Shows of Note – Lets Talk Politics

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Call it rock, call it rap rock, call it indie, whatever you want to call their style, New Politics is an awesome band. Out of Copenhagen, Denmark, the trio made up David Boyd, Soren Hansen and Louis Vecchio has made their mark on the American college music scene. The band’s hit songs “Harlem,” “Dignity,” and “Tonight You’re Perfect” haven’t gotten old yet and the tunes frequent our airwaves as well as student run stations all over the country.

New Politics has two albums to their name, but the most recent A Bad Girl in Harlem dropped in May of last year. The album has received pretty solid reviews and the band is currently on tour promoting the record. Thefirenote.com said this about A Bad Girl in Harlem:

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New Politics

“With their sophomore album, New Politics breaks away from their gritty, indie roots, trading it in for a pop rock, punk sound.”

With a different sound in their sophomore album New Politics has shown they aren’t a one-trick pony and can evolve their sound over time.

New Politcis will be performing in the northwest in Portland on Feb. 25 at Aladdin Theater and Feb. 26 in Seattle at Neumos. Don’t miss out on seeing this awesome foreign powerhouse rock Seattle!

 

 

 

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Shows of Note – Head of State

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With perhaps the most annoying name in rock history, The Presidents of the United States of America, certainly don’t make annoying music. Most famous for the catchy “Peaches,” the band is also behind the “Lump,” “Cleveland Rocks,” and an awesome cover of “Video Killed the Radio Star.”

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PUSA

The band is known for their awesome live shows, and have a 4.6 out of 5 rating on Ticketmaster. The band claims that they make “silly music” and one of their career highlights was having Weird Al Yankovic parody “Lump,” into “Grump.”  Front Man Chris Ballew had this to say about the honor in an interview with Noisetrade.com.

“…it is an incredible experience to see Weird Al pretend to be me! The best thing that’s come out of that is that we are still friends. He’s a great guy and a really good listener and storyteller.”

Weird Al would go on to direct a music video for PUSA and has guested at a few of PUSA’s live shows.

PUSA will be playing in  the northwest Feb. 14 at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, Feb. 15 at The Showbox in Seattle  and Feb. 16 at The Triple Door in Seattle. The ‘Burg will be giving away tickets to The Showbox show so be sure to tune-in to The Wake-Up Call tomorrow (02/06) between 6 and 8 a.m. for a chance to win tickets!

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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 – 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.

 

Polica

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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Fresh Tunes – Hidden Hospitals

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Hidden Hospitals

HIDDEN HOSPITALS–DAVE RAYMOND (Vocals/Guitar), JARED KARNS (Drums), STEVE DOWNS (Guitar) and JOHN SCOTT(Bass/Vocals)–has an innovative sound and a fierce dedication to developing it. Though this genre-defying quartet self-identifies as an “alternative rock” band, that title is a catch-all for a sound that is difficult to define. Before presenting themselves to the world, the band spent nearly a year writing and recording their first release, EP 001, while devoting themselves to perfecting a live performance that would do the record justice.

“While we love the writing and recording process, our main goal is to be the best live band we can be. Onstage is the ultimate destination for our songwriting process.” says RAYMOND. “The time we get to be onstage in front of an audience is a special thing, and we take that responsibility very seriously. We want the audience to leave each night knowing that we gave everything we had and didn’t take a minute of it for granted.”

In 2012, under the direction of Nashville producer/mixer J. HALL, the band independently released two 5-song recordings, EP 001 and EP 002. EP 002 has received critical acclaim, with PunkNews.org raving: “Hidden Hospitals knocked this five-tracker out the park… Raymond’s vocal delivery and dynamic songwriting is a key asset but the intricate guitar work, sleek bass lines and slick drumming all complement Raymond’s voice like a glove. They’ve honed their talent to near-perfection here…Definitely get this one.”

Source: msopr.com

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Keep it locked on 88.1 The ‘Burg to hear brand new music from the latest Hidden Hospitals album, EP 001 + EP 002.

Click the titles below to hear our favorite tracks.

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The Absense of Emotion

 

 

 

 

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Must Have Shows

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Attending a good concert can change your life, change your music taste or just be an awesome night with friends you will never forget. Fortunately, the northwest does not disappoint when it comes to awesome shows. With venues like the Tacoma Dome, the Gorge Amphitheatre or smaller venues such as El Corazon, you are sure to find your concert niche whether you prefer  large venues or intimate ones.

