Another great week to see some new and old favorites at three very different venues spread across the city.
Here are the shows that top our list. As always, click on through to our calendar to see the full run-down.
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Reykjavik: land of volcanoes with names impossible to pronounce, lore of ogres and some of the most innovative music you can find today. From Bjork to Sigur Ros, Iceland is a country that many modern musical geniuses call home. Maybe it’s the weather, maybe it’s the scenery, or maybe that ancient magical mythology is real. Whatever it is about Iceland, great music has been coming from that snowy corner of the globe for the past several years.
Fortunately for us Seattleites, KEXP recognizes that musical kinship between the Emerald City and Snjóland, and the radio station is celebrating the return of Reykjavik Calling this weekend. They explain this year’s fest in their own words:
Autumn is in the air. The leaves are ready to turn, the clouds are back from their summer break, the kids are back to tuning out teachers and not just their parents, pumpkin spices have begun their full assault on all our senses and the Seahawks are winning our city admirers (and haters) in a whole new way.
…And best of all, autumn tour season is in full swing for us audiophiles. Check out this week’s best shows in the Emerald City:
If you’re like us, there are few things that brighten a typically Seattley day than a strong dose of audio sunshine. Today, we’ve been in a good place thanks to more than a few bands on this week’s reco list. If you need a quick fix, give Wild Belle a try.
As usual, we’re thrilled to see some longstanding favorites like The Octopus Project, Neko Case and Nick Diamond’s Islands join the ranks of talented newishcomers like Wild Belle.
Take a scroll down the list below, watch some videos and plan your week of audio escapes.
Another great week for live music as we’ve officially entered post summer festival tour season. As usual, you’ll find some older acts in the mix along with some newer favorites.
Be sure to scroll through the list below, watch the videos and think about getting your tickets as more than one of these will sell out before the end of the week.
9/9 (Monday) WHY?, Lovers Without Borders @ Neumos
Yoni Wolf and co bring their clever and often intensely personal brand of indie hip hop to Neumos
Nothing like a wealth of great live music options to cap off a short work week that was preceded by one of the best city festivals in the nation. (Speaking of Bumbershoot, be sure to check out our photo sets to revel in the last great sunny weekend of summer.)
Moving on to the present and close future, we’ve got some excellent old and new favorites to mark the start of the holiday season for music fans that is autumn touring season.
Take a scroll through our picks below and share the post with your friends to let them where they’ll be able to find you this weekend.
But we can’t help ducking into the KEXP Secret Music Lounge here and there to catch a more abbreviated and intimate performance by a selection of our festival favorites. Since not everyone at Bumbershoot gets to attend these small, on-air performances, we took the liberty of capturing a few shots of what goes on visually behind what goes out over the KEXP airwaves.
Another Bumbershoot has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t still relishing the great music we enjoyed with the masses all weekend.
We scurried from stage to stage, soaked in the sets, braved the photo pits and have since pulled together some photographic highlights for your viewing (and relishing?) enjoyment. (Click on any image for the full screen version.)
Wishing for a sneak peek from the KEXP Secret Music Lounge? Never fear – those are coming your way tomorrow! (Update: and are now just one click away.)
We hope you all aren’t Bumbered-out yet, because there’s one day left to relish the music, arts, and fun that is Seattle Center on Labor Day weekend. It’s also really the last day to revel in summer before the autumn slog takes us all back to school, work or whatever your version of reality is these days.
If you missed the first two days, Saturday and Sunday, your SEA live Music team will be posting a recap this week of some of the great acts we’ve taken in as we scurried from stage to stage. In the meantime, you can always keep up with us by following us on Twitter and Facebook. Tell your (preferably non-bot) friends too!
If you’re up for braving the zombies that are inexplicably roving Seattle Center for one more day, take a look at our recs below (complete with big names next to local loves) and join us for the final chapter of Bumbershoot 2013.
Another day, another Bumbershoot post! Bumbershoot has long been our favorite in-city music fest, hailing the end of a beautiful summer, and the beginning of autumn tour season. Today’s lineup is likely the best of the week with some hidden gems and billboard favorites side by side.
If you missed Day 1, never fear – we’ll be tweeting + Facebooking from Seattle Center and next week your SEA live Music team will be posting a recap of some of the highlights from the weekend. But in the meantime, without further ado, here’s our top picks for the middle day of Bumbershoot!