The Flavr Blue
Following the release of their debut album, Pisces, last year, synth-pop trio The Flavr Blue has been igniting parties from their hometown of Seattle to New York City with driving bass, shimmering melodies, dazzling visuals and a lot of verve. Featuring vocals from all three members, the band’s music ranges from bright and dreamy to sultry and moody, and their live performances are infamous for being highly energetic and extremely fun.
Matt Jorgenson +451
As you can tell by his resume and recorded output, Origin Records co-founder and lauded jazz drummer Matt Jorgensen enjoys performing with a variety of musicians. At Bumbershoot, the Ballard Jazz Festival originator is appearing both with Human Spirit and 451, a combo he describes as an amalgam of rock and free-jazz. They are performing as part of Origin Records' 15th Anniversary celebration.
A wildcard entry into the finals of EMP’s 21-and-under SoundOff! competition in January, MC Dave B and his band came from behind to take home a surprising victory against some other very talented Northwest bands. Wowing the audience with their soulful hip hop, Dave and his collaborators won the hearts of judges and audience members alike. On top of earning spots at Bumbershoot and the Capitol Hill Block Party, Dave released his most recent work, The Coffee EP, in the spring of 2013.
With a combined 14 albums as band leaders—and appearing on dozens more as sidemen—longtime friends and collaborators Thomas Marriott, Mark Taylor and Matt Jorgensen operate together under the name Human Spirit. These three distinguished musicians have defined the sound of modern jazz that has come out of Seattle and Origin Records over the last decade. They perform as part of Origin Records' 15th Anniversary celebration.
Ernie Watts with New Stories
After playing with artists like the Rolling Stones, Marvin Gaye, Charlie Haden and Doc Severinson, Grammy-winning sax player Ernie Watts has plenty of stories to tell. As part of the 15th Anniversary celebration of local label Origin Records, the jazz and R&B legend will be appearing with his friends and collaborators New Stories—Seattle's veteran, Grammy-nominated jazz trio.
Seattle rapper Nacho Picasso found sudden mainstream recognition in 2011 when Pitchfork dubbed his second solo mixtape one of the best rap debuts of the year. Forbes gave last year’s Exalted the number four spot on its “100 Best Free Albums of 2012“ list and XXL magazine recently included the versatile MC in “The New New – 15 Seattle Rappers You Should Know.”
Seattle's Down North masterfully mixes underground rock and party-fueling soul, regularly lifting up audiences that have been craving new sounds from the city that gave the world Wheedle’s Groove and Jimi Hendrix. A Craigslist ad connected the band's two original members and the collective recently expanded to include many other award-winning musicians and collaborators. Known for delivering dazzling grooves during their live sets, the group promises to provide a fresh, warm, loving, soul-centered sound for crowds who simply want to dance.
Born and raised in Seattle, Grynch first discovered hip hop in elementary school when a classmate let him borrow a cassette tape of Dr. Dre's classic, The Chronic. Drawing inspiration from his life experiences, he has since released three EPs, three full-length albums (including 2012’s Perspective), and a slew of mixtapes. He’s also shared stages with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Nas, Rakim, Warren G, DJ Quik, Talib Kweli and Macklemore, and has toured with Brother Ali and Blue Scholars.
Diamond Rings (the time and space-traveling Canadian synth-pop kid John O) may turn heads with his flamboyant appearance, but it’s his knack for writing catchy, vulnerable tunes that has won the hearts of fans worldwide. His irresistible combination of art and artifice also caught the attention of British new wave pioneers OMD, who enlisted him as an opening act for this year’s American tour.
Pro Era posse member Joey Bada$$ hasn't even released his first studio album, but he's already a member of XXL magazine's 2013 "Freshman Class" thanks to to a widely heralded debut solo mixtape, 1999, and his participation on ASAP Rocky's Long.Live.ASAP and last year's The Smoker's Club's One Hazy Summer Tour. Look for his official debut B4.Da.$$ to be released later this year.
Saturday August 31, 2013 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Robert Glasper Experiment
Robert Glasper Experiment’s Black Radio took home the 2013 Grammy for Best R&B Album. The innovative album led Rolling Stone to remark “pianist Robert Glasper heads down the fraught path of hip hop jazz and gets it right… with music this smart and inviting, the implied ids of mainstream doesn’t feel like sour grapes; it feels like a blueprint forward.”
Davidson Hart Kingsbery
Seattle Weekly described singer/songwriter Hart Kingsbery’s “raspy croon” as “a cross between Bruce Springsteen and Jeff Tweedy.” Over the past several years, he and his band have become the toast of Ballard Avenue, delivering gutsy, honest, honky tonk and a full-length album on neighborhood indie Fin Records, produced by Martin Feveyear (Mark Lanegan, Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter, The Presidents of the United States of America).
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
Growing up in Falls Church, VA, Thao Nguyen first picked up a guitar at the age of 12 and began performing in a pop country duo in high school. She has since worked with many acclaimed artists, including Andrew Bird and Mirah, also recording a trio of critically-acclaimed records with The Get Down Stay Down—beginning with 2008’s We Brave Bee Stings and All and culminating with this year’s We The Common, an album which sings with synth-string flourishes, banjo pickings, honking saxophones, and fuzzy guitars.
