KUPS STAFF on April 30th, 2010
With a lineup featuring accomplished jazz organist Joe Doria and saxophone legend Skerik, "The McTuff Quartet," as the group formally calls itself, promises some world-class virtuosity. Volume 1 delivers. The songs average about eight minutes each, and every song is, unsurprisingly, mostly soloing. But it's thanks to Doria's composition that
KUPS STAFF on April 30th, 2010
If Ultraman decided to take a stab at the rap game, his beats would probably sound something like this. The Golden Handshake is an EP of tracks made separately by electronic music producers Lando Kal and Low Limit, who usually work together under the name Lazer Sword. Though futuristic,
KUPS STAFF on April 23rd, 2010
Last year, I had the insane privilege of studying street musicians in an Ecuadorian city called Cuenca. One particular group-known as Bandada de la Madre-was a sort of a loose Latino drum circle, consisting of about 10 people creating wild percussion from bottles and bells to buckets and boxes. Their
KUPS STAFF on April 2nd, 2010
Why is Japanese punk always so good? MCR records has just released the Fight for Existence EP- by the band Reject, from Nagoya City. What has your experience with Japanese punk been like? Mine has been awesome, and Reject continues to bring the raw energy I've come to expect out
KUPS STAFF on March 12th, 2010
Only 30 minutes in length, Angelo Spencer's all-instrumental effort Et les Hauts Sommets floats happily between surf, afro-pop and noise rock. Spencer's MySpace declares, it "sounds like a soundtrack." Sure enough, the album's pulsing character pieces define an exotic tone that could have great cinematic effect. If this well-defined tone is
KUPS STAFF on March 5th, 2010
An album entitled Teen Dream can seemingly lead to only two things: bubblegum pop stars or angsty pop-punk sensations. Thankfully, Beach House's most recent album, the band's first on Sub Pop, delivers on neither. Instead, listeners are offered a seamless mix of ambient, indie-pop perfection. Fans that fell in love
KUPS STAFF on February 26th, 2010
Tacoma's very own Jeff Matz (Zeke) joins Oakland California's High on Fire on bass for the band's fourth LP, Snakes for the Divine (E1 Entertainment). This fourth album, while staying true to the powerful stoner rock that has defined HOF's auditory onslaught since their conception in 1998, falls short of
KUPS STAFF on February 22nd, 2010
When it came time to choose an album for this review, Freeway and Jake One's new effort seemed to be a no-brainer, based on album art alone (the CD case is stylized as a wallet, the liner notes as a roll of cash). With album art on my mind, though,
KUPS STAFF on February 16th, 2010
Power Patriot is an excellent example of what I like to think of as "heavy instrumental jazz." The album is jazz/rock/jam supergroup Garage A Trois' first album following the departure of Seattle eight string guitar virtuoso Charlie Hunter. As a longtime Benevento fan, I personally rejoiced when I heard keyboard player
KUPS STAFF on October 29th, 2009
Hot Buttered Rum's released their most recent studio effort, Limbs Akimbo, on Sept. 9 under the guidance of producer Tim Bluhm of the Mother Hips. This is drummer Matt Butter's of Everyone Orchestra first official release with HBR following the departure of mandolin player and vocalist Zac Matthews
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