Shows of Note – Adventure Wub

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It’s a good thing Christian Srigley and Leighton James decided to ditch their hardcore punk sound for EDM. The Canadian duo is now a major figure in the dubstep dance genre. Thank goodness for easily bored teenagers because the switch from punk to EDM was the start of Adventure Club.

Adventure Club

Adventure Club

Influenced by artists such as Tiesto, Flux Pavilion and Skrillex, Adventure Club has made EDM even more user friendly. The duo’s dubstep isn’t so heavy that it can’t be aired on mainstream pop radio. Adventure Club isn’t afraid to collaborate with other pop/electronic artist such as Yuna and Krewella helping to expand their appeal past the traditional EDM crowd. Adventure Club has remixed a lot of pop artists like Britney Spears and Mike Posner to the praises of fans.

Not only does the duo make head bangin’ music but they are somewhat philanthropic. Supporters of Fu$% Cancer, a charity based out of Canada, Adventure Club hopes to reach out to their young audience to encourage early detection and treatment. The duo has also partnered with Electric Family, a charity that sells bracelets to fight hunger in America.

Adventure Club will be playing in the northwest December 2 in Eugene, Ore. at the McDonald Theatre, December 3 at the Roseland Theater in Portland, December 4 at Showbox SoDo in Seattle and December 5 at The Knitting Factory in Spokane. Listen to The ‘Burg tonight (11/22) between 8 and 10 p.m. for a chance to win tickets to the Seattle show!

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Shows of Note – The Heartbreak Kids of Hip-Hop

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Bay area rapper Sage the Gemini is so fresh, it’s hard to find out much about him. With no website, no real bio on his Facebook page and nothing but a few pictures on Lastfm.com he may be hip-hop’s mystery man.  You probably know him from the singles “Gas Pedal” and “Red Nose” but for now it’s unclear if Sage the Gemini is a one-hit wonder type or if he is a rising hip-hop star who will continue to rise in the ranks of music.

Sage the Gemini

Sage the Gemini

Like so many artists, Sage’s journey wasn’t an easy one. With little support from family and friends he had self-taught himself how to create, mix and master beats. 2008 was the first anyone heard of him when he dropped his first online track “You Should Know” on MySpace which generated over 3 million views.

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IAMSU!

Sage is a member of The HBK Gang also known as The Heartbreak Gang. The HBK is a collective American Hip-hop and music production group out of Richmond, Calif. and the San Francisco Bay Area. Iamsu! Is also a member of the group and is the featured artist on Sage’s single “Gas Pedal.”

IAMSU! Born Sudan Ameer Williams, also found success on MySpace with titles such as “The Go-Gettaz.” IAMSU!’s legitimacy has been increased with his 2012 release of Suzy 6 Speed which featured artists like Juvenille, Wiz Khalifa and others.

Sage the Gemini and IAMSU! Are touring together and will perform at the Showbox at the Market in Seattle on December 1. Listen to the ‘Burg today between 3 and 6 p.m. for a chance to win tickets!

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Shows of Note – Hip-Hop for Your So(u)l

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Influenced by 90’s hip-hop as well as Prince and Marvin Gaye, Seattle hip-hop artist Sol has successfully married hip-hop vocals with a pop friendly sound. He first started getting attention with the three editions of his Dear Friends mixtapes and his most recent full length album Yours Truly dropped in 2012. Yours Truly spent time at #1 on iTunes US Hip-Hop chart and was #4 worldwide at its peak. September of this year, Sol followed Yours Truly’s Success with his EP titled Eyes Open. The ten track EP includes tracks such as hopeful, stay tough anthem “Tomorrow” and other beat strong songs such as bonus track “Dope.”

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Sol

Also known as Solzilla, Sol & the Zillas got a “Maine Stage” slot at the Sasquatch Festival at the Gorge in 2012. The rapper also had spot on the 2013 Bumbershoot bill. Now returned from a ten month worldwide tour, big things can be expected from Sol. With new influences, experiences and humbling moments, we can only continue to expect big things from this rapper on the rise.

In an interview with Corvallis Gazette Times Sol said this:

“I rap and I make hip-hop, but I try not to limit my influences. Since I was young I’ve always listened to all sorts of types of music…When I’m creating I try not to be confined by some preconception of what hip-hop should be about or what it should sound like. In doing that, I hope to create something that’s unique.”

It’s fair to say Sol is accomplishing his goals and is a huge part of the growing northwest hip-hop scene along with Grynch, Dyme Deaf, Common Market and others.

Sol will be playing at Showbox at the Market on Nov. 27 and The ‘Burg is hooking it up today (11/15) between 1 and 3 p.m. Listen-in for a chance to see him live in Seattle!

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Shows of Note – Be aWARE She’s Awesome

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English electro-pop artist Jessie Ware fits right among many of the British female pop stars that are all the rage right now. Like Emeli Sande, Charli XCX and Katy B she is electric and soulful. Jessie Ware sounds like sophistication for the future.