Inspired by DMX’s debut album, Kendrick Lamar began writing rhymes when he was 13. At age 16, he stepped into a recording booth for the first time, where he found not only his voice, but a safe haven from the violent gang wars going on in his neighborhood. Lamar's profile continued to rise when Snoop Dogg, The Game and Dr. Dre labeled him "The New King of the West" and XXL Magazine gave him a coveted spot on their "2011 Freshman" cover. In 2012, his major label and gold-certified debut, good kid, m.A.A.d city, was welcomed with critical acclaim, making year-end best of album lists that included Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and NPR.
Saturday August 31, 2013 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Rising Seattle stars Beat Connection arrive in 2013 on the heels of their 2012 debut full-length, The Palace Garden, a record that finds the band meditating on the idea of unattainable beauty, an idea that encases magical evenings, flooding happiness, heavy regrets, and sky-clearing epiphanies. Newly a four-piece, the band has all genre constraints behind and now their music can only broaden, rise, and take them on to new adventures and new audiences.
ZZ Ward’s honey-smoked vocals and Tina Turner-inspired swagger ensnare listeners from the opening moments of the stomping title track to her debut album, Til The Casket Drops, while her cool, R&B-flavored jams continue to hold audiences in their hypnotic sway. She calls her flavor of music “dirty shine”—the bone-deep wail of old-fashioned blues crossed with the big-city gloss of cutting-edge hip hop. Buzz-building appearances on Conan andGood Morning America, collaborations with Kendrick Lamar and Fitz and the Tantrums, and a tour co-headlining with Delta Rae have fueled her emergence as a promising, soulful siren.
Gus + Scout
Country rock/folk duo Gus + Scout (Gus Wenner and Scout Willis) were childhood friends who lived on the same street in Hailey, Idaho but lost touch until they both wound up at Brown University in Rhode Island and rekindled their friendship through music. Their self-titled debut EP was released last year, with the single "Gone, Gone, Gone" quickly gaining attention and acclaim.
Representing Seattle’s South End, The Physics are one of the region’s most critically-celebrated hip hop crews. Brothers Thig Nat and Monk Wordsmith and producer Justo have been making music for well over a decade. Their evolution from a refreshing, promising rap trio to a sophisticated collective of lyricists, vocalists, and musicians is a narrative of hometown pride. Beyond their considerable accomplishments and featured performances as a premier local act, it is the sound and vibe that The Physics lend to the city’s sonic landscape which express Seattle at its finest.
2013's THR!!!ER is the fifth full-length from the sonically adventurous sextet known simply as !!! (pronounced chk chk chk). Famous for its off-the-hinges live shows and relentless touring schedule, this time the beloved, bicoastal band focused itself on lyrics and tighter song structures. The majority of THR!!!ER was recorded with Jim Eno, the drummer and key force behind the boards for lauded indie rock band Spoon. The result is an unsettling combination of dance floor candy and dramatic deviance, replete with subversive sounds and bass lines that lead to a darker corner of the club.
Lake Street Dive
Pulling in familiar elements and irreverently scrambling and recombining them, Lake Street Dive are at once jazz-schooled, DIY-motivated, and pop-obsessed. Beginning with catchy songs that are open-hearted and wryly inquisitive, this northeastern quartet proceeds to inject their tunes with an irresistible blend of abandon and precision. The resultant music is vivid and largely acoustic indie pop that encompasses solid, evocative songcraft, propulsive grooves, and disarming, forthright vocals.
Total Experience Gospel Choir
Founded in 1973 by Pastor Patrinell “Pat” Wright, the Total Experience Gospel Choir has sung in at least 38 states and 22 countries, performed for President Bill Clinton and appeared on fellow Seattleite Dave Matthews’s song “Save Me.” With choir members from all ages and backgrounds, this soulful ensemble bursts with love, joy, and enthusiasm—and audiences respond in kind.
DJ Tyler Brown
Tyler Brown is a Seattle DJ and co-producer of The Vortex, a dance/DJ/electronic specialty show broadcast every Saturday night on Nathan Hale High School’s C-89.5 FM.
Saturday August 31, 2013 7:00pm - 8:00pm
EDM at EMP
George Watsky is a rapper, writer, and performer who wants you to laugh, think, and feel. An award-winning slam poet and seasoned musician, his latest album Cardboard Castlestopped the iTunes hip hop charts in the United States, Canada, and the UK when it was released earlier this year.
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
Charles Bradley’s remarkable, against-all-odds rise has been well-documented for good reason. Bradley transcended a bleak life on the streets and struggled as a James Brown impersonator at Brooklyn clubs before finally being discovered by Daptone Records’ Gabe Roth. His incredible live performances and 2011 debut album, documented in the film Soul of America, leave audiences raving as “The Screaming Eagle of Soul” truly lives up to his nickname. Victim of Love, Bradley’s second record, is a continuation of his tremendous story, moving past the “heartache and pain” and closer to the promise of hope.
In recent years, synth pop pioneer Gary Numan has been cited as an influence by artists as diverse as Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Matthew Dear, Nine Inch Nails (who invited Numan on stage in 2009), Prince, and Battles, who co-released the single "My Machines" with Numan on Warp Records in 2011. Numan's forthcoming album Splinter, due in October, utilizes new sounds and ideas, revealing his status as a true iconoclast and tireless innovator. In a live setting, Numan's progressive recordings become even more anthemic and allow audiences to experience first-hand his widespread influence over modern pop music.
