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Bumbershoot 2017, Day Three: Smokey Brights

Closing out the KEXP stage on Sunday night, you couldn’t have asked for a better send off than Smokey Brights. The Seattle rock outfit wasted no time jumping right into what they do best: blaring killer guitar riffs and belting out infectious melodies that are sure to get people up and moving. This is aRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2017, Day Two: Shelby Earl

Even with a full band backing her on stage at the KEXP Gathering Space Stage on the second day of the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival, it seemed like Seattle singer songwriter Shelby Earl hardly needed a mic. Her voice rang clear, powerful, and true even when she stepped back from her mic to belt bluesy lines fromRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2017, Day Three: Crater

Crater’s afternoon set on the KEXP stage was an act of perseverance. The Seattle electronic act had a few technical difficulties midway through their set, delaying the track “Crater Head.” Some well-played banter about vampires by lead vocalist Ceci Gomez kept the audience rapt and at attention until the music could get back up again.Read more…

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Bumbershoot 2017, Day Three: Dave Depper

In the lead up to Dave Depper‘s performance at the KEXP stage, we mentioned quite a few times on this blog how he’s known to be a utility player for a number of bands — most notably joining Death Cab for Cutie as a full-time member. However, his performance at the Bumbershoot Music & ArtsRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2017, Day Three: Stas THEE Boss

Stas THEE Boss lives up to her name. When she’s on the stage, she’s in total control. It’d been awhile since I’d seen the former THEESatisfaction MC hop on the mic, but seeing her DJ around town (and on KEXP’s Street Sounds) has continued to prove that she has impeccable taste and style. Performing many ofRead more…

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Live Review: Beck w/ Alex Edelman at Marymoor Park 8/25

All photos and review by Bebe Labree Besch (view set) As a cooling dusk fell over Marymoor Park in Redmond, WA, Beck strolled onto the stage with ease, opening the evening with the 1996 hit “Devil’s Haircut” under an auburn-lit stage. Every audience member in the center seating area began rising to their feet afterRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2017, Day Two: Conor Oberst

Back in 2015, Conor Oberst stepped away from the Desaparecidos’ tour due to “laryngitis, anxiety, and exhaustion.” During his recuperation in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, he began to create the songs for last year’s full-length, the acoustic LP Ruminations. (Earlier this year, he released the follow-up Salutations which features full-band versions of those songs.)Read more…

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Bumbershoot 2017, Day 2: Aminé

Aminéisn’t just up-and-coming anymore — he’s arrived. The Portland rapper made his Seattle debut in probably the biggest way possible — playing to a packed out crowd at Key Arena at the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival. Walking on to the beastly, hyphy-like beat of “Red Mercedes,” Aminé kept the crowd going at full force throughoutRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2017, Day Two: Junius Meyvant

“Only 340 more songs to go,” said Icelandic soul singer Júníus Meyvant, hiding a sly grin under a thick red beard at the start of his set at the KEXP Gathering Space Stage on Saturday evening. Fans on the concrete floor in front of him, sitting like children arranged around a teacher, chuckled. Though Meyvant, who hadn’tRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2017, Day Two: Weezer

L.A. alt rock veterans Weezer have made a career out of being definitively uncool. They write weird, sometimes twisted, but undeniably catchy songs about not getting invited to the party, not getting the girl, not making it to Beverly Hills. They pull influences from genres (pop-punk, ’80s metal) that — notwithstanding the current pop-punk resurgenceRead more…

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