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.

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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.

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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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Albums of Note

Working at a radio station is a privilege, we get to listen to music, review music and play music everyday, all day. Finding music before the masses is awesome but we don’t mind sharing. Continue reading for the lowdown on the most recent albums we’re loving.

The Week’s website claims:

“Our shows are tattered and torn, but our feet are dry. As for our places in history, we will run naked through your streets before we sit decorated in your halls.”

The Weeks is a band that is quite content the way they are and don’t really care what anyone else thinks. Defined as 21st century southern rock, their latest album, Dear Bo Jackson dropped on April 30th. The Jackson, Mississippi based group manages to fuse grunge, indie, southern rock and folk into a splendid fifth album.

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The Weeks

Receiving rave reviews, Dear Bo Jackson kicks off with a tune titled the same. Catchy, quick and not without a hint of southern comfort, the song is a great way to kick off the record. While the first track is awesome, the second may be the best on the album. “Brother in the Night” is the perfect sound for riding down a windy road with the sun roof down. We also recommend checking out “Ain’t My Stop” and “Bad Enough,” that is if you don’t have time to listen out the whole album.

Other than French Fries, toast and kisses, Phoenix may be the best thing to ever come out of France. The band caught the attention of the masses with their hit song “1901” off the album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. Their first album in four years, Bankrupt! Dropped April 23rd,  and isn’t going to let you forget Phoenix is an indie force to be reckoned with.

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Phoenix

The new album is a little more experimental than past works but Phoenix’s genius blend of pop and alternative doesn’t go away. With a 4.5 average on iTunes user reviews and solid analyses from the critics, Spin Magazine said: “The resulting album blurs the lines between simple and sophisticated more effectively than Phoenix ever have before.”

We recommend checking out “Entertainment,” “Trying to Be Cool” and “Don’t” off the Bankrupt! album.

Deerhunter’s fifth album will be released to the public on May 7th, but we can just tell you right now…it’s pretty great.

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Deerhunter

 

 

Monomania is raw, noisy, and awesome. Some of the tracks (like “Leather Jacket II”) use grinding background noises to accompany front man Bradford’ Cox’s ringing vocals, while others are softer such as “The Missing.” This album is well balanced and will fit in with any psychedelic experience you are having.

It’s looking like summer will be pretty awesome this year. Your sunny weather playlist will be easy to complete as many of our favorite bands are performing in their newest albums.

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Lords of Dogtown

Our radio station is one of broad interests, tastes and flavors. The radio station features everything from hip hop to indie to punk rock. There’s something for everyone at 88.1 The ‘Burg. We sought to keep ‘Burgstock the same. We’ve got industrial rock, hip hop and alternative. The bill even includes honkytonk blues, and that’s where The Dogtown Two comes in.

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Formed in 2011 the duo consists of Titus Fields and Duane Martin Harbick. Both gentlemen are from the Ellensburg area and named themselves The Dogtown Two because they hail from the “wrong” side of the railroad tracks (Thorpe) that some refer to as “Dogtown.”

Fields covers the vocals, guitar and when the mood strikes him, mandolin and washboard. Harbick also contributes vocally and plays guitar and steel guitar.

Not surprisingly, the two the gentleman get their musical influence from old time folk, blues, country and even some contemporary rock. This sort of music runs thick through their veins, both having grown up rurally, building stuff, growing stuff and getting their hands dirty.

Drinking, gambling, womanizing and perhaps regret in participating in any of those activities are common themes in their music. So grab a beer, sit down and cool off to The Dogtown Two after a looooong day’s work.

Mosey on down to ‘Burgstock, this Saturday, April 27th at Prosody Events for a chance to win Sasquatch tickets and to see The Dogtown Two compete for the ultimate prize.

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Rap Reborn

When you think of a battle of the bands competition you may think rock, you may think alternative you may even think folk but you probably won’t think of hip hop. Clifton Del Bane is hoping to change your perception of hip hop by participating in this year’s ‘Burgstock.

