Shows of Note – Not Dead Yet

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Electronic Dance Music is no longer a genre that is passed off as something a small group of weird kids like. The genre has seeped into almost every form of music from rock to country. EDM DJ’s are now mainstream and the average college student can probably name at least one EDM DJ whether David Guetta, Calvin Harris or some other artist that has “featured” popular pop singers or rappers in their music.

The Hot Sauce EP

The Hot Sauce EP

Zeds Dead is one of many EDM artists slowly creeping its way into mainstream status. Now a regular on the USC playbill, the duo formed in 2009 and are from Toronto, Canada. The group is made of DC and Hooks and specializes in grimey dubstep and house music. In their own words, Zeds Dead “balances on the line that separates chill listening music and dance floor.”

January of this year the duo released an EP titled Hot Sauce, named after a scene in “Pulp Fiction.” The EP showcases Zeds Dead range, merging drum & bass, tribal and glitch. The opening track on the five song EP features spooky noises, starts off slow and builds into the next song preparing the listener for the sirens, cymbals and hip-hop vocals on the rest of the EP.

After asked about their influences in an interview with Earmilk.com the duo said this:

There’s no formula really. I [we] usually just mess around until I stumble upon something I like. Sometimes an idea just pops into my head and I rush to jot it down very simply and then elaborate on it later. I listen to a lot of music so it naturally influences my music in one way or another.

Zeds Dead is performing with openers Paper Diamond, DJ Green Lantern and Branchez at Showbox SoDo in Seattle, Saturday, October 19. Tune-in tonight (10/11) between 8 and 10 and 10 and midnight for a chance to win tickets! 

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Shows of Note – Hip Wub Pop

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Still a very young group in the music industry, Timeflies formed in 2010 and is a smorgasbord of different genres including electronic, pop and hip-hop. The duo is made of Producer Rob “Rez” Resnick (formerly known as DJ Rob Resnick) and vocalist Cal. The duo is performing live with hip-hop team Chiddy Bang at Showbox SoDo in Seattle on Friday, October 18 as part of their “The Warning Signs Tour” and The ‘Burg is fortunate to have tickets.

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Chiddy Bang

Timeflies’ released several singles until 2011, when its debut album Scotch Tape was released. A mixtape titled Under the Influence followed in 2012. In November of the same year, Timeflies’ released an EP titled One Night which debuted #1 on the iTunes overall charts. Timeflies’ next album titled Warning Signs will be available Monday, October 14.

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Timeflies

The duo’s varied backgrounds contribute to their ability to create catchy pop tunes blending genres. Rez (the producer) has studied jazz piano, guitar, and has played in multiple bands with genres ranging from ska to metal to funk. Cal majored in music and sang in a hip-hop/funk band before forming Timeflies.

The ‘Burg will be giving away tickets today (10/10) between 6 and 8 p.m. as well as tomorrow (10/11) between 6 and 8 p.m. Tune-in and win!

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Shows of Note – The Hottest Blokes We Know

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If there are three traits most women (and some dudes) can agree is sexy on a man, its an accent, a fit body and the ability to dance. The Thunder from Down Under crew provides all three of these traits. It just so happens that this Australian male revue group will be in Wenatchee on October 3rd at the Town Toyota Center, and 88.1 The ‘Burg will be giving away 5 pairs of tickets to some very lucky winners.

The Thunder From Down Under in action

The Thunder From Down Under in Action

The Thunder from Down Under is world renowned and has been around since its debut in 1991. For a lack of a better term, the male strippers have a nightly show in Las Vegas as well as a tour worldwide. Appropriate for audiences 18 and up, the men  perform a fully choreographed show similar to that shown in the movie Magic Mike.

This will mark the second time the Thunder form Down Under will perform at the Town Toyota Center to the delight of ladies throughout the central valley area. The group has been recognized by E! News, the Tyra Banks Show, The Las Vegas Review and other news outlets as one of the top shows in ladies’ entertainment.

