Gentle Groove: The Hidden History of Grunge in the Modern City

Central Saloon

We wound down the hills of Queen Anne, one of the many ritzy districts in the thriving Seattle metropolis. With the water in the distance and the incredibly steep streets, it felt like we were in San Francisco. Past the buzz of a busy city on a Tuesday, we ended up in Belltown, the most densely populated area of the city. We pulled into a graffiti covered alley and hopped out of the car.

However this wasn’t graffiti like you’d see on the wrong side of the tracks, rather this looked like some sort of artsy hipster scene. We walked up to the elaborate and ornate alley entrance to Black Dog Forge, a blacksmith shop that’s been in operation for a quarter century. Fittingly, two black dogs walked out and greeted us, along with the sounds of machinery and metalwork emanating from inside.



Jam of the Week: Mother Love Bone

Artist: Mother Love Bone

Album: On Earth As It Is

Genre: Grunge

Date: 2016

Sound: Box set covering their entire short-lived career


Jam of the Week: The Cave Singers


Artist: The Cave Singers

Album: Banshee

Genre: Folk Rock (Modern)

Date: 2016

Sound: Is it Folk? Is it Indie Rock? I don’t know!


Review Throwback: Band of Horses: Mirage Rock

For the last six months of so, I’ve been writing album and show review here and there for my pals over at the music blog Little By Listen. I figured since this is, you know, a music blog, I’d do a little review throwback and post them on The Rock Renaissance as well. I know some of the albums are a little outdated, but so are some of the songs I play on the show. I call it Old School.


Band of Horses – Mirage Rock

Release: 09/18/12

Band of Horses hail from the musically rich Seattle along with other new Americana bands like Fleet Foxes, Moondoggies, and The Cave Singers. Frontman Ben Bridwell has everything a Seattle rocker needs: a kickass beard and an endless supply of plaid shirts.

Hipster fashion aside, the band relocated to Bridwell’s native South Carolina following their first album, Everything All The Time, and has remained there ever since. The combination of recording in The South and coming from the new folk scene in Seattle has created quite an array of sounds.