Vocalist and folk songwriter Kris Orlowski writes from an unguarded place with an accessibility that is delightfully tangible on stage and off. His uncanny flair for crafting emotionally rich songs will have you tapping your toes even as your heartstrings are being tugged. Orlowski’s recently released five-song EP features a 17-piece orchestra and showcases his backing band’s evolution while retaining a core of tightly crafted songwriting.
Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience
Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience is a multimedia tribute to Bonham's father, Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, featuring live renditions of the band's classic tunes, rare home movies and concert footage, plus storytelling by the younger Bonham. Bonham was asked to open for Heart after performing Led Zeppelin songs with Ann and Nancy Wilson at last year's Kennedy Center Honors, which recognized his late father's band with a Lifetime Achievement award.
Saturday August 31, 2013 8:30pm - 9:15pm
No matter if he’s playing to thousands of people in Denver, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, or at one of his multiple club residencies, Seattle DJ Hyperfunk has the precision quick mixing and a crate full of floor burners to keep your feet bouncing. Armed with multiple genres and a mission to give you a reason to throw your hands up, Hyperfunk delivers what it takes to rock the party.
Saturday August 31, 2013 9:00pm - 10:00pm
EDM at EMP
The project of Atlanta-based songwriter and producer Ernest Greene, Washed Out artfully matches the glossy melody of ’80s synth pop, the widescreen scope of early ’90s Balearic dance music and the slowed, heavy bounce of Southern hip hop production to gorgeously wistful vocals. The results—which can be heard on Washed Out’s debut LP Within and Without—are as undeniably idiosyncratic and original as they are deeply accessible.
Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside
Sounding not unlike a cross between Ella Fitzgerald and Tom Waits, Sallie Ford has established herself as one of the most powerful and unusual female voices in indie rock. On 2013’s Untamed Beast, Sallie Ford and her band create a powerful statement on finding freedom through defying conformity. Through clever and often racy turns of phrase, Ford twists traditional notions of gender and genre, finding the sweet spot between modern and vintage sounds.
With a history that reaches back almost as far as Bumbershoot itself, it's surprising that 2013 marks Heart's first appearance at its hometown festival. Recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Ann and Nancy Wilson have spent the past four decades breaking sound and gender barriers, crafting timeless rock and roll that's as full of power as it is beauty.
Saturday August 31, 2013 9:45pm - 11:15pm
Maceo Parker has played with each and every leader of funk, from his start with James Brown—which Parker describes as “like being at a university”—to jumping aboard the mothership with George Clinton. He is the living, breathing pulse that connects the history of funk in one golden thread. His diverse collaborations over the years—with artists such as Ray Charles, Ani Difranco, James Taylor, De La Soul, Dave Matthews Band, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers—have formed alliances that have enabled him to bring his talent to new, widespread audiences.
Mixing icy synth-pop with white-hot noise, Crystal Castles have raised eyebrows and gathered a devoted fanbase by turning their experimental electronic outings into chaotic and cathartic live performances. With a litany of hair-raising international festival appearances under their belt, these Canadians are proof that poetic musings can be ferocious and compelling.
From mash-ups to high-profile collaborations to tours and residencies in some of the world’s hottest venues, there is plenty going on in DJ/producer Dannic’s universe. But whatever he turns his hand to, you can be sure he’ll bring his trademark technical excellence and propensity for catchiness to the table.
Saturday August 31, 2013 10:00pm - 11:00pm
EDM at EMP
Cookie Monsta is a producer and DJ from Nottingham, UK who represents the loud and grimy side of dubstep. EDM blog HeadZ Will Roll praises his combination of face-slapping snares, ground-shaking bass and eye-gougingly dirty synths, describing his sound as “a demonic bass-saw that easily lacerates the eardrums of all it encounters.”
Saturday August 31, 2013 11:00pm - 12:00am
EDM at EMP
Kithkin, an indisputably high-energy band that marries rock music and heavy percussion, has been busy making moves since their arrival on the scene as EMP’s SoundOff! semi-finalists in 2011. Constantly performing shows at house parties and legit venues alike, Kithkin released a highly-acclaimed EP and have already garnered international attention. With influences ranging from Talking Heads to traditional African music and an overt affection for nature-based themes and random mischief, Kithkin creates a joyous sound all their own.
Ayron Jones & The Way
Formed in Seattle just over three years ago, Ayron Jones and the Way blend alternative rock, punk, blues, hip hop, and soul, punching out an emotional body of work with a memorable twist. Self-described as “Stevie Ray Vaughan meets Nirvana,” the trio is currently recording their debut album with Sir Mix-A-Lot.
The Redwood Plan
Electrifying Seattle quartet The Redwood Plan conquered hearts, ears, and dancing feet with its 2010 full-length, Racing Towards the Heartbreak. Propelled by succinct, melodic hooks, their songs leap from the speakers. The music from their most recent record, Green Light Go, further evolves, revealing a denser, dynamic, and more eclectic sound—one that more fully reflects the aesthetics of the musicians behind it. The Redwood Plan synthesizes punk rock energy and bristling electronic sounds, accommodating both guitarist Sydney Stolfus’s background in metal bands and singer and multi-instrumentalist Lesli Wood’s Riot Grrrl roots.
