Category Archives: Decibel Festival

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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Decibel Festival 2012: The dB DNB Showcase

Drum and bass is nothing new to the Baltic Room. After all, they’ve held the nation’s longest running weekly DNB night every Tuesday for the last 15 years. That being said, the crowd didn’t look drastically different than any other DNB night. After all, west coast jungle has a pretty specific following, and those thatRead more...

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Decibel Festival presents OPTICAL 5: Undercurrent

OPTICAL 5: Undercurrent is just what the doctor ordered for the tired minds of Decibel goers. The Sunday, September 30th, showcase features three Kranky Records artists: ambient geniuses Windy & Carl from Dearborn, MI, who started releasing music in 1992, as well as Christina Vantzou, who will have already done visuals for several showcases atRead more...

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Decibel Festival presents Ariel Pink and Friends

Everyone on the lineup for Decibel Festival makes sense - there are a lot of dance friendly electronica or ambient beauties. But Ariel Pink? That totally stopped me. But the more I think about it, the more it makes perfect sense. While you might not immediately classify the continually odd Ariel Pink as electronic, hisRead more...

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Decibel Festival presents XLR8R

XLR8R is probably the number one electronic music blog in the US right now - and their showcase thus reflects some of the boldest and best of the electronic scene. With young acts like Teengirl Fantasy and far more established leads like Actress, their showcase is going to be on fire. Not to mention theyRead more...

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Decibel Festival presents Live For The Funk

Live For The Funk‘s “Beat Prodigies” Decibel showcase on Wednesday, September 26, is attractive to me for a few reasons, the biggest being that three of the five bands are Seattle based. Katie Kate (from NY but living here), Keyboard Kid, and Kid Smpl have all been making ripples in the R&B influenced electronic fieldRead more...

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Music That Matters Podcast: Spotlight on Decibel Festival

If you’re looking for proof that electronic music isn’t just “techno” and that it actually covers a vast range of sounds, from the most beautiful and tranquil neo-classical compositions to the most bombarding, overwhelmingly awesome club beats, Seattle’s annual Decibel Festival is exhibit A. And you don’t need much more proof than that if youRead more...

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Decibel Festival presents Jet Jam with Starslinger, Baths and Shlohmo

On Thursday, September 27, Decibel Festival brings you three chillwave artists who have recently exploded at the Jet Jam showcase: Starslinger (who actually runs Jet Jam), Baths, and Shlohmo. Jet Jam’s aim is to create dance parties showcasing some of the biggest genera (house, hip-hop, electro) alongside the most obscure (trap, moombahton, future garage), soRead more...

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Decibel Festival presents Optical 2: Ascension

When I tell people I’m excited about Decibel Festival and they ask what’s that - my response of “an electronic music festival” is greeted either by some reference to a current top forty electronic musician (Skillex?) or a complete lack of interest. If any showcase is going to convince people that there is more toRead more...

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