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Valient Thorr, Holy Grail, Royal Thunder, The Kickass 

When: Sun., July 1, 9 p.m. 2012
Price: $12
For reasons I don't understand, grunge seems to have become a four-letter word these days. While turning their nose up at the grunge movement, did anyone stop to consider present popular rock? Who would you rather listen to: Nickelback and Five Finger Death Punch, or Soundgarden and Alice in Chains? On their new full-length, CVI, Royal Thunder does some channeling of the heavier side of '90s rock. The band taps the formerly mentioned Seattle upstarts, while bass player/vocalist Mlny Parsonz puts some L7 vibes into the mix for good measure. The result is sensual, mid-tempo, morose rock with a nice, flannel sheen. Most tastemakers are going to lump Royal Thunder into the doom movement, but I say they could've emerged from the Emerald City 20 years ago. ARIS WALES

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