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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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Bumbershoot 2017, Day One: Acapulco Lips

“This is an instrumental about weed,” Acapulco Lips bassist Maria-Elena Juarez said pointedly as the band started their set at the KEXP stage. It got giggles at first, but the second they started leaning into their psych-meets-surf jam, the laughter turned into dancing and some serious vibing. It was hard not to be enamored byRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2017, Day One: J GRGRY

Covered in pink and gold paint, J GRGRY took the Mural Amphitheatre stage in Seattle Center. Under the gaze of the Space Needle with the sun beaming down on the band, it made for an electric opening for the first day of the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival. Lead vocalist, Joe Gregory, moved across the stageRead more…

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Live Review: Amadou & Mariam at The Triple Door 8/10

Review by Clare McGrane, DJ assistant for Wo’Pop on KEXP The Triple Door is a beautiful venue, but with its fixed private booths and elegant dining service, it isn’t really designed for dancing. Thankfully that didn’t get in the way of the packed house that showed up to see Malian Afrobeat legends Amadou and Mariam.Read more…

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Live Review: John Maus w/ Gary War at Monty Hall in Jersey City 8/17

All photos and review by Bebe Besch (view set) Five years. John Maus has remained silent for five years, despite some intermittent tweets that could have easily been handled by management. A couple of weeks ago, Maus released a teaser video, hinting at the possibility that new music might be coming. He released this videoRead more…

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