Ticket sales started last week for the Cherry Poppin Daddies, The Naked and Famous and Carly Rae Jepsen. Those though shows are sure to be great, we are counting down the days till ticket sales go on sale for a couple other concerts this week.

 

James Blake

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James Blake is yet another British import we are more than happy to have in the U.S. Blake’s latest album Overgrown, is his second full-length album following his 2011 self-titled debut. A little more dramatic than his last album, Overgrown walks on the line between spectacular and ground breaking and mind-numbing. Blake’s roots are in dubstep, but he has become the poster child for experimental electronic music. Overgrown is what would happen if someone told Maxwell or Aaron Neville to make an electronic album. The title of the album was influenced by the Emily Dickinson poem “All Overgrown by Cunning Moss.”  The sentiments of the poem are a huge part of Blake’s album. Since his last album he has met his girlfriend and fallen in love, which also played a role in the way his new album developed.  Blake will be playing at Showbox SoDo on November 20; tickets went on sale last Friday (5/31).

 

Eagles

Eagles

Their Greatest Hits album is the number seven best-selling album of all making the Eagles one of the best-selling bands of all time. This is why we are stoked they will be performing at the Key Arena on Sept. 4 of this year. Their “History of the Eagles” tour kicks off in Kentucky in early July and will finish in St. Louis, Oct. 24. The Eagles album The Studio Albums 1972-1979 is available on iTunes for a pretty $50 but is a collection of six remastered albums from the ‘70s era. The Eagles are legendary so we don’t have to explain why we’re pumped for the tickets to go on sale. Just be sure you buy ‘em quick because they’re bound to sell quickly. Tickets went on sale last Monday (June 3).

Two Door Cinema Club

Two Door Cinema Club

From the Emerald Isle, Two Door Cinema Club exploded onto the scene with their 2010 release of Tourist History which included hit songs “Something Good Can Work” and “What You Know.” The debut album was followed by last year’s Beacon which continued the band’s signature electro-alternative sound. The band was named Two Door Cinema Club when Sam Halliday, the band’s guitarist mispronounced the name of a cinema call Tudor Cinema. The trio will be playing at the Neptune Theatre Oct. 26. Tickets went on sale last week for the show and guesses are it will sell out.

These fall shows will sell out fast so be sure and get your tickets soon! Keep checking our blog for updates on when tickets go on sale and what shows you can’t afford to miss.

 

 

 

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That’s So Punk Rock

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What people often don’t realize about 88.1 The ‘Burg is that we aren’t just alternative or Top 40. We love us some punk rock as well. That’s why we’re pumped to be giving away tickets to veteran band, Alkaline Trio.

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The trio formed in late 1996 and consists of Matt Skiba on guitar and vocals, Dan Adriano on bass and Derek Grant on the drums. Known for their catchy hooks, upbeat tempo and darker lyrics, usually about drugs, depression and alcohol, Alkaline Trio’s most recent album took a slight step outside their norm.

My Shame is True dropped March 29 and is supposedly about Skiba’s recent breakup. His girlfriend even appears on the cover of the album. The album is receiving mixed review with Sputnik Music saying:

“On My Shame Is True he (Skiba) sounds much more open and vulnerable than on previous efforts which allows these well-worn themes to sound fresh and new.” 

The rating gave the album 3.5 stars out 5 and overall, thought the album better than previous efforts by the band. Amplified Magazine had more to say in their review of the album:

“All in all, this album won’t please everyone. Fans of the band’s early work will find very little on this album that is reminiscent of either Goddamnit! or Maybe I’ll Catch Fire, but that doesn’t mean this is a bad album.”

The wonderful thing about the album is that it gives a glimpse into the life of the artists. This isn’t a punk rock album produced with the sole intent of causing a ruckus and pissing your parents off. As Skiba told SPIN Magazine:

“I went through a lot since the last record and this one, like going straight out of a gnarly divorce into a really great, beautiful relationship that came to an end just as we started writing My Shame Is True,” he told SPIN. “I just wrote this one more as like a love letter to my ex-girlfriend or an apology note set to music.”

88.1 The ‘Burg wants you to decide whether Alkaline Trio’s new stuff is good or not. That’s why we’re giving away multiple tickets to their show at Showbox at the Market on June 7. If you can’t attend that show the trio will be performing at Hawthorne Theater in Portland, June 8. Be sure and checkout our Facebook and ‘Burg app for details on how you can win!

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What you missed at ‘Burgstock

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‘Burgstock 2013 was a hit to say the least. Prosody Events served fabulous food and drink, the crowd was awesome and all the bands put on great shows. But, it was a battle of the bands competition and there can only be one winner…and that winner was BLACKBURN.

