March 24, 2011
As we stare out at the blue skies from the confines of SEAliveMUSIC HQ, we get more and more excited about the nice (and sometimes spectacular) season(s) in Seattle. As such, we’ve been aligning our iTunes and Grooveshark playlists with plenty of warm weather tunes in the vein of Tennis and the Botticellis.
One PacNW group that makes our list is none other than Portland’s finest purveyors of surf rock, Orca Team. While we have to admit, it was their name that first caught our attention, it was their rich harmonies, soothing vocals and beach party instrumentation that made us fans.
Head over to Chop Suey to catch the live experience for yourself.
3/24 The Intelligence/Orca Team/Le Sang Song :: @ Chop Suey :: 8 P.M. :: $10 :: 21+
March 24, 2011
When Bumbershoot rolls around each Labor Day Weekend, we tend to spend most of the long weekend hanging out with the nice folks from KEXP in their annual KEXP Secret Lounge. It is a magical, intimate live recording space for Bumbershoot’s finest to come and entertain a small crowd, and it is our favorite stage at the festival. Last year, one of our unexpected favorite performances here was Akron/Family.
Our friends at Tiny Mix Tapes wrote that Akron/Family’s “performances are the stuff of legends” and “festival stealers,” which we happen to wholeheartedly agree with. They walk a fine line between modern experimental folk and 1970s transcendent psychedelic rock. With energetic, visually interesting live performances and clever instrumentation, they’ve become a favorite amongst those who enjoy a more abstract, noisy sound.
While Akron/Family is definitely not a band that will appeal to a broad base of our readers, we’d highly encourage you to give them a try tonight at Neumos with Delicate Steve. They push the limits of “rock” and the end result is quite remarkable.
Silly Bears by Akron/Family from Secretly Jag on Vimeo.
3/24 Akron Family/Delicate Steve @ Neumos :: Doors at 8:00 PM :: Tickets are $12 :: All Ages