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New Music Sounds from the Pacific Northwest

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New Music Sounds from the Pacific Northwest

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New Music Sounds from the Pacific Northwest

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The Pacific Northwest has been the source for a lot of great rock music — in the early 1990s, for example, it spawned the "grunge" sound made famous by acts like Nirvana and Soundgarden. Music critic John Brady shares some of his favorite new and sometimes quirky acts:

CD cover for Calvin Johnson's 'Before the Dream Faded'

Calvin Johnson

"With his off-key, bassy voice and lean, jangly melodies, Calvin Johnson shucks off many of the usual pop music trappings. He's a cool and detached hipster with an out-of-kilter sound and sometimes surreal lyrics."

Listen: 'When Hearts Turn Blue'

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Toothfairy

"Recording under the name Toothfairy, Chad Crouch sings in a soft, wispy voice that tends to dissipate at the end of the phrase. On his album Formative, he revisits his teenage years to funny and touching effect.

Listen: 'Stephanie, My First Crush'

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The Gossip

"Lead singer Beth Ditto is a punk-rock howler in the tradition of the X-Ray Spex's Poly Styrene or Bikini Kill's Kathleen Hanna. But she also has a bit of the sexy, soulful disco diva in her."

Listen: 'Fire With Fire'

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