You have an impossible number of local bands to see at Bumbershoot this year. Even if you wanted to, you wouldn’t be able catch half of them, so here are three recommendations from Travis to help you make some tough choices! Good luck!
These Portland, OR, math rockers were in the KEXP studio on June 1st and if you happened to be listening at the time you know just how good it was. Menomena is a band that is hard to categorize, sometimes it sounds more like indie rock, and at other times it has much more of an experimental feel towards it. Either way Friend or Foe their 3rd and most recent album is one of the best I have heard so far this year. You can catch them on the Sound Transit stage at 6-7pm on Saturday or if you are listening to KEXP on Sunday at 1:15 pm they will be playing at our KEXP Bumbershoot Music Lounge.
Breaking into the Seattle scene with their first album, Space Music, Dyme Def are quickly becoming an essential piece to Seattle hip hop. Space Music has a defining mixture of harder hip hop and pop which helps to make it one of the best hip hop cds that Seattle has seen in a long time. Dyme Def comes as a fresh voice in hip hop as it breaks out of the Blue Scholars / Gabriel Teodros sound that lingers over our hip hop. Dyme Def will be playing at the October 8th Audioasis High Dive Benefit with Common Market. If you want to get a chance to see them before October then head over to the EMP Sky Church at 1:15pm on Saturday. Or you could tune in to KEXP at 8pm on Sunday as they will also be a part of the KEXP Bumbershoot Music Lounge.
As the winners of this years Sound Off! battle of the bands held at the EMP this band won the rights to play at Bumbershoot. For Years Blue is comprised of 5 underage kids from Spokane who are making excellent orchestral indie rock. To win the competition they beat out the rising Seattle band with a strong following, Natalie Portmanâ€™s Shaved Head. I highly suggest that you go and see For Years Blue at the EMP sky church at 12:15 pm on Monday, which should look a lot like this:
photo by By Jerry Morris