KEXP & Free Yr Radio Bumbershoot Stage 2012

Bumbershoot Music Lounge / photo by Philip LaRose

For the seventh year in a row, KEXP returned to the Bumbershoot Music Lounge during the 42nd annual Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival, presenting fifteen intimate performances from some of Bumbershoot’s biggest names and broadcasting them live. This year’s lineup featured a diverse and talented group of artists, including electro-pop sensations Passion Pit, to the legendary indie rockers Low, garage/blues rioters King Khan & The Shrines, and Ethiopian funk group Debo Band. Relive the experience through the write-ups, photos and videos gathered here:

Saturday, September 1st, 2012

Sera Cahoone – Though she’s not originally from Seattle, Sera Cahoone has long been part of Seattle’s music community and can be seen drumming these days with just about everybody. She got her start on the sticks back in Colorado in her early teens, but a move further west at 21 led to her joining venerable slow-fi band… (read more / view photos)
King Khan & The Shrines – If you noticed the broadcast turn off abruptly during the live session with King Khan & The Shrines, you just heard one of two things: a sign that once again he went too far, or the massive takeover by his rabid fans of the KEXP broadcast from the Bumbershoot Music Lounge stage. Pretty much anything… (read more / view photos)

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THEESatisfaction – Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White, also known as Stas and Cat, have had a busy couple of years. After coming together as THEESatisfaction in 2008, the Seattle duo began a journey that took them across the world writing, recording, and sharing their cosmic sound. Signing to Sub Pop after being featured on the Shabazz Palaces… (read more / view photos)
Alela Diane – Born in Nevada City, California, singer-songwriter Alela Diane got her start with some help from fellow Nevada City artist Joanna Newsom. Although her kinship with the harp musician threatened to overshadow her own extraordinary talent in a world full of hype, critics and fans quickly realized that Diane was a true emotional powerhouse to be… (read more / view photos)
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound – After their fantastic cover of Wilco’s “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart” went viral in 2010, JC Brooks rose to the top of the indie soul scene with a fresh vibe than channeled the classic Chicago bluesmen of old. His vintage soul arrangements balance old-school complexity and bluesy builds with some professional showmanship to… (read more / view photos)

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

M. Ward – M. Ward has gained hero status within the Northwest folk and indie scene over the past few years, and no single paragraph introduction can really do him justice. But for newcomers and old fans alike, M. Ward’s songs speak to the heart with a power that few possess. With new album A Wasteland Companion, he… (read more / view photos)
The Helio Sequence – With time, Portland’s The Helio Sequence have only gotten better. In the earlier days of their 16 year career, their balance of complicated drum and electronic textures and strong vocal and guitar lines made for a danceable but complex experience. But with Keep Your Eyes Ahead and the forthcoming Negotiations, due out September 11 via… (read more / view photos)
Mudhoney – Out of all the bands to come out of Seattle’s monolithic grunge era, Mudhoney may be the band that operates in the same mindset now as it did 20 years ago. Unlike some of their contemporaries, Mudhoney never broke into the upper levels of the so-called Alternative Nation stratosphere, but also unlike those bands, they… (read more / view photos)
Debo Band – Debo Band are all over the place. They are a little bit Ethiopian pop (the band is fronted by Ethiopian-American saxophonist Danny Mekonnen), a little bit American soul, and the massive amount of brass and instrumentation is reminiscent of Eastern European music. But somehow, all of this works together quite nicely on and off the… (read more / view photos)
Niki & The Dove – Sweden has a long tradition of producing excellent pop acts, so for any Swedish musicians looking to make a name for themselves in pop music, the bar is set pretty high. Stockholm duo Niki & The Dove have done a pretty good job of achieving that high standard though. Armed with singer (ostensibly “Niki”) Malin… (read more / view photos)

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

Lee Fields & The Expressions – Lee Fields has been around for quite a while, but unlike most stars who’ve been shining for decades, instead of burning out, Fields shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Touting an impressive resume, playing and recording with countless legendary soul and funk bands over the past 40 years including Kool & The Gang… (read more / view photos)
The Young Evils – Seattle’s The Young Evils excel at creating infectious and darkly-tinged pop music that balances the dichotomy of a singalong chorus with sinister lyrics. Led by singer Mackenzie Mercer and singer/guitarist Troy Nelson, the duo’s boy/girl harmonies contain equal amounts of sweetness and sting while the tight punch of the rhythm section propels the pair’s musical… (read more / view photos)
Low – Nine albums and 18 years into their career, Low knows what they’re good at, and are really good at doing it. Known for their infamously intimate performance where they often opt to turn the music down rather than up, Low is not one for elaborate stage antics and outwardly excited crowds. Instead, the trio focuses… (read more / view photos)
Passion Pit – Upon its arrival in May 2009, Passion Pit‘s Manners became one of the first indie albums to transcend the blogosphere into public consciousness, and by the end of 2010, what started as Michael Angelakos’ bedroom project had turned into an adrenaline rush of gold records and sold-out club shows. After spending nearly three years holed… (read more / view photos)

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Posse – Seattle newcomers Posse have actually been around for a couple years. Although their debut self-titled album came out earlier this year, the trio, which began as a quartet, formed in 2010 before the departure of their bassist. Instead of replacing him the group continued on sans-bass, resulting in a melody heavy, guitar focused rock group… (read more / view photos)
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