You've gotta love local label Spark & Shine: it boasts one of Seattle's only insurance salesman/urban cowboy acts (Brent Amaker and the Rodeo), a fiercely

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Ken Stringfellow

You've gotta love local label Spark & Shine: it boasts one of Seattle's only insurance salesman/urban cowboy acts (Brent Amaker and the Rodeo), a fiercely homegrown supergroup (The Tripwires), and Ken Stringfellow, who co-founded the Bellingham-based power pop band The Posies. The imprint's reverence for the pioneering rock sounds that started here is wonderfully evident in Stringfellow's latest release, Danzig in the Moonlight. Traversing a range of genres, the songwriter flourishes under the label's partnership, pitting existential pop anthems ("Superwise") next to '70s rock ("History Buff") without losing a regional edge; you can't help but think Seattle's passive-aggressive streak is the subject in "Shittalkers!," while the loose, folky jangle of "You're the Gold" prophetically reflects our recent, misty weather: "Fog hides the stars in Seattle." With The Maldives, Curtains for You. GWENDOLYN ELLIOTT

Fri., Feb. 1, 9:30 p.m., 2013

 
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