Shows of Note – Irish Import

Foy Vance

Upon hearing the name Foy Vance for the first time, one may not be sure if it’s the name of a person, band or state of being. But Foy Vance is in fact the name of folk singer-songwriter from Ireland.

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There are artists that shake the soul and wake the soul, but Foy Vance is one that touches the soul. Gaining popularity from the usage of his single “Gabriel and the Vagabond” on Grey’s Anatomy and “Indiscriminate Acts of Kindness” being used in a commercial, Vance is slowly rising in the musical ranks.

Acoustic and often bittersweet, Vance is a master at crafting songs that softly, yet powerfully display the rawness of relationships. His own website claims that his newest album Joy of Nothing “makes love feel like the most alive and powerful force in the world.”

Joy of Nothing was released August of this year and has received outstanding reviews on iTunes with an overall 4.5 out of five star rating, one fan writing “I DON’T THINK WORDS CAN EXPLAIN.”

Now on tour promoting the album, Vance can sell out halls in Europe but is still gaining ground in America. Because of his wide range in fan-bases all over the world Vance has to frequently adjust to each audience. Vance also supported Ed Sheeran on his sold out tour. Cut London had the opportunity to interview him about the experience.

“You know what, it was great fun! There was a time in my life that I would have turned down a tour that I conceived as “pop”. Not for any aloof reasons. Just because I would have thought I didn’t belong there or have any place there. But I’ve become very close with Ed over the last year or so.”

Vance is playing at the Bunk Bar in Portland on October 31 and the Columbia City Theater in November 1. We’ll be giving away two pairs of tickets to the Seattle show so keep an eye out on our social media for tips on how you can win!

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Shows of Note – Math Rock Animals

Minus the Bear

Here at The ‘Burg, we love promoting artists from all over the world, but it’s particularly sweet when we get to promote awesome musicians from right here in the Pacific Northwest. Minus the Bear, is a favorite among many DJ’s at the station and it just so happens the band is out of Seattle.

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Minus the Bear

Formed in 2001, Minus the Bear is an indie rock band that experiments in the electronic. The five-man group is comprised of Jake Snider (Vocals, guitar), Dave Knudson (guitar), Cory Murchy (bass) and Alex Rose (synths, voclas) and Erin Tate (drums). Most of the five were members of other Seattle bands of various genres before coming together to form Minus the Bear.

Infinity Overhead is the title of the band’s most recent album which dropped in August of last year. Infinity Overhead was a much anticipated follow-up to their 2010 released album Omni.

Absolutepunk.net gave the Infinity Overhead album an 8.5 out of 10 saying:

“ -auspicious early tracks exhibit the Seattle quintet’s taut melody-making skills in full effect, but in spite of their effortless way with mid-tempo gems, it’s when they venture into relatively uncharted territory for them– lush balladry– that Minus the Bear achieve Infinity Overhead’s defining moment.”

We recommend checking out “Diamond Lightning,” “Listing,” and “Lies and Eyes” off the Infinity Overhead album.

Minus the Bear will be performing in Seattle at Showbox at the Market on November 8th. Listen today (10/28) between 1 and 3 p.m and again between 6 and 8 p.m. for a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets we will be giving away!

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Shows of Note – Uprising in Seattle

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The EDM culture is one that embraces craziness. Whether in the form of costumes, lighting, or over-the-top stage props, the motto seems to be the wilder the better. The Uprising North America Tour featuring Alesso is headed to Seattle on November 11th and he promises to bring the type of music one can “feel in their bones.”

Alesso or Alessandro Lindbald as he was born, is a DJ out of Sweden and really didn’t gain his current level of fame until 2011 when his remix of “Pressure” became an EDM standard. A DJ who’s productions usually fit in the house category, Alesso is similar to Sebastian Ingrosso, Dirty South or Nicky Romero.

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Alesso

A fan favorite, Alesso can’t praise his fans enough and even let one pant his chest before a live set. In an interview with The Independent Blogs Alesso said:

“I’m still pretty young, so everything that’s happening at the moment is still kind of shocking for me! I’m just starting to get used to this so-called ‘lifestyle’ that represents many first-time experiences for me, quite a lot of unexpected moments, I even feel sometimes like pinching myself to check ‘Is this real?’ It’s amazing to be offered the opportunity to do these wonderful things at my age. Luckily my dreams have been fulfilled very quickly, and I’m more than happy about that but beyond the excitement, sometimes you do need to sit down and take the time to realize what’s going on.”

Thanks to our awesome partnership with USC Events, 88.1 The ‘Burg will  be giving away two pairs of tickets to the Seattle show tonight (10/25) between 6 and 10 p.m. Tune-in to win!

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Shows of Note -The Singing Sidekicks

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Garfunkel and Oates is a duo made up of two of the most bad-ass women in comedy and music. The funny team made up of singer/actresses Riki Lindhome (Garfunkel) and Kate Micucci (Oates) writes and performs some of the dirtiest, cutest, catchiest indie music around.

