Posts tagged ‘Big Star’

November 28, 2014

We’re Thankful For… Bumbershoot [In Photos]

Not to get too sentimental, but sometimes it is important to take a step back and admire all the wonderful things about life. Whether it’s family, friends, trips, pets, health or living down the block from your favorite coffee shop, we can all find something in life to be grateful for.

The SLM team has a lot to be thankful for this year. We have been able to attend some amazing concerts and talk to some incredible musicians. Anyone who claims “music isn’t as good as it used to be” just hasn’t been looking in the right places  – we’re grateful to be able to find new music we’re excited to share with our friends and readers every week.

One of the experiences we’re thankful for every year continues to be Bumbershoot. Hopefully you took us up on some of our recommended performances for Day 1, Day 2 and Day 3, and even more importantly, hopefully you were glad you did.

Here’s to another great Bumbershoot at Seattle Center this past September and some of the scenes we love looking back on from the festival.

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August 31, 2014

Bumbershoot-out: Big Star’s Third vs. Pickwick

Another day at Bumbershoot, another opportunity to double-book yourself for the same time slot. It’s easy to feel conflicted at festivals where there’s so much great music to see and so little time in the day. Today is no exception, with a really tough decision facing us during the 8:00 hour.

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DAY 2: Big Star’s Third (8:00 PM, Starbucks Stage) vs. Pickwick (8:15 PM, Fisher Green Stage)

Big Star might be the most important band you’ve never heard of. Formed in the early 1970s, the band has been hugely influential to other acts you may have heard of: REM, The Replacements, Teenage Fan Club, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Flaming Lips, Wilco and the Afghan Wigs, just to name a few. Due to some unfortunate circumstances, including distribution snafus, the radio trends of the time and in-band fighting paring down the foursome to just two in a matter of years, Big Star wasn’t privy to the limelight like they deserved. However, they did get quite popular in the UK in the late ’70s and have been picking up steam everywhere ever since. For good reason, they’ve have been referred to as “America’s #1 cult band” by Revolver. After the unfortunate passing of frontman Alex Chilton and bassist Andy Hummel in 2010, original drummer Jody Stephens pieced together a notable lineup to play Big Star’s third record for the (now) adoring masses. And rumor has it, a few very special guests will join the band on stage this evening.

That’s why Big Star narrowly beats out local funk favorites, Pickwick, in today’s Bumbershoot-out. Don’t get us wrong – Pickwick is fantastic. Originally they started as a local indie-folk group that had trouble getting much traction in the scene. But then, as a caterpillar turns into a beautiful butterfly, the band when through a metamorphosis – or at least a musical epiphany – and mixed in some funk and soul into their craft. Voila, a star is born. Unassuming frontman Galen Disston has a powerful, emotive voice that suits the band’s style perfectly. And as if that isn’t reason enough to enjoy Pickwick, local Grammy winner Kory Kruckenberg mans the vibraphone and produces the band’s albums.

See, tough decision, right? But history has the edge here so make sure you catch at least some of Big Star’s set. But really this is a win-win situation.

August 31, 2014

Bumbershoot Day 2: Top Picks

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After a full first day of Bumbershoot, it’s hard to believe we aren’t even halfway through the weekend yet. But with the new day and a few cups of caffeine, we’re ready for another day jam-packed with great music. We’re thrilled (and we’re sure Seattle Rock Guy is, too) that today features a handful of some great metal bands. Early afternoon isn’t when we usually listen to metal music, but when in Rome.

Our can’t-miss acts for Day 2 include:

DAY 2 – SUNDAY, AUG. 31

Hobosexual – 12:30 PM, Fountain Lawn Stage

Hard-driving rock duo from the Emerald City.

Sandrider – 2:00 PM, Fountain Lawn Stage

Locally-based grunge metal band featuring former members of Akimbo.

Kishi Bashi – 3:00 PM, Fischer Green Stage

Melodic pop perfections from a Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist and songwriter.

Red Fang – 3:45 PM, Fountain Lawn Stage

Arena-worthy heavy metal from Portland.

Kins – 5:00 PM, End Zone Stage

Guitar-driven and atmospheric pop from Australia.

The Replacements – 6:00 PM, Mainstage

Post-punk group that made it big in the 80s is back after reuniting last year.

Big Star’s Third – 8:00 PM, Starbucks Stage

Immensely influential rock group from the early 1970s that maintains a strong cult following – original drummer Jody Stephens will be joined be his talented, famous friends and other surprise guests.

The Dismemberment Plan – 9:00 PM, Fountain Lawn Stage

1990s experimental post-punk group from Washington DC released a solid comeback album last year.

Bootsy Collins – 10:00 PM, Fischer Green Stage

Psychedelic funk legend who rose to fame in the 1970s and hasn’t slowed since.

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