Coliseum proves once again that less is more on their 5th studio album titled Sister Faith; their throwback 90′s indie alternative rock before the term “indie” even existed, conjures up images of annoying hipsters shopping at Pac Sun. This album is proof that a modern band can be full of aggression and heaviness yet still make an album with practically no “bells and whistles.”
While other punk artists fill their music with layers upon layers of guitars backed by a deep rhythm section, Coliseum build’s their songs around melodies and riffs without giving up the integrity of either one Sister Faith is a classic-sounding album full of straightforward in-your-face rock ‘n roll songs. There are hints of their heavier past, “Doing Time” pounds out a mid-tempo Dead Kennedy-esque riff, and the five-plus minute “Love Under Will” is driven by bassist Kayhan Vaziri’s thick bass line along side Patterson’s vocals and a alternative sounding guitar that is bit more distant. “Under The Blood Of The Moon” is cut from a similar cloth; impressively, it paints an even darker picture through haunting Misfits like vocals with bass and guitar riff’s that are reminiscent of early Nine Inch Nails.
The back end of Sister Faith is filled with energy, with such songs as “Black Magic Punks”, the upbeat and heavy “Bad Will”. It all ends with an interesting song named “Fuzzbang,” which explodes in its harmonic distorted guitars and is backed by a top notch bass line, this tune could be easily mistaken for a Torche song. “Fuzzbang” is a great way to end the fun, yet heavy album, in which Coliseum show their heavier metal past while creating their punk present.
Although we are a music driven station, 88.1 The ‘Burg appreciates all kinds of art and entertainment. This is why we are stoked to promote and giveaway tickets to a comedy show featuring “The Nerdist” Chris Hardwick.
Actor, television personality, writer, blogger and comedian, Hardwick has his fingers in many of the entertainment cookie jars. In his attempt to create an evil nerd empire, Hardwick founded Nerdist.com, a top-ten comedy podcast on iTunes that focuses on cosplay, comics, games, science and other geeky topics.
Chris Hardwick will be performing in the northwest on December 13 at the Showbox at the Market in Seattle and The ‘Burg will be giving away tickets to the show. Listen today (12/2) between 3 and 6 p.m. and Friday (12/6) between 8 and 10 a.m.
Hometown: Tacoma, Wash.
High school: Franklin Pierce
Major: Broadcast Journalism
Favorite Color: Red
Favorite Food: Chinese
Favorite Song: “Ice Ice Baby”
Favorite Artist: Green Day
Relationship Status: Eh.
No one knows that Nick…is extremely into shoes.
If you have walked in the ‘Burg station halls chances are you have seen Nick Oliver. The guy practically lives at the station and it was no surprise he took home the DJ of the Month honors for October. Armed with energy, a love of music and the need to be heard, Oliver is a natural fit at 88.1 The ‘Burg.
Oliver started volunteering with the ‘Burg at the beginning of his freshman year, Fall of 2012. In fact, The ‘Burg is the reason Oliver decided on attending Central in the first place. Already knowing he was going to major in Broadcast Journalism, Oliver set out to use The ‘Burg not only as a way to express himself, but start building a resume that would land him a dream job after graduation. Oliver clocked over 90 volunteer hours for the month of October. Not only is Oliver at nearly every ‘Burg event but he also co-hosts two shows and makes guest appearances on other shows as much as time will allow. All of Oliver’s hard work paid off because he was recently hired as a Core Staff Assistant.
You can catch Mr. Oliver on-air, Wednesdays between 10 and midnight on “The Dirty Dyslexic” for a mix of grunge and punk with co-host, Hands the Dyslexic DJ. The DJ of the Month is also a co-host of hip-hop themed “The #Snowcat Show” with Crazy Cat Tayler, Thursdays between 3 and 6 p.m.
Congratulations to our October DJ of the month, Nick Oliver!
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.
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!
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
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.
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!
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.”
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.
“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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!