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Khanate

Trauma victims often report a disturbance in their perception of time–even in memory their ordeal crawls by in terrible slow motion. Khanate’s excruciating antimusic is like doom metal afflicted by that same sort of temporal dilation, each song drawn out into an irregular 10- or 20-minute series of isolated impacts–four seconds apart, five seconds, fifty–so […]

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Charles Cross

Seattle music critic Charles Cross seems intent on tackling the lives of his city’s musical titans one by one. Given its subject’s brief and messy existence, Cross’s 2001 Heavier Than Heaven was as close to a definitive biography of Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain as we’re likely to see. His latest effort, Room Full of […]

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Memory House

Kathleen Tolan’s play, warmly directed by Sandy Shinner, not only perfectly captures the tension and love between a teenage daughter and her mother but gently explores a central question: how should we live? High school student Katia (Cassandra Bissell) is concerned with the big picture: war, poverty, the destruction of one country by another. Her […]

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Deerhoof

I used to think of Deerhoof’s music as a sublime juxtaposition–sweet pop melodies brutally colliding with angular riffs and rhythms–but on their forthcoming and best album, The Runners Four (Kill Rock Stars/5RC), those elements seem inseparably intertwined. Recorded in their Oakland practice space without the elaborate multitracking that’s given previous efforts such a supernatural feel, […]

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Design for Living

With its bons mots on marriage, morality, and the modern girl, Noel Coward’s zingy 1933 comedy about a love triangle was shocking in its day. Now it’s more a fun romp featuring three charming characters, all sleekly or sparklingly dressed by Elizabeth P. Shaffer in this production. P.J. Schoeny at first lacks the confident briskness […]

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Detail From the Mountain Side

In this piece talented writer-director Brian Torrey Scott departs from the airless self-consciousness that’s marred his earlier efforts. He still displays a penchant for aphoristic dialogue that doesn’t always advance plot or allow insight into the characters, but at least he seems to have battled his aversion to giving the story’s background and circumstances. A […]