Posts tagged ‘Smokey Brights’

September 1, 2014

Bumbershoot Day 3: Top Picks


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!


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.

January 13, 2012

Friday Night Revival: Brother Bear Does Old Timey Tunes at Columbia City Theater

We like it when people are able to take something old and obsolete, and turn it into something new and shiny. In music, it’s always intriguing when musicians are able to revive passé musical styles and add some pizzazz to create a new genre that is entirely its own.

Combining vaudeville sensibilities and a modern pop twist, Brother Bear offers an entrancing blend of good ol’ saloon tunes with today’s flavor of indie pop rock.

Brother Bear is supporting Smokey Brights tonight at Columbia City Theater in south Seattle.

1/13 Smokey Brights / Brother Bear / Sean Flinn & the Royal We @ Columbia City Theater :: Doors @ 9:00 PM :: $8 :: 21+

November 23, 2011

Hot Bodies in Motion + Kris Orlowski + Smokey Brights = A Pre-Thanksgiving Treat at the Tractor

If you’re looking to find an excuse to break free from out-of-town family who’ve kicked you to that less-than-cushy air bed you regretfully picked up slightly used from Craiglist, a trip to the Tractor tonight will be just what that doctor and your ailing back ordered.

In addition to being Kris Orlowski‘s highly anticipated album release show, the all-local lineup kicks off with Smokey Brights and concludes with Hot Bodies in Motion. You’ll find the opener and headliner feature smooth-voiced frontmen along with exceedingly capable backing musicians who are prone to lay down grooves that will force even the most stationary crowds into sways and foot-tapping at the very least. From Orlowski himself, expect a set that exhibits his David Bazan-influenced vocal style and pensive lyrics.

Be sure to get there around 9:30 or so, so you don’t miss a song from three local bands with arguably the most widespread appeal of any groups calling Seattle home today.

11/23 Hot Bodies in Motion / Kris Orlowski [Album Release] / Smokey Brights @ Tractor :: Doors at 9 p.m. :: $10

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