Tag Archives: Sub Pop

Sasquatch! Music Festival 2017, Day 1: Porter Ray

There are essentially two moods at festivals: ready to turn up or ready to chill out. On the first afternoon of Sasquatch, Seattle rapper Porter Ray played to both feelings, performing tracks from his intense, yet laid-back 2017 album, Watercolor. The wide-ranging sound and subject matter of Ray’s Sub Pop debut shone through during theRead more…

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit, Day 1: Porter Ray

15 minutes before Seattle hip hop artist Porter Ray‘s set at the KEXP Occidental Park Stage on Thursday night, things weren’t looking good. It had begun to rain and the only people around were the sound guys, who were still trying to figure out what kind of music Ray played, sitting safely beneath a tent 50Read more…

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Build Your Music Brand as KEXP’s Free Artist Education Workshops Kick off This Saturday!

Calling all musicians looking to take your band and brand to the next level! KEXP, in partnership with Upstream Music Festival + Summit and MoPOP, is kicking off our Mastering The Hustle artist education workshop series. The first workshop is “Building Your Music Brand”. This free event features a killer lineup of badass Seattle musicRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2016, Day 3: Billy Idol, YG, Cashmere Cat, Manatee Commune, & So Pitted

Wow, another year of Bumbershoot action already over, and what a ride it was! This year’s festival was truly a different beast. With the new overhead having a full year to strategize and plan logistics, it seemed like by day 3, a lot of these were starting to go out the window. Crowd rushing inRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2016, Day 3: Sub Pop, Shaprece, Tame Impala, Death Cab for Cutie

With a rare chunk of time to spare between great acts at Bumbershoot, a stop at the Sub Pop installation was in order. A short walk down the hill from KEXP to the International Fountain Pavillion to check out the installation and pop-up shop from the legendary Seattle label. Only up for the weekend, the Sub PopRead more…

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Live Review: METZ with Nail Polish at Barboza 6/17/16

Theoretically, if you asked me what show would constitute my ultimate pipedream throwdown in a basement by an active, living band, I think I’d pick METZ. The Ontario group signed to Sub Pop in 2012 and immediately took throneroom space aside some of North America’s finest punk names. Two albums deep and primed for aRead more…

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Album Review: Wolf Parade – EP 4

Oh man, oh man. Last week, Sub Pop released the deluxe 10th anniversary edition of the full-length debut of Wolf Parade, Apologies to the Queen Mary, on lush triple disc vinyl, pulling together all three of Wolf Parade’s lead-up EPs and packaging it all in a glorious tri-fold of awesome. The same week, secret WolfRead more…

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Live Review: Beach House with Skyler Skjelset at The Paramount 5/4/16

Beach House, the Baltimore duo of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally, are really into surprises right now. When pre-orders for Depression Cherry went up in the summer, the band’s website featured hidden singles, buried in a song recommendation generator based on the user’s selection of favorite past tracks. It also featured a place to requestRead more…

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Album Review: Beach House – Depression Cherry

There’s a highly discernible trajectory between the first four albums by Baltimore dream pop act Beach House, from the bedroom whispers of their debut to the mountaintops of Bloom, the duo have, with each subsequent effort, come a bit more out of their shell, turning up the volume, fleshing out textures, and adding more reverbRead more…

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Live Review: METZ with Big Ups at Neumos 8/4/15

If there were baseball cards for Sub Pop bands, Toronto hardcore band METZ would be the 1.0 benchmark for live performance batting average. They just don’t make ‘em like METZ every day. No matter where they play, whether it be a massive festival stage (like Sub Pop’s own Silver Jubilee several years ago) or anRead more…

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