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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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September 1, 2014

Bumbershoot Day 3: Top Picks

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Adapting to festival life isn’t so hard. Our brains have already adjusted to thinking, “Oh, this is our life now. We rush around Seattle Center all day listening to amazing music. I guess we live here now.” But alas, silly brains. That is not the case. For today is the final day of Bumbershoot (queue gentle weeping and cries of “NOOOOO!!!”).

Maybe we should save the weeping for tomorrow morning when it’s back to work and “normal” life, whatever that is. So for now, let’s rejoice and revel in the fact that today boasts another amazing lineup of music! Hurrah!

DAY 3 – MONDAY, SEPT. 1

La Luz – 12:30 PM, Fountain Lawn Stage

Sweet vocals over strong surf undertones from the Emerald City.

Smokey Brights – 1:45 PM, Pavilion Stage

Country-tinged rock with a PacNW twist.

Rose Windows – 3:30 PM, Fountain Lawn Stage

Hometown, female-fronted ethereal retro-rock that keeps it sludgy yet buoyant. 

Julianna Barwick – 5:30 PM, Pavilion Stage

Atmospheric and echoy Iceland-inspired melodies from a Brooklyn-based vocalist.

Hurray for the Riff Raff – 6:15 PM, Starbucks Stage

Knee-slapping Appalachian mountain music from a Puerto Rican virtuoso.

Nada Surf – 7:00 PM, Fountain Lawn Stage

Legendary Brooklyn indie-rockers with a penchant for intertwining the highs and lows of life.

Jacco Gardner – 8:15 PM, End Zone Stage

Cinematic, psychedelic indie-pop from a young, Dutch 60’s enthusiast.

Real Estate – 9:00 PM, Fountain Lawn Stage

Pleasantly hazy surf-tinged indie-rock from the Garden State.

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.

August 30, 2014

Bumbershoot-out: Mac DeMarco vs. Iska Dhaaf

Music festivals never fail to schedule at least two great bands at the same time, and Bumbershoot 2014 is no different. We’re here to help you make the inevitable tough decisions to make sure you catch the best sets of the day.

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DAY 1: Mac DeMarco (5:15, Fountain Lawn) vs. Iska Dhaaf (5:30, Pavilion Stage)

Mac DeMarco, a Montreal-based indie pop multi-instrumentalist, is a strong contender for your time. His latest single, “Salad Days,” feels like an easy-going summer jam that is somewhat reminiscent of Otis Redding’s “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” with sadder lyrics. His songs teeter and amble, occasionally stumbling into unexpected key changes that keep his music intriguing. Certainly feel-good and fun to listen to, DeMarco is an ideal summer festival act to put on stage.

However, we give the edge to Seattle’s own Iska Dhaaf for this face-off. While their music is darker and more complex, they have a distinct surf-rock undertone that keeps the music dance-able and somewhat hypnotic. The retro-inspired guitarwork paired with compelling time signatures and a tinge of sorrowful desperation in the lyrics provides a magnetic, modern sound that is entirely its own.

Don’t get us wrong, both sets will be great. You really can’t go wrong. See you out there (in the rain)!

 

August 30, 2014

Bumbershoot Day 1: Top Picks

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If you’re anything like us, you’ve been pouring over the official Bumbershoot lineup with multi-colored pens and developing a hefty piecemeal schedule for each day. Or maybe that’s just us.

Either way, we’ve got you covered. Our favorite in-city music fest has officially arrived, and if you’ll be participating in the Labor Day fun at Seattle Center, we’ve spelled out the can’t-miss acts every day. So, do as we did and mark up your hard copy, plug these into your customized official Bumberapp or  just Sharpie these on the back of your hand. Our top recommendations for Day 1 are below:

DAY 1 – SATURDAY, AUG. 30

Cumulus – 3:00 PM, Pavilion Stage.

Poppy female-fronted rock with snappy drums and driving guitar riffs.

