A Touch of the Irish

If you’re a basshead and you live in the northwest, you know about Lucky 2013. This event is back and is preparing to give attendees a party at the end of a rainbow. This year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration will be at the WaMu Theater like years past and the venue will be transformed to an Emerald Isle. Shamrock-ing music, Irish folklore inspired performers and green décor will flood the theater as the party rocks from 7:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m.

The Crowd at Lucky 2012

The Crowd at Lucky 2012

The event will feature around 23 artists but The ‘Burg has our own picks for who to look forward to.

So we have to talk about Pretty Lights. The headliner for the show is a one man outfit. Derek Vincent Smith is originally from Fort Collins, Colorado and his “The Illumination Tour” kicked off in 2012 with a sold-out two-night stand at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado with Lucky 2013 expected to sell out as well. Pretty Lights made history when he teamed up with Bassnectar to put on the first-ever electronic music show at the historic Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia. A new Pretty Lights album is expected this year.

Pretty Lights

Pretty Lights

The electronic fans at The ‘Burg were stoked to see Seven Lions on the lineup his year. Supposedly a man of few words, Jeff Montalvo, the face behind Seven Lions, lets his dupstep do all the talking. At only 24 years old Seven Lions’s popularity has skyrocketed among trance and dubstep fans. Introduced to the electronic scene in 2007, Seven Lions is still a newbie to DJ-ing but you can’t tell from his music. Interestingly enough the dude used to be in a metal band. We’re glad he made the transition.

Seven Lions

Seven Lions

Our third pick for Lucky 2013 is R3hab. This up and comer has worked with artists such as Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne and Jennifer Lopez, remixing tracks and producing. R3hab definitely creates music you’ll want to dance to. House music is meant to make you move and R3hab understands that. The Moroccan import isn’t too hard on the eyes either.

R3hab

R3hab

Lucky 2013 is March 15th at WaMu Theater in Seattle.

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Horrorcore, Hip-Hop, Gangsta Rap, Awesome

Aaron Dontez Yates is better known by his stage name Tech N9ne. His stage name originated from the TEC-9 semi-automatic handgun, given to him by rapper Black Walt due to his fast rhyming style. (Tech is short for technique and 9 is the number of completion. That’s why he says the technique’s complete so often.)

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Born in 1971, Yates began rapping at a young age. He used rapping to help him remember things such as the letters of his own name. The road to fame has been a tough one. Yates never met his father and his mother suffered from epilepsy. In 2003, Yates’s best friend Brian Dennis was shot and killed by his girlfriend’s ex-girlfriend. These experiences, although traumatizing, have made Tech N9ne into a powerhouse rapper who spits lyrics that are relate-able and often moving.

Early in his career, Yates was a member of a group called Black Mafia. Yates continued to bounce from group to group and was a member of 57th Street Rogue Dog Villains, Nutthowze, and The Regime until releasing Anghellic as a solo artist on JCOR Records.

Tech N9ne’s horrorcore gangster rap has frightened some but intrigued many. He has a cult like following and over his 12 year career as a solo artist and 24 year career as an established rapper has worked with Lil’ Wayne, Eminem, Linkin Park and other high profile artists.

“They call me devil worshipper because I’m different. I give you music for my core…I raise my middle finger to everybody who judges me because my core audience is there for me,” Tech N9ne said. “They will always love me, but I’m trying to reach others, too. It’s not over. My music is supposed to be for everybody, but some people just don’t get it.”

Tech N9ne will be performing in the northwest on April 4th at the McDonald Theatre in Eugene, April 5th at Roseland Theater in Portland, April 6th and 7th at Showbox SoDo in Seattle and March 9th at The Knitting Factory in Spokane.

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Metalcore Remains

A War You Cannot Win dropped on November 6th, 2012 and is the sixth release by melodic metalcore band All That Remains since 1998 when the group formed. The album has received mixed reviews. Some fans claim the band has sold out because the new album is more “radio friendly metal” with only the slightest hint of core. Previous albums have been more metalcore so hardcore metal fans may be disappointed.

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All That Remains guitarist Mike Martin says the newest album is a step of maturity.

“I just think when you do something for 10, 12, 15 years you can’t help but learn a little bit along the way and I think that’s one thing this band continues to get better at with every album,” Martin says. “It’s not a physical thing where everybody has to get a 100 times better at their specific instrument – I think collectively the songwriting gets better with each one.”

Old fans should be able to appreciate the steps All That Remains has taken in their newest album. While perhaps softer than previous albums, A War You Cannot Win is still an illustration of the great songwriting All That Remains is capable of. A War You Cannot Win is especially great for those just becoming interested in the metalcore genre and the band itself.

Now on tour promoting the album All That Remains is playing in the northwest on March 24th at The Knitting Factory in Boise, March 30th at The Knitting Factory in Spokane, March 31st at Roseland Center in Portland and April 1st at Showbox at the Market in Seattle.

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No Pity for the Majority

KMFDM is not just a random jumble of letters chosen by a group of people to represent their band. KMFDM in fact is an acronym for Kein Mehrheit Fur Die Mitleid. If you’re wondering what the heck this German phrase means just look at the title of this blog.

Techno/electronic and heavy metal are categories of music that are very specific. You either love the genres or you hate them, there aren’t a lot of in-betweeners. KMFDM decided to throw caution to the wind and pioneered the crossover genre referred to as industrial rock in 1984 when the band formed. Becoming one of the first industrial rock groups isn’t the only unique thing about KMFDM that we love. The band also features male and female vocals.

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29 is ancient in band years and KMFDM has certainly been around the block. Their most recent works titled WTF?! dropped in 2011 and is their 30th album to date when including live and greatest hits albums. Many fans claim WTF?! to be their best album in the decade.

Metaldominion.com described WTF?! as: “an album containing 11 songs of hard-edged brutality that stabs you in the ear with a persistency that to be honest has very few equals around at the moment.”

KMFDM will be playing in the northwest on March 8th at Star Theater in Portland, March 29th at The Knitting Factory in Boise and March 30th at Showbox SoDo in Seattle.

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