Shows of Note – The Boys of Summer


With humble beginnings in the basement of one member and dive bars all over the world, The Ataris have eighteen years of experience under their belt and have definitely paid their dues as a punk rock band.

The+Ataris+_With five full-length studio albums under their belt, So Long, Astoria in 2003 was their first platinum album selling over a million copies. The album included “The Boys of Summer,” which was punk rock song even your mom liked.  More recently, the band has released Welcome the Night in 2007 and a two song release in 2010 which has fans dying for more. The two songs released in 2010 will be on The Ataris’ new album. The Ataris’ next album is set to be named “The Graveyard of the Atlantic,” but no official release date has been announced.  The two songs released in 2010 will be on The Ataris’ new album.

The Ataris’ “So Long, Astoria Reunion Tour will mark the first time in a decade the original Ataris line-up will be together. Like most bands, The Ataris have had their share of band members coming and going. The Ataris will perform the whole So Long, Astoria album from start to finish at every show and they claim this is the last time the founding members will perform together.

The Ataris will be coming to the northwest on March 11 at Hawthorne Theatre in Portland, March 12 at The Showbox in Seattle and March 13 at the Knitting Factory in Boise. The ‘Burg is giving away tickets to the Seattle show so be sure to tune-in to the All-Star Rock Show with Chuck Taylor tomorrow (02/24) between 3 and 6 p.m. for a chance to win!


Shows of Note – The ________ Beat


The English Beat known in North America as The English Beat and Australia as The British Beat, are a ska band from Birmingham, England. Formed in in 1978, their songs are a mix of ska, pop, soul, reggae and punk rock, and their lyrics deal with themes of love, unity and both social and political topics.

The English Beat

The English Beat

The band is consists of Dave Wakeling, Ranking Roger, Andy Cox, David Steele, Everett Morton, and Saxa, they released three studio albums in the early 1980s: I Just Can’t Stop It, Wha’ppen? and Special Beat Service, and a string of singles,such as Mirror in the Bathroom“, “Too Nice to Talk To“, “Can’t Get Used to Losing You“, “Hands Off, She’s Mine and All Out to Get You. After the the band broke up in 1983, Wakeling and Roger went on to form General Public and had a couple of hit singles in North America, while Cox and Steele formed Fine Young Cannibals with vocalist Roland Gift from the ska band Akrylykz. In 2012 the band emerged and went on a long awaited U.K. tour.

The English Beat will be performing in the northwest on Feb. 21 at The Showbox in Seattle and Feb. 22 at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland. We’re giving away tickets to the Seattle show tonight (02/04) between 3 and 6 p.m. so be sure to tune-in for your chance to win!



Shows of Note – Reely Reely Cool


Truly legends in not only the specialty genre of ska but the whole rock band population, Reel Big Fish is a band that has proven ska music can have a wide appeal.

Reel Big Fish

Reel Big Fish

RBF formed in 1992, a year in which many of the students at CWU were born. The band has continued to produce solid punk rock tunes, with over ten studio produced albums. The band also has greatest hits, live and acoustic albums along with a few EPs to their name. With that arsenal of music in their back pocket RBF is known to put on one of the best rock shows around with over 250 show dates a year to their thousands of almost cult-like fans.

Candy Coated Fury is RBF’s most recent accomplishment, released in July of 2012. In the spirit of ska, many of RBF’s song take a less serious tone. Candy Coated Fury includes classics such as “Your Girlfriend Sucks,” “I Know You Too Well To Like You Anymore” and “Everyone Else Is An A*****e.”

The band is old, but has been through a through a lot of change with only one founding member, lead singer Aaron Barrett left. In an interview with freelance journalist Marcus Beard, Barrett had this to say:

“I feel like I used to be a lot more clever and funny. I’m old,” he laments while his eyes wander around the room. “Monkeys for Nothing was leftover bullshit.”

Not too serious but at times too dark for mom, Reel Big Fish has continued to attract a throng of faithful supporters. The band will be performing in the northwest at Hawthorne Theatre in Portland on January 10, Showbox at the Market in Seattle on January 11 and The Knitting Factory in Spokane on January 13. Tune-in to The ‘Burg tonight (12/3) between 3 and 6 p.m. for a chance to win tickets to the Seattle show.


Shows of Note – Less Than Nothing


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., 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!


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.


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. 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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Rock Music for Sci-Fi

Woody Guthrie is considered by many to have created one of the first concept albums ever, with Dust Bowl Ballads (1940). Since Woody, many musicians have created their own concept albums including Frank Sinatra, Pink Floyd and The Beatles to name a few. Rock band, Coheed and Cambria is known for their concept albums based on a fictional story written by one of the band members.

Coheed and Cambria front-man Claudio Sanchez is what many would call a nerd. The rock star and sci-fi fan wrote The Amory Wars which has been transcribed into a series of comic books as well as a full length novel. Coheed and Cambria’s albums are concept albums that reveal the plot of The Amory Wars story. In 2010, Coheed and Cambria’s album Year of the Black Rainbow was released and fans didn’t know what was going to happen because the full Amory Wars story had been told. But we were all relieved to find out Sanchez wrote a new spin-off story which he is telling through the two “Aftermath” albums.

Coheed and Cambria’s latest album is the second of the Aftermath series titled The Aftermath: Descension. It will be released February 5th which high anticipation.

Fun fact: The Amory Wars has been picked up by Mark Wahlberg and Leverage Productions to be developed in a live-action feature film.

Coheed and Cambria will be playing in the northwest February 17th at the Roseland Theater in Portland, February 18th at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, Canada and February 19th at Showbox SoDo in Seattle.

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