Shows of Note – Sasquatch Predictions

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Well folks, everyone has been anxiously waiting to hear the official line-up for this year’s Sasquatch Music Festival, hosted at the beautiful Gorge Amphitheater in George, Wash. Due to its overwhelming popularity, the festival has been extended to both Memorial Day weekend and Fourth of July weekend! This means that Sasquatch is going to pack a much harder punch than previous years, even considering that 2013 hosted some of the world’s biggest indie music acts.

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Arctic Monkeys

Energetic folk rock quartet Mumford & Sons made a massive appearance last year following their sophomore album, Babel, and shared the headlining bill with the Grammy award-winning indie rock outfit Vampire Weekend, and Icelandic post-rock pioneers Sigur Ros. Could any of these acts be returning to the Sasquatch stage?

Following the major acts, we also had the Arctic Monkeys, who will definitely making a come-back for 2014’s festival in support of their new record AM. The Arctic Monkeys have a solid chance of being on the headlining bill for this year considering the great success of AM, which sold over 150,000 copies in the first week with critics claiming it as “the band’s most original album yet.”

Seattle-native Macklemore and Ryan Lewis saw the light of 2013’s festival after The Heist dropped. After taking home four Grammys from the 2014 Grammy Awards, you can be sure that Macklemore will be spitting the lyrics to “Thrift Shop” on the main stage as a primary headlining act in the 2014 festival.

Run the Jewels

Run the Jewels

The rap scene made a huge statement in 2013 with artists such as Danny Brown, Killer Mike, Schoolboy Q, Earl Sweatshirt and Ab-Soul. We should definitely be expecting to see some of these rappers come back for 2014’s festival; Danny Brown is riding the train of his newest critically-acclaimed record, Old, which dropped in October of 2013. Killer Mike and El-P became a dynamic duo in 2013 and formed Run the Jewels; a collaboration project that has gotten them massive respect. They released the self-titled debut just a month after Sasquatch, so we’re expecting to see them come back in support of that record.

In terms of RUMORS for the 2014 line-up, we’ve heard that Pearl Jam and Queens of the Stone Age might be headlining the May weekend in support of their new records that dropped in 2014. QOTSA’s …Like Clockwork went up for a Grammy award, so it’s more than likely to see them come out for the biggest festival of the summer. Indie rock bands that will probably make the line-up are Foster the People, The National, Portugal. The Man, of Montreal, Cage the Elephant, and HAIM.

HAIM

HAIM

What we’re most skeptical about right now is whether or not Sasquatch will be able to fill up the two weekends completely with great artists. 2013’s festival will be hard to live up to, but we think that if they scheduled two full weekends this year, they’ll make it happen.

The release party is today (02/03) and the lineup will be released officially Tuesday morning. Visit the Sasquatch Music Festival website and our blog for updates on line-ups and ticket details. Tickets officially go on sale February 8th. The ‘Burg is giving away tickets to Sasquatch so be sure to check out our Facebook page for details on how you can win.

Thanks for staying in touch with your friends here at 88.1 The ‘Burg!

-Tim Mitchell – Music Director

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Shows of Note – TWO CCCCHHHHAAAIIINNNZZZZ

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The rapper from College Park, Georgia known simply as “2 Chainz was first known for being one-half of the southern duo “Playaz Circle“, with his longtime friend, Dolla Boy. They are best known for being signed to Disturbing The Peace label owned by Ludacris, which was responsible for their popular debut single “Duffel Bag Boy“.

2 Chainz

2 Chainz

2 Chainz signed a solo record deal with Def Jam Records in 2012 and that August, he released his debut studio album Based on a T.R.U. Story. The album featured three successful singles: “No Lie“, “Birthday Song“, and “I’m Different“. All three charted in the top 50 of the Billboard Hot 100 and all three are certified gold or higher by the RIAA. The album was also certified gold and nominated for the 2013 Best Rap Album Grammy. His second studio albumB.O.A.T.S.II : Me Time” was released on September 11, 2013 and  the singles “Feds Watching“, “Where U Been” and “Used 2” have all become radio hits.

2 Chainz will be performing in the northwest on February 13th and The Showbox SoDo in Seattle. We have tickets to the show and will be giving them away today (01/31) between 1 and 4 p.m. Tune-in to win!

