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Bumbershoot 2016, Day 2: Run The Jewels, Anderson .Paak, & Radiation City

The instrumentation in Radiation City tends to add up to more than the sum of its parts, so if the droves of passersby drawn towards the Fisher Green stage early in the Bumbershoot afternoon weren’t sure of the cause for their attraction, that might’ve been why. Instead of screaming guitar solos, convulsing vocalists, and overRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2016, Day 2: Pony Time, Hinds, & Jagwar Ma

On the second day of Bumbershoot, Seattle garage-rock duo Pony Time played their final show to a full house in the KEXP Gathering Space on Saturday afternoon. Luke Beetham (vocals/bass) and Stacy Peck (drums) did not disappoint, turning out their usual bass-heavy tracks, highly danceable as evidenced by Luke’s trademark foot-sliding moves. Absent their usualRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2016, Day 2: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Throngs of people filled Memorial Stadium during Bumbershoot to watch Seattle’s favorite son headline night two of his hometown festival.  The excitement in the audience was palpable, buzzing with anticipation, bursting into a deafening roar at any small hint that the show might be starting—a flash of light, the quieting of a song, any sign of the manRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2016, Day 2: Black Joe Lewis, JoJo, Dude York, Reggie Watts, & Manatee Commune

Bumbershoot 2016’s middle day was an interesting one. With a line management fiasco at the Key Arena the day before, police ran the line down the main drag, roping off necessary crosswalks and rerouting people trying to get their chicken burrito on at Chipotle into tree beds and bushes. And while strobe after strobe atRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2016, Day 1: Bob Moses, Snuff Redux, and More Things to Do

Snuff Redux  Following a rainy morning at Seattle Center, Snuff Redux kicked off the local music showcase in KEXP’s Gathering Space on Friday afternoon.  The garage-punk up-and-comers performed to a damp, but enthusiastic crowd that grew steadily throughout the set.  It’s a rare artist that can get an audience dancing at 3 pm, but SnuffRead more…

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Live at Bumbershoot 2016, Day 2: Jagwar Ma at KEXP

KEXP in-studio performances continue on Day 2 of Bumbershoot with Jagwar Ma. The Sydney psych band may have blown the world away with their 2013 debut Howlin’, but with the first few singles from upcoming album Every Now & Then, it looks like they are bent on maintaining their skyrocket trajectory to the moon. TunesRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2016, Day 1: Iska Dhaaf, Bob Moses, DoNormaal, Father John Misty, & Michael Franti and Spearhead

Iska Dhaaf: It was going to take something special to get the mainstage started off right on a drizzle dampened afternoon at Bumbershoot. Iska Dhaaf had just the formula. With a drum laced adrenaline shot of up-tempo jams and raucous stage theatrics, the band shook the ever-growing crowd of early attendees and late arrivers intoRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2016, Day 1: Fly Moon Royalty, St. Lucia, Chastity Belt, Andrew Bird

Fly Moon Royalty lit up the KEXP stage this afternoon with their glorious, funky jams. Originating as a twosome in Seattle in 2011, with the powerful voice of Adra Boo and the rapid rhymes of Mike Illvester, they’ve now grown into a full band, synchronized backup singers and all. Always a crowd favorite, Fly Moon Royalty GetsRead more…

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Live at Bumbershoot 2016, Day 2: Black Joe Lewis at KEXP

KEXP begins Day 2 of Bumbershoot in-studios at the new home with Black Joe Lewis and his band the Honeybears. The Austin blues singer is three years deep into a cathartic rampage. With the release of Electric Slave in 2013, Lewis shed all extra weight from his warpath. The band name is slimmer, the arrangementsRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2016, Day 1: Blind Boys of Alabama, Fetty Wap, Chevy Metal, & Tyler, the Creator

“Discovery and exploration” – that’s what AEGLive’s vice president of Pacific Northwest operations Rob Thomas said was the guiding principle of this year’s Bumbershoot bookings. The long-standing festival has held operations at the heart of Seattle for 46 years, always managing to pull in a diverse crowd of all different age groups for a weekendRead more…

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