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  1. Bumbershootin’: Must-See Musicians Day 3

    September 2, 2013 by Dave

    Our writer AJ Dent gives us the low down on who we’d better be attending at Bumbershoot:

    2:00pm-3:00pm, Mainstage
    Be grateful these guys are a force for good. If they felt like asking you to join a cult, you’d be offering to sign anything in blood before the first sentence of their pitch was over. They’re that throw-yourself-into-a-volcano type of beautiful everyone’s ears so utterly crave. Thank god Mount St. Helens is a solid hundred miles from the festival.

    3:30pm-4:45pm, Mainstage
    Who knew that just saying four letters out loud could make the small of your back start to sweat? It’s rumored these wonderkings are in fact made up entirely of drugs. That’s right. Picture towers of acid sheets and pink pills connected by glow-in-the-dark veins. Somehow they acquired keyboards and microphones and took over all the serotonin cities inside us. Listen to them live. You’ll believe it too.

    Trampled by Turtles
    9:45pm-11:00pm, Starbucks Stage
    The smell of sawdust and campfires will waft through the memory of every audience member at this show, guaranteed. These guys’ fingers are like miniature Paul Bunyans having seizures all up and down banjo strings. They’re quite the dopey-smile-inducing sight, if you can stop dosey-doeing long enough to look at them. Cash in all your chips here to wrap up the Labor Day weekend of a lifetime. These dudes don’t disappoint.

  2. Bumbershootin’: Must-See Musicians Day 2

    September 2, 2013 by Dave

    Our writer AJ Dent gives us the low down on who we’d better be attending at Bumbershoot:

    The Grizzled Mighty
    6:30-7:30pm, Plaza Stage
    Even if you’ve never heard them yet, your own subconscious is saying “fuck yeah” to this band. Your world and Friday night pregaming playlist will never be the same after this dynamic duo holds you upside down by the ankles and shakes.

    Ra Ra Riot
    8:15pm-9:15pm, Mainstage
    Voices taut as tightropes will be the only thing below your floating feet the moment this band begins. Ever have one of those moments where everything in you aches to cry, laugh, and dance around in a swirl all at once? Oh, you will.

    Beats Antique
    8:45pm-10:00pm, Fountain Lawn Stage
    When you inevitably get so into this group’s jams you close your eyes and start to sway, what you’ll probably see in your head are elephants prancing and galaxies churning. But then you’ll open your eyes instantly, because the visual art they bring to the stage is even better than that.

  3. RAC- “Let Go”

    September 2, 2013 by Tristin


    I saw RAC for the first in concert before I even knew that the acronym stood for Remix Artist Collective, and I have to say they blew my mind. I liked every song they remixed better than the original and RAC stayed on repeat in my room for weeks after. From Lana Del Ray to Chromeo, RAC could do no wrong when it came to remixing. So when I learned that lead producer André Allen Anjos was set to release a completely original EP titled Don’t Talk To, I was giddy with excitement. While the EP is scheduled to release October 1st, RAC recently released the first single “Let Go,” featuring vocals from both Kele Okereke (remember Bloc Party?) and rising elctro-pop star MNDR. So how is this first taste of RAC’s debut venture into producing something that is entirely his own?

  4. Bumbershootin’: Must-See Musicians Day 1

    August 30, 2013 by Dave

    Our writer AJ Dent gives us the low down on who we’d better be attending at Bumbershoot:

    ZZ Ward
    4:45pm-5:45pm, Starbucks Stage
    Fair warning: You’ll need a cigarette after this performance. Go ahead and try to steel yourself against this woman’s whiskey-kiss vocals. We’ll try not to laugh too hard as you leave with your tie (and heartstrings) undone.

    6:15-7:15pm, Tunein Stage
    Take a good look at that band name. It’s daring you to try not to dance, and knowing you will fail. This act is enough to make the most set-jawed Seattleite get down. Just give in already. You won’t regret it.

    Washed Out
    9pm-10pm, Fountain Lawn Stage
    Yep, you’re going to want these sounds and the fountain lights rolling over you like waves near the end of Bumbershoot’s first day. Simultaneously slow and synthy, they’ll inspire you to ride the night’s positive vibes without partying yourself out too much for Sunday.