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Throw Back Thursday – January 1994

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This month marks the 20 year anniversary of when Nas‘s debut full-length LP Illmatic, entered the charts. Released in 1994, the groundbreaking album changed the face of hip-hop, especially in East Coast.

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Nas

What impresses us the most, is that Nas was only 20 years old when he released this classic record. Packed with references to the Queensbridge projects in which he grew up, Nas displayed an ability to express himself with a maturity beyond his years. Even more impressive, is that Nas was only 19 when he recorded the album, or even younger if you include “Halftime” which was recorded and released in 1992 for the Zebrahead soundtrack when he was still known as Nasty Nas.

While Illmatic may not have been the highest selling rap album of the ’90s, it was the most universally critically acclaimed record with The Source Magazine awarding its prestigious, highest rating of five mics. Beyond critical or commercial acclaim, Illmatic as a record has truly stood the test of time.

The album is held up as the blueprint for a truly classic hip-hop release. “But is this the new Illmatic?” has become the common question asked of new records when artists drop highly anticipated albums.  Illmatic is regarded as the the Queensbridge rapper’s finest work, but it is also considered by most as one of the quintessential 1990′s hip-hop releases. When Illmatic was released  it was unlike anything else up to that point. We are forever grateful to Nas for creating Illmatic and being responsible for shaping the New York hip-hop sound from that point forward.

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Shows of Note – Pretty Pop Duo

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Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan, the duo that makes up the pop sensation Karmin started out as a simple YouTube act. The two did a cover of Chris Brown‘s “Look at Me Now” and became an instant viral hit. Now the two has millions of views on YouTube, (88,000,000 belonging to the “Look at Me Now” cover) due to their catchy original singles and impressive covers.

Karmin

Karmin

Before Karmin made it big on YouTube they were about to audition for The X-Factor. Luckily, their video went viral two days before the auditions and they were quickly signed to a label. The two give their thanks to YouTube and the way it is changing the music industry. Now Karmin is able to have more control over their content and careers then they would if The X-Factor had been the route they took.

The duo has released one full-length original album, Hello which dropped in May of 2012. Since, Karmin has released numerous singles, remixes and live works including their most recent single “I Want It All” which came out Jan. 28 of the this year. The swag-pop team, who also happen to be engaged, were planning to release their second album Pulses at the end of 2013. That release has been postponed and now the record is rumored to drop some time in the first quarter of 2014.

Karmin will  be performing in the northwest Feb. 14 in Seattle at Neumos and Feb. 15 in Portland at the Roseland Theater. The ‘Burg has tickets to the Seattle show and we’re giving them away tomorrow morning (01/30) on The Wake-Up Call between 6 and 8 a.m. so be sure to tune-in for your chance to win!

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Shows of Note – Weird Name, Good Music

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Sometimes bands deserve to be one-hit wonders, and sometimes we’re just left confused because they were actually pretty good! This is the case with Toad the Wet Sprocket. Known for their 1991 hit “All I Want,” we never heard much of the band on mainstream radio stations after that. Even though they weren’t on the radio, Toad the Wet Sprocket has kept busy producing 5 studio albums since the release of Fear in 1991, though their hay-day was definitely in the ’90s.

Toad the Wet Sprocket

Toad the Wet Sprocket

Toad the Wet Sprocket’s discography includes a live album and a greatest hits album. Their most recent full-length album, New Constellation dropped in October of 2013 and they have since followed it with a radio edit release of the album’s single “The Moment.”

Monty Python’s Eric Idle created the fictional band “Toad the Wet Sprocket” for the program “Rutland Weekend Television” in 1975. The name was a joke and Idle never thought it would actually be used for a real band. Following a break up in 1998, Toad the Wet Sprocket is once again in lights, and the “silly  name” is still raising eyebrows. Armed with a throng of loyal fans, mostly nostalgic ’90s kids, the band promises to put on a great live show.