Be sure to swing by the 88.1 The ‘Burg table at Bite of the ‘Burg on September 24th or the home football game this Saturday, September 21st for a chance to win tickets to Ladies Night Outback!

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Local Happenings – Rodeo Tunes

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Most students know the Ellensburg Rodeo exists but a lot of us don’t know much more than that. The Ellensbrug rodeo is more than just a “rodeo.” Aside from being named one of the top 10 rodeos in America, rodeo weekend includes a fair, parade, hoe down and more. The history of the rodeo dates back to the year 1923 and is now the final stop of the Wrangler Million Dollar Gold Tour and hosts the World Finale of PRCA’s Extreme Bulls Tour. Today the rodeo features over 600 contestants and prize money exceeding $400,000. More about the “down and dirty” of the Ellensburg Rodeo is featured on an episode of Central Scoop currently on-air.  Ellensburg Rodeo

The Kittitas County Fair opened today and features the usual rides, animals and fattening foods. The fair closes at 10 p.m. everyday with the exception of Sunday, when it closes at 6 p.m.

Music will play a large role in the rode weekend festivities. The music will start tonight at 8 p.m. with the Hoedown in the Downtown at the Rotary Pavilion. This event will feature opening act Better Day and feature act The Dusty 45s. Hosted by the Ellensburg Downtown Association, this is an all ages event with pizza provided by Pizza Rita and a beer and wine garden available for those of age. The concert is free and all are welcome.

The Dusty 45s

The Dusty 45s

The Dusty 45s is a group that is well known in the Ellensburg area, but also has a statewide presence. The group has performed at venues such as the Showbox, Triple Door and current tour dates include shows in Massachusetts, and the band has opened for grammy award winning artist Adele. Their music image can be described as a mix of honky tonk, jump blues and rock and roll. Blending electric guitars, upright bass, drums, and trumpet makes for a sound not often found in today’s popular music scene.

The Dusty 45s won’t be the only music featured this rodeo weekend. Visit ellensburgrodeo.com for a full rodeo schedule of all the exciting events going on this weekend.

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Must Have Shows

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Attending a good concert can change your life, change your music taste or just be an awesome night with friends you will never forget. Fortunately, the northwest does not disappoint when it comes to awesome shows. With venues like the Tacoma Dome, the Gorge Amphitheatre or smaller venues such as El Corazon, you are sure to find your concert niche whether you prefer  large venues or intimate ones.

Ticket sales started last week for the Cherry Poppin Daddies, The Naked and Famous and Carly Rae Jepsen. Those though shows are sure to be great, we are counting down the days till ticket sales go on sale for a couple other concerts this week.

 

James Blake

James Blake

James Blake is yet another British import we are more than happy to have in the U.S. Blake’s latest album Overgrown, is his second full-length album following his 2011 self-titled debut. A little more dramatic than his last album, Overgrown walks on the line between spectacular and ground breaking and mind-numbing. Blake’s roots are in dubstep, but he has become the poster child for experimental electronic music. Overgrown is what would happen if someone told Maxwell or Aaron Neville to make an electronic album. The title of the album was influenced by the Emily Dickinson poem “All Overgrown by Cunning Moss.”  The sentiments of the poem are a huge part of Blake’s album. Since his last album he has met his girlfriend and fallen in love, which also played a role in the way his new album developed.  Blake will be playing at Showbox SoDo on November 20; tickets went on sale last Friday (5/31).

 

Eagles

Eagles

Their Greatest Hits album is the number seven best-selling album of all making the Eagles one of the best-selling bands of all time. This is why we are stoked they will be performing at the Key Arena on Sept. 4 of this year. Their “History of the Eagles” tour kicks off in Kentucky in early July and will finish in St. Louis, Oct. 24. The Eagles album The Studio Albums 1972-1979 is available on iTunes for a pretty $50 but is a collection of six remastered albums from the ‘70s era. The Eagles are legendary so we don’t have to explain why we’re pumped for the tickets to go on sale. Just be sure you buy ‘em quick because they’re bound to sell quickly. Tickets went on sale last Monday (June 3).

