Author Archives: Michael Beck

Decibel Festival 2011: Db in the Park @ Volunteer Park 10/1

What better way to spend your Saturday afternoon than hanging out in beautiful Volunteer Park and listening to crazy beats, people watching (SUCH good people watching) and having a picnic? Doesn’t get much better than that in my books. I arrived a bit late (I blame it on Star Slinger and Moby), regrettably missing allRead more…

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Decibel Festival 2011: Optical Showcases @ Nordstrom Recital Hall

The Optical showcases were an unexpected surprise at 2011’s Decibel Festival. These showcases, usually kicking off the first music-related event of the evening, featured visuals as a main focus alongside the music, which was often ambient and experimental. Friday night’s showcase, titled Optical 1: Sine Your Name Across My Heart, began with Brooklyn-band Mountains. TheirRead more…

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Decibel Festival 2011: Bit Pop Showcase with DNTEL, Erika Spring & Orcas @ Triple Door 10/2

DNTEL (aka Jimmy Tamborello, one half of The Postal Service) concluded Decibel Festival 2011, putting a different spin on what most of the festival had to offer. He didn’t display the unwavering confidence that most DJ’s displayed — in fact, his stage presence was fairly quiet and antisocial in stark contrast to his music whichRead more…

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Decibel Festival 2011: Toro y Moi with Bass Drum of Death & Unknown Mortal Orchestra, 9/28

Decibel Festival 2011 kicked off with a loud, energetic bang and a surprisingly rowdy crowd at The Crocodile in downtown Seattle. Mississippi-band Bass Drum of Death kicked off the three-set bill with a set of raw, psych/garage rock. It was fairly clear beforehand that this showcase would be the odd-one-out of the festival; Toro yRead more…

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Decibel Festival 2011: Moby @ Showbox SoDo, 9/29

What can you say about Moby, particularly a Moby sporting a Bad Brains shirt? I had anticipated seeing a DJ set of his for months after stumbling upon the last five minutes of his set in Austin for SXSW this year, which involved kids standing on picnic tables, climbing trees, general hooliganism popularly sighted atRead more…

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MusicfestNW 2011, Saturday: The Moondoggies

Longtime Seattle heroes The Moondoggies have been storming the Northwest since their 2008 debut, and 2011 is no different. Still touring in support of 2010’s Tidelands, the fearsome foursome have proved over and over again that whether it’s hushed acoustic ballads or fierce, gospel-esque rock, they dominate the playing field. The creativity and experimentation wasRead more…

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MusicFestNW 2011, Saturday: Avi Buffalo

Last year saw release of the debut album from Long Beach indie pop quartet Avi Buffalo. The self-titled garnered praise from music outlets such as The AV Club, NME, Drowned in Sound, and Filter, a strong first step for lead guitarist/songwriter Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg, who’s musical history stretches all the way back to his sophomore yearRead more…

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MusicfestNW, Saturday: Explosions in the Sky

Explosions in the Sky are exactly what their name implies: a thunderous, cathartic, emotional live act whose crashing, delirious symphonies detonate with the fire of a sun. That might sound like a lot of hyperbole to swallow, but for these four Austin-based dudes, it’s apt. The dying genre of post-rock has all but been leftRead more…

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MusicfestNW 2011, Saturday: The Antlers

The Antlers began as a bedroom project and is now anything but that. Their current sound falls under the genre “chamber” rock, which is basically a more orchestral style of rock. The Antlers use a lot of haunting synth, reverb-drenched guitar and vocals led by Peter Silberman that are often in a higher register andRead more…

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MusicfestNW, Friday: Rhett Miller

Rhett Miller‘s country twang has colored his rock n’ roll career since it began, most notably with his band, the Old 97’s. Acclaimed for their energetic and enthralling live act, Rhett & company claim never to rehearse, a tradition that informs the group’s off-the-cuff Americana rock. Miller’s solo work is a little more practiced, butRead more…

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