Jessie Ware

Jessie Ware

Ware released her first full length album Devotion, in April of this year. Devotion follows an EP released in 2010 and a single in 2011 titled “Valentine.” Ware has a knack for blending vocals seamlessly with simple yet still textured backing production. Influenced by powerful pop female vocalists such as Annie Lennox, Lisa Stansfield and Sade, Ware worked with experimental indie group Man Like Me as a backup singer before starting a solo career.

Devotion is a good introduction to the artist and is intricate yet almost lazy sounding at times. Tracks such as “Imagine it Was Us” makes you want to get up and dance where “Wildest Moments” is a sad reflection on a broken relationship. We recommend checking out “If You’re Never Gonna Move” and “Sweet Talk” as well.

Jessie Ware is playing in the northwest Nov. 15 at the Neptune Theatre and Nov. 15 at Sonic Boom Records. You can also catch Jessie Ware in Portland on Nov. 16 at the Rosleand Theater.

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Shows of Note – Less Than Nothing

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Less Than Jake is older than many of the students at Central Washington University and for good reason. The ska/punk band formed in 1992 out of Gainesville, Fla making them 21 years old, which is quite a long time in band years. It’s a survival of the fittest mentality in the music biz and Less Than Jake’s ability to adapt and change, in their words, has allowed the band to make “cannonball-sized splashes in the deep end while many of its peers timidly eye shallow waters.”

Less Than Jake

Less Than Jake

Less Than Jake’s most recent album See The Light dropped today (Nov. 12). The album has not let fans down, some going as far to say See The Light is Less Than Jake’s best in the last 13 years.  Dyingscene.com, whose slogan reads “news for the punks, by the punks,” gave the album five out of five stars saying:

“Overall, I’d probably rank ‘See The Light’ as one of my top 3 favorite Less Than Jake records …Though some of you may just see this as another decent addition to the band’s extensive catalog, I think it’s one of the most diverse records LTJ have ever put out, with some of the strongest lyrics they’ve ever written (see ‘The Troubles’ and ‘A Short History Lesson’).On top of that, it’s probably the most well-produced album the band’s ever put out! … There’s not too much “studio magic” going on, but there’s not too little either. It sounds just right.”

The band is on tour promoting their new album and will be in the Pacific Northwest Nov. 26 at the Showbox at the Market in Seattle and Nov. 27 at the Hawthorne Theater in Portland. Chuck Taylor will be giving away a pair of tickets to the Seattle concert, tonight (11/12) on the All-Star Rock Show between 3 and 6 p.m.  We will also be giving away a pair tomorrow, (11/13) between 6 and 8 p.m. Multiple chances to win but ya gotta tune-in!

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Shows of Note – Female Fronted Awesome

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It was only 2011 when Polica was founded, but the indie rock band out of Minneapolis, Minnesota has already received the praises of Bon Iver, NPR and others. Incorporating electronica and hip hop flavors into their music, Polica has successfully created a psychedelic indie sound.

 

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Polica

Give You the Ghost is Polica’s debut album, released in 2011. The band has successfully followed their early success with the recent October release of Shulamith. The name Shulamith belongs to radical Canadian Feminist, Shulamith Firestone who was a founding member of various feminist groups including Redstockings and New York Radical Feminists. Female fronted Polica has devoted their second album to conveying a message of feminism that echoes Firestone’s message.

The album begins with what is perhaps the best song on the album “Chain My Name.” The song gets the listener ready for a record that is busier and more textured than polica’s previous work. We also recommend checking out “Trippin” and “Spilling Lines” off the Shulasmith album.

Polica will be performing in the Pacific Northwest Nov. 22 in Portland at the Wonder Ballroom and Nov. 23 in Seattle at Showbox at the Market. The ‘Burg will be giving away tickets to the Seattle show, today (11/11) between 1 and 3 p.m. and tomorrow (11/12) between 8 and 10 p.m. Tune-in for a chance to win!

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Shows of Note – Suddenly I’m Hit

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Suddenly I’m hit
It’s the starkness of the dawn
And your friends are gone
And your friends won’t come

So show me where you fit
I’ll wait
So show me while you’re strong
We’re alone now

Those are the lyrics of the single “Retrograde” from James Blake’s new album, Overgrown, which dropped April of this year. The song hints at a love story gone awry because people have the inexorable ability to change. Simple, and almost disturbing in its ability to entrance the listener, “Retrograde” is the epitome of James Blake.

James Blake

James Blake

Once a traditional electronic DJ, Englishman James Blake has renounced that life and is the poster child of the “Post-dubstep” era. Drawing influences from the soul, R&B and hip hop genres, Blake won the 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize for album of the year.

Futuristic. Beautiful. Amazing. Raw. Hypnotic. Those are all words people are using to describe Blake’s latest album. Say what you want about it,  other than “Retrograde” we highly recommend giving “Take a Fall for Me (Feat. RZA),” “Digital Lion,” and “Life Round Here” a listen off the Overgrown album.

