Folk in the Northwest

We Washingtonians are lucky to have a music powerhouse city like Seattle as our hub for outstanding music in all genres. Macklemore, Alice in Chains, Damien Jurado, and The Postal Service are just a few of the artists to come from Washington.

The Cave Singers is an indie-folk band hoping to get into the ranks of Seattle greats. Described as folk for a rainy day, the group produces delightful Americana-type music to warm your soul and inspire you to trade in your pants for cut-off jeans shorts.

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The Cave Singers formed in 2007 and quickly after were signed with Matador records in June of the same year. Their first album Invitation Songs dropped in September of 2007. Back then they were a three-piece band and contactmusic.com said this about their first album:

“As alt-country records go; and to be fair it has become a much wider genre than was originally intended; ‘Invitation Songs’ is both ambitious and infectious and will undoubtedly provide a gateway to wider recognition in both a critical and (hopefully) commercial sense for its creators.”

Now four albums deep, up one member and signed to a different label, The Cave Singers released Naomi, March 1st of this year. This album is named after Naomi, a fictional muse who, according to MTV; guided the group to a somewhat more positive sound on the album.

While the band used to be rootsy, acoustic and pretty minimalist, they have gone more electric in the past couple years. Naomi is a little livelier and easy-flowing than past works. The album could almost fit as the soundtrack to a tiki bar on a Hawaiian beach. Skinny vocals, harmonica, flute, electric guitars and washboard sounds combine for a delightful springtime folk album.

The Cave Singers will be performing in the northwest on April 29th at Cozmic Pizza in Eugene, May 2nd at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, Canada, May 3rd at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland, May 4th at the Showbox at the Market in Seattle and June 7th at Elk Fest in Spokane.

Listen to The Umbrella Boat Show next Monday between 1 and 3 p.m. or Electronic Intentions the same day 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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Bob Dylan Noticed

If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, (and we know you all have) you’re familiar with Dr. Dog. The ‘Burg is giving away tickets, they’re awesome, blah blah blah. Well, if you’ve been paying attention you know that Dr. Dog is co-headlining with a pretty cool band named Dawes. Let us tell you about the indie-folk band that landed a tour with Bob Dylan.

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Dawes is an American rock band out of L.A. made up of two brothers, Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith along with Wylie Gelber and Tay Strathairn. The band was originally named Simon Dawes, but things were adjusted when Blake Mills left the group.

Dawes released its first album, North Hills in 2009 and its third album Stories Don’t End will drop April 9th of this year. The album was recorded in the Blue Mountains of North Carolina and the folk-rock sound is that of The Avett Brothers and Delta Spirit.

New York Daily News gave Stories Don’t End four out of five stars and reviewer Jim Farber said about the album:

“Goldsmith’s melodies, and the band’s playing, have the plucky touch and melodic rapture of ’70s L.A. folk-rock. From the spry beat in ‘From a Window Seat’ to the doleful tune in ‘Just My Luck,’ there’s a sure sense of composition that both recalls a classic era and speaks to any.”

This relatively young band is getting bigger and bigger and is opening for Bob Dylan at a series of concerts across the country.

Dawes is co-headlining with Dr. Dog at the Showbox at the Market in Seattle on April 26th and again in Portland at the Crystal Ballroom on April 28th.

Listen to 88.1 The ‘Burg for two chances 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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Who is Dr. Dog?

Indie music has a place at every college radio station and that is why Dr. Dog is welcome at 88.1 The ‘Burg. The Philadelphia based group formed in 1999 had as many as 20 “honorary members” and their wide range of influences can be heard in their two EPs, one live album and seven studio albums.

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The most recent Dr. Dog album Be The Void was released February 3rd 2012 and was followed up by the Wild Race EP in August of the same year. Album reviews for Be The Void were solid with consequenceofsound.net stating that “Like a fine wine, Dr. Dog gets better with age.” and Paste Magazine rated the album a 7.5.

Though sometimes categorized as “psychedelic rock” you can also hear folk, blues, soul, and bluegrass in their sound. We recommend checking out “Lonesome,” “How Long Must I Wait” and “Over Here, Over There” off the Be The Void album.

Dr. Dog will be co-headlining shows with Dawes on April 26th at Showbox at the Market in Seattle and April 28th at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland.

Listen to The Umbrella Boat Show on 88.1 The ‘Burg this Monday between 1 and 3 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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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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