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Alternative rock has been experiencing a bit of 90s nostalgia fever, and the northwest is a hotbed. New bands like Naomi Punk and Milk Music wear their love of heavy, fuzzy guitar licks on their sleeves, and their new takes on the indie-rock stylings of a couple decades ago are pretty great.

Olympia’s Broken Water is a standout in the northwest scene, and the band’s “Say What’s on Your Mind” is today’s 12 O’Clock Track.