KEXP & Seattle Center Present Concerts at the Mural

Thanks to the over 6000 people who attended KEXP and Seattle Center Presents Concerts at the Mural. View videos and pictures from this series here, made possible in part by AOL & Spinner.com.

Friday, August 8th 2010

A beautiful summer evening, great crowd, fantastic music — and free to boot! — there was nothing more you could want last Friday as we kicked off the first night of KEXP and Seattle Center’s Concerts at the Mural series. Local songwriter Gabriel Mintz started the night, followed by Grand Hallway and Elliott Brood. These wonderful events continued every weekend until the end of August, keep reading to recap each night.

Elliott Brood – Stalking shadows on the prairies with a compass and set of matches, shaking the mountains loose with howls and footstomps and, settled in meadows, while whispering tales under darkening skies, obsessed with history or historically obsessed, either way, Elliott BROOD have a penchant for stories they just can’t shake.

Elliott Brood performs “W.I.A.D.F.Y.” live as part of KEXP and Seattle Center’s Concerts at the Mural series. Recorded 8/6/10.
Grand Hallway – Singer/songwriter Tomo Nakayama forms the backbone of this 8-piece orchestral chamber pop outfit comprised of musicians from The Maldives, Voyager One, Sleepy Eyes of Death, and other groups. The collective is known for their soaring melodies, tingle-inducing choral vocals, and small intricacies that are both sweeping and simple.

Grand Hallway performs “Little Sister” live as part of KEXP and Seattle Center’s Concerts at the Mural series. Recorded 8/6/10.
Gabriel Mintz – The Seattle troubadour has written more than a hundred songs populated with ephemeral characters and sketched out scenes. Part roots, part Americana, part something not yet defined, Mintz presents a captivating live show that gets a crowd moving all the while moving the crowd.

Gabriel Mintz performs “Western Days” live as part of KEXP and Seattle Center’s Concerts at the Mural series. Recorded 8/6/10.

Friday, August 13th 2010

Brite Futures – You might know Brite Futures as Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head, but the local five-piece group has stuck with the same brand of cheery electro dance pop since changing their name in the summer of 2010. Their almost ridiculously synth-ed out beats turn any venue they happen to be playing into a sweat-drenched dance party.

Brite Futures (formerly Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head) perform “Beard Lust” live for KEXP and Seattle Center’s Concerts at the Mural series. Recorded 8/13/10.
Noddy – Three-piece group Noddy is the project of local musician Jared Mills and play darkly sensual dance pop. The band released the hook-filled album Remora, Remora in 2010, and though Mills is a male, Noddy might be the closest thing Seattle has to a Lady Gaga-type talent.

Noddy performs “I’m Becoming You” live for KEXP and Seattle Center’s Concerts at the Mural series. Recorded 8/13/10.
State of the Artist – Local trio State of the Artist are all about repping the 206, throwing nod after nod to the jewel of the Northwest. They use a tag team approach to their sometimes reflective, sometimes in-your-face style of hip hop.

State of the Artist performs “Chief Seattle” live for KEXP and Seattle Center’s Concerts at the Mural series. Recorded 8/13/10.

Saturday, August 14th 2010 – 8th Annual KEXP BBQ!

Quasi – This Portland band was an intrinsic part of the 90s indie rock scene led by groups such as Pavement and Built To Spill. Co-founders Sam Coomes and Janet Weiss are still rocking today, evolving their sound with new member Joanna Bolme accompanying on the bass.

Quasi performs “Rockabilly Party” at Seattle Center’s Mural Amphitheater during the 2010 KEXP BBQ. Recorded 8/14/10.
Suckers – From Brooklyn, Suckers play buoyant, up-beat indie pop that features a dizzying array of effects that become increasingly layered as their songs progress. Led by the dynamic vocals of Quinn Walker and Austin Fisher, Suckers put on amazing, out-of-control live shows that are hard not to get swept up in.

Suckers perform “A Mind I Knew” at Seattle Center’s Mural Amphitheater during the 2010 KEXP BBQ. Recorded 8/14/10.
The Lonely Forest – Led by guitarist, keyboardist, and singer John Van Deusen, this Anacortes four-piece plays versatile indie pop that can sound raw and powerful while remaining sweet and sentimental. Following in the wake of bands like Death Cab For Cutie, The Lonely Forest have become local treasures, and their love for the Northwest is a clear inspiration in their music.

