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.

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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.

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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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Folk in the Northwest

We Washingtonians are lucky to have a music powerhouse city like Seattle as our hub for outstanding music in all genres. Macklemore, Alice in Chains, Damien Jurado, and The Postal Service are just a few of the artists to come from Washington.

The Cave Singers is an indie-folk band hoping to get into the ranks of Seattle greats. Described as folk for a rainy day, the group produces delightful Americana-type music to warm your soul and inspire you to trade in your pants for cut-off jeans shorts.

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The Cave Singers formed in 2007 and quickly after were signed with Matador records in June of the same year. Their first album Invitation Songs dropped in September of 2007. Back then they were a three-piece band and contactmusic.com said this about their first album:

“As alt-country records go; and to be fair it has become a much wider genre than was originally intended; ‘Invitation Songs’ is both ambitious and infectious and will undoubtedly provide a gateway to wider recognition in both a critical and (hopefully) commercial sense for its creators.”

Now four albums deep, up one member and signed to a different label, The Cave Singers released Naomi, March 1st of this year. This album is named after Naomi, a fictional muse who, according to MTV; guided the group to a somewhat more positive sound on the album.

While the band used to be rootsy, acoustic and pretty minimalist, they have gone more electric in the past couple years. Naomi is a little livelier and easy-flowing than past works. The album could almost fit as the soundtrack to a tiki bar on a Hawaiian beach. Skinny vocals, harmonica, flute, electric guitars and washboard sounds combine for a delightful springtime folk album.

The Cave Singers will be performing in the northwest on April 29th at Cozmic Pizza in Eugene, May 2nd at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, Canada, May 3rd at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland, May 4th at the Showbox at the Market in Seattle and June 7th at Elk Fest in Spokane.

Listen to The Umbrella Boat Show next Monday between 1 and 3 p.m. or Electronic Intentions the same day between 6 and 8 p.m. 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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Choose Fight

Local band Fight or Flight has been gaining momentum in the Ellensburg area and has played at a handful of establishments including Spurs Bar and Grill, Prosody Events and even the SURC Pit. This April the band will choose fight over flight as they battle it out in the ‘Burgstock battle of the bands.

644420_432120343547020_2022553162_nFight or Flight’s front man is senior global wine studies major Emerson Folker, who emerged into the music scene with a full-length recorded album under the band name Settin Pacific. Folker started getting the attention of CWU students when he performed a Settin Pacific song to take the title of Mr. Central in 2009. Originally focused on a more acoustic sound, Folker now rocks an electric guitar as the lead singer of Fight or Flight.

Bass contributor to the band is senior math education major Jon Mintz. Mintz started playing a different type of bass, a tuba, when he was 10 years old, but was quick to pick up the bass guitar three years later. In high school, Mintz’s focus was on jazz, playing for a small combo affiliated with the Northwest Jazz Orchestra. Mintz met Arthur Lang his freshman year at CWU and formed a fast friendship that would lead to the formation of their three-person band.

Lang took up drums at the ripe age of 10 years old and the guitar at age 14. He played in musicals and musical groups all over Yakima. Fellow band geeks will also appreciate Lang’s accomplishment of winning the John Phillip Sousa Award.  Lang took a break from drums and guitar for a time to pursue electronic music, even creating the full soundtrack to the video game Legends of Yore. After a stint playing lead guitar for Ellensburg band Science Fiction, Lang formed Fight or Flight after he and Mintz met Folker their junior year.

The trio describes themselves as alternative rock with funky bass melodies you’ll want to dance to. They hope to put on one of the best shows of their life and plan to play their favorite and most diverse set at Prosody Events, April 27th.

Keep checking in to our blog for more news on ‘Burgstock bands!

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Hipster Hop

Some folks enjoy rap, some like hip hop but only the biggest music snobs claim “hipster hop” as their go-to genre. All of us here at The ‘Burg are music snobs so naturally we love Aesop Rock.

Born with the name Ian Bavitz, Aesop Rock is the definition of alternative hip hop. Not only is he an artist himself but he also produces.

Known for his abstract lyrics and sophisticated wordplay Aesop Rock’s lyrics have been published in the bestselling book “Hip Hop Speaks to Children” and Yale University’s “Anthology of Rap.”

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A frequent collaborator, Aesop Rock currently is a member of the hip hop group Hail Mary Mallon with Rob Sonic and DJ Big Whiz. He also works with Kimya Dawson of The Moldy Peaches in the group The Uncluded.

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The Uncluded

Aesop Rock’s most recent album Skelethon was released in July of 2012 and it’s unclear when his next solo album will appear. The good news is that his focus has been on The Uncluded and a new album will drop soon. Art and production are done and the album titled Hokey Fright will be released May 7th of this year.