Two Door Cinema Club

Two Door Cinema Club

From the Emerald Isle, Two Door Cinema Club exploded onto the scene with their 2010 release of Tourist History which included hit songs “Something Good Can Work” and “What You Know.” The debut album was followed by last year’s Beacon which continued the band’s signature electro-alternative sound. The band was named Two Door Cinema Club when Sam Halliday, the band’s guitarist mispronounced the name of a cinema call Tudor Cinema. The trio will be playing at the Neptune Theatre Oct. 26. Tickets went on sale last week for the show and guesses are it will sell out.

These fall shows will sell out fast so be sure and get your tickets soon! Keep checking our blog for updates on when tickets go on sale and what shows you can’t afford to miss.

 

 

 

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Do it Obscura

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Female fronted indie pop has never been as sweet as Camera Obscura. The Scotland based band has been around since 1996 and although they have gone through changes in regards to membership, the band has remained a favorite for hipsters all around.

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Although they started out as three piece band, Camera Obscura now has five members. Tracyanne Campbell (vocals, guitar), Kenny McKeeve (guitar), Carey Lander (keyboards), Gavin Dunbar (bass) and Lee Thomson (drums). The band will release their first album since 2009’s My Maudlin Career on June 3rd of this year. The album name is Desire Lines and will feature the pre-released single “Do It Again.”

Camera Obscura’s new album was recorded in Portland, Oregon with Tucker Martine who has worked with Sufjan Stevens, The Decemberists and R.E.M. Campbell called Desire Lines their “America album” in an interview with The List.

With the release of their new album, Camera Obscura has a busy summer tour lined up which includes opening slots for She & Him. They will be playing at the Showbox at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland on June 21 and the Showbox at the Market in Seattle on June 22. The ‘Burg will be giving away tickets to the Seattle show. Check out our Facebook and mobile app for details and updates on how you can win.

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The Next Best Thing

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If you didn’t manage to get your hands on a Sasquatch tickets, you aren’t the only one. Fortunately there is another Northwest music festival that features artists of the same caliber.

Bumbershoot 2013 is August 31 through September 2. Unlike Sasquatch you can buy tickets for each individual day or a full weekend pass. Like Sasquatch, Bumbershoot isn’t just a music festival; there will also be comedy acts as well as theatre acts. The Bumbershoot lineup highlights include Death Cab for Cutie, Kendrick Lamar, Icona Pop, Allen Stone, MGMT and fun. We could go on and on about all the great acts but there are a handful that we are particularly excited for.

Heart

Heart

With their roots in the Emerald City, it’s surprising that this will be Heart’s first Bumbershoot appearance. Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson front the band and their power ballads such as “Alone,” “What About Love” and “These Dreams” have remained classic rock classics. Now in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Heart managed grabbed a spot on the Billboard Top 100 with their 2010 release Red Velvet Car. Heart will take the Bumbershoot stage on Saturday along with Crystal Castles and Gary Numan.

Tegan and Sara also made the list as one of our top picks for Bumbershoot. Unlike Justin Bieber, Tegan and Sara are welcome in America and we are happy Canada could share. The identical twin sisters have really seen their music evolve from a folksy sound to something borderline electronic. The twins’ most recent album Heartthrob dropped January of this year. The album fits into today’s pop scene but has a ‘80s feel to it. In an interview with Dallasvoice.com, Sara was asked about their recent switch to indie pop.

Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara

My first choice as a child was New Kids on the Block. We had all the records, sleeping bags and posters. Then I branched into punk, grunge, rock and indie rock. It’s only recently, in the last six or seven years, that I’ve gotten back into what I would now classify as pop music.”

Whatever Tegan and Sara are doing, it’s working. Tegan and Sara will perform Sunday with Matt & Kim and Ra Ra Riot.

