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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 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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Local Artist Spotlight: Dave Depper

Every week, KEXP features a new local artist with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. This week, we’re featuring Portland songwriter Dave Depper, who plays Bumbershoot this Sunday at 5:30 PM on the KEXP stage. You might have heard Dave Depper‘s playing and not even known it. The Portland musician’s resume is aRead more…

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