Category Archives: Decibel Festival

Decibel Festival 2012: XLR8R showcase with Nosaj Thing, Teengirl Fantasy & Gulls

XLR8R’s Decibel Festival showcase @The Baltic Room highlighted young up and coming but totally solid dance acts Shawn Reynaldo, Gulls, Teengirl Fantasy, and Nosaj Thing (filling in for Actress). Those first two acts consist of editor at XLR8R and founder of Portland’s Boomarm Nation respectively - making their music while running a magazine/blog and anRead more...

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Decibel Festival 2012: Shpongle Presents: The Masquerade @ Neptune Theatre

My second evening at Decibel Festival began at the Neptune Theatre with the intriguing-sounding Shpongle Presents: The Masquerade. I wasn’t familiar with Shpongle‘s work, but the showcase description mentioned a blend of traditional acoustic instruments with “computer wizardry”, and more importantly “an elaborate, 3D video-mapped stage configuration”. Last year I had been fortunate to seeRead more...

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Decibel Festival 2012: Dropping Gems with DJAO, Natasha Kmeto, Devon Who, & Balam Acab

Dropping Gems showcase did exactly what its name suggests: gem after gem of songs were dropped by all four of the artists of the night, from remixes of Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” during Natasha Kmeto‘s set to glistening images of rippling water behind the inescapable rattling bass of Balam Acab‘s. If you don’tRead more...

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Decibel Festival 2012: Ghostly International Showcase

Ghostly International are no strangers to Decibel Festival. In fact, the imprint has had a showcase at Decibel every year since its founding in 2003. Without a doubt, this year’s edition was nothing to pass up. With visuals supplied by Scott Sunn and diverse sets by Seattle electronica artist Lusine, instrumental art rock band Tycho,Read more...

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Decibel Festival 2012: Jet Jam Presents, featuring Shlohmo, Baths, and Star Slinger at Neumos

The Jet Jam Showcase may have been the biggest party at Decibel Festival this year. Between three very different acts, the crowd got three very different sets, but one thing stayed consistent throughout: they were all ridiculously fun. A DJ set by Shlohmo got the night started off right, with a bland of his ownRead more...

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Decibel Festival 2012: Beat Prodigies showcase @ Barboza & dB in Dub showcase @ Neumos

Ever since I first attended Decibel Festival in 2009, one of my favorite things about the festival has been the opportunity to bounce between different clubs during the evenings, sampling a variety of artists and styles. As Decibel Festival has grown and expanded across Seattle, that’s become increasingly difficult to do. This year, my bestRead more...

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Decibel Festival 2012: Optical 2 with Anenon, Julianna Barwick, & Maria Minerva @Triple Door

Decibel’s Optical series were among some of the most spectacular shows at the festival - they often featured the more ambient or simply less danceable music. As Christina Vantzou, who did the visuals for Julianna Barwick during this performance and performed on Sunday, saidb “these will get you into that quiet place.” The Optical 2:Read more...

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Decibel Festival 2012: Ariel Pink and Friends @ Crocodile

Ariel Pink, Dam-Funk and BODYGUARD and may have been the most brilliant booking of the weekend. The three acts couldn’t be more different. BODYGUARD blends dark electronic with traditional African instruments. Dam-Funk mixes funk, soul, and (as we saw ) punk into a whirlwind of sultry sound. And Ariel Pink? Well... he’s Ariel Pink. ButRead more...

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Decibel Festival 2012: Halcyonic, featuring Orbital and Paul Chambers @ Paramount Theatre

Thursday night, history visited Decibel Festival. UK electronic pioneers Orbital came to the Paramount Theatre and dazzled us with their game-changing sound. Even so many years after their debut, Orbital can still tear the roof off. Between the bonkers light show and their waves and waves of sound, the Halcyonic showcase was one of theRead more...

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Decibel Festival 2012: Kimbra with The Stepkids @ Showbox Market

Wednesday night’s festivities at the Showbox were a dazzling spectacle of color and sound. Breakthrough pop star Kimbra and psychedelic funk rockers The Stepkids both brought their own unique flair to the stage and gave those present a wonderful time. The Showbox was packed to the absolute brim. Whether those present were die hard KimbraRead more...

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