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Your Attention, Please

A Perfect Circle wants you to put your smartphone down for 90 minutes
Progressive rock supergroup A Perfect Circle has been making headlines for kicking out dozens of fans who've captured their live performances with smartphones, but it's not like fans who get booted can say they were surprised. On the band's current tour, there are signs on the back of each seat warning that taking videos or pictures will, in all caps, "RESULT IN EJECTION."

Live After Death

Trans-Siberian Orchestra takes its epic Christmas show on the road again after its founder's passing
Back in the late '80s, my friends and I would gather and watch Headbangers Ball, the MTV show dedicated to all things hard rock and heavy metal. Some of the music we genuinely loved, some was laughable, and some of it was utterly confounding.

The Medium and the Message

Gonzaga rap fans create a new club to express themselves and explore all aspects of hip-hop culture
Chances are Reece Stone's finance professors have no idea about the diminutive 20-year-old redhead's other life, one born a couple of years ago when a fellow student in his Gonzaga dorm introduced him to an addictive new habit.

Honing Psychedelia

Charcoal Squids frontman talks chops and his ever-evolving musical journey
Joshua Bacha was never a slouch on guitar, but he didn't truly devote himself to the instrument — or music in general — until about three years ago. He's since made up for lost time by completely absorbing himself in practicing and performing; by no coincidence, his skills have improved by leaps and bounds.

Backstage for Brooks

Garth Brooks sold out seven shows at the Arena; here's what it's like behind the scenes
Maybe you've heard: Garth Brooks is in town, and he's playing a whopping seven shows between now and Tuesday. It sounds crazy, but it's common practice for the country music megastar.

Room to Breathe

Classically trained and eclectically minded, Katie Kuffel finds truth in musical simplicity
Katie Kuffel says everything she's ever listened to has probably seeped into her subconscious and somehow influenced her music. The Seattle-based songstress blurs lines between jazz, folk and blues, and her classical training and affinity for Romantic-period compositions comes through in dramatic flourishes.

A New Way of Feeling

Tamara Lindeman of the Weather Station pushes the boundaries of folk music
"I'll tell ya what freedom is to me," says the iconoclastic chanteuse Nina Simone in a 1968 New York public television interview. "No fear.

World on a String

With his unique playing style, Scottish guitarist Paul Galbraith looks to expand the instrument's classical repertoire
Every instrument comes with its built-in limitations, but Scottish-born guitarist Paul Galbraith has found adroit ways of working around them. He has an admittedly unusual way of playing the guitar: He tips the neck upward, like it's a cello, which allows for a freedom of movement in both arms that traditional playing methods typically restrict.

Duality of Men

On their new albums, Deer Tick shows that going quiet doesn't mean going soft
Deer Tick has always been a tricky band to pin down, genre-wise. The Rhode Island-bred quartet started off rooted in folk and country-blues, but lead singer John McCauley never had any twang to his cigarette-and-whiskeyed rasp.

It's All Cyclical

Silversun Pickups keep rockin' steady as the genre's popularity rises and falls
It's a popular narrative that "rock is dead," or at least, guitar-based music isn't as relevant as it was even just 10 years ago. Joe Lester says that's true to some extent: Now, electronic dance music producers have greater influence on the Top 40 than guitar-pickers.

Sweet As "Honey"

We break down why the Jesus and Mary Chain is so much more than their most famous single
Few bands in rock history are held in such a high regard, despite their total disinterest in crowd-pleasing, as the Jesus and Mary Chain. They're often credited as being among the originators of shoegaze, but more than anything, lead songwriting duo (and brothers) Jim and William Reid controlled their sound more like a punk band with a penchant for surf rock, '60s girl groups and sickeningly serrated guitar feedback.

Birds of a Feather

Folk duo Penny & Sparrow exorcise fears on their latest album, Wendigo
In Native American folklore, a wendigo is a mythological monster that possesses humans and drives them to commit heinous, violent acts. Wendigo is also the name of the latest LP from Andy Baxter and Kyle Jahnke, better known as Penny & Sparrow, and, appropriately, it's an exploration of what scares us and why.

Sticking With It

New Jersey trio Screaming Females are committed to long-term personal relationships and capturing musical honesty on tape
Screaming Females have been playing together for more than a decade, and they've never settled into a traditional album-and-tour cycle. Most bands of their stature crank out an LP every couple of years, then hit the road after each one.

Even Flow

Seattle rapper Grieves, known for his emotionally blistering verses, gets refreshingly light on his latest album
Grieves has always used music to talk about what's happening in his life. After tackling dark subject matter like addiction, heartbreak and living in poverty on his third and fourth records — Together/Apart (2011) and Winter & the Wolves (2014) — Grieves was typecast as an emo rapper.

Once More with Feeling

Palehound brings its fuzzily intimate indie rock to Spokane
The centerpiece of Palehound's excellent new album A Place I'll Always Go feels almost hidden. It's an outro, really — the final 33 seconds of a song called "If You Met Her" that runs nearly four minutes in total.

Supreme Court Justice

Asian-American rock band the Slants became unsuspecting First Amendment advocates, and they rock, too
The Slants might be the only active band that's as well known within legal circles as it is amongst pop-punk die-hards. Earlier this year, the Portland dance-rock quartet were on the winning side of a landmark Supreme Court case, which was put into motion when Slants founder and bassist Simon Tam was denied a trademark for his band's name.

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