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August 31, 2012

The 5 Best Seattle Bands at Bumbershoot This Year

What? It’s time for Bumbershoot already? We were just getting into this whole summer thing! Oh well. What better way to wash down a short, yet hopefully, still (fingers crossed) lingering, summer than with the city’s still biggest and oldest festival. Like last year, Bshoot’s moved away from relying on big draws to putting more of an emphasis on the up-and-comers, many of whom who happen to have 206 numbers.

Speaking of local greatness, here’s a short list of five must see acts from your own backyard.

Damien Jurado | The Promenade (9:00, Saturday)

The longtime Seattle-based singer-songwriter’s singer-songwriter who recently embraced darker, psychedelic sound only to become even more beloved.

Gold Leaves | Sub Pop Stage (noon, Sunday)

Seattleite Grant Olsen’s band that manages to create a sound that recalls simpler times with enough flourishes to firmly root itself in the here and now.

Bryan John Appleby | The Promenade ( 6:00, Sunday)

Thoughtful, folk-tinged acoustic melodies from one of Seattle’s finest singer-songwriters.

Deep Sea Diver | The Promenade (7:30, Sunday)

The original project from Jessica Dobson – rising female rock icon and newest member of The Shins.

Hey Marseilles | Starbucks Stage (8:00pm, Monday)

The local orchestral pop group that’s become a PacNW festival staple and apparently, a Starbucks’ favorite over the past few years.

August 31, 2012

Tada! Bumbershoot 2012 Best Bets

One of our favorite Seattle music fests each year is the illustrious Bumbershoot, held in the heart of the city at Seattle Center. Though the festival has undergone some changes in the past couple years, including a revamped layout and a focus on more local bands instead of the Billboard Top 10, we think this year’s event is going to make for one wonderful Labor Day weekend. Below is a schedule of our top picks for each day of the long weekend. We’ll also be following up with our top 3 acts for each day. If you spot us in the crowd or photo pit, please be sure to say hello!

SATURDAY – 9/1
12:15 | TacocaT | Sub Pop Stage
1:45 | Unnatural Helpers | Sub Pop Stage
3:15 | Gotye | Mainstage (even though it was overplayed to death, we know you still kind of like that song)
4:15 | King Khan & the Shrines | Fisher Green Stage
4:30 | The Barr Brothers | The Promenade
5:45 | Heartless Bastards | Starbucks Stage
7:00 | Oberhofer | Sub Pop Stage
8:45 | Helio Sequence | Sub Pop Stage
9:00 | Damien Jurado | The Promenade
9:45 | M. Ward | Fisher Green Stage

SUNDAY – 9/2
12:00 | Gold Leaves | Sub Pop Stage
1:00 | Why? | Exhibition Hall
1:30 | Niki & The Dove | Sub Pop Stage
3:15 | Tony Bennett | Mainstage
3:15 | The Jezabels | Sub Pop Stage
4:30 | The Young Evils | The Promenade
5:00 | Fruit Bats | Sub Pop Stage
5:45 | The Greenhornes | Fisher Green Stage
6:15 | The Promise Ring | Exhibition Hall
7:30 | Deep Sea Diver | The Promenade
8:30 | Blitzen Trapper | Sub Pop Stage

MONDAY – 9/3
12:00 | Seapony | Sub Pop Stage
1:45 | Best Coast | Mainstage
3:15 | M83 | Mainstage
3:15 | Ty Segall | Sub Pop Stage
4:00 | Omar Souleyman | Fisher Green
4:30 | The Wombats | Exhibition Hall
5:45 | Ana Tijoux | Fisher Green
6:00 | Bryan John Appleby | The Promenade
6:45 | Low | Sub Pop Stage
7:30 | Fujiya & Miyagi | Fisher Green
8:00 | Hey Marseilles | Starbucks Stage
9:45 | Rebirth Brass Band | Starbucks Stage

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