Toad the Wet Sprocket will be performing in the northwest on Feb. 3 at Wow Hall in Eugene, Oregon, Feb. 5 at the Tower Theatre in Bend, Oregon, Aladdin Theatre in Portland on Feb. 6, The Bing Crosby Theatre in Spokane on Feb. 7 and Showbox at the Market in Seattle on Feb. 8. We’re giving away tickets to the Seattle show tonight (1/28) between 8 and 10 p.m. so be sure to listen for a chance at a pair of tickets to one of the iconic bands of the ’90s!

 

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Shows of Note – Music to Wear Kilts To

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Biffy Clyro is a Scottish rock band and have released six studio albums, three of them reached the top five in the UK album charts. The band claimed their first number one album in the UK Albums Chart with their sixth studio album, Opposites released in 2013.

Biffy Clyro

Biffy Clyro

The band cite influences ranging from heavy metal legends like Metallica to prog-rock legends legends Rush. Reviewers are often quick to link their sound to the likes of Nirvana and Foo Fighters – particularly in their use of shifting dynamics which they adapted from Pixies.  In 2013 Biffy Clyro won the Kerrang! award for Best Album and the NME award for best British band.

Biffy Clyro will be playing in the northwest at The Showbox on February 9th and the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland on February 10th. The ‘Burg will be giving away tickets to the Seattle show tonight (1/27) between 6 and 8 p.m. so be sure to tune-in for your chance to win.

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Shows of Note – Post Punk Era

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We’ve come to love British imports here at the station. From the Arctic Monkeys to Franz Ferdinand, to The Wombats and Frightened Rabbit, we have to accept the Brits know how to make quality indie music. White Lies has become one of those indie bands we appreciate. A little darker than your average indie band, White Lies makes music for those with a love for a little more hard-hitting indie rock.

White Lies

White Lies

The trio of men that make up White Lies include Harry McVeigh (singer/guitarist), Charles Cave (Bassist) and Jack Lawrence-Brown (drummer/keyboardist). Originally from London, their debut album To Lose My Life was released in 2009. It’s obvious that White Lies draws heavy influence from the ‘80s English post-punk era and that has continued through the release of all their three albums and EP. Most recently, White Lies has experienced a great reception from fans and critics with the 2013 release of Big Tv.

Consequence of Sound saying this about Big Tv:

“…once you’ve heard it, it will haunt you. It’s full of pitch-perfect songs, but it will lead to digging for the real emotion, the heart buried somewhere at the center.”

White Lies will be performing in the northwest on February 7 in Seattle at The Showbox and February 8th at Roseland Theater in Portland. The ‘Burg is giving away tickets to White Lies tonight between 8 and 10 p.m. tonight (1/27) so tune-in for your chance to win!

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Throwback Thursday – January 1976

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The Sex Pistols played at Watford College in England on January 23, 1976. This would be the first of 65 gigs in the “Anarchy in the U.K.” tour of 1976. The tour would Feature the Sex Pistols, The Clash, and The Damned. This tour goes down in history as one of the shortest, yet most influential tours ever, due to the fact that half of the shows were canceled because of the reputation the three punk bands had gained. By the end of the tour, the three bands were banned from playing in many of the major cities and towns throughout the U.K. When the Sex Pistols returned home to London, punk had blown up and was the newest “kiddy fad.” The impact of the tour was felt across the U.K. and even in America as word spread that a filthy punk band from England was breaking down walls.

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Sex Pistols

The “Anarchy in the U.K.” tour is viewed as the beginning of the Sex Pistols’s rise to fame, but also as the beginning of the end of the band. The tour included a memorable showcase gig held during London’s first punk festival, at the 100 Club in Oxford Street, which featured the band Siouxsie and the Banshies (staring future sex pistols bassist Sid Vicious) and the Sex Pistols would go on to sign with major label EMI. The band’s first single,”Anarchy in the U.K.” was released on  November 26, 1976 and served as a statement of angst, anger and youthful energy. By the time the song was released, the Sex Pistols were known to be obnoxious revolutionaries and their single only added to the reputation. The Sex Pistols would be dropped by EMI 30 days later and were picked up by A&M records almost immediately.