The Mowgli’s are a quintessential California band made up of three Midwestern transplants and five childhood friends from LA’s San Fernando Valley. Inspired by the magnetism of San Francisco, the grind of Los Angeles, and the serenity of Big Sur, the band’s songs are a joyous revival of rock and roll, twisting indie-folk dance, and heartfelt protest ballads.
Hailing from Durham, North Carolina, Nikki comes by her Deep South soul honestly. Her musical career is rooted in the church gospel choirs where she sang as a child. A subsequent stint living in nearby college town Chapel Hill with its thriving alternative music scene, introduced her to many more diverse styles of music. After pairing up with her guitar-playing husband Matt Hill, the duo promptly relocated to St. Louis, Missouri, where they have established themselves as roots rock and roll powerhouses.
Ramona Falls began as a solo project by Portland multi-instrumentalist Brent Knopf (formerly of Menomena) spurred by his overactive imagination. Eventually, he expanded Ramona Falls to a full band, which focuses its sound on Knopf’s longstanding fascination of the tensions between the natural and the mechanical. Released via Barsuk Records, the band’s 2009 debut, Intuit, was a showcase for Knopf’s cut-and-paste perfectionism and last year’s equally quirky Prophet. Ramona Falls is performing at Bumbershoot as part of the Barsuk Records 15th Anniversary Celebration.
The Round 100
Each month, The Round gathers together three singer-songwriters, a slam poet and visual artists for a truly unique, collaborative, and creative experience of art. The Round’s 100th installment (and third Bumbershoot appearance) features critically acclaimed local artists Le Wrens (Gundersen Family), Shelby Earl, and Mary Lambert (of Macklemore's Same Love), who will be sharing the stage with slam poet Matt Gano and the original live painter Scott Erickson, in town from Portland!
Tegan and Sara
Over the past 13 years, twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin have built an avid global following with their unique ability to bridge the pop and indie worlds. From being covered by The White Stripes to collaborating with electronic DJs Tiësto and David Guetta and being hand-selected to tour with Neil Young, their music crosses all traditional genre boundaries. Tegan and Sara charm audiences with their sharp, often bittersweet lyrical insights and crystalline harmonies. The duo recently released their seventh studio album, Heartthrob, with the goal to directly explore modern pop music.
Sunday September 1, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
With a slacker-themed debut album chock-full of skate-punk anthems and an irreverent acronym for a name, So Cal party-rockers FIDLAR crashed onto the national and international scene late last year. While the band’s music and image evoke a devil-may-care attitude, their tireless DIY ethic and non-stop energy ensure that they’re more than just a flash in the pan.
The Duke Robillard Band
What do Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, John Hammond, the late Jimmy Witherspoon, and Dr. John all have in common? Answer: Duke Robillard. As a guitarist, bandleader, songwriter, singer, producer, and session musician, Robillard essentially functions as a one-man cheering section for the blues in all its forms and permutations. Hailed by BB King as “one of the great players,” he is also a committed road warrior, typically playing as many as 250 live dates each year.
David Bazan, the songwriter and driving force behind the acclaimed indie band Pedro the Lion, built a dedicated following and sold thousands of albums throughout the late ’90s based in large part on his extraordinary melodic sense and erudite, theologically-themed songs. A decade later, he ditched the Pedro moniker in favor of his given name. Bazan’s most recent album, Strange Negotiations, focuses his energies toward the external, centering on his disappointment in the current state of accelerating American and global social fragmentation. David Bazan is performing at Bumbershoot as part of the Barsuk Records 15th Anniversary Celebration.
fun. has not stopped living up to its name since its 2009 debut, Aim & Ignite. Formed by Nate Ruess, previously of The Format, this New York indie pop band became a national sensation with their latest release, Some Nights. Last year, the TV series Glee featured their ubiquitous single “We Are Young”—a tune that earned the band six Grammy nominations including nods in the “Big Four” categories, making fun. the first indie rock act to achieve such a feat.
Sunday September 1, 2013 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Eluding tidy categorization, Seattle experimental rock ensemble Midday Veil combines haunting, dramatic vocals and cosmic synth work with Middle Eastern-influenced guitar tones and driving, hypnotic grooves. Midday Veil completed a US tour in spring 2013 with performances at SXSW, 35 Denton and LA Psych Fest. The band’s second studio LP The Current is available now.
Eric Burdon & The Animals
Eric Burdon’s distinctive howl is as head-turning today as it was in the late ‘60s, when he caught worldwide attention with The Animals and War. Back with a well-received solo album, Til Your Water Runs Dry, the blues-rock veteran—one of Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Singers”—proves that he’s still got plenty to say, and the voice to deliver it.
With significant support from KEXP, relative newcomers The Comettes have already made a significant splash in the Seattle scene. The band crafts hazy, psych-inspired songs that are both backward-gazing and forward thinking as they pair bluesy rock riffs, western jangle, hash-den atmospherics and occasionally metallic fervor—a combination as likely to be found at a dusty desert highway roadhouse as in a darkened Seattle rock club.
Mates of State
Husband and wife duo Mates of States are beloved by fans, critics and their peers for their charmingly lo-fi indie pop. Smart, catchy and filled with the couple’s warm harmonies, their songs are infused with a wide-eyed sense of innocence and joy. Mates of State appear at Bumbershoot as part of Barsuk’s 15th Anniversary celebration.
