The Next Best Thing

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If you didn’t manage to get your hands on a Sasquatch tickets, you aren’t the only one. Fortunately there is another Northwest music festival that features artists of the same caliber.

Bumbershoot 2013 is August 31 through September 2. Unlike Sasquatch you can buy tickets for each individual day or a full weekend pass. Like Sasquatch, Bumbershoot isn’t just a music festival; there will also be comedy acts as well as theatre acts. The Bumbershoot lineup highlights include Death Cab for Cutie, Kendrick Lamar, Icona Pop, Allen Stone, MGMT and fun. We could go on and on about all the great acts but there are a handful that we are particularly excited for.

Heart

Heart

With their roots in the Emerald City, it’s surprising that this will be Heart’s first Bumbershoot appearance. Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson front the band and their power ballads such as “Alone,” “What About Love” and “These Dreams” have remained classic rock classics. Now in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Heart managed grabbed a spot on the Billboard Top 100 with their 2010 release Red Velvet Car. Heart will take the Bumbershoot stage on Saturday along with Crystal Castles and Gary Numan.

Tegan and Sara also made the list as one of our top picks for Bumbershoot. Unlike Justin Bieber, Tegan and Sara are welcome in America and we are happy Canada could share. The identical twin sisters have really seen their music evolve from a folksy sound to something borderline electronic. The twins’ most recent album Heartthrob dropped January of this year. The album fits into today’s pop scene but has a ‘80s feel to it. In an interview with Dallasvoice.com, Sara was asked about their recent switch to indie pop.

Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara

My first choice as a child was New Kids on the Block. We had all the records, sleeping bags and posters. Then I branched into punk, grunge, rock and indie rock. It’s only recently, in the last six or seven years, that I’ve gotten back into what I would now classify as pop music.”

Whatever Tegan and Sara are doing, it’s working. Tegan and Sara will perform Sunday with Matt & Kim and Ra Ra Riot.

Our final pick for Bumbershoot is Joey Bada$$. Straight out of Brooklyn, NY, Joey Bada$$ is a gem in the underground hip hop scene. Joey is a member of the hip hop collective Pro.Era and his debut mixtape 1999 received critical acclaim. The release of his second mixtape, Rejex followed the same year. At only 18 years ago, Joey is getting attention from many high profile artists. Mac Miller even reached out to Joey via Twitter which lead to Joey opening for him and being featured on Miller’s song “America.” Young, motivated and up and coming, Bumbershoot may be the perfect time to see Joey Bada$$ before he no longer is underground. Joey will perform Saturday along with ZZ Ward and Nacho Picasso.

Joey Bada$$

Joey Bada$$

Check out Bumbershoot’s website and get your tickets before they sell out. Bumbershoot looks to be the more affordable but just as fun version of Sasquatch.

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This Could be Para-Para-Paradise!

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Paradiso promises to be an experience like no other. There’s no venue in the world quite like The Gorge Amphitheatre and there aren’t concerts in the world quite like EDM concerts.

7496978538_3102512517_bDigital will meet nature June 28 and 29 when some of the greatest DJs in the world will take the stage alongside trapeze artists, acrobats and breathtaking art on stage and off. The Gorge/Paradiso experience will include full amusement park rides, stilt walkers and plenty of paint as well.

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Aside from the unparalleled atmosphere of The Gorge, the event promises to bring fans some of the best EDM music in the world. With over 50 artists on the bill we could write a book including all the awesome DJs set to perform. Instead we’ve picked out our top three choices, these are the guys you should be excited about.

Porter Robinson is someone The ‘Burg is familiar with. The young electro house DJ is rising to fame at an astonishing rate. We’ve seen him perform at smaller venues such as Foundation and Paradiso is something the man has definitely earned. The man started producing when he was 13 years old and still isn’t even old enough to drink legally. Robinson was introduced to EDM through the popular game, Dance, Dance Revolution. Robinson loved the music so much he bought the soundtrack to the game. Robinson’s most recent work is the Easy (Remixes) EP which he co-produced with Mat Zo and was released May 7 of this year. Robinson’s full length album Spitfire dropped in 2011.

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Porter Robinson

Dubstep fans should pay attention to our second Paradiso pick, Adventure Club. The Canadian duo of Christian Srigley and Leighton James is based out of Montreal, Quebec. Originally a pop-punk group, the boys got bored of the punk rock sound and moved on to dubstep. Adventure Club’s vibe often includes female vocals with heavy drops. The lovely thing about Adventure Club is that they effortlessly balance dubstep with the softer side of EDM. While dubstep can get too heavy for some, fans at all ends of the dubstep spectrum can find solace in Adventure Club.

