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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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