Blake will be playing in the Pacific Northwest at Showbox SoDo in Seattle on November 20 and Roseland Theater in Portland on November 21. The ‘Burg is giving away a pair of tickets to the Seattle show this Friday (11/8) between 8 and 10 a.m. Must tune-in to win!

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Shows of Note – The (Local) Lonely Forest

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With artists like Common Market, Blue Scholars and Macklemore making a name for Washington hip hop, sometimes we forget that Seattle and the rest of the evergreen state has produced some pretty awesome alternative acts as well.

The Lonely Forest

The Lonely Forest

The Lonely Forest hail from Anacortes, Wash. Forming around 2005, the band won the Experience Music Project competition in 2006 and has been steadily moving forward ever since.  The Lonely Forest released its first album Nuclear Winter in 2007. We Sing the Body Electric! followed in 2009 but it wasn’t until Arrows in 2011 that the band really started getting attention with the album’s single “We Sing in Time.” Arrows followed a Sasquatch Music Festival Appearance in 2010.

Adding Up the Wasted Hours is the group’s fourth full length studio album and dropped October 15 of this year. The album has clear indie-pop influences with the introduction of synthesizers, pop beats and light vocals. It’s no surprise The Lonely Forest lists Two Door Cinema Club and Minus the Bear as influences on their Facebook page. The album as a whole has striking similarity to Death Cab for Cutie both in instrumentation and vocal stylings. Perhaps The Lonely Forest can one day be an opener for their fellow Washington band.

You can catch the band perform in the Pacific Northwest, November 8 at Bunk Bar in Portland and/or in Seattle at The Neptune Theatre, November 9. The ‘Burg is giving away one pair of tickets to the Seattle show today (11/4) between 3 and 6 p.m on Snap. Crackle. Rock. with Rice Krispy so tune-in for a chance to win!

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Shows of Note – EDM in the 3D

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The Morgan Page Presents tour is be the biggest tour the two-time Emmy nominee Morgan Page has ever headlined. With tour stops throughout the United States as well as overseas in countries such as Australia and India, Morgan Page is an example of the power and success that comes with being a seasoned DJ with a large number of devoted fans.

Morgan Page

Morgan Page

It’s hard to believe that Morgan Page comes from a rural background, having grown up in a log cabin in Vermont. Obsessed with EDM from an early age, Page started producing at the age of 14. Page’s most recent full length album, In the Air which dropped April 3, 2012 was enormously successful and the DJ also had a spot on the Paradiso bill last June.

A review of the In the Air album by DancingAstronaut.com said this:

“- on In The Air he sticks to the moving progressive house he knows best. His continued growth and considerable talents remind us of another California dweller and Dancing Astronaut favorite, Kaskade. We predict that In The Air will bring Page the same kind of success that Kaskade saw with Dynasty. It’s an easy comparison to make: both producers excel in making music that truly means something.”

The Morgan Page Presents Tour is a 3D tour and pushes the EDM production limits by being the first DJ tour with full high resolution 3D visuals. Smaller venues aren’t always compatible with the light show but even without the ability to be truly 3D, Page always tries to ensure fans experience something new with each of his live performances.

The ‘Burg will be giving away four pairs of tickets to various Morgan Page show locations. The giveaways start tonight (11/01) between 8 and 10 so be sure to tune-in for a chance to see Morgan Page perform live. The Morgan Page Presents tour will be in Seattle at Showbox SoDo on November 15 and the Knitting Factory in Spokane on November 16. 

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Shows of Note – Fresh Beats

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Gathering influence from American funk, jazz, soul and blues, Gramatik has used his varied tastes in music to create the sort of down-tempo instrumental hip hop you can’t help but nod your head to.

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Gramatik

Signed to the Pretty Lights Music label, most of Gramatik’s music is available for free following his philosophy of “freeing music by making music free.”

A quick glance over Gramatik’s online presence will make it pretty clear that Gramatik is a guy who just wants to have fun. While he makes a lot of good music, Gramatik admits most of the time he just wants to smoke weed and is a self-proclaimed comedian.

Gramatik’s full length album Beatz & Pieces, Vol. 1 wasn’t released on iTunes until April 9, 2012 but was available through other means in 2011. With an average 5-star rating on iTunes the album is being well received by Hip Hop and EDM fans alike. Whether you want to sit down and listen or just have the album playing in the background Beatz and Pieces Vol. 1 fits your needs.

We will be giving away two pairs of tickets to Gramatik’s Seattle show at Showbox at the Market on November 15. Gramatik will also be performing in the Pacific Northwest November 14 at Roseland Theatre in Portland and at the Knitting Factory in Spokane on November 17. Listen tonight (11/01) between 6 and 8 p.m. and again between 10 and midnight for a chance to win!

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