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Adventure Club

Adventure Club isn’t the only duo we’re pumped about. Those of us who like progressive house we’re particularly thrilled to see CAZZETTE on the Paradiso bill. CAZZETTE is made of Sebastian Furrer & Alexander Björklund. Only a couple years young, CAZZETE is already supported by David Guetta, Tiësto, Swedish House Mafia, Avicii and Martin Solveig. While they can be labeled as progressive house, their taste for dubstep inspired CAZZETTE to refer to their style as Dub House. Still building a growing fan base, CAZZETTE is one to watch at Paradiso.

CAZZETTE

CAZZETTE

While the show isn’t sold out yet, we’re guessing it will be soon. Get your tickets online or listen to our EDM lineup every Friday night. Our EDM DJs will be giving away multiple pairs of tickets to Paradiso as well as telling you the latest news on artists and music for the event.

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Live Your Life in Color

EDM fans all over the state are drooling over USC Events’ next big show. Life in Color :: Rebirth Tour (formerly Dayglow), which claims to be the “world’s largest paint party” will be taking place at the Tacoma Dome on May 18th. The event is not only a paint party but will include soaring aerial acts, stilt-walkers, contortionists and fire shows… so your usual state of the art EDM production only USC is capable of putting on.

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Usually regular tickets are enough but concert-goers may want to consider purchasing VIP tickets to this event. The VIP package includes a t-shirt, sunglasses, CD, bottle of paint and complimentary bag and coat check. Regular tickets are $48 while the VIP ticket is $80.

The event will feature Flux Pavilion, Chuckie, Mat Zo and David Solano.

Flux Pavilion is probably who folks are most excited about. Flux started getting attention in 2009 when he hit the scene out of Towncester, UK. An EDM artist with a specialty in dubstep he released his most recent album titled Blow the Roof, January 25 of this year. Known for his superb rhythms and insane bass lines Flux has successfully woven traditional instruments and vocals into his music. Interestingly, Flux grew up with other EDM DJ’s Doctor P and Trolley Snatcha. All three DJs produce dubstep and Flux and Doctor P have worked together quite a bit.

Flux Pavilion

Flux Pavilion

Born and raised in Paramaribo in South America DJ Chuckie’s  mixing skills and general charisma have made him a crowd favorite during live performances. Chuckie’s music is definitely something you can dance to and he sticks to the more house style as opposed to the harder dubstep. Born with the name Clyde, DJ Chuckie rose to fame when he started deejaying at house parties under that name. Now selling out shows and gaining a worldwide fan base, Chuckie is someone who is still continuing to rise in the EDM genre.

DJ Chuckie

DJ Chuckie

Trance fans will be pleased to see Mat Zo on the bill for Life in Color. Matan “Mat Zo” Zohar is part of the British EDM invasion, the U.S. is all too happy to accept. Zo was attracted to electronic genre when he fell in love with Daft Punk. After he got his first computer in 2001, Zo started producing his own music and thanks to the power of the internet was able to develop a fan base. In 2006, at only 16 years old Zo had his first signing of a track and his career has been on the rise ever since.

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Mat Zo

The only American based artist to be featured at Life In Color is David Solano. From Miami, Florida he is a producer, DJ, remixer and relative newbie to the electronic dance music scene. The most unknown artist on the lineup he has worked with R3hab, Brass Knuckles and Starkillers.

David Solano

David Solano

Life in Color :: Rebirth Tour is May 18th at the Tacoma Dome.

Listen to our electronica block every Friday between 6 and 10 p.m. every Friday night for a chance to win tickets. Check out our Facebook and mobile app for details and updates on how you can win.

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Wub Wub

Although dubstep has become immensely popular in the U.S., let’s not forget where the genre originated. In the late 1990s, dubstep was born in South London, England. The term “dubstep” was first coined in 2002 in Croydon, London but its actual roots are a little tough to pinpoint. Dubstep is the merge of dozens electronic music genres and its origins can be traced back to the growth of the Jamaican sound system party scene in the early 1980s.

Because of its London roots, it’s no surprise that some of the top dubstep acts in the world come from England. This includes North London based 4-piece act Modestep. The band includes brothers Josh and Tony Friend who cover vocals, keyboards, turntables and guitar between the two of them. Matthew Curtis is on drums and other percussion while Nick Tsang rocks the guitar.

