• Does anyone care about guitar-driven pop songs anymore? Blue Skies for Black Hearts do, and when you hear the Portland power-pop band's new record, you will, too.
LISTEN: Blue Skies for Black Hearts - "It's Gone on Too Long"
• Robert Ham wrote this very good profile on Dustin Hamman of Run On Sentence, but perhaps he can be best conveyed if I describe what Hamman's carrying in his press photo. In one hand, a tiny black dog. In the other, a pineapple.
LISTEN: Run On Sentence - "Run to You"
• Have Cascadian black metal torchbearers Wolves in the Throne Room forsaken metal with their new, surprisingly ambient, synth-based album Celestite? Don't count on it.
LISTEN: Wolves in the Throne Room - "Celestite Mirror"
• No ID? No problem! Our All-Ages Action! column tells you where to go if you're underage.
• And enough Up & Coming show previews to fill any wazoo.
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