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The hip hop and indie-folk combo might seem a little unexpected but Dawson and Aesop Rock have worked together in the past. Dawson was featured on Aesop Rock’s Skelethon and Aesop Rock was heard numerous times on Dawson’s 2011 album Thunder Thighs.

Hokey Fright was recorded entirely by Aesop Rock and Dawson and will include an impressive 16 tracks.

Although the release of Hokey Fright is just around the corner, Aesop Rock is currently on tour without Dawson and is instead is accompanied by Rob Sonic, DJ Big Whiz and occasionally others on the Rhymesayers label such as Grayskul.

But who knows!? A surprise appearance by Dawson may appear at any of Aesop Rock’s remaining tour stops. Aesop Rock tweeted April 9th:

“Tomorrow is the first official show under the name The Uncluded.  Not a public event, but still a notable day for us.”

Exciting news for fans of either artist.

Aesop Rock will be performing in the northwest on April 23rd at Ashland Armory in Ashland, April 24th at Roseland Theatre in Portland, April 27th at the Domino Room in Bend and April 28th at Neumos in Seattle.

Listen to The Flo this Friday between 1 and 3 p.m. 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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Not Too Close

As Alex Clare’s website points out, you can tell a lot about someone by asking them what the greatest album ever made is. What is Clare’s answer? The album that first comes to his mind is Radiohead’s OK Computer. But upon further thought, Clare admits that OK Computer may be the best album ever made based simply on production, but musically, it isn’t his top selection. After musing over a couple different choices Clare decides In The Key of Life by Stevie Wonder is the greatest album ever made.

Agree or disagree, it’s clear that Clare has great tastes regardless and it’s no wonder he has exploded all over the electronic, alternative and pop music scene.

Alex+Clare+AC04Alex Clare first caught the attention of the masses when his smash single “Too Close” was used in an Internet Explorer commercial. That commercial may have single handedly saved his career and any musical aspirations he had.

A strict Orthodox Jew, refusing to perform on the Sabbath and high holy days, Clare was originally signed with Universal Island Records. After the label discovered how truly devoted to his faith Clare was, (he had to decline an opening slot for Adele because it was at Passover) the label dropped him. A lack of significant album sales and radio play also contributed.

It wasn’t much later that Clare received the call from Microsoft and his career did a 180. The success of the commercial and single lead to Island Records “groveling” for Clare to return to the label.

Alex exclusively told BANG Showbiz: ”They were groveling and very apologetic, it was brilliant!”

Originally from London, the hometown of dubstep, Clare is known for his infusion of dubstep and electronic sound into alternative music. Fun fact: Clare dated Amy Winehouseamy-e-alex in his early days as a musician after meeting her at a performance in North London.

Clare grew up with guitar-based songwriting and perhaps the electronic influences in his music can be explained by the production team of Clare’s first and only album The Lateness of the Hour which consisted of Diplo and Switch.

Alex Clare will be playing in the northwest April 25th at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland, April 28th at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, Canada, April 29th at the Showbox at the Market in Seattle and April 30thth at The Knitting Factory in Boise.

Listen to 88.1 The ‘Burg this Thursday between 6 and 8 p.m. 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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Introducing ‘Burgstock 2013

For a town known for its hay, Ellensburg sure has some talent. 88.1 The ‘Burg will showcase local musical talent of all genres at ‘Burgstock 2013, April 27th at Prosody Events. The event will include local bands as well as awesome prize giveaways throughout the night. These prizes will even include a pair of Sasquatch 2013 tickets!

We’ll be blogging about all the bands playing and today that will start with BLACKBURN.

BLACKBURN is a young band that met in spring of 2012 and have been gaining stride ever since. The group is made up of three young gents who actually met in our own Ellensburg.

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Brody Blackburn fronts the band as the lead vocalist and guitar player. Although his degree is in English, the man set his sites on a solo music career during his early college years. He produced his first solo album as a freshman in college and roughly five years later had produced three solo albums with several musicians from the central Washington region.

Finally, in 2012 he met two musicians who wanted to take music as seriously as he and BLACKBURN was formed. Brody hasn’t looked back since.

Wes Chamberlain lays down the bass for the band, plays piano and also does backing vocals for the group. Chamberlain’s first instrument was the piano and he eventually moved to drums, saving up his allowance to buy himself a kit. Like Brody, Chamberlain started out alone in his quest to start a band so decided if he wanted to make a full band sound he would have to make the full band himself and started playing the guitar to accompany the beats he’d lay down on the drums.

After Chamberlain met Ben McBride the two “automatically clicked” and began working together on a music project. The two then met Brody and Chamberlain finally felt he had met guys with similar aspirations. The three have been making music ever since.

Benjamin McBride rounds out the group and plays the drums for the band. The CWU senior is a Public Relation major and while he hopes to one day work as a PR director for a record label for now he is focusing on building BLACKBURN up to the point of national tour status.

