Shows of Note – Lakes and Lords

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Lord Huron started out as a solo project by Michigan-native Ben Schneider and has since turned into an awesome five-piece a psychedelic, indie-folk band. Schneider wasn’t a musician by trade but we’re sure glad he decided to pick up his father’s guitar and start one of the bands most people don’t, but should have on their radar.

Lord Huron

Lord Huron

Having only played their first live show in 2010, Lord Huron has an impressive resume. The band released not one, but two EPs in 2010, (Mighty and Into The Sun) and their first full-length album Lonesome Dreams dropped September, 2012.

Pitchfork.com said this about the Lonesome Dreams album:

“Lonesome Dreams, finds Schneider digging his mud-caked heels into his music’s more rustic side, shedding much of the electronic flourishes and international flavors of his early EPs and going to town on harmony-rich folk-rock…Schneider’s vision has narrowed, his once-vibrant, open-armed Americana, now overcautious, content to shoot squarely for the middle.”

That statement explains what makes Lonesome Dreams wonderfully simple. Pitchfork called the album cautious, and less dangerous but perhaps simple and normal can be all one needs. Don’t take our word for it, don’t take some snobby music critic’s word for it. Check out the album yourself and tweet at us what you decide.

Lord Huron will be playing in the northwest January 22 at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland, January 23 at The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, Canada and January 24 at The Showbox in Seattle. The ‘Burg has tickets to their SOLD OUT show in Seattle so be sure to keep an eye out for how you can 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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Shows of Note – Math Rock Animals

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Here at The ‘Burg, we love promoting artists from all over the world, but it’s particularly sweet when we get to promote awesome musicians from right here in the Pacific Northwest. Minus the Bear, is a favorite among many DJ’s at the station and it just so happens the band is out of Seattle.

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Minus the Bear

Formed in 2001, Minus the Bear is an indie rock band that experiments in the electronic. The five-man group is comprised of Jake Snider (Vocals, guitar), Dave Knudson (guitar), Cory Murchy (bass) and Alex Rose (synths, voclas) and Erin Tate (drums). Most of the five were members of other Seattle bands of various genres before coming together to form Minus the Bear.

Infinity Overhead is the title of the band’s most recent album which dropped in August of last year. Infinity Overhead was a much anticipated follow-up to their 2010 released album Omni.

Absolutepunk.net gave the Infinity Overhead album an 8.5 out of 10 saying:

“ -auspicious early tracks exhibit the Seattle quintet’s taut melody-making skills in full effect, but in spite of their effortless way with mid-tempo gems, it’s when they venture into relatively uncharted territory for them– lush balladry– that Minus the Bear achieve Infinity Overhead’s defining moment.”

We recommend checking out “Diamond Lightning,” “Listing,” and “Lies and Eyes” off the Infinity Overhead album.

Minus the Bear will be performing in Seattle at Showbox at the Market on November 8th. Listen today (10/28) between 1 and 3 p.m and again between 6 and 8 p.m. for a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets we will be giving away!

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Do it Obscura

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Female fronted indie pop has never been as sweet as Camera Obscura. The Scotland based band has been around since 1996 and although they have gone through changes in regards to membership, the band has remained a favorite for hipsters all around.

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Although they started out as three piece band, Camera Obscura now has five members. Tracyanne Campbell (vocals, guitar), Kenny McKeeve (guitar), Carey Lander (keyboards), Gavin Dunbar (bass) and Lee Thomson (drums). The band will release their first album since 2009’s My Maudlin Career on June 3rd of this year. The album name is Desire Lines and will feature the pre-released single “Do It Again.”

Camera Obscura’s new album was recorded in Portland, Oregon with Tucker Martine who has worked with Sufjan Stevens, The Decemberists and R.E.M. Campbell called Desire Lines their “America album” in an interview with The List.

With the release of their new album, Camera Obscura has a busy summer tour lined up which includes opening slots for She & Him. They will be playing at the Showbox at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland on June 21 and the Showbox at the Market in Seattle on June 22. The ‘Burg will be giving away tickets to the Seattle show. Check out our Facebook and mobile app for details and updates on how you can win.

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They’ll Give You a Slap on the Ear

I’ll gie ye a skelpit lug! – An old Scottish saying that translates into “I’ll Give You a Slap on the Ear.”

While Frightened Rabbit isn’t painful to listen to, they’re a Scottish band that your ears will want to take note of.

Scotland has produced some of the best music in the folk, indie and alternative scene. Franz Ferdinand, Paolo Nutini, We Were Promised Jetpacks and Belle and Sebastian are just a few of the Scottish artists 88.1 The ‘Burg loves to play.

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One Scottish import we favor is Frightened Rabbit. The group formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 2003 and has continued to put out awesome indie folk-rock albums. In early February, 2013 they released their fourth full album, Pedestrian Verse following the fall 2012 release of their EP State Hospital.

The single The Woodpile is an obvious standout on the Pedestrian Verse album. The song is swollen and emotional with a music video to accompany that is equally dramatic. Make sure to check out the ending because there is a twist! Lead singer Scott Hutchinson’s vocals bring you to a place where you can share a quiet moment with the person you love. Perhaps in a log cabin in the woods or lonely coffee shop.

(From the Woodpile)

I’m trapped in an abandoned building
Come find me now, we’ll hide out
We’ll speak in our secret tongues
Will you come back to my corner?

Frightened Rabbit will be performing in the northwest on March 8th at the Showbox at the Market in Seattle and March 9th at Hawthorne Theatre in Portland.

Listen to 88.1 The ‘Burg this week for a chance to win tickets to the Seattle show. Check out our Facebook and mobile app for details and updates on how you can win. And like the band says, lets keep pop music alive by getting it out of that dress and into a sweater.

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