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Dying Fetus' deathcore aims to shock listeners while changing the world

Like many metal bands, Dying Fetus chose their name simply to be offensive. Unlike many metal bands, this "deathcore" act formed by youths in 1991 has matured to tackle serious sociopolitical topics, be it capitalism, religion, the war on terror or the criminal justice system. >More
 WHY? fuse hip-hop and indie rock with voyeuristic lyrics

More poet-singer than frontman-MC, Jonathan "Yoni" Wolf holds a unique place in the intersection of hip-hop and indie rock. Originally the alias for his left-field alt-hop solo act, WHY? has bridged the stylistic divide since 2005, when he rebuilt it as an indie band that includes his brother Josiah. >More
 Local Natives fly up the charts with Hummingbird

In early 2010, pop-rock outfit Local Natives quickly climbed the indie ranks with well-constructed melodies, ascendant vocal harmonies (often in three parts) and falsetto crooning. They landed gigs opening for Arcade Fire and the National, whose primary songwriter, Aaron Dessner, produced the band's new album, Hummingbird. >More
 Wild Belle draws inspiration from both touring and staying put

Since building a buzz with the reggae-inflected single "Keep You" in 2012, globally influenced pop band Wild Belle have released a full-length debut (Isles, released in March), played massive festival gigs (including Lollapalooza and Coachella) and toured nearly nonstop. >More
 The Reverend Horton Heat partner with Victory Records for their next release

Pushing 30 years as a "country-fed punkabilly" trio, the Reverend Horton Heat stand as the big-name ambassador to all kinds of rock 'n' roll fusion. Surf rock, swing, rockabilly, psychobilly: It's all touched on over the course of guitarist-singer Jim "The Rev" Heath's lengthy catalog, usually energized by punk-rock D beats, bass-drum triplets and plenty of ride cymbal. >More
 Getting to the core of the Appleseed Cast's new record, Illumination Ritual

After moving away from Southern California, the Appleseed Cast became ingrained in the emo- and post-hardcore scene of Lawrence, Kan., a town whose notable offspring include the Casket Lottery and Coalesce. >More
 Pokey LaFarge explores the Midwestern side of traditional Americana

Traditional American music is often framed as a piece of history, not a living thing filled with vim and vigor. But you'd never guess it when watching Pokey LaFarge, a revivalist of old-school Americana ditties who's playing UW Memorial Union Terrace this Saturday, Aug. 3. >More
 Dax Riggs makes metallic folk with powerful pipes

Plenty of musicians transition from early days in punk or metal bands to making music that's a little softer, more accessible and more nuanced. Most, however, don't do it as powerfully as singer-songwriter Dax Riggs. >More
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