The music Bob Mould has created defines every phase of his life, both cataloging memories and propelling him ever forward: Hüsker Dü’s formation in 1979 and the tight, melodic hardcore anthems; his emotionally epic solo works; his forays into electronic music; and, of course, the recently reissued body of work that Sugar packed into its brief existence. It seems to be Bob’s summations and reflections on these major creative periods of his life and career that open up new wellsprings while coming to terms with the old works—a natural process that has produced winning results yet again in the form of his most recent release, Silver Age.
The Grizzled Mighty
As The Grizzled Mighty, guitarist/vocalist Ryan Granger and drummer Whitney Petty make quite a ruckus. The Seattle duo's bluesy, primal rock and roll has landed them opening slots for Reignwolf and the respect, admiration and astonishment of unsuspecting audience members throughout the Northwest.
In 2010, vocalist Ty Taylor and guitarist Nalle Colt teamed up with drummer Richard Danielson and bassist Rick Bario Dill to create Vintage Trouble. Immediately clicking as a group, the band recorded an album’s worth of material in three days. These recordings,The Bomb Shelter Sessions, combined with their electric live show, catapulted the Los Angeles-based band into the limelight and earned them an opening slot on The Who’s recent tour along with critical praise from NPR, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times.
DJ Phase is a Seattle native with over 15 years behind the decks at celebrity parties, red carpet events and concerts that include the likes of Beyonce, Flo Rida, Jason Derulo, and The Black Eyed Peas. Since 2004, he’s been a DJ on Seattle's 106.1 KISS-FM, where every Friday night you can hear his set live from Trinity.
Sunday September 1, 2013 7:00pm - 7:45pm
EDM at EMP
Tamaryn’s sophomore release, Tender New Signs, is the kind of record that exists where experiences connect to senses, where memories emerge and bring with them all the feeling and imagery that had been resting just below the surface. The album is filled with the kind of layers and textures vocalist Tamaryn and collaborator Rex John Shelverton explored on their debut, but with a bold step forward in structure and form. Their new tracks showcase stadium-sized guitars surging with softly-lit languid melodies and anchored by Tamaryn’s intimate vocal delivery.
Rise Over Run
Rise over Run is a Seattle-based DJ duo comprised of local scene-stealers Brandon Chang and Akira Barrett. Their high-energy style of electro sets dance floors on fire in clubs all over the city, and has gained them a loyal following amongst in-the-know clubbers. They never disappoint a crowd, always leaving the floor a sweaty mess by the end of one of their wild tag team sets.
Sunday September 1, 2013 7:45pm - 8:15pm
EDM at EMP
Harkening back to punk rock’s glory days of the ’70s, Oklahoma outfit BRONCHO captures the aggression, DIY authenticity, and youthful exhilaration of a bygone era—then drags it by the hair into the present. With echoes of The Replacements, Iggy and the Stooges, and the Ramones, BRONCHO's exuberant 10-song debut, Can’t Get Past the Lips, is a blisteringly cathartic, 20-minute flash of gritty, crunching guitar work supported by an assaultive rhythm section and made whole by songwriter Ryan Lindsey’s aggressive, yelping vocals.
The Breeders played their first show together on June 19th, 1992, in a snooker hall behind the Warrington Rugby Club near Manchester, England. Two days later, they supported Nirvana in Dublin and Belfast, subsequently playing the legendary Glastonbury Festival. Their sophomore album, Last Splash, propelled largely by the single “Cannonball” and tethered by an impressively experimental range of styles and tones, is now widely recognized as one of the definitive recordings of the post-punk era. This year, 4AD released LSXX, a deluxe anniversary edition of Last Splash, which the band will be performing in its entirety at Bumbershoot.
Ra Ra Riot
Formed in the basements and attics surrounding Syracuse University, Ra Ra Riot released their full-length debut, The Rhumb Line, on Barsuk in 2008. Their most recent release, Beta Love, marks the band’s first outing as a leaner four-piece and a transition from strings to synthesizers. With this release they focus on their flourishing synthpop sound and incorporate the influence of cyperpunk novelist William Gibson and futurist Ray Kurzweil’s musings on the technological singularity and transhumanism.
Sunday September 1, 2013 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Supreme La Rock
Seattle’s Supreme La Rock combines his vast library and musical knowledge with impeccable taste and an uncanny ability to read, move, and interact with the crowd to create an unparalleled musical experience. In addition to multiple local DJ residencies, he makes regular appearances in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Las Vegas. His exclusive remixes are the toast of his fellow DJs and can be heard around the world.
Sunday September 1, 2013 8:15pm - 9:00pm
EDM at EMP
With gorgeous melodies, breathy vocals, choral back-up harmonies, and a jazzy influence, The Zombies ruled the ’60s with hit singles like “She’s Not There” and “Tell Her No.” The group dissolved in 1968, just prior to achieving their greatest success with the chart-topping single “Time of the Season.” Over 30 years later, founding members Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone have resurrected The Zombies. The group is marking its half-century in existence with a new album and tour, performing a dazzling retrospective of the cherished Zombies catalogue and favorites from their post-Zombies careers, alongside new material.
Growing like wildfire under the canopy of live electronica and experimental world fusion music, the acclaimed musical trio Beats Antique masterfully merges modern technology, live instrumentation, brass bands, string quartets, glitch, and dubstep. Enchanting audiences around the country, Beats Antique's live performances blend electro-coustic breakbeats set to a Bollywood bass-circus stage show. Their ability to blur the line between artist and audience even before the curtain rises leaves both critics and fans reeling with glee.
