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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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Bumbershoot 2017, Day Two: The Maldives

At a festival, it’s rare to get a performance that feels “intimate.” It’s something most fans reconcile with before they ever enter the gates and scan their wristbands. So walking into the KEXP Gathering Space on Saturday afternoon at the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival and finding the crowd sitting cross-legged in front of theRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2017, Day Two: Ruler

Earlier on into Ruler’s afternoon set at Memorial Stadium, lead vocalist and songwriter Matt Batey asked the crowd who they were camped out for, greeted with an almost unanimous scream of “LORDE!” Batey and co. welcomed the reaction, seemingly reveling in the idea that they were playing on such a large stage at all at the BumbershootRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2017, Day Two: The Roots

Legendary Philadelphia hip hop crew The Roots threw the best party at this year’s Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival, performing a jaw-dropping headlining slot at the Fisher Green Stage on Saturday night. Like any good host, they kept the vibes going, flowing seamlessly from song to song, without missing a beat. What’s more, they treated theRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2017, Day One: Chicano Batman

It’s been a big year for Chicano Batman. The L.A. four-piece released the Freedom is Free, their third album in total and first on big-time indie label ATO Records. They made their first appearance on late night TV, performing on Conan in May, and hit the festival circuit hard, playing top slots at FYF, Sasquatch!, and NewportRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2017, Day One: The Spider Ferns

Seattle duo The Spider Ferns don’t make music, they create worlds. Each of their songs is like a new landscape. You may have heard the sounds before — drums that seem to echo into infinity, bass lines that throb and pulse like they have lives of their own, electronic sounds that shimmer like a creekRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2017, Day One: Kore Ionz

Thirty minutes. That’s all the time Seattle reggae champs Kore Ionz had to win over a crowd at the Mural Amphitheatre on the first afternoon of the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival. Frontman Daniel Pak, shirtless in the hot sun with a red, green, and yellow strap running across his chest (that’ll be an interesting sunburn), wasted noRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2017, Day One: Filthy Friends

With so many indie rock legends on one stage, you wouldn’t be faulted for being a little overwhelmed during Filthy Friends’ set at the Mural Stage during Day One of the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival. The band boasts — deep breath — Sleater-Kinney’s Corin Tucker, R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, The Fastbacks’ Kurt Bloch, The Baseball Project’s LindaRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2017, Day One: Moon Duo

Portland’s Moon Duo made maybe one of their most surprising moves yet: showing up and playing a set as a trio. Alright, that’s not totally true. They did play with a third member on the KEXP Stage at the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival, but the band is constantly taking surprising new avenues for theirRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2017, Day One: Dude York

Punk trio Dude York has made a name for themselves in Seattle for being a guarantee for at least a half hour of overflowing joy. As “America’s Band,” they cannot tell a lie and totally followed through on the promise on Day One of the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival. Even when they had technicalRead more…

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