Shows of Note – Boy Bands Forever

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Let’s be honest. Boy bands are your guilty pleasure. Children of the 90’s fondly remember Backstreet Boys, ‘N SYNC, 98 Degrees, Boyz II Men and even Hanson. It seemed that the boy band era had died, when a resurgence of boy bands rose to fame starting with the Jonas Brothers and now groups like Big Time Rush, One Direction and Mindless Behavior.

The Wanted

The Wanted

One of the catchiest boy band releases of recent years is The Wanted’sGlad You Came.” “Glad You Came” was on The Wanted’s 2012 self-titled EP after being released as a single in 2011. Last November, the boy band dropped their third studio album, Word of Mouth.  While fans of the group have shown nothing but love for the new album, Rolling Stone gave Word of Mouth 2 out of 5 stars. But let’s face it, the stuff of boy bands isn’t usually Rolling Stone’s cup of tea.

Rumor has it, The Wanted is breaking up after their current tour is over. According to TMZ, the band released a statement, saying, “This tour will be their last for a while as Tom, Max, Jay, Siva and Nathan have collectively decided to take time to pursue personal endeavors following the tour’s conclusion.”

If you want a shot at seeing the band for potentially their last tour ever, The Wanted will be in Seattle at the Showbox SoDo on April 26. The ‘Burg is giving away tickets, so tune-in tomorrow (4/10) to “Across the Board” between 10 and noon for a chance to win!

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Shows of Note – Pretty Pop Duo

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Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan, the duo that makes up the pop sensation Karmin started out as a simple YouTube act. The two did a cover of Chris Brown‘s “Look at Me Now” and became an instant viral hit. Now the two has millions of views on YouTube, (88,000,000 belonging to the “Look at Me Now” cover) due to their catchy original singles and impressive covers.

Karmin

Karmin

Before Karmin made it big on YouTube they were about to audition for The X-Factor. Luckily, their video went viral two days before the auditions and they were quickly signed to a label. The two give their thanks to YouTube and the way it is changing the music industry. Now Karmin is able to have more control over their content and careers then they would if The X-Factor had been the route they took.

The duo has released one full-length original album, Hello which dropped in May of 2012. Since, Karmin has released numerous singles, remixes and live works including their most recent single “I Want It All” which came out Jan. 28 of the this year. The swag-pop team, who also happen to be engaged, were planning to release their second album Pulses at the end of 2013. That release has been postponed and now the record is rumored to drop some time in the first quarter of 2014.

Karmin will  be performing in the northwest Feb. 14 in Seattle at Neumos and Feb. 15 in Portland at the Roseland Theater. The ‘Burg has tickets to the Seattle show and we’re giving them away tomorrow morning (01/30) on The Wake-Up Call between 6 and 8 a.m. so be sure to tune-in for your chance to win!

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Shows of Note – A Global Concept

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Robert Delong’s music is sort of hard to define. Is it electronica? Is it pop? Is it indie? Maybe synthpop is the best describer. No matter what you call it, Delong’s music is interesting to say the least. An MTV “2013 Artist to Watch,” Delong uses anything to make sound in his music and we can’t get enough of it.

Robert Delong

Robert Delong

As if his musical talent wasn’t enough, we love Delong even more because he was raised in Seattle. Now an L.A. local he may just be the future of pop music. Delong’s first full-length album Just Movement was released in February of last year to stellar reviews.  “Brilliant,” “Seamless,” and “Perfect” are all adjectives recently associated with the album. Just Movement has a five-star rating on iTunes from fans and Music OMH called Just Movement “…an odd album, in the nicest possible sense of the word.”

Robert Delong will be performing in the northwest January 23rd  and January 24th at Barboza in Seattle and January 24th at Star Theater in Portland. Pipboy will be giving away a pair of tickets to the January 24th show tomorrow (01/17) on “Geek Speak” between 8 and 10 a.m. so be sure to tune-in for your chance to win!

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Shows of Note – Be aWARE She’s Awesome

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English electro-pop artist Jessie Ware fits right among many of the British female pop stars that are all the rage right now. Like Emeli Sande, Charli XCX and Katy B she is electric and soulful. Jessie Ware sounds like sophistication for the future.

Jessie Ware

Jessie Ware

Ware released her first full length album Devotion, in April of this year. Devotion follows an EP released in 2010 and a single in 2011 titled “Valentine.” Ware has a knack for blending vocals seamlessly with simple yet still textured backing production. Influenced by powerful pop female vocalists such as Annie Lennox, Lisa Stansfield and Sade, Ware worked with experimental indie group Man Like Me as a backup singer before starting a solo career.

Devotion is a good introduction to the artist and is intricate yet almost lazy sounding at times. Tracks such as “Imagine it Was Us” makes you want to get up and dance where “Wildest Moments” is a sad reflection on a broken relationship. We recommend checking out “If You’re Never Gonna Move” and “Sweet Talk” as well.