DJ Girl 6
Originally from Seattle and now based out of Las Vegas, DJ Girl 6 is a born party rocker who keeps the dance floor packed. A mainstay of the Vegas club scene, with residencies at some of its biggest venues, she also tours extensively, regularly playing in China, Europe, across the United States, and beyond. She is a club veteran who produces and edits her own audio and video remixes, and has performed with giants of the industry including Janet Jackson, Sir Mix-a-Lot, and Maroon 5.
Sunday September 1, 2013 9:00pm - 10:00pm
EDM at EMP
After nearly a decade as Matt Pond PA, this year the singer-songwriter Matt Pond has removed the “PA” from his name, to coincide with the release of his first solo album. That record, The Lives Inside The Lines In Your Hand, is a collection of melodic, catchy gems that wouldn’t sound out of place on a John Hughes movie soundtrack. Even if Pond’s name doesn’t ring a bell, you’ve probably heard his work on the small and big screens, possibly in a Starbucks holiday commercial, in the film Lebanon, PA (for which he wrote the score), or on the television program The OC.
Death Cab for Cutie plays Transatlanticism
Hometown heroes Death Cab for Cutie make their second headlining appearance at Bumbershoot as part of Barsuk Records' 15th Anniversary celebration. The band—which released its first album Something About Airplanes on the label in 1998—will be playing its 2003 breakthrough (and final Barsuk album) Transatlanticism in its entirety.
Sunday September 1, 2013 9:45pm - 11:15pm
Resident DJ and managing partner at Seattle's Trinity Nightclub, GUY smoothly melds dance floor anthems into a blend of uptempo party favorites that make clubs go wild. Nominated this year for "Seattle's Best DJ" by D List magazine, GUY is a Seattle favorite and club scene icon.
Sunday September 1, 2013 10:00pm - 10:45pm
EDM at EMP
Matt and Kim
Known for their infectious onstage energy and charming, oddball music videos, Matt Johnson and Kim Schifino have made a name for themselves as an endearing and energetic duo. The couple merges indie, pop, and electronic music, putting on live shows that are more like dance parties than traditional concerts. After four albums and six years of touring, they remain delightfully resistant to one-dimensional categorization, their music percolating brightly with hints of hip hop, punk, techno, and nearly everything in between.
After spending high school honing her talents and playing farmer’s markets in Tacoma, Vicci Martinez began independently releasing music and touring the country. After her decade of experience in the music industry, it was NBC’s music competition The Voicethat opened doors for the next phase of her career in 2011. After landing among the top four Voice finalists due to her riveting, roaring performances, Martinez made her major label debut via Universal Republic in 2012.
Cascadia ’10 is the echo of Afrobeat in the Pacific Northwest—a seductive, sinuous sound resonating from Nigeria to the Emerald City. This stylish nine-piece army brings crowds to dancefloors everywhere with their original brand of hypnotic Afro-funk. Wisely steeped in both old and new styles of the genre and lovingly reminiscent of Fela Kuti and The Budos band, Cascadia ’10 also brims with eloquent soloists on horns and guitar.
Hot Bodies in Motion
Hot Bodies in Motion was formed in a dimly lit Seattle basement in early 2010. With inescapable guitar hooks, pulsing rhythms, and vintage vibe, the band’s commanding blend of blues, soul, and throwback R&B is equal parts sensual and fervent. Imagine a hybrid of Stevie Wonder and Stevie Ray Vaughn, give or take a beard and some flannel. Zealous gospel harmonies and earnest lyrics of self-awareness showcase a sound that comes to life with soulful swagger.
Warm synthesizers, immediate hooks, big rhythms, and sparkling guitars make up the chemistry that crystalizes within BellaMaine, an indie rock band from Anacortes, WA. On their new EP, An Anxious Mind, produced by John Goodmanson (Nada Surf, Blonde Redhead, Death Cab for Cutie), the quartet comes out swinging with graceful force, pulling dreamy tones and pop-rock sensibility into the same room. A natural energy binds the guy-girl lead vocals with the guitars and keyboards, as the two handling these duties (Nick and Julianne Thompson) are, in fact, married.
Aurelio & Garifuna Soul
Born in the tiny coastal hamlet of Plaplaya on Honduras’ Caribbean coast, Aurelio may be one of the last generations to grow up steeped in Garifuna tradition, a rich legacy that encompasses the African and Caribbean Indian roots of his ancestors. A protege of Afropop legend Youssou N’Dour and a masterful performer and global music ambassador, Aurelio released his latest album stateside through the Sub Pop imprint Next Ambience.
The Maldives have grown from the personal project of lead singer and songwriter Jason Dodson to a small musical army with a rotating cast of contributors that occasionally swells to twelve members. A staple of the Northwest folk rock revival, the band seamlessly blends acoustic and electric features into their finely-crafted songs. The Maldives’ music builds on a heritage of cinematic American rock and roll that is at turns chivalrous and fist-pumping-steeped in tradition but unbound by expectations.
Red Jacket Mine
KEXP calls local band Red Jacket Mine's latest album Someone Else's Cake "a warm, soulful, expertly crafted set of ‘70s-inspired pop-rock combining elements of early New Wave, Steely Dan, glam-rock, soul, roots-rock and more into vibrant pop gems with clever lyrics and sharp song hooks." The band has shared the stage with the likes of Chuck Prophet, Liam Finn, and Jason Faulkner.
