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Live at Bumbershoot, Day 2: 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, heRead more…

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Live at Bumbershoot, Day 1: 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 toRead more…

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Bumbershoot Music Lounge 2011, Saturday: Shabazz Palaces

Shabazz Palaces is fronted by a real poet in his 40s. That in itself is a contrarian blast to the mundane whims of regular pop, rock, or rap music. The fact that Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler chops and drifts out rhymes you will never forget — even something as bitter bone-home as “We believe in ourRead more…

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Bumbershoot Music Lounge: The English Beat

In reductivist short-hand, The English Beat are the Rolling Stones of second wave ska. Whereas colleagues The Specials could blend truly personal and compelling B&W movie lyrical vignettes with noir post-punk, the (English) Beat dug deeper into the bag of soul and funk for their seminal pre-reggae homages. Early on, they were just as toughRead more…

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Bumbershoot Music Lounge: The Thermals

The Thermals’ new album Personal Life is so accurately named you’ll almost find it hilarious if you’re a fan. It’s a relationship-song LP, a million miles away from the political rants-and-riffs of debut More Parts Per Million and the spiritual rants-and-rage of The Body, The Blood, The Machine. But it still shows the same passionRead more…

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Bumbershoot Music Lounge: Bomba Estereo

Melodromatic, explosive – the translation is “stereo bomb,”- Bomba Estereo takes a time old traditional musical form originally designated for courting rituals and turns it on its head. As a project organized by the group’s bassist and producer, Simon Mejia in 2005 soon recruited permanent members to execute the instrumental fusion of Cumbia, electronic, andRead more…

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Bumbershoot Music Lounge: Aterciopelados

Undeniably the toughest band name to pronounce at Bumbershoot this year – Aterciopelados (translated as “The Velvety Ones”) are one of the biggest bands to come out of Colombia. Signed to the infamous Nacional Records, their music is Latin-infused, using traditional llanera rhythms and flamenco-bolero sounds. Although relatively unknown here in the States, Aterciopelados albums haveRead more…

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Bumbershoot Music Lounge: David Bazan

I personally think that David Bazan’s most recent album Curse Your Branches is the best thing he’s ever done. Oh sure, I’ve been a deep fan since the first EP Whole with his original group name Pedro The Lion, a meditation on what William Burroughs called the “algebra of need” back in a heroin-destroyed SeattleRead more…

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Bumbershoot Music Lounge: Fences

Heavily tattooed Seattle singer-songwriter Christopher Mansfield (aka Fences) is set to release his highly anticipated debut album later this month. Although laden with sorrowful lyrics about the tragic tales of love and relationships gone bad, Mansfield’s wonderful voice just can’t help but elevate the mood of the music to “somewhat optimistic”. And while some musiciansRead more…

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Bumbershoot Music Lounge: The Ravonettes

Super-cool Danish twosome The Raveonettes have been churning out delightfully psyched-out indie rock for the better part of the past decade. Singer Sune Rose Wagner’s hypnotically spaced-out voice sounds like it’s floating through the cosmos, and is complemented perfectly by the psychedelic twang of duo’s guitar lines.  Their latest album <i>In And Out of Control</i>,Read more…

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