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The quartet debuted in February 2011 with “Feel Good,” which reached the Top Ten of the U.K. dance chart and crossed into the Top 40 of the main pop chart. Although they had previously released singles and remix EP’s the band’s debut album Evolution Theory wasn’t released until February 12th, 2013.

In an interview with contactmusic.com, Modestep guitarist Nick Tsang had some insightful things to say about the dubstep genre and electronic music scene. When asked whether he thought the relatively young genre of dubstep would survive and thrive, or slowly go out of style, guitarist Tsang responded:

“I think it’s been around longer than people think, it’s just been lurking underground until recently when pop artists have started taking influence from that kind of sound. We’re trying to put a live twist on the traditional sound of dubstep, we’re trying to make it more rocky and I can see more genres spawning out of this frankly, in the same kind of way we’ve done. A lot of the genre seems to have become more dance-orientated so I don’t know where it will go next, we might even see a jazz take on things soon, who knows. But I definitely think its influence will go on and it will be here for a while to come.”

Wherever dubstep goes next, it’s clear it will be around for a while and its loyal fans around the world will attest to that.

Modestep will be playing with Mimosa on April 15th at the Showbox at the Market in Seattle and April 16th at Roseland Theater in Portland on April 16th.

Listen to Electropolis on 88.1 The ‘Burg this Friday between 6 and 8 p.m. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

Listen to Electropolis on 88.1 The ‘Burg TONIGHT between 6 and 8 p.m. for a chance to win tickets. Check out our Facebook and mobile app for details and updates on how you can win.

 

 

 

 

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Your EDM Foundation

USC Events established itself in 1996 with a vision for an electronic dance music experience that goes beyond your typical concert.  USC Events prides itself in its state-of-the-art technologies, world class talent and first-rate production. Known for its large-scale electronica shows such as Paradiso, Resolution and Freak Night, USC has now become a presence in the EDM club scene.

Foundation opened in Seattle August 0f 2012 to the excitement of northwest EDM fans. The 21+ club features world renowned DJs such as Dirtyloud, The Crystal Method and Bingo Players to name a few.

Dirtyloud

Dirtyloud

The Club boasts two VIP areas, three bars and state-of-the-art production to create an atmosphere not typical of your nightlife experience.

Foundation provides a music experience for all electronic music fans. Many of their nights are themed so sub-genres within EDM always get their spotlight. These themed days of the week include SUBstance Wednesdays, Resolution Fridays and Progression Saturdays.

Upcoming shows include:

Wednesday, February 20th – Funtcase

Funtcase

Funtcase

Friday, February 22nd – Dirtyloud

Saturday, February 23rd – Gabriel and Dresden

Wednesday, February 27th – Black Sun Empire

Black Sun Empire

Black Sun Empire

Friday, March 1st  – Bass Kleph

Saturday, March 2nd – Ronski Speed

Wednesday, March 6th – Terravita

Friday, March 8th – Sex Panther and Candyland

Saturday, March 9th – Tritonal

Wednesday shows are free entry before 11 p.m. while Friday and Saturday shows usually charge a cover of $11.50.

Listen to 88.1 The ‘Burg every Friday night for a chance to win tickets to Foundation shows. Check out our Facebook and mobile app for details and updates on how you can win.

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It’s Sasquatch Season!

SASQUATCH!!! It’s on every music lover in the Northwest’s brain. We’ve heard mixed reviews of the lineup this year but 88.1 The ‘Burg staff is most excited for The Postal Service, CAKE, Tame Impala, Mumford and Sons and Alt-J.  Other big acts include Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Sigur Ros, Vampire Weekend, The XX and Nick Offerman who plays Ron Swanson on the television show Parks and Recreation.

The Postal Service

The Postal Service

Alt-J

Alt-J

Tame Impala

Tame Impala

Tickets are a whopping $337.50 but fortunately your music central is hooking it up! The hunt for Sasquatch will be on Thursday, February 7th, at 10:30 a.m. Sasquatch will be roaming the CWU Campus and whoever catches him first will win a pair of Sasquatch Festival passes. See link below for full list of contest rules.

Because The ‘Burg loves  you so much we will be giving away ANOTHER pair of Sasquatch tickets this April at our own battle of the bands “Burg Stock” festival. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and mobile app for more details to come

2013 Sasquatch Ticket Giveaway Rules & Regulations

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