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Garfunkel and Oates

Men usually dominate the musical-comedy scene with individuals such as Bo Burnham and Stephen Lynch or groups such as The Axis of Awesome setting the bar. Garfunkel and Oates changed that when they formed in 2007. The duo has been described as the “Female Flight of the Conchords” by the Wall Street Journal. Named after the sidekicks in Simon and Garfunkel and Hall and Oates, not only is Garfunkel and Oates probably the funniest female musical-comedy group in the business, they might be the only.

Riki Lindhome has acted in movies such as “Million Dollar Baby” while you might recognize Kate Micucci from her reoccurring role on “Scrubs” as Lawyer Ted’s love interest. Their most recent album, Slippery When Moist feature songs we love such as “Handjob, Blowjob, I Don’t Understand Job” and “My Apartment’s Very Clean Without You.”

The hilarious duo will be performing at The Neptune Theatre in Seattle on November 1st and The ‘Burg has all the hookups. Tune-in to Geek Speak tomorrow (10/25) between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m for a chance to win tickets to the Seattle show. We will also give a pair away Monday (10/28) between 3 and 6 p.m. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see this pretty, witty group!

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Local Happenings – Night of the Rocking Dead

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Zombie themes have become very popular in the last couple of years. With movies like Zombieland, shows like The Walking Dead and books like World War Z, zombies have become a common interest among many Americans. This year, even more campus organizations are teaming together to put on what has become an annual CWU spectacular. The Zombie Bash has only grown and this year, The ‘Burg is going to help take the event to a whole new level.zombiezone1

The Zombie Bash will be made up of about ten activities, all free and all open to the public. Participants will be given the opportunity to take part in a zombie themed 5K, zombie shooting gallery, freaky photo booths and more. The Zombie Zone will be in the recreation center and will give students the chance to run and shoot at real live (well, dead) zombies! There will also be a humans vs. zombies jousting tournament in an inflatable ring as well as a creepy carnival.

So what’s The ‘Burg’s part? We will be hosting The Rocking Dead, zombie dance. Expect an 11-foot DJ booth guard tower, a fenced in dance floor and spine-chilling music to complete the mood. Don’t have the perfect zombie outfit? No problem, make-up artists will be on-site to help you look your worst!download

The event is open to the public but be warned, there will be extreme images! The whole she-bang starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, November 2 and will continue until 1 a.m. All activities will be held in the SURC.

Keep an eye out for zombies walking through campus, alerts on The ‘Burg’s airwaves and zombie survival tips on our Facebook and Twitter. For more information on the event and a full list of sponsors check out the CWU event calendar online.

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Shows of Note – An Electric Monster Mash

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EDM fans in the Pacifc Northwest have been a-buzz with excitement over USC Events’s annual Halloween themed show, Freaknight 2013. Freaknight has become a staple in the Pacific Northwest EDM culture and is headlined by some pretty big names including Benny Benassi, Calvin Harris and Baauer. The whole lineup is excellent, but below are our three picks, for DJs you don’t want to miss out on this year.

Metrik, (no, not the female fronted Canadian indie band) aka Tom Mundell is a London based producer who specializes in the sort or liquid-funk drum and bass that makes you stop what you’re doing and jump up and down.

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Metrik

Signed to Hospital Records in 2012, Metrik has been pushing EDM into listening arenas one would never expect. Metrik’s track “Technicolour” was used as a sound bed for Barack Obama’s victory speech on Radio One.

Metrik’s most recent works are found on his self-titled EP released in April of this year. The EP was praised for balancing aggressive bass lines with soft melodies. It appears Metrik is only getting bigger and better while fans eagerly await a full-length album under the Hospital Records label.

Delta Heavy is our second Freaknight pick and the duo is also out of London, made up of DJs Ben Hall and Simon James. The two formed Delta Heavy in the hopes of avoiding the cubicle grind and white collar lifestyle. The gamble certainly paid off for the pair as they continue to garner respect and loyal fans all around the world.

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Delta Heavy

An article by Music.com cited Hall as saying that he and group-mate James feel as though bass music had degenerated into something “quite noisy and really quite loud and in-your-face.” Hall went on to state that Delta Heavy is “moving towards something a bit more musical.” While the trend of EDM may be headed in that “noisy sounds” direction, we are happy to say that Delta Heavy doesn’t mind taking the road less traveled.

On their own website, Destroid states the following:

“Bringing forth the next stage of the electronic movement, Destroid is the new mega collaboration led by Canadian bass master Excision featuring Downlink and KJ Sawka. A full-on live dubstep band executed in a way bass music has never seen, Destroid are ready to obliterate all that stand in their way.”

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Destroid

The dark EDM group combines the forces of dubstep/electro producers Excision and Downlink as well as ex- Pendulum drummer KJ Sawka, united as a full-on live dubstep band. The group can be a little intimidating to those who are not veterans of the EDM scene. Intense, loud and explosive, Destroid has the ability to awake you from a nightmare or haunt your dreams.