Blackburn will be bringing its alternative rock sound to ‘Burgstock 2013 with the hope of claiming the top prize in this battle of the bands contest. More blog posts on the other bands will follow.

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Bob Dylan Noticed

If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, (and we know you all have) you’re familiar with Dr. Dog. The ‘Burg is giving away tickets, they’re awesome, blah blah blah. Well, if you’ve been paying attention you know that Dr. Dog is co-headlining with a pretty cool band named Dawes. Let us tell you about the indie-folk band that landed a tour with Bob Dylan.

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Dawes is an American rock band out of L.A. made up of two brothers, Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith along with Wylie Gelber and Tay Strathairn. The band was originally named Simon Dawes, but things were adjusted when Blake Mills left the group.

Dawes released its first album, North Hills in 2009 and its third album Stories Don’t End will drop April 9th of this year. The album was recorded in the Blue Mountains of North Carolina and the folk-rock sound is that of The Avett Brothers and Delta Spirit.

New York Daily News gave Stories Don’t End four out of five stars and reviewer Jim Farber said about the album:

“Goldsmith’s melodies, and the band’s playing, have the plucky touch and melodic rapture of ’70s L.A. folk-rock. From the spry beat in ‘From a Window Seat’ to the doleful tune in ‘Just My Luck,’ there’s a sure sense of composition that both recalls a classic era and speaks to any.”

This relatively young band is getting bigger and bigger and is opening for Bob Dylan at a series of concerts across the country.

Dawes is co-headlining with Dr. Dog at the Showbox at the Market in Seattle on April 26th and again in Portland at the Crystal Ballroom on April 28th.

Listen to 88.1 The ‘Burg for two chances 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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Who is Dr. Dog?

Indie music has a place at every college radio station and that is why Dr. Dog is welcome at 88.1 The ‘Burg. The Philadelphia based group formed in 1999 had as many as 20 “honorary members” and their wide range of influences can be heard in their two EPs, one live album and seven studio albums.

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The most recent Dr. Dog album Be The Void was released February 3rd 2012 and was followed up by the Wild Race EP in August of the same year. Album reviews for Be The Void were solid with consequenceofsound.net stating that “Like a fine wine, Dr. Dog gets better with age.” and Paste Magazine rated the album a 7.5.

Though sometimes categorized as “psychedelic rock” you can also hear folk, blues, soul, and bluegrass in their sound. We recommend checking out “Lonesome,” “How Long Must I Wait” and “Over Here, Over There” off the Be The Void album.

Dr. Dog will be co-headlining shows with Dawes on April 26th at Showbox at the Market in Seattle and April 28th at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland.

Listen to The Umbrella Boat Show on 88.1 The ‘Burg this Monday between 1 and 3 p.m. 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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Wub Wub

Although dubstep has become immensely popular in the U.S., let’s not forget where the genre originated. In the late 1990s, dubstep was born in South London, England. The term “dubstep” was first coined in 2002 in Croydon, London but its actual roots are a little tough to pinpoint. Dubstep is the merge of dozens electronic music genres and its origins can be traced back to the growth of the Jamaican sound system party scene in the early 1980s.

Because of its London roots, it’s no surprise that some of the top dubstep acts in the world come from England. This includes North London based 4-piece act Modestep. The band includes brothers Josh and Tony Friend who cover vocals, keyboards, turntables and guitar between the two of them. Matthew Curtis is on drums and other percussion while Nick Tsang rocks the guitar.

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The quartet debuted in February 2011 with “Feel Good,” which reached the Top Ten of the U.K. dance chart and crossed into the Top 40 of the main pop chart. Although they had previously released singles and remix EP’s the band’s debut album Evolution Theory wasn’t released until February 12th, 2013.

In an interview with contactmusic.com, Modestep guitarist Nick Tsang had some insightful things to say about the dubstep genre and electronic music scene. When asked whether he thought the relatively young genre of dubstep would survive and thrive, or slowly go out of style, guitarist Tsang responded:

“I think it’s been around longer than people think, it’s just been lurking underground until recently when pop artists have started taking influence from that kind of sound. We’re trying to put a live twist on the traditional sound of dubstep, we’re trying to make it more rocky and I can see more genres spawning out of this frankly, in the same kind of way we’ve done. A lot of the genre seems to have become more dance-orientated so I don’t know where it will go next, we might even see a jazz take on things soon, who knows. But I definitely think its influence will go on and it will be here for a while to come.”

Wherever dubstep goes next, it’s clear it will be around for a while and its loyal fans around the world will attest to that.

Modestep will be playing with Mimosa on April 15th at the Showbox at the Market in Seattle and April 16th at Roseland Theater in Portland on April 16th.

Listen to Electropolis on 88.1 The ‘Burg this Friday between 6 and 8 p.m. 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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