In early 2013, Brooklyn-based post-punk outfit The Men released New Moon, the most intensely personal and immersive installment in their catalog, an album described by critics as “Dinosaur Jr. on a serious Tom Petty kick.” Sharing songwriting duties and staying true to their “no-one-is-frontman” maxim, The Men make a patchwork narrative with their tunes, ranging from a MC5-style firebomb to a somber instrumental and a pleasant pop cover song. Nostalgia is the central thesis in their music, but the band’s clear ethos is to revisit but never retread.
Even before the release of their debut single, favorable comparisons came quickly for the British quartet alt-J, with their music described as “Nick Drake meets gangsta rap,” and likened to In Rainbows-era Radiohead. Veering wildly from psychedelic avant-pop to skeletal folktronica, alt-J's sound highlights understated beauty one minute and epic oddities the next, tackling everything from bullfighting to the heroic life of 1930s war photographer Gerda Taro. Winning the coveted British Mercury Prize in 2012 and appearing on the soundtrack to the Oscar-winning film Silver Linings Playbook propelled alt-J’s career to new heights, helping them gain a wide international following.
Monday September 2, 2013 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Since the release of her first EP in 2007, singer-songwriter Lissie has racked up an impressive and eclectic list of accolades—she was personally selected to open for Lenny Kravitz in 2008, had a song co-written with Morgan Page and remixed by Deadmau5 nominated for a Grammy, was Paste‘s “Best New Solo Artist” in 2010 and had her track “When I’m Alone” chosen by iTunes UK as their 2010 song of the year. Sharp, soulful and hardly predictable, she continues to win over audiences and critics alike.
Created with no less a purposeful agenda than manifesting joy and unity in all people, Red Baraat is a pioneering eight-piece band from Brooklyn, New York. The group has drawn worldwide praise for its singular sound—a merging of hard driving North Indian bhangra rhythms with elements of jazz, go-go, brass funk, and hip hop.
St. Paul de Vence
Only four months after their formation in 2011, St. Paul de Vence gathered in a studio to record their self-titled debut. The album proved a success, with seven straight weeks in the Top 10 of KEXP’s Americana and Pacific Northwest charts. With an acoustic-oriented sound that includes guitars, accordion, ukulele, banjo and mandolin, the band continues to evolve its sound by adapting to various performance configurations. From sidewalks to restaurants, living rooms or rock clubs, no matter how you experience St. Paul de Vence it is clear they love the music they are making.
Drawn together by a mutual love of mystic paganism, the duo of Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser signed to Columbia Records in 2006. On a mission to sprinkle the music industry with weirdness and unpredictability, the band delivered their debut album, Oracular Spectacular, in 2008 garnering themselves three Grammy nominations along with numerous international accolades. Now performing live as a five piece, MGMT continue to entertain as their music melds everything from ’60s psychedelic acts to ’90s Britpop to contemporary rock.
Monday September 2, 2013 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Long have Redd Kross rocked, and long have critics, devoted fans, and fellow musicians—such as Nirvana and Sonic Youth—bowed before the Kross and their self-aware brand of garage-born and psych-soaked rock and roll. Degenerate, sweet, tongue-in-cheek, and utterly fearless, Redd Kross have endured because they have always had the best possible attitude, combining smarts, smiles, and a total commitment to hair-spinning showmanship. After disbanding in the late ’90s, they reformed in 2007, playing sporadically to their fiercely faithful fans. Their latest album, Researching the Blues, was released on Merge Records in late 2012.
Kinky has become one of the most important bands in the Latin American rock-electronica scene of the last decade. The five-piece band is known for their energetic live shows as much as their recordings. Drawing from funk-rock as well as electronic dance music music and crafting a unique hybrid that has garnered them an international following. The band has received multiple nominations from both the Latin Grammys and the Latin MTV Video Music Awards, as well as the honor of penning the theme song for the L.A. Galaxy.
Kopecky Family Band
The Kopecky Family Band is a family connected not by blood or heritage, but by circumstance. Intimately interwoven musical tones, warm and welcoming melodies, bright and epic symphonic layering, boy-girl vocal harmonies and thousands of miles of touring have gained this Nashville-based five-piece a growing and devoted fanbase and critical acclaim. Not country, not pop, not folk, not rock, but something much more complex—call it Brave New Nashville.
Before the beards, the musical brawn, and a contest-winning spot on the cover of Rolling Stone, Canadian rockers The Sheepdogs built their name on hard work and determination. The band’s momentum began to build exponentially with the release of the 2010 album,Learn & Burn, which earned them three JUNO awards. Last year, The Sheepdogs released their self-titled album, produced by Austin Scaggs and The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney, which firmly introduced them to both national and international music scenes.
Since their formation in Savannah, Georgia in 2003, Baroness’s mission statement has always been simple: keep an open mind, confront challenges, avoid repetition, and take their brand of majestic metal to diverse audiences. They’ve accomplished all that and then some, touring constantly (surviving a terrible bus accident last fall) and sharing stages with Metallica, Mastodon, Deftones, and Isis. Their most recent album, Yellow & Green, was released last year via Relapse Records and earned them “Rock Band of the Year” honors from Artist Direct, who said Baroness “epitomized the spirit of the greats like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, while remaining wholly unique.”
Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands
Seattle troubadour Mark Pickerel's rich baritone is as distinctive as his trademark pompadour, and both exude a sense of timeless style and composure. Call it tumbleweed noir or barroom balladry—Pickerel and his Praying Hands turn dusty backroads, empty bottles and bedroom battlegrounds into vintage romance novellas with an effortless, twang-infused flair.
Once brothers Ian and Eric Holljes decided to pursue their music career, they recruited their younger sister, Brittany, and three other like-minded souls to form Delta Rae. Their debut record, Carry the Fire, displays a strong and robust sound, as well as tenderness and even, at times, vulnerability. Mixing the richness of Americana, gospel, bluegrass, blues, and pop, Delta Rae’s sound also includes a well-oaked, deep-rooted tradition of storytelling, folklore, and mythology. The combo successfully blends together the tensions, the joys, and the fierce bright hope of America’s great cultural and musical journey.
Seattle-based hip hop artist Sol’s understated lyrics, exuberant performances, and diverse instrumentation have solidified him as one of the leaders of the Northwest music scene. 2012 marked a transcendent year for his career, starting with the release of his highly-anticipated self-released album, Yours Truly, which quickly rose to number one on the iTunes hip hop chart. Following a West Coast tour and performances before raucous crowds in his hometown of Seattle, Sol left the United States on a ten month globe-trotting hiatus as part of the Bonderman Honors Travel Fellowship awarded to him by the University of Washington. Now, Sol returns to the States, rejuvenated and ready to take his career to the next level.
Indie rock icons Superchunk helped define the lo-fi aesthetic of the early 1990s. With the release of 2010’s Majesty Shredding and this year’s I Hate Music, the venerable combo proves that time has done nothing to temper its biting, buzzing alt-rock—a sound as fresh and invigorating as ever.
Ivan & Alyosha
Ivan & Alyosha—the Seattle combo which borrows its name from a pair of characters from Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov—delivers its songs of struggle, perseverance and spirituality with a resilient, upbeat attitude that’s reflected in its bubbly brew of stirringly strummed folk-rock guitars, surging instrumental interaction and a bright, buoyant blend of voices that reflects the band members’ family-style camaraderie. The result is a timeless pop ideal that’s as emotionally affecting as it is pleasing to the ear.
Allen Stone's soulful and socially conscious music has earned him legitimate comparisons to Marvin Gaye and Bill Withers, but the 25-year-old singer-songwriter just sees himself as "a hippie with soul." Spending his adolescence steeped in gospel music and shielded from secular songs, Allen discovered classic soul music as a teenager. His 2010 debut reached the Top 10 of the Billboard Heatseekers chart and his first appearance on Conan soon followed, with Esquire and CNN naming Stone as an artist to watch.
Justin Townes Earle
In the six years since he released his first solo EP, Justin Townes Earle has proven to be one of his generation’s best songwriters. The winner of 2011’s Americana Music Award for Song of the Year for “Harlem River Blues,” Earle blends folk, country, and—on his latest release, Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now—a little Memphis soul to create music that’s both timely and timeless.
Buzz-worthy duo GTA are Miami-based DJs who season house music with hip hop and salsa influences and who have earned the respect and collaboration of genre leaders like Diplo, Laidback Luke, and Afrojack.
Monday September 2, 2013 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, the origins of Deerhunter can be traced back to the high school meeting of controversial frontman Bradford Cox and guitarist Lockett Pundt. Since 2001, Deerhunter has seen various lineup incarnations and, after a brief hiatus, the band reconvened to record their latest record, Monomania. Produced by Bradford Cox and Nicholas Vernhes and recorded in the dead of the night, Monomania finds the group recalling its scrappy punk aesthetic, producing a perfect nocturnal garage rock album full of layered and hazy vintage guitar sounds.
The Lone Bellow
Transplanted Southerners playing “Brooklyn country music,” The Lone Bellow released their debut album earlier this year and have already amassed support and acclaim from esteemed outlets like NPR and The New York Times. The project was initially born out of a near-tragedy and the band’s songs often tackle that theme in addition to hope, betrayal, and redemption—but there’s an undeniable exuberance that underpins the proceedings, particularly in their live shows.
BASSNECTAR is one of the longest standing and most respected artists in the American EDM scene. The original "long hair behind the tables," mastermind Lorin Ashton has amassed an epic fan base by brazenly overstepping boundaries and pulling from a dynamic array of source material. More than just an auditory experience, BASSNECTAR's unparalleled live shows feature awe-inspiring visual cues.
Monday September 2, 2013 9:45pm - 11:15pm
Trampled By Turtles
Trampled by Turtles started as a lark—a chance for its members to take a break from their rock bands and form a side project using only acoustic instruments. Since then, the band has taken on a life of its own, appearing on Billboard's Bluegrass charts, major festivals, and—last year—The Late Show with David Letterman.
The Joy Formidable
A forest just outside Casco, Maine was the setting for the recording of The Joy Formidable’s latest release, Wolf’s Law—an album teeming with wild swings of imagination, primal yearning, and the Welsh duo's signature waterfalls of guitar. With themes touching on precarious relationships, catharsis, birth, and death, and a sonic sensibility that favors high volume as much as high drama, it’s no surprise that the real-life romantic pair deliver a jaw-dropping live show.
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