back-to-back birthdays, one before midnight, one after. The indie group's rapper, Sean "Slug" Daley, has just turned 42, but he never expected to get this far.

Happy Together

Pine League combines veteran musicality with an insatiable need to make each other laugh
Kneeling in the grass between Michael "Tambourine Man" Ransford's tight-white-jeaned legs, Tyler Aker rips on a guitar.

The Right Fit

Bartfest is billing itself as the festival for those who don't really like festivals
With Bartfest, the new three-day music festival hitting this weekend, everything from the meticulously curated lineup to the ticket price is intentional.

Tools of Rock

Three local entrepreneurs are hoping to give musicians an edge
Rock stars make it all look so easy.

Decoding 'Krazy'

With his new album, gangsta rapper YG makes a hip-hop record that's surprisingly relatable
YG, the fast-rising rapper who'll play the Knitting Factory on Friday, spends the first 20 seconds of his debut album My Krazy Life establishing where he's from:

Open Ears, Full Hearts

Steve Gleason is a huge music fan, and this year he'll be back to bring awareness to ALS with Gleason Fest
It most likely won't take Steve Gleason's hearing.

Work It

Seattle's Fly Moon Royalty isn't afraid of a little 'world domination' with its music
Singer Adriene "Adra Boo" Green and producer/DJ Mike "Action Jackson" Sylvester, aka electro-soul duo Fly Moon Royalty, are no strangers to elbow grease.

Bow Tie Madness

With Gaytheist, you can't judge a band by what its lead singer wears
The show at the Volume festival was getting wild.

Amplifier Worship

Japanese three-piece Boris may just be the loudest band you've ever heard
It is entirely possible that when Boris thunders through Spokane and plays at the Big Dipper, it will be the loudest thing that has ever happened in this city.

See Change

Against Me! saw their frontman become a frontwoman, but the band is as loud as ever
A singer's voice is likely to blossom into something new as time passes. But drummer Atom Willard wondered if Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace's (born Tom Gabel) voice would transform into that of a woman, like the rest of her body was beginning to.

Arena Karaoke

Arcade Fire has been playing a hell of a tour, complete with locally inspired cover songs
Arcade Fire's marathon tour behind its Reflektor album has been a sort of grandiose venture full of confetti, papier-mâché masks and arena-sized dance parties that we've come to expect from this band. At this point in the band's decade-long career, you'd be a bit let down if there wasn't something utterly bizarre at an Arcade Fire show.

Songs by the Mile

The road-seasoned Head and the Heart open up the Festival at Sandpoint season
The Head and the Heart's drummer, Tyler Williams, is in Australia with the band when he's tracked down via email last week. He's been there before, because the band has been just about everywhere over the past five years.

Working Girl

Valerie June always knew how to work hard for what she wanted; she just didn't know it would pay off so well
Valerie June has worked her ass off to make it. Not that the self–described "organic moonshine roots" musician is complaining about it.

Living in the Present

Breakout indie folk artist Angel Olsen won't stress about what she's done before or what she'll do next
Angel Olsen doesn't think about the future when making her art.

Searching for Symmetry

For Portland's Rags & Ribbons, it's all about balance
Portland melodic rock trio Rags & Ribbons takes a measured approach to everything it does.

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