Our final pick for Bumbershoot is Joey Bada$$. Straight out of Brooklyn, NY, Joey Bada$$ is a gem in the underground hip hop scene. Joey is a member of the hip hop collective Pro.Era and his debut mixtape 1999 received critical acclaim. The release of his second mixtape, Rejex followed the same year. At only 18 years ago, Joey is getting attention from many high profile artists. Mac Miller even reached out to Joey via Twitter which lead to Joey opening for him and being featured on Miller’s song “America.” Young, motivated and up and coming, Bumbershoot may be the perfect time to see Joey Bada$$ before he no longer is underground. Joey will perform Saturday along with ZZ Ward and Nacho Picasso.

Joey Bada$$

Joey Bada$$

Check out Bumbershoot’s website and get your tickets before they sell out. Bumbershoot looks to be the more affordable but just as fun version of Sasquatch.

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That’s So Punk Rock

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What people often don’t realize about 88.1 The ‘Burg is that we aren’t just alternative or Top 40. We love us some punk rock as well. That’s why we’re pumped to be giving away tickets to veteran band, Alkaline Trio.

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The trio formed in late 1996 and consists of Matt Skiba on guitar and vocals, Dan Adriano on bass and Derek Grant on the drums. Known for their catchy hooks, upbeat tempo and darker lyrics, usually about drugs, depression and alcohol, Alkaline Trio’s most recent album took a slight step outside their norm.

My Shame is True dropped March 29 and is supposedly about Skiba’s recent breakup. His girlfriend even appears on the cover of the album. The album is receiving mixed review with Sputnik Music saying:

“On My Shame Is True he (Skiba) sounds much more open and vulnerable than on previous efforts which allows these well-worn themes to sound fresh and new.” 

The rating gave the album 3.5 stars out 5 and overall, thought the album better than previous efforts by the band. Amplified Magazine had more to say in their review of the album:

“All in all, this album won’t please everyone. Fans of the band’s early work will find very little on this album that is reminiscent of either Goddamnit! or Maybe I’ll Catch Fire, but that doesn’t mean this is a bad album.”

The wonderful thing about the album is that it gives a glimpse into the life of the artists. This isn’t a punk rock album produced with the sole intent of causing a ruckus and pissing your parents off. As Skiba told SPIN Magazine:

“I went through a lot since the last record and this one, like going straight out of a gnarly divorce into a really great, beautiful relationship that came to an end just as we started writing My Shame Is True,” he told SPIN. “I just wrote this one more as like a love letter to my ex-girlfriend or an apology note set to music.”

88.1 The ‘Burg wants you to decide whether Alkaline Trio’s new stuff is good or not. That’s why we’re giving away multiple tickets to their show at Showbox at the Market on June 7. If you can’t attend that show the trio will be performing at Hawthorne Theater in Portland, June 8. Be sure and checkout our Facebook and ‘Burg app for details on how you can win!

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This Could be Para-Para-Paradise!

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Paradiso promises to be an experience like no other. There’s no venue in the world quite like The Gorge Amphitheatre and there aren’t concerts in the world quite like EDM concerts.

7496978538_3102512517_bDigital will meet nature June 28 and 29 when some of the greatest DJs in the world will take the stage alongside trapeze artists, acrobats and breathtaking art on stage and off. The Gorge/Paradiso experience will include full amusement park rides, stilt walkers and plenty of paint as well.

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Aside from the unparalleled atmosphere of The Gorge, the event promises to bring fans some of the best EDM music in the world. With over 50 artists on the bill we could write a book including all the awesome DJs set to perform. Instead we’ve picked out our top three choices, these are the guys you should be excited about.

Porter Robinson is someone The ‘Burg is familiar with. The young electro house DJ is rising to fame at an astonishing rate. We’ve seen him perform at smaller venues such as Foundation and Paradiso is something the man has definitely earned. The man started producing when he was 13 years old and still isn’t even old enough to drink legally. Robinson was introduced to EDM through the popular game, Dance, Dance Revolution. Robinson loved the music so much he bought the soundtrack to the game. Robinson’s most recent work is the Easy (Remixes) EP which he co-produced with Mat Zo and was released May 7 of this year. Robinson’s full length album Spitfire dropped in 2011.

