Bumbershoot Music Lounge 2014

Bumbershoot Music Lounge

photo by Dave Lichterman

On Labor Day weekend, KEXP returned to the Music Lounge during the 2014 Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival, broadcasting live from the Eve Alvord Theatre for 3 days and featuring 14 terrific bands, including The Head and the Heart, Nada Surf, Poliça, Mac DeMarco, Hurray For The Riff Raff, and many others. Gathered here are links to photos, reviews, audio and videos for each session.

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

The Lonely Forest – The guys of indie band The Lonely Forest represent much of what it is to be born-and-bred Pacific Northwest musicians. The four, from Anacortes, WA, were launched into the local music scene in 2006 when they won EMP’s Sound Off! competition. This under 21 battle of the bands has been the catalyst for many young local bands… (read more / view photos)

Mac DeMarco – Canadian singer-songwriter Mac DeMarco is quite the chameleon. At first glance, he might seem like a lovable slacker with a handful of likable melodies strung over jangling guitars. But take a closer look and you’ll find some brilliantly well-constructed commentary on the state of the in-betweeners… (read more / view photos)

Poliça – In an industry where auto-tune is often synonymous with lack of talent, the vocals of Channy Leaneagh, frontwoman of Minneapolis electro-pop group Poliça, are boldly filtered through reverb and auto-tune on each of their albums. But the use of these tools is an overt stylistic choice for Leaneagh… (read more / view photos)

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The Both – Aimee Mann and Ted Leo are both clever, melodically-inclined songwriters with a knack for harmonies, so while their past careers aren’t that similar on paper (Mann emerged in the ’80s with new wavers ‘Til Tuesday, Leo in the ’90s with hardcore punks Citizens Arrest) their joint project… (read more / view photos)

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Sunday, August 31st, 2014

The Dream Syndicate – Pinch yourself, because this is really happening. Not only are The Dream Syndicate back in Seattle for the first time in 25 years – they also are playing an additional set for the KEXP Music Lounge to bring us as close as possible to this timeless and influential act. From their debut EP through four… (read more / view photos)

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Big Star’s Third – While we consider all our Bumbershoot Music Lounge sessions “special,” there’s something undeniably extra-special about this one. When main songwriter Alex Chilton passed away in 2010, followed shortly by the passing of founding bassist Andy Hummel the same year, most assumed we’d never hear from the legendary band Big Star ever again… (read more / view photos)

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Polyrhythmics – Seattle’s own funk masters Polyrhythmics have become well known for their dynamic, hard-hitting live performances and today’s Bumbershoot audience was experience it first hand. Polyrhythmics has made such a huge impact for such a young band, the eight piece orchestra was founded in 2010 … (read more / view photos)

The Head and the Heart – What’s better than hearing local music at a local festival? One of Seattle’s most definitive contemporary indie acts, The Head and the Heart, are known for playing an infectious live set. Between the hand-clapping and the harmonies, they’re a hometown favorite not to be missed live. The band, signed to Sub Pop Records, released their second… (read more / view photos)

San Fermin – When recording, San Fermin is the creative project of Ellis Ludwig-Leone, a Brooklyn-based composer who began shifting away from classical arrangements to pop ones towards the end of his college years. On tour, San Fermin is an eight-musician tour de force that brings those compositions to life. Written in six weeks in a studio… (read more / view photos)

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Valerie June – With a voice nurtured by her Tennessee church roots, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Valerie June skillfully combines gospel, folk, bluegrass, and a bevy of other genres in her music. Known for her distinct voice, June was determined to succeed as a solo artist and taught herself to play guitar, ukelele, and banjo. She’s been active since 2006, self-releasing three albums… (read more / view photos)

Hurray For The Riff Raff – Coinciding with the rise in popularity and influence of American roots music, a new generation of songwriters has cropped up to transcend the stories and culture that inspired their predecessors and paint pictures of modern American life. At the forefront of this new chapter is Hurray For The Riff Raff leader, Alynda Lee Segarra… (read more / view photos)

Nada Surf – Labor day weekend in Seattle means only one thing to music fans: Bumbershoot! Each year, crowds pack the Seattle Center to the gills for three days of music, comedy, film, and much, much more in one massive celebration of art, local and otherwise. Once again, KEXP brings you closer to the bands you love… (read more / view photos)

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The Reverend Horton Heat – With a career spanning three decades and eleven studio albums, The Reverend Horton Heat has set the standard for rockabilly music. Texas born singer-songwriter Jim Heath worked behind the scenes as a sound guy for many bands in Dallas before he decided to step into the spotlight and start his own band in 1985. … (read more / view photos)

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Rose Windows – When Rose Windows released their debut album last year, it was obvious that the Seattle music scene was in for something special. Founded by songwriter Chris Cheveyo in 2010, Rose Windows has become a band that delivers the perfect amount of ’60s nostalgia while still sounding unlike anyone else. When Cheveyo started recruiting musicians… (read more / view photos)

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