Feaknight has expanded to a two-day festival this year, which will be held at  WaMu Theater in Seattle, October 25 and 26. The ‘Burg will be giving away not one, but two pairs of tickets tonight (10/18) between 8 and midnight. Remember, you must tune-in to win so switch the dial to 88.1 The ‘Burg tonight for the opportunity to attend one of the most coveted EDM shows in the Pacific Northwest.

 

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Shows of Note – Chill-out Trip-Hop

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Bonobo has been electrifying the ears of his listeners since 2000, when he released his first album, Animal Magic – and his music is indeed magical.  Since then, he has continued to fuse electronic music with hints of jazz and unique rhythms.  Bonobo is a true wizard of sound.

Over the past few years, Bonobo has been touring around the globe with his live band, hooking audiences with his catchy rhythms and creative melodies.  2012 was a year in which Bonobo also found success as a DJ. The artist traveled to New York to write material for his next album, a true piece of electronic music excellence.

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Bonobo

The North Borders, Bonobo’s latest work, plays like a soundtrack to a fantastic dream.  After pressing play, listeners will be transported into the sonic bliss of Bonobo’s creativity.  The album’s resonance will be felt long after the final track has ended.  The aura of tracks like “First Fires”, “Cirrus”, and “Ten Tigers” are habit-forming works of art.

The balanced complexity of Bonobo’s music stems from his skill of piecing together separate ideas.  As he told Berkleegroove.com in April of this year:

It’s interesting how you get these sounds, which are three-times removed from each other, but when you listen to the track you think, ‘WOW, this sounds great!’”

You can keep up with Bonobo’s latest news, tour dates, and more on his website, bonobomusic.com.  He will be making stops at Seattle’s Showbox at the Market on October 24 and Portland’s Roseland Theater on October 25.  Listen to 88.1 The ‘Burg tonight (10/18) between 6 and 8 p.m. for a chance to win tickets to the Seattle show!

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Shows of Note – Hoodie Mob of America

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If Hoodie Allen proves one thing, it’s that you can be successful in the rap game as a clean cut, Caucasian with a quick tongue. Based out of New York, Hoodie has impressed critics with his witty lyrics and hustle. It doesn’t hurt that Hoodie could teach a class on how to properly sample songs. The wordsmith has made a name for himself sampling music from unconventional sources. Allen is one of the ideals in alternative hip-hop and chances are, we’ll remember the name.

A self-described college educated music nerd, Hoodie released his first EP, All American in 2012 and released his most recent mix tape Crew Cuts in February of this year. Word is the rapper is hoping to release his first full length album this fall.

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Hoodie Allen

Comparable to Macklemore, Hoodie has cited the Seattle based rapper as an inspiration in his own career. In an interview with Fuse, Hoodie said this:

Really he’s one of the reasons why I like, continue to champion my indie effort–he’s broken through that ceiling of, like, there’s a limit to it-there’s no limit”

Hoodie also noted that he and Macklmore have “always planned to do a song together,” and hinted that his next album or EP would include Macklemore, exciting news for those who have a love for the alternative-rap scene.

Already a Hoodie fan? Become a Hoodie mob member and receive exclusive benefits such as meet and greets with Hoodie himself by signing up on his website.

As part of his “Party With Your Friends Tour,” Hoodie Allen will be performing in the northwest on October 31 at Showbox SoDo in Seattle and November 1 at Wow Hall in Eugene, Oregon.

The ‘Burg is giving away tickets tonight (10/17) between 8 and 10 p.m. and Friday (10/18) between 1 and 3 p.m so tune-in and win!

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Shows of Note – Walk Me to the Moon

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It’s hard to find indie pop/rock more delicious than Walk the Moon. Out of Cincinatti, Ohio, the group formed in 2008. They exploded into the indie scene with their hit single “Anna Sun” and their debut self-titled album peaked at number eight on the Billboard Alternative Albums chart.

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Walk the Moon

Riding their early success, Walk the Moon released their EP titled Tightrope in January of this year.  A review on Alternativeaddiction.com said this about the Tightrope EP:

“It’s different from the album—it’s not as polished—but it’s worth the same amount of attention.”

And attention is what the band is getting.  Walk the Moon has already been featured as Nylon Magazine’s Band Crush, as a Hot New Band by SPIN Magazine, as a New York Post band “You Must Know,” and in the Spotlight of “Last Call with Carson Daly.” In the midst of their fall tour, the band appears to keep fan satisfaction as their focus. In an interview with Elle Magazine, Eli Maiman, the band’s guitarist said this of the fall tour:

“We love meeting our fans and seeing their smiling faces sing along. We’re also really looking forward to debuting some of the new material at the shows. We’re doing our biggest, most colorful shows to date.”

Walk the Moon will be performing in the northwest on October 21st at the Roseland Theatre in Portland, October 23rd at Showbox SoDo in Seattle, and October 24th at the Knitting Factory in Boise.

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