  5. Wavves – “That’s On Me”

    August 28, 2013 by Cam



    I’m so hungry. All those people eating ribs. It was a little discombobulating in the middle of Wavves’ new music video “That’s On Me,” but all in all still looked delicious.

    Now, I may be a sick individual if I can watch this video, which graphically filets a hanging pig, and leave hungry. But not everyone can enjoy a song which in one line says “You’ll regret your whole life” and in the next says, whatever. Wavves has been doing weird shit like this throughout their career and, let’s be honest, their music has always been a little off-kilter. They’re constantly bridging the real and the absurd, whether that be sonically or visually. This Waves track is the next in a line from these disenchanted rockers that I can get fully on board with. (more…)

  6. Cage the Elephant – “Come a Little Closer “

    August 27, 2013 by Tristin



    Cage the Elephant has never been a band constricted by a particular style, and they have continued to evolve and develop their sound with this new single, “Come a Little Closer.” After their first album and “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” took radio stations by storm and their second album Thank You Happy Birthday established them as more than a one hit wonder, Cage the Elephant had been remarkably quiet. But now their new album Melophobia is set to release October 8th and the lead single “Come a Little Closer” has quickly topped the charts as the number one most added track for Alternative Radio in the United States.  (more…)

  7. Oh My Goodness – OMG OMG

    August 21, 2013 by Cam


    Oh My Goodness’ single “OMG OMG” starts off gleefully enough before lead singer Therese Workman starts rapping as fast as she can to make sure she won’t be left off the next list of rappers Kendrick plans on murdering. And then, the whimsical whistling comes back as quickly as it left as if nothing ever happened. It’s the musical equivalent of falling down the stairs, and then looking around to make sure no was looking before getting the hell out of there.

    The sound that the Brooklyn based duo (a would-be shocking fact if the link to the video wasn’t right there simply because there’s just so much going on) has come up with is uniquely their own. Oh My Goodness seem to get bored of staying in one place–very much represented in their video where, even if they are just standing in one place, they’re being cut into jagged pieces of themselves. The band rushes between indie pop, rap, and ends with a chaotic, swarming guitar. The distorted guitars, ability to play with space, constantly filling it up to a bursting point before popping the balloon to let it all rush out, and ooohs and aaaahs all remind me vaguely of Grizzly Bear if Edward Droste would do what we have all been waiting for and start rapping his lyrics.

    “OMG OMG” is the first video to come from Oh My Goodness’ debut self-titled EP, which you can download here.


  8. Capitol Hill Block Party Day 3 Headliners Part 1: Hey Marseilles and Cults

    August 21, 2013 by Dave

    Hey Marseilles is a Seattle band through and through. Starting with jam sessions at the iconic Gasworks park to now main-staging at Capitol Hill Block Party, the road is looking good.

    Cults is a new group that began in NY when guitarist Brian Oblivion and singer Madeline Follin were students at The New School. The New School has a pretty impressive alumni list for it’s size from Jack Kerouac to Sufjan Stevens to Matisyahu and Kevin Smith. Regardless, the quality continues as this band killed it, which isn’t much different than what they’ve been doing on their rapid rise to the main stage level.

  9. Capitol Hill Block Party Day 3 Hip Hop Part 1:Theoretics & Latyrx

    August 21, 2013 by Dave

    Day three of CHBP held Hip Hop ranging from the the up and comings Dave B and Sam Lachow to the the prolific artists making up Latyrx (Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truthspeaker). Here We’ll focus on the two groups that performed indoors at the historic Seattle venue Neumos.

    We kicked off day three with Theoretics. They’re a dual fronted Emcee/Vocals large band of seven musicians that fill a ton of genres ranging from Hip Hop to soul to electronica. Having just released their sophomore album “Plenty of Anything” the group sounded seasoned in both dark and warm afternoon set in Neumos.

    It was crazy to get to see Latryx. I might be a little biased as I am a huge Lyrics born fan, all of his side projects are genius. The energy was intense in the tightly packed pit leading up to the stage you could almost forget that it was light outside.