The behavior of the Sex Pistols brought them just as much national attention as their music. December 1, 1976 the band would create a storm of publicity during an early evening live broadcast of Thames Television’s “Today” program. The band was appearing as a last-minute replacement for Queen, and their entourage took full advantage of the green room facilities, consuming large amounts of alcohol and creating an overall ruckus. During the interview, lead singer Johnny Rotten created a stir by using the word “s–t” and “dirty sod” while host Bill Grundy, (who was drunk at the time) flirted openly with Siouxsie Sioux. Grundy encouraged the band to continue with the language telling them they had five seconds to say something outrageous. In classic Sex Pistols form, Jones called Grundy a “dirty old man,” “dirty bastard,” “dirty “f—–r” and a  “f—-n rotter.”

Even though the program was only broadcast in London, the public display of anger and violence occupied the tabloid newspapers for days. The Daily Mirror famously ran the headline ‘”The Filth and the Fury“, while the Daily Express led with “Punk? Call it Filthy Lucre.” Thames Television suspended Grundy, and though he was later reinstated, the interview effectively ended his career.

The interview resulted in a full blown media circus with newspapers reporting that the band spat on their fans, puked on fans and even had sex on stage. The band’s growing reputation would both attract and detour media and fans alike.

The Sex Pistols go down in history as one of the most influential bands of all time and the “Anarchy in the U.K.” tour will forever be recognized as one of the defining moments in punk music.Though the Sex Pistols only hand one album and were really only a band for two years, they have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Bands such as Guns N’ Roses, Rancid, Green Day, blink-182, and Motley Crue have openly admitted the Sex Pistols’s heavy influence in their own sound. The band’s unique individuality has carried on in virtually every field of music and their presence is felt in all different forms of rock.

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Shows of Note – Strong Body, Strong Words

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She says I smell like safety and home
I named both of her eyes “Forever” and “Please don’t go”
I could be a morning sunrise all the time, all the time yeah
This could be good, this could be good

Those words are just a small sample of Mary Lambert’s lyrics in her single “She Keeps Me Warm.” The singer-songwriter found herself in the national spotlight after teaming up with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis to write the chorus for “Same Love.” “She Keeps me Warm,” was Lambert’s follow up to her collaboration and can be thought of as the “extended version” of the “Same Love” chorus.

Mary Lambert

Mary Lambert

Now “Same Love” is nominated for a Grammy and Mary Lambert has become an inspiration to many in the gay community all over the U.S. and worldwide. Growing up in the Evangelical Church, Mary struggled to break away from the Church that disapproved of her but now says she is closer to God than ever having embraced the side of herself she was taught to be ashamed of.

It wasn’t just the church that Lambert was afraid of being rejected from. After first coming out, Lambert thought she had to change her style and attitude to fit in with the queer community. Now she’s embraced her feminine side and it’s fair to say what you see is what you get when it comes to Mary Lambert.

Lambert newest release is her EP Welcome to the Age of My Body which dropped in December of 2013. The EP features spoken word as well as singing. In the words of a fan, this EP “glitters confidence, beauty, talent and love.”

Mary Lambert will be performing in Seattle at The Showbox on February 1st and The ‘Burg is giving away tickets! Listen to The Wake-Up Call tomorrow (01/23) between 6 and 8 a.m. for a chance to win tickets!

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Shows of Note – Darkstep

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Excision is an artist we talk about quite frequently. Ever popular with the college crowd, Excision has returned to Washington again and again, pleasing fans every time. Excision takes dubstep and makes it dark, grimey and dangerous.

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Excision

It’s been a while since Excision has produced a new album. X Rated was released in 2011 and he has yet to follow it up with an album or EP though there have been a handful of singles including “Headbanga”, “Brutal”, “Raise Your Fist” and “Vindicate” to name a few. Many of Excision’s most recent singles are in collaboration with other artists like Datsik and Space Laces.

Constantly on tour, Excision has listed The Gorge right here in Washington as one of his favorite venues.  Dropping out of school isn’t advice most people would give, but Excision’s decision to drop out of his business degree program ultimately paid off.

Excision is playing in the northwest January 22 at The Knitting Factory in Spokane, January 23 at The Roseland Theater in Portland and January 24 at The Paramount Theater in Seattle.  We’re giving away tickets to the Spokane show tonight between 8 and 10 p.m. and 10 and midnight. Tune-in for a chance to win!

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