Category Archives: Decibel Festival

Decibel Festival 2013: Optical 2: Erased Tapes @ Nordstrom Recital Hall

Decibel Festival‘s Optical showcases serve to remove the notion that electronic music is simply made for dancing. Instead, they present an array of musicians who specialize in everything from neo-classical to drone to ambient to horror soundtracks. For its 10th anniversary, Decibel brought back beloved German composer Nils Frahm, whose performance last year with CFCFRead more…

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Decibel Festival 2013: Moby & Friends @ Showbox SoDo

For the second night of Decibel Festival 2013, I headed down to the Showbox SoDo for the Moby & Friends showcase, featuring of course Moby doing a DJ set, along with Blondes and the Loops of Fury. And Decibel Festival’s own Assistant Visual Director, Zach Walker, provided the very cool video projections to make thisRead more…

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Decibel Festival 2013: Optical 4 @ Triple Door

At last year’s Decibel Festival, as part of the Optical series, there was a live scoring to an incredibly absurdly spliced film from the 70s, unfortunately missing this year. Luckily, Optical 4 made up for it, featuring the doom electro-acoustics of London duo Raime, the terrifying ambient textures from The Sight Below, and, because OrenRead more…

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Decibel Festival 2013: Abstract Earth Project Showcase @ Showbox at the Market

On Wednesday, I was excited to begin my fifth time attending Decibel Festival with the Abstract Earth Project showcase at the Showbox at the Market. This showcase featured Wax Tailor, an artist whose work I’d never yet picked up, but hearing some of it recently on KEXP had me saying “oh yeah, this is great,Read more…

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Decibel Festival 2013: Optical 3: Night Vessel

Gracing the Triple Door Saturday night during Decibel Festival was an incredible Sacred Bones double header from Zola Jesus and Pharmakon. With a dazzling night sky of stars in the background and a visually arresting display from each up front, Saturday’s Optical session was one for the books, showcasing brilliant aural contrast as well asRead more…

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Decibel Festival 2013: Nicolas Jaar & Friends @ Showbox SoDo

Nicolas Jaar is one of those young musicians who you can already imagine in 10, 15, 20 years as being an staple who is looked up to by musicians who are young when he is older. Not only did his most recent album, Space is Only Noise, reflect a seeping depth of influences, but itRead more…

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Decibel Festival 2013: Mad Decent Presents Showcase @ Showbox SoDo

As you can expect, Saturday night’s Mad Decent Presents Showcase during Decibel Festival was one of the biggest parties thrown all weekend. The Philadelphia via LA label headed by Diplo (smash hit dub/hip-hop producer, founding member of Major Lazer, and unofficial god of Instagram twerking) has become a haven for up and coming producers whoRead more…

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Decibel Festival 2013: Nocturnal Showcase @ Neumos

The Nocturnal Showcase at Decibel Festival kept things moving right along Friday night with one of the best beginning to end bills we saw all weekend. Headlining the night was a solid set from British synth pop goddess Little Boots. Preceding her were stellar sets from Light Asylum, Young Galaxy, and MNDR. This night ofRead more…

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Decibel Festival 2013: Resident Advisor Showcase @ The Crocodile

Resident Advisor is among the best online magazines for electronic music fans out there since 2001, and their showcase at Decibel Festival was nothing to be messed with. Not only did they pull from local talent, but they are responsible for bringing Actress to Decibel, a feat which was met with a much regretted failureRead more…

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Decibel Festival 2013: Psychotropic Showcase @ Neumos

Thursday night’s Decibel Festival awesomeness continued at Neumos with the Psychotropic showcase, featuring Neon Indian, Teen Daze, Big Black Delta, and Seattle’s own Vox Mod. The bill was brave – all of these bands come from radically different places in the musical spectrum – but eclecticism has never kept Decibel fans down before, and thatRead more…

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