The three man group doesn’t fit into the “money and bit****,” derogatory and violent, pervasive rape culture rap scene that artists like Rick Ross and Too $hort have embraced. No, Clifton Del Bane is part of the hip hop scene that is changing and bringing a different message to the world. It’s not about a beat, it’s about the lyrics, it’s not about demeaning others it’s about telling a story.

Like Jason Clifton Says: “Hip Hop is becoming conscious of itself,” and Clifton Del Bane is part of this movement.

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CDB is made of three members, Jason Clifton, Tom Dell and Kyle Bane. The group formed in Ellensburg about three years ago but all three have very different backgrounds and experiences in music and life in general.

Jason Clifton was born in California but moved to Ellensburg when he was in elementary school. It wasn’t until Clifton moved back to Cali during high school that he fell in love with hip hop. An avid skateboarder (for a brief period he ran a skateboard shop in Ellensburg) and graffiti artist, Clifton was introduced to hip hop through the culture  surrounding those hobbies. Clifton has been in various hip hop groups including Hocus Focus and Log Hog with CDB member Tom Dell. Now a solo dad in between jobs, 33 year old Clifton is reexamining his life, planning on going back to school, and wants to “be the change we [CDB] want to see in hip hop.”

Clifton calls Kyle Bane the “Prince” of the group, referring to Bane’s ability to play multiple instruments, produce and compose music. An Ellensburg native, Bane is the youngest of the trio at 25 years old and became interested in music at a very young age. Bane took up the drums when he was in third grade and started playing guitar and piano around fifth grade. Bane’s musical tastes are wide and varied. Originally inspired by Metallica, Bane then progressed to Elliott Smith, Bright Eyes and indie rock in general. Bane continued to expand his music and learned more and more instruments along the way, becoming particularly favorable to folk. Originally, Bane was the beat-master of the group but after contributing some of his own word, Clifton and Dell encouraged him to rap. Now Bane raps on almost every CDB track.

Tom Dell is the oldest and hence wisest member of CDB. Dell was born in Reno in 1974 and moved to Ellensburg as a teenager. A 2000 graduate from CWU with a philosophy degree, Dell has worked at the CWU library for 16 years. With a quiet nature about him, humble attire and laid back demeanor, it’s hard to believe Dell is a legitimate rapper who just happens to be a librarian. It’s even harder to imagine that Ice Cube is the reason Dell decided he wanted to rap after hearing The Predator album.

Still young, but not inexperienced, Clifton Del Bane is hoping to perform more in the Northwest as their music portfolio grows. They are expected to release an album tentatively called “The Catalyst” this summer and their music is available for your listening pleasure on Soundcloud and YouTube.

Check out ‘Burgstock on April 27th, at Prosody Events for a chance to win Sasquatch tickets and see Clifton Del Bane perform live!

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Aca-Scuse Me?

Shows like Star Search and American Idol have changed the way America discovers singing talent. There have been plenty of variations of the talent show genre such as America’s Got Talent, Duets, X-Factor and The Voice. Each show has their own niche or twist but The Sing Off may be the toughest one of all. It’s one thing to sing by yourself, it’s another to harmonize groups of people together with no backing instruments at all. Pentatonix is the group that took away the first place prize in the third season of A capella singing competition The Sing Off. The singing whizzes sold out the Showbox SoDo in 2012 and are back this year to do the same.

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The quintet is out of Arlington Texas and consists of Scott Hoying (lead vocalist), Kirstie Maldonado (female lead), Mitch Grassi (harmony), Kevin Olusola (vocal percussion) and Avi Kaplan (bass).  Whats particularly striking about the group is how young they are. Maldonado and Grassi are only 20 years old, and Grassi was in high school when the third season commenced.

Non-musicians may not be familiar with the term “Pentatonix.” The group is named after the world’s most widely known five-note scale and is also a play on there being five members in the group. Known for their covers of well-known pop songs, Pentatonix released their first album PTX, Vol. 1 in June of 2012 and a Christmas EP quickly followed, November the same year.

Pentatonix will be performing in the northwest on May 5th at McMenamin’s Crystal Ballroom in Portland, May 7th at The Knitting Factory in Spokane, and May 11th at Showbox SoDo in Seattle.

