Shows of Note – Suddenly I’m Hit

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Suddenly I’m hit
It’s the starkness of the dawn
And your friends are gone
And your friends won’t come

So show me where you fit
I’ll wait
So show me while you’re strong
We’re alone now

Those are the lyrics of the single “Retrograde” from James Blake’s new album, Overgrown, which dropped April of this year. The song hints at a love story gone awry because people have the inexorable ability to change. Simple, and almost disturbing in its ability to entrance the listener, “Retrograde” is the epitome of James Blake.

James Blake

James Blake

Once a traditional electronic DJ, Englishman James Blake has renounced that life and is the poster child of the “Post-dubstep” era. Drawing influences from the soul, R&B and hip hop genres, Blake won the 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize for album of the year.

Futuristic. Beautiful. Amazing. Raw. Hypnotic. Those are all words people are using to describe Blake’s latest album. Say what you want about it,  other than “Retrograde” we highly recommend giving “Take a Fall for Me (Feat. RZA),” “Digital Lion,” and “Life Round Here” a listen off the Overgrown album.

Blake will be playing in the Pacific Northwest at Showbox SoDo in Seattle on November 20 and Roseland Theater in Portland on November 21. The ‘Burg is giving away a pair of tickets to the Seattle show this Friday (11/8) between 8 and 10 a.m. Must tune-in to win!

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Shows of Note – The (Local) Lonely Forest

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With artists like Common Market, Blue Scholars and Macklemore making a name for Washington hip hop, sometimes we forget that Seattle and the rest of the evergreen state has produced some pretty awesome alternative acts as well.

The Lonely Forest

The Lonely Forest

The Lonely Forest hail from Anacortes, Wash. Forming around 2005, the band won the Experience Music Project competition in 2006 and has been steadily moving forward ever since.  The Lonely Forest released its first album Nuclear Winter in 2007. We Sing the Body Electric! followed in 2009 but it wasn’t until Arrows in 2011 that the band really started getting attention with the album’s single “We Sing in Time.” Arrows followed a Sasquatch Music Festival Appearance in 2010.

Adding Up the Wasted Hours is the group’s fourth full length studio album and dropped October 15 of this year. The album has clear indie-pop influences with the introduction of synthesizers, pop beats and light vocals. It’s no surprise The Lonely Forest lists Two Door Cinema Club and Minus the Bear as influences on their Facebook page. The album as a whole has striking similarity to Death Cab for Cutie both in instrumentation and vocal stylings. Perhaps The Lonely Forest can one day be an opener for their fellow Washington band.

You can catch the band perform in the Pacific Northwest, November 8 at Bunk Bar in Portland and/or in Seattle at The Neptune Theatre, November 9. The ‘Burg is giving away one pair of tickets to the Seattle show today (11/4) between 3 and 6 p.m on Snap. Crackle. Rock. with Rice Krispy so tune-in for a chance to win!

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