The Lonely Forest perform “Live There” at the Seattle Center Mural Amphitheater during the 8th annual KEXP BBQ. Recorded 8/14/10.
The Joy Formidable – The Welsh band is a classic drums, bass, and guitar three-piece who, like many bands from the UK, have garnered more recognition overseas than they have in the States. Led by petite guitarist and vocalist Ritzy Bryan, they play voluminous, cascading indie rock and put on an incredible live show. Their ongoing US invasion continues.
Dinosaur Feathers – Brooklyn band Dinosaur Feathers play a unique style of mostly acoustic indie pop. Their music features beautiful, lightweight vocal harmonies that complement their airy, tropical melodies perfectly.

Dinosaur Feathers perform “Parallel July” and “Silhouette” live at Seattle Center’s Mural Amphitheater during the 8th annual KEXP BBQ. Recorded 8/14/10.
Victor Shade – Victor Shade, a.k.a. Ra Scion of Seattle hip hop duo Common Market, has established himself as the resident superhero of Northwest hip hop. Often donning a cape on stage, he isn’t shy when it comes to incorporating comic book mythology into his persona. His aggressive, uncompromising rhymes and weighty beats would strike fear into the heart of any villain.

Victor Shade performs during the KEXP BBQ live at the Mural Amphitheater at the Seattle Center. Recorded 8/14/10.

Friday, August 20th 2010

Say Hi – Formerly Say Hi To Your Mom, Say Hi is the project of Seattle-by-way-of-Brooklyn musician Eric Elbogen, who has been recording albums under the name for the better part of the ’00s. Packed with driving, bouncy indie pop and his effortless, sighing vocals, Elbogen writes and records all the parts to Say Hi albums by himself, though often features a full band live.

KEXP and Seattle Center present Concerts at the Mural with Say Hi live at the Mural Amphitheater. Recorded 8/20/10.
Head Like A Kite – Head Like A Kite are known for their eccentric, carefree sense of humor and their varied style of electronic rock. The Seattle duo features Trent Moorman on drums and founder Dave Einmo on guitar, vocals, and everything else. HLAK also frequently feature prominent guest singers to add to their already incredibly diverse sound.

KEXP and Seattle Center present Concerts at the Mural with Head Like A Kite live at the Mural Amphitheater. Recorded 8/20/10.
Tea Cozies – The Seattle four piece, fronted by Jessi Reed and Brady Harvery mutually on vocals and guitar, mix up the hiss of everyday hell with sugar-coated and sweetly ironic vocal harmonies in their riff-driven, mod-hot rock songs. Along with bass player Jeff Anderson and drummer Garretty Croxon, they wrap gorgeous hooks around a dual honesty and mystery that seems actually dangerous.

KEXP and Seattle Center present Concerts at the Mural with Tea Cozies live at the Mural Amphitheater. Recorded 8/20/10.

Friday, August 27th 2010

Yuni in Taxco – Seattle band Yuni in Taxco formed in 2009 during a trip to Mexcio, and their music has continued to reflect the sandy beaches and rustling palm trees that first inspired them. Their laid back indie pop is breezy, whimsical, and perfect if you’re in the mood to do nothing other than relax.

KEXP and Seattle Center present Concerts at the Mural with Yuni In Taxco performing “Nasty and Mean”. Recorded 8/27/10.
The Head and the Heart – Since the release of their self-titled debut album in June of 2010, The Head and the Heart have been experiencing a near meteoric rise in popularity around Seattle. Their heartfelt, energetic, and affecting folk-pop will get the hands clapping and feet stomping of anyone able to enjoy the pleasure of one of their live shows.

KEXP and Seattle Center present Concerts at the Mural with The Head and The Heart performing “Lost In My Mind”. Recorded 8/27/10.
Mt. St. Helen’s Vietnam Band – Local indie rock group Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band has an eclectic hard rock sound that has resulted in nation-wide popularity. They are all the more compelling when you consider their interesting family dynamic: the husband and wife combo of Benjamin Verdoes and Traci Eggleston share vocal duties up front, and Verdoes’ adopted teenage brother Marshall is behind the drum kit.

KEXP and Seattle Center present Concerts at the Mural with Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band performing “Going on a Hunt”. Recorded 8/27/10.
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