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The alternative rock band put on a show that pleased themselves and the crowd. Girls were screaming, fans were clapping and everyone was smiling. While the competition was close, if you asked a random audience member who their pick was, BLACKBURN was the most frequently dropped name.

‘Burgstock was something BLACKBURN didn’t take lightly.

“We put out our set early, and wrote notes as to what we were gonna do,” drummer Ben McBride said.422069_10151358475072750_120494596_n

The band put a lot of thought into the show and being a three-piece rock band puts on the pressure when it comes to performing. As they like to point out, during a live show all three of them are trying to do a lot. Singing, dancing, playing and reading the crowd can be hard to do at the same time. Lead singer and guitarist Brody Blackburn doesn’t just focus on playing the guitar, he has to sing too. Chamberlain doesn’t just lay down the bass; he is expected to dance his ass off. McBride has to be conscious not to overpower the other two while still filling the empty space. Somehow, like so many three-piece bands before them, BLACKBURN manages, and manages well.

BLACKBURN’s act included a set list that was diverse with pieces that could be compared to Of Monsters and Men, A Day to Remember and Third Eye Blind. When asking the band who they would compare themselves to they laugh.

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“What do you think?” adds bass guitarist Wes Chamberlain.

BLACKBURN is hard to categorize at times, but if there’s one thing that we do know about them, it’s that they rock. Their act at ‘Burgstock included awesome dance moves, audience participation and Chamberlain jumping over Brody. The group even had a brief comedy act where they sang the “white guy” rendition of Kelis’s “Milkshake.”

The band doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon. ‘Burgstock is the second battle of the bands contest they have won and the band isn’t even a year old. Now over 100 shows deep, BLACKBURN hopes to move away from performing at bars and has their sights set on bigger shows at venues such as The Showbox.

601853_10151358474137750_1515517465_nExpect  a new album from the band this summer and a music video release on June 17th. All three members will relocate to Seattle in the fall to pursue their dreams of making it big. The three men that make up BLACKBURN admit that the band now comes before school and work.

Check out their website and Facebook page for updates on whats to come for this band on the rise.

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Albums of Note

Working at a radio station is a privilege, we get to listen to music, review music and play music everyday, all day. Finding music before the masses is awesome but we don’t mind sharing. Continue reading for the lowdown on the most recent albums we’re loving.

The Week’s website claims:

“Our shows are tattered and torn, but our feet are dry. As for our places in history, we will run naked through your streets before we sit decorated in your halls.”

The Weeks is a band that is quite content the way they are and don’t really care what anyone else thinks. Defined as 21st century southern rock, their latest album, Dear Bo Jackson dropped on April 30th. The Jackson, Mississippi based group manages to fuse grunge, indie, southern rock and folk into a splendid fifth album.

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The Weeks

Receiving rave reviews, Dear Bo Jackson kicks off with a tune titled the same. Catchy, quick and not without a hint of southern comfort, the song is a great way to kick off the record. While the first track is awesome, the second may be the best on the album. “Brother in the Night” is the perfect sound for riding down a windy road with the sun roof down. We also recommend checking out “Ain’t My Stop” and “Bad Enough,” that is if you don’t have time to listen out the whole album.

Other than French Fries, toast and kisses, Phoenix may be the best thing to ever come out of France. The band caught the attention of the masses with their hit song “1901” off the album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. Their first album in four years, Bankrupt! Dropped April 23rd,  and isn’t going to let you forget Phoenix is an indie force to be reckoned with.

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Phoenix

The new album is a little more experimental than past works but Phoenix’s genius blend of pop and alternative doesn’t go away. With a 4.5 average on iTunes user reviews and solid analyses from the critics, Spin Magazine said: “The resulting album blurs the lines between simple and sophisticated more effectively than Phoenix ever have before.”

We recommend checking out “Entertainment,” “Trying to Be Cool” and “Don’t” off the Bankrupt! album.

Deerhunter’s fifth album will be released to the public on May 7th, but we can just tell you right now…it’s pretty great.

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Deerhunter

 

 

Monomania is raw, noisy, and awesome. Some of the tracks (like “Leather Jacket II”) use grinding background noises to accompany front man Bradford’ Cox’s ringing vocals, while others are softer such as “The Missing.” This album is well balanced and will fit in with any psychedelic experience you are having.

It’s looking like summer will be pretty awesome this year. Your sunny weather playlist will be easy to complete as many of our favorite bands are performing in their newest albums.

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