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Porter Robinson

Dubstep fans should pay attention to our second Paradiso pick, Adventure Club. The Canadian duo of Christian Srigley and Leighton James is based out of Montreal, Quebec. Originally a pop-punk group, the boys got bored of the punk rock sound and moved on to dubstep. Adventure Club’s vibe often includes female vocals with heavy drops. The lovely thing about Adventure Club is that they effortlessly balance dubstep with the softer side of EDM. While dubstep can get too heavy for some, fans at all ends of the dubstep spectrum can find solace in Adventure Club.

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Adventure Club

Adventure Club isn’t the only duo we’re pumped about. Those of us who like progressive house we’re particularly thrilled to see CAZZETTE on the Paradiso bill. CAZZETTE is made of Sebastian Furrer & Alexander Björklund. Only a couple years young, CAZZETE is already supported by David Guetta, Tiësto, Swedish House Mafia, Avicii and Martin Solveig. While they can be labeled as progressive house, their taste for dubstep inspired CAZZETTE to refer to their style as Dub House. Still building a growing fan base, CAZZETTE is one to watch at Paradiso.

CAZZETTE

CAZZETTE

While the show isn’t sold out yet, we’re guessing it will be soon. Get your tickets online or listen to our EDM lineup every Friday night. Our EDM DJs will be giving away multiple pairs of tickets to Paradiso as well as telling you the latest news on artists and music for the event.

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What you missed at ‘Burgstock

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‘Burgstock 2013 was a hit to say the least. Prosody Events served fabulous food and drink, the crowd was awesome and all the bands put on great shows. But, it was a battle of the bands competition and there can only be one winner…and that winner was BLACKBURN.

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The alternative rock band put on a show that pleased themselves and the crowd. Girls were screaming, fans were clapping and everyone was smiling. While the competition was close, if you asked a random audience member who their pick was, BLACKBURN was the most frequently dropped name.

‘Burgstock was something BLACKBURN didn’t take lightly.

“We put out our set early, and wrote notes as to what we were gonna do,” drummer Ben McBride said.422069_10151358475072750_120494596_n

The band put a lot of thought into the show and being a three-piece rock band puts on the pressure when it comes to performing. As they like to point out, during a live show all three of them are trying to do a lot. Singing, dancing, playing and reading the crowd can be hard to do at the same time. Lead singer and guitarist Brody Blackburn doesn’t just focus on playing the guitar, he has to sing too. Chamberlain doesn’t just lay down the bass; he is expected to dance his ass off. McBride has to be conscious not to overpower the other two while still filling the empty space. Somehow, like so many three-piece bands before them, BLACKBURN manages, and manages well.

BLACKBURN’s act included a set list that was diverse with pieces that could be compared to Of Monsters and Men, A Day to Remember and Third Eye Blind. When asking the band who they would compare themselves to they laugh.

“Everyone says something different,” says McBride with a grin.302793_10151358475002750_973150754_n

“What do you think?” adds bass guitarist Wes Chamberlain.

BLACKBURN is hard to categorize at times, but if there’s one thing that we do know about them, it’s that they rock. Their act at ‘Burgstock included awesome dance moves, audience participation and Chamberlain jumping over Brody. The group even had a brief comedy act where they sang the “white guy” rendition of Kelis’s “Milkshake.”

The band doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon. ‘Burgstock is the second battle of the bands contest they have won and the band isn’t even a year old. Now over 100 shows deep, BLACKBURN hopes to move away from performing at bars and has their sights set on bigger shows at venues such as The Showbox.

601853_10151358474137750_1515517465_nExpect  a new album from the band this summer and a music video release on June 17th. All three members will relocate to Seattle in the fall to pursue their dreams of making it big. The three men that make up BLACKBURN admit that the band now comes before school and work.

Check out their website and Facebook page for updates on whats to come for this band on the rise.

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