Listen to The ‘Burg this week for a chance to win 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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Scruffalove

Urbandictionary.com describes Scruffalo as “a disease caused by bad-aids. It is passed from person to person via the elbow; it is deadly and usually involves dying. Side effects of said “death” is not living, not breathing, not pumping blood and not playing cricket.” Regardless of what urbandictionary’s silly definitions might say listening to Scruffalo definitely won’t cause loss of life or the inability to play cricket.

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Scruffalo is a self-proclaimed “terror-trio” that came to being in the garages of T-Park in Ellensburg. Like many of the bands to be feature in ‘Burgstock this year, Scruffalo is in the beginning stages of development and is still expanding their sound and range. Not more than a couple years old the group started out as just frequent jam sessions. Eventually it was determined that the group should start performing for the public and Scruffalo was born.

A mix of grime, indie and trashcan sounds, the group is made up of Mitch Treece on drums, Evan Smith on bass and Justin Ruhe on guitar and lead vocals. All members are students at Central Washington University and can be found drinking or studying when they aren’t making music.

Scruffalo is one of six bands performing and competing at ‘Burgstock at Prosody Events on April 27th. Watch them compete and don’t miss out on the opportunity to win Sasquatch 2013 tickets!

Keep checking our blog and Facebook for more news on ‘Burgstock bands!

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Live Your Life in Color

EDM fans all over the state are drooling over USC Events’ next big show. Life in Color :: Rebirth Tour (formerly Dayglow), which claims to be the “world’s largest paint party” will be taking place at the Tacoma Dome on May 18th. The event is not only a paint party but will include soaring aerial acts, stilt-walkers, contortionists and fire shows… so your usual state of the art EDM production only USC is capable of putting on.

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Usually regular tickets are enough but concert-goers may want to consider purchasing VIP tickets to this event. The VIP package includes a t-shirt, sunglasses, CD, bottle of paint and complimentary bag and coat check. Regular tickets are $48 while the VIP ticket is $80.

The event will feature Flux Pavilion, Chuckie, Mat Zo and David Solano.

Flux Pavilion is probably who folks are most excited about. Flux started getting attention in 2009 when he hit the scene out of Towncester, UK. An EDM artist with a specialty in dubstep he released his most recent album titled Blow the Roof, January 25 of this year. Known for his superb rhythms and insane bass lines Flux has successfully woven traditional instruments and vocals into his music. Interestingly, Flux grew up with other EDM DJ’s Doctor P and Trolley Snatcha. All three DJs produce dubstep and Flux and Doctor P have worked together quite a bit.

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Flux Pavilion

Born and raised in Paramaribo in South America DJ Chuckie’s  mixing skills and general charisma have made him a crowd favorite during live performances. Chuckie’s music is definitely something you can dance to and he sticks to the more house style as opposed to the harder dubstep. Born with the name Clyde, DJ Chuckie rose to fame when he started deejaying at house parties under that name. Now selling out shows and gaining a worldwide fan base, Chuckie is someone who is still continuing to rise in the EDM genre.

DJ Chuckie

DJ Chuckie

Trance fans will be pleased to see Mat Zo on the bill for Life in Color. Matan “Mat Zo” Zohar is part of the British EDM invasion, the U.S. is all too happy to accept. Zo was attracted to electronic genre when he fell in love with Daft Punk. After he got his first computer in 2001, Zo started producing his own music and thanks to the power of the internet was able to develop a fan base. In 2006, at only 16 years old Zo had his first signing of a track and his career has been on the rise ever since.

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Mat Zo

The only American based artist to be featured at Life In Color is David Solano. From Miami, Florida he is a producer, DJ, remixer and relative newbie to the electronic dance music scene. The most unknown artist on the lineup he has worked with R3hab, Brass Knuckles and Starkillers.

David Solano

David Solano

Life in Color :: Rebirth Tour is May 18th at the Tacoma Dome.

Listen to our electronica block every Friday between 6 and 10 p.m. every Friday night for a chance to win tickets. Check out our Facebook and mobile app for details and updates on how you can win.

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