Category Archives: Upstream Music Fest + Summit

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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Upstream Music Fest + Summit, Day 2: Will Jordan

Tacoma-based singer Will Jordan‘s Friday night set at the KEXP’s Occidental Stage may have only lasted around an hour, but, in a sense, he’s been preparing for it nearly every night of his career. Jordan, who has penned Grammy-nominated hits for artists like Rihanna and Nicki Minaj, creates most of his solo material — anRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit, Day 1: Bread & Butter

One surefire way to break through the gloomy weather of Seattle is with some sunny rock and roll. Lucky for us and all those at our Occidental Stage yesterday, local the Killroom Records power-pop rockers Bread and Butter came to the rescue! The rain that struck Upstream was long-forgotten once their feel-good, fun-loving sounds struckRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017, Day 1: Poliça

It is likely safe to say that the Fuel Sports Beer Garden has never been fueled with more grooviness than when Poliça took the stage for Upstream on Thursday night. The Minneapolis electro-pop group has their sound and aesthetic on complete lock. Their sleek, contemporary looks are in total unison with the slinky sounds that theyRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017, Day 2: The Long Winters

KEXP’s Day 2 coverage at Upstream Music Fest + Summit closed off with John Roderick’s Seattle institution The Long Winters, who performed highlights spanning their three full-length albums in a memorable performance. Roderick was joined by Sean Nelson (KEXP, Harvey Danger), former Long Winters drummer (and 4AD head) Nabil Ayers, and musician, engineer, and longtime Long WintersRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017, Day 2: J GRGRY

The third set from KEXP’s Day 2 coverage at Upstream Music Fest + Summit came from local glam rock outfit J GRGRY, memorably led by the eponymous Joe Gregory. Shirtless, donned with extensive pink and gold makeup, Gregory commanded KEXP’s stage at Little London Plane, playing tracks from his record released earlier this year, Gold Teeth &Read more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017, Day 2: Karl Blau

Our second live performance of the day came from Mr. Karl Blau, long a fixture of the local music scene in Anacortes, WA, who has released upwards of 30 records since the early-90s. Playing tracks from a forthcoming record, as well as his interpretations of songs from the 60s and 70s presented on 2016’s Introducing Karl Blau, Karl Blau playedRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit 2017, Day 2: Tomo Nakayama, Shelby Earl

Outside, it looked to be a mostly regular day in Pioneer Square. The trolley bell dinged, an Amazon Fresh van passed by, and yuppies rushed to important places, clutching cups of coffee. The music coming from within Little London Plane, on the other hand, told a different story. Shelby Earl and Tomo Nakayama distinguished the morning, performing aRead more…

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