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Are you crazy about the cover? We sure are. The mesmerizing creation is thanks to Leo Shallat and Olivia Guterson who were kind enough to grace our pages with their ink (well, metaphorically at least). Here’s a little peek into Leo’s artistic process and then some. What is your go-to aesthetic? Sharp lines in close quarters with bold colors and lots of flow. I like unconscious movement. How do you come up with your own style? Slowly. I’m just figuring out what “my style” looks like. It mostly comes from my influences and turning them into my own. With my calligraphy I just play around with the flow of line work and that has started to develop itself. A lot of the time I come up with a new style when I least expect it, like I was sitting in class last summer and started to draw this character in a way I had never done before. It looked like nothing I had been working on, but I went with it and that turned into one of the f...

 
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Olympia bluegrass duo make a name for themselves with studio debut Even before we heard Science!’s self-titled studio debut, they were quickly becoming one of the most talked about bands in Olympia. The duo was voted “best new Olympia band” by The Weekly Volcano probably because they are so damn easy to listen to. Science! is the duo’s first album with a full band and Glen Graham of Blind Melon on drums. It is available now for free streaming or $7.00 download at scienceseattle.bandcamp.com. There is nothing particularly innovative on their self-released 7-track EP. The two guitarists take off where The Grateful Dead’s “Touch of Grey” left off, with a more up-tempo, bluesy twist – which means they sound like Dispatch. “Austin Tune” could be straight from the Dead’s catalogue, with Stang’s raspy vocals and the ever-wandering guitar solos. Like The Grateful Dead, Science! finds a sweet balance between country, bluegrass and...

 
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Everyone has asked the question at some point: Who are the Generation Friends? The Generation Friends Comedy Arts Coalition has been on campus for 12 years. According to Caleb Hepker, a club coordinator, they began as, “The Evergreen Spontaneity Club”. “That’s awful,” commented Sam Bennett, a member of the Gen Friends, about the club’s original title. “It makes them sounds so . . . happy.” “I know, right?” responded Hepker. “Originally we were just an improv club. We’ve expanded.” The Generation Friends are now split into three branches-- Sketch, Stand-Up, and Improv. Each branch meets separately to focus on each medium. In charge of sketch is Ryland Duncan, Gabe Smith coordinates stand-up, and Caleb Hepker leads improv. “We probably put on more events than any other student organization,” said Hepker. “Yeah, we’re kind of responsible for the entire comedy scene in Olympia,” added Duncan. In addition to hosting dozens ...

 
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Grizzly Bear break the confines of art-gallery rock with their new LP Shields, released September 18 on Warp Records. The Brooklyn quartet brings a Baroque flair to cutting edge rhythms on their sublimely complex fourth studio album. It is their first release since 2009’s hit Veckatimest, and, joyfully, the band brings the same pop sensibility as before, but with more maturity. Ecstatic melodies blend with musical intelligence on their single “Yet Again.” This track in particular, brooding and uplifting, is as powerful as they come. The experimental tendencies on this record are along the lines of Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, but with no trace of Jeff Tweedy’s fragility or distance. Instead, Grizzly Bear relies on heavy and exhilarating rhythm parts such as on the opening track “Sleeping Ute.” With Shields, Grizzly Bear has surpassed any of their previous work, and set an ambitious standard for future releases. "Yet Again" b...

 
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Music Spots

 
September 30, 2012



Olympia has a deep and storied history of live music since the 60s, stemming largely from Evergreen’s influence. Washington state’s capital has served as a training ground for bands such as Nirvana, Modest Mouse, The Melvins, and Sleater Kinney, to name a few. These are our picks for the five best options to catch live music around Olympia and beyond. 1. LE VOYEUR WHERE: 404 E 4th Ave THE LOWDOWN: A common hangout spot for local artists, this café, bar, and music venue hosts a wide variety of shows almost every night of the week. Ranging from doom metal, to indie rock, to electronic dance music, Le Voyeur features mostly local acts and is all ages until 10 p.m. They offer an awesome selection of hearty sandwiches and vegan/vegetarian options for a reasonable price. Oh, and don’t forget to order their bomb-ass garlic fries. WHAT TO SPEND: $0 – 5 VoyeurOlympia.Com   2. NORTHERN WHERE: 414 1/2 Legion Way THE LOWDOWN:...

 
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Perhaps the most obvious conclusion one can reach about Animal Collective over their 13-year stint of recording is that they have consistently avoided doing the same thing twice.They are exceptional at defying expectations and pushing their boundaries every chance they get.The Brooklyn quartet, who released their 9th LP Centipede HZ, on September 4th on Domino Records, will kick off a world tour Tuesday, Sept. 18 in Seattle at the Paramount Theater with guests Micachu & The Shapes Their newest effort, pronounced “centipede hertz”, is a dense, avant-garde mash of drum machines, synths, samplers, percussion, vocals, and electric guitar. Everything on Centipede HZ is tightly packed in contrast to their earlier work, which was characterized by repetitious sonic textures and expansive aural environments. Animal Collective is more interested in exploring new musical territory than being easy to listen to. On “Today’s Supernatu...