The Lonely Forest – 3:30 PM, Fountain Lawn Stage

A final farewell performance from the Anacortes indie darlings.

Cataldo – 4:15 PM, End Zone Stage

Locally sourced folk-tinged songs infused with clever wordplay and a strong dose of pop sensibilities.

Iska Dhaaf – 5:30 PM, Pavilion Stage

After a much lauded debut to the Seattle scene, Ben Verdoes and Nathan Quiroga drive a raw, dark brand of surf-tinged rock.

Elvis Costello – 6:15 PM, Mainstage

England’s pub rock legend helps the Bumber-crowd “pump it up” with catchy melodies and engaging lyrics.

RA Scion – 8:45 PM, End Zone Stage

Hip hop master of Common Market fame will surely play some new tracks from his latest album released earlier this year.

Wu Tang Clan – 9:45 PM, Mainstage

Wu Tang returns to Bumbershoot, featuring a collective of hip hop heavy hitters.

September 4, 2013

Best of Bumbershoot 2013 in Photos

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.)

May 3, 2013

Bumbershoot 2013 Lineup Announced!

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Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival has always been our favorite way to bid adieu to summer. With a variety of outdoor and indoor stages, a great comedy, arts and spoken-word lineup in addition to an increasingly fantastic musical lineup, all in the shadow off the Space Needle, what’s not to love?

Last night, the Bumbershoot crew announced the lineup for this year’s festival, and we couldn’t be more pleased. With some local favorites highlighted alongside some more mainstream all-stars, this year’s Bumbershoot is sure to be another favorite.

In other good news, three-day passes are only $120… that’s only $40 per day to see more music than you probably do all year! We’d say that’s a pretty great deal!

The full lineup is below, and be sure to check out bumbershoot.org for more details.

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September 4, 2012

Bumbershoot Day 3 in Photos

Alas, the Emerald City’s finest music festival has come to a close, but we can still relive the long weekend through photos. Below we’ve posted a few from the final day of Bumbershoot, and be sure to check out our photos from Day 1 and Day 2.


Ty Segall


Omar Souleyman


The Wombats


The Pharmacy


The Pains of Being Pure at Heart


Ana Tijoux


Bryan John Appleby


Low


Fujiya & Miyagi


Hey Marseilles

September 3, 2012

Day 3: Top 3 Can’t-Miss Picks for Monday at Bumbershoot

We’ve made it to the final day of the festival. Our legs are tired, our ears are ringing and we’ve eaten too much festival food, but we are amped for the culmination of this year’s Bumbershoot. And if you want to relive the past couple days of the festival, check out our Day 1 photos, with images from Day 2 forthcoming.

Ty Segall (Fisher Green Stage, 3:15 PM)
We’ve seen quite a few polished, hi-fi bands at the festival this year, so we’re in the mood to let our hair down a little. Giving a clear nod to Seattle’s grunge and garage rock roots, Ty Segall offers a raw, rough-around-the-edges approach to alt-rock. Between driving guitar riffs and screeching vocals, you might want to bring some hearing protection for this set.

Fujiya & Miyagi (Fisher Green Stage, 8:00 PM)
Britain’s answer to the German Krautrock movement comes in the form of Fujiya & Miyagi, named after a brand of record player and a key character from Karate Kid, respectively. The electo-experimental quartet plays a mellow, downtempo brand of music, with quirky lyrics (think Knickerbocker and Taiwanese Boots).

Hey Marseilles (Starbucks Stage, 8:00 PM)
Making yet another appearance at Bumbershoot, the beloved local chamber-pop group Hey Marseilles will once again charm the crowds with their catchy composition and delightful instrumentation. The gaggle of gents that make up the group play a wide range of instruments, from violas to cellos to accordions to trumpets to mandolins, and everything in between. The band’s breakout hit, Rio, is sure to be on tonight’s setlist, and would serve as the perfect swan song to Bumbershoot 2012.

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