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Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017: Last Splash

The river of rock n’ roll (and rap and country and…) that was winding through Pioneer Square has dried since the Upstream Music Fest + Summit ended a couple of weeks ago, but we’re taking a last look back at the weekend full of music (and rain). Join us for a final splash through whatRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017: NAVVI

The final day of Upstream Music Fest & Summit finished off with a set from local favorites NAVVI, who continued their run of excellent live performances with a compelling, atmospheric set. Headlining the Hush Hush Records showcase at the Weyerhaeuser Woodshed stage, NAVVI provided an ideal soundtrack to unwind following the three day festival, a packed crowdRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit, Day 3: Natasha Kmeto / Youryoungbody

Review by Bebe Labree Besch Inside the quaint Trinity Nightclub, it was considerably lucky to find yourself within the packed venue, considering others were being turned away at the door due to capacity limits. Fans were swaying in rhythm with and to Natasha Kmeto‘s arrangements, even extending to those in the balcony space overlooking theRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit, Day 1: Building Healthy Communities Panel

People come to conferences hoping for simple answers to complex questions. At a music industry summit, especially one designed for young artists like the Upstream Music Fest + Summit, the question is, “How do I make it in the music industry?” And the answer is… there is no answer, or at least no uniform one. ButRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit, Day 1: The Fabulous Downey Brothers

To state the obvious, The Fabulous Downey Brothers know how to put on a hell of a show. The sextet’s costume changes, frenetic dual vocals, prop comedy (industrial shrub material; see below), and themes of extraterrestrial body modification killed at the Vera Project-curated Buttnick Building space. The titular Liam Downey, fresh from his So Pitted set,Read more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017: Our Scene Can Be Your Life

“Seattle owns the future and they don’t know it,” composer Ron Jones tells a crowd at WaMu Theater during the second day keynote of the Upstream Music Fest + Summit. There’s a bite to his words, feeling like equal parts admiration and condemnation. A native to the Northwest who relocated to Los Angeles, he went outRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit, Day 2: Polyrhythmics

With eight members, it’s no surprise that the afro-funk of Seattle’s own Polyrhythmics packs a mean punch of energy. Beyond the vibrant wall of sound that struck audience members of our Occidental Park at Upstream, festival-goers were also hit with a massive dose of sheer joy. The highly-danceable sounds of this energetic collection of musicians was met with anRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit, Day 3: Gazebos

It’s hard to think of a band more fitting than Gazebos to close out KEXP’s Broadcast from Little London Plane, and nearly impossible to pick one who would have more fun doing so. The Hardly Art darlings’ four-song session brought out the most entertaining qualities of the band’s oddball pop. Frontwoman Shannon Perry sneered surf-popRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit, Day 3: Versing

On the last day of KEXP’s broadcast from Upstream, local four-piece Versing filled Little London Plane to the brim with post-punk perfection. Whether channeling the layered guitars of Built to Spill or the raw emotionalism of Modest Mouse, there was also something quintessentially Northwest about the group. Influences aside, their tense set afforded the crowd maximal release. Session standoutRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017, Day 3: Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

On Saturday afternoon, Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio debuted three new songs to a capacity crowd at Little London Plane in Pioneer Square. Though the trio finished some of new tunes, including the ironically named “I Don’t Want to Play This,” as recently as Monday afternoon, there was no way that anyone could tell the difference. The band’sRead more…

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