Category Archives: Upstream Music Fest + Summit

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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Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017, Day 2: DoNormaal

Though at this point a remarkable DoNormaal performance is no unusual occurrence, Friday’s set from the artist (as part of the 2017 Upstream Music Fest + Summit) found DoNormaal in quite good form, the artist’s enthusiasm returned by a sizable audience in the Court in the Square venue. Since before the release of her 2015 album JumpRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017, Day 3: Summer Cannibals

Summer Cannibals are a band which announces their presence. Since the release of 2016’s Full of It record, released on Kill Rock Stars, the band has fine-tuned an impressive live show, as evidenced by their set today at Little London Plane, as part of Day 3 of our Upstream Fest & Summit coverage. Featuring dual guitar workRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017, Day 2: The Thermals

Everybody likes a good surprise, especially when that surprise is Northwest indie champs The Thermals stopping by Upstream for an unannounced show at KEXP’s Occidental Stage on Friday afternoon. The show brought together a unique blend of long-time fans, people who had never seen the Portland trio before, and even a fair number of people who, long afterRead more…

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