Jessie Ware is playing in the northwest Nov. 15 at the Neptune Theatre and Nov. 15 at Sonic Boom Records. You can also catch Jessie Ware in Portland on Nov. 16 at the Rosleand Theater.

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Shows of Note – Hip Wub Pop

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Still a very young group in the music industry, Timeflies formed in 2010 and is a smorgasbord of different genres including electronic, pop and hip-hop. The duo is made of Producer Rob “Rez” Resnick (formerly known as DJ Rob Resnick) and vocalist Cal. The duo is performing live with hip-hop team Chiddy Bang at Showbox SoDo in Seattle on Friday, October 18 as part of their “The Warning Signs Tour” and The ‘Burg is fortunate to have tickets.

Chiddy Bang

Chiddy Bang

Timeflies’ released several singles until 2011, when its debut album Scotch Tape was released. A mixtape titled Under the Influence followed in 2012. In November of the same year, Timeflies’ released an EP titled One Night which debuted #1 on the iTunes overall charts. Timeflies’ next album titled Warning Signs will be available Monday, October 14.

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Timeflies

The duo’s varied backgrounds contribute to their ability to create catchy pop tunes blending genres. Rez (the producer) has studied jazz piano, guitar, and has played in multiple bands with genres ranging from ska to metal to funk. Cal majored in music and sang in a hip-hop/funk band before forming Timeflies.

The ‘Burg will be giving away tickets today (10/10) between 6 and 8 p.m. as well as tomorrow (10/11) between 6 and 8 p.m. Tune-in and win!

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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.

The Weeks

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.

Phoenix

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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Aca-Scuse Me?

Shows like Star Search and American Idol have changed the way America discovers singing talent. There have been plenty of variations of the talent show genre such as America’s Got Talent, Duets, X-Factor and The Voice. Each show has their own niche or twist but The Sing Off may be the toughest one of all. It’s one thing to sing by yourself, it’s another to harmonize groups of people together with no backing instruments at all. Pentatonix is the group that took away the first place prize in the third season of A capella singing competition The Sing Off. The singing whizzes sold out the Showbox SoDo in 2012 and are back this year to do the same.

Pentatonix

The quintet is out of Arlington Texas and consists of Scott Hoying (lead vocalist), Kirstie Maldonado (female lead), Mitch Grassi (harmony), Kevin Olusola (vocal percussion) and Avi Kaplan (bass).  Whats particularly striking about the group is how young they are. Maldonado and Grassi are only 20 years old, and Grassi was in high school when the third season commenced.

Non-musicians may not be familiar with the term “Pentatonix.” The group is named after the world’s most widely known five-note scale and is also a play on there being five members in the group. Known for their covers of well-known pop songs, Pentatonix released their first album PTX, Vol. 1 in June of 2012 and a Christmas EP quickly followed, November the same year.

Pentatonix will be performing in the northwest on May 5th at McMenamin’s Crystal Ballroom in Portland, May 7th at The Knitting Factory in Spokane, and May 11th at Showbox SoDo in Seattle.

Listen to 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.

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Not Too Close

As Alex Clare’s website points out, you can tell a lot about someone by asking them what the greatest album ever made is. What is Clare’s answer? The album that first comes to his mind is Radiohead’s OK Computer. But upon further thought, Clare admits that OK Computer may be the best album ever made based simply on production, but musically, it isn’t his top selection. After musing over a couple different choices Clare decides In The Key of Life by Stevie Wonder is the greatest album ever made.

Agree or disagree, it’s clear that Clare has great tastes regardless and it’s no wonder he has exploded all over the electronic, alternative and pop music scene.

Alex+Clare+AC04Alex Clare first caught the attention of the masses when his smash single “Too Close” was used in an Internet Explorer commercial. That commercial may have single handedly saved his career and any musical aspirations he had.

A strict Orthodox Jew, refusing to perform on the Sabbath and high holy days, Clare was originally signed with Universal Island Records. After the label discovered how truly devoted to his faith Clare was, (he had to decline an opening slot for Adele because it was at Passover) the label dropped him. A lack of significant album sales and radio play also contributed.

It wasn’t much later that Clare received the call from Microsoft and his career did a 180. The success of the commercial and single lead to Island Records “groveling” for Clare to return to the label.

Alex exclusively told BANG Showbiz: ”They were groveling and very apologetic, it was brilliant!”

Originally from London, the hometown of dubstep, Clare is known for his infusion of dubstep and electronic sound into alternative music. Fun fact: Clare dated Amy Winehouseamy-e-alex in his early days as a musician after meeting her at a performance in North London.

Clare grew up with guitar-based songwriting and perhaps the electronic influences in his music can be explained by the production team of Clare’s first and only album The Lateness of the Hour which consisted of Diplo and Switch.

Alex Clare will be playing in the northwest April 25th at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland, April 28th at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, Canada, April 29th at the Showbox at the Market in Seattle and April 30thth at The Knitting Factory in Boise.

Listen to 88.1 The ‘Burg this Thursday 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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