Shows of Note – The Moment is Now

In This Moment

Metal is a genre of music with a bias towards a certain gender. Not that metal music is degrading to women or makes efforts to exclude them from the culture; it is just a fact that in general, men are the ones who prefer metal music, not women. In fact, it’s a common misconception that metal music is sexist. A lot of the earlier metal, especially in the late 80’s, was designed to trivialize sex and women, but now the issue isn’t the norm in metal. Many metal bands, especially of the Black, Grind and Doom metal genres avoid the topic of sex completely. All that aside, we love that melodic metalcore band In This Moment is led by a female vocalist.

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In This Moment

In This Moment got their start in the mid 2000’s releasing their first album, Beautiful Tragedy with two albums in between its most recent album Blood which dropped in 2012. Lead vocalist Maria Brink and co-founding member, lead guitarist Chris Howorth met by chance and went on to recruit Jeff Fabb on drums, Blake Bunzell on guitarist and eventually bassist Jesse Landry. Growing from a cult favorite to a MySpace phenomenon, the band landed a record deal in late 2005 with Century Media Records.

In This Moment will be playing at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland on January 1, Showbox at the Market in Seattle on January 3 and The Knitting Factory in Spokane on January 4. Tune-in tonight (12/4) between 8 and 10 p.m. for a chance to win tickets to the Seattle show!

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Shows of Note – Your Comedy Central

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Although we are a music driven station, 88.1 The ‘Burg appreciates all kinds of art and entertainment. This is why we are stoked to promote and giveaway tickets to a comedy show featuring “The Nerdist” Chris Hardwick.

Chris Hardwick

Chris Hardwick

Actor, television personality, writer, blogger and comedian, Hardwick has his fingers in many of the entertainment cookie jars. In his attempt to create an evil nerd empire, Hardwick founded Nerdist.com, a top-ten comedy podcast on iTunes that focuses on cosplay, comics, games, science and other geeky topics.

Hardwick isn’t just a talented writer, but is the host of “The Soup’s” little brother show “Web Soup” and makes regular appearances on “Chelsea Lately” and “The Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” Hardwick’s first Comedy Central special titled “Mandroid” covered topics range from virginity to awkward adulthood and experiences had by those of a nerdier nature. Hardwick also has a published book titled “The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life).”

Chris Hardwick will be performing in the northwest on December 13 at the Showbox at the Market in Seattle and The ‘Burg will be giving away tickets to the show. Listen today (12/2) between 3 and 6 p.m. and Friday (12/6) between 8 and 10 a.m.

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Shows of Note – The Heartbreak Kids of Hip-Hop

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Bay area rapper Sage the Gemini is so fresh, it’s hard to find out much about him. With no website, no real bio on his Facebook page and nothing but a few pictures on Lastfm.com he may be hip-hop’s mystery man.  You probably know him from the singles “Gas Pedal” and “Red Nose” but for now it’s unclear if Sage the Gemini is a one-hit wonder type or if he is a rising hip-hop star who will continue to rise in the ranks of music.

Sage the Gemini

Sage the Gemini

Like so many artists, Sage’s journey wasn’t an easy one. With little support from family and friends he had self-taught himself how to create, mix and master beats. 2008 was the first anyone heard of him when he dropped his first online track “You Should Know” on MySpace which generated over 3 million views.

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IAMSU!

Sage is a member of The HBK Gang also known as The Heartbreak Gang. The HBK is a collective American Hip-hop and music production group out of Richmond, Calif. and the San Francisco Bay Area. Iamsu! Is also a member of the group and is the featured artist on Sage’s single “Gas Pedal.”

IAMSU! Born Sudan Ameer Williams, also found success on MySpace with titles such as “The Go-Gettaz.” IAMSU!’s legitimacy has been increased with his 2012 release of Suzy 6 Speed which featured artists like Juvenille, Wiz Khalifa and others.

Sage the Gemini and IAMSU! Are touring together and will perform at the Showbox at the Market in Seattle on December 1. Listen to the ‘Burg today between 3 and 6 p.m. for a chance to win tickets!

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Shows of Note – Hip-Hop for Your So(u)l

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Influenced by 90’s hip-hop as well as Prince and Marvin Gaye, Seattle hip-hop artist Sol has successfully married hip-hop vocals with a pop friendly sound. He first started getting attention with the three editions of his Dear Friends mixtapes and his most recent full length album Yours Truly dropped in 2012. Yours Truly spent time at #1 on iTunes US Hip-Hop chart and was #4 worldwide at its peak. September of this year, Sol followed Yours Truly’s Success with his EP titled Eyes Open. The ten track EP includes tracks such as hopeful, stay tough anthem “Tomorrow” and other beat strong songs such as bonus track “Dope.”

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Sol

Also known as Solzilla, Sol & the Zillas got a “Maine Stage” slot at the Sasquatch Festival at the Gorge in 2012. The rapper also had spot on the 2013 Bumbershoot bill. Now returned from a ten month worldwide tour, big things can be expected from Sol. With new influences, experiences and humbling moments, we can only continue to expect big things from this rapper on the rise.

In an interview with Corvallis Gazette Times Sol said this:

“I rap and I make hip-hop, but I try not to limit my influences. Since I was young I’ve always listened to all sorts of types of music…When I’m creating I try not to be confined by some preconception of what hip-hop should be about or what it should sound like. In doing that, I hope to create something that’s unique.”

It’s fair to say Sol is accomplishing his goals and is a huge part of the growing northwest hip-hop scene along with Grynch, Dyme Deaf, Common Market and others.

Sol will be playing at Showbox at the Market on Nov. 27 and The ‘Burg is hooking it up today (11/15) between 1 and 3 p.m. Listen-in for a chance to see him live in Seattle!

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Shows of Note – Less Than Nothing

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Less Than Jake is older than many of the students at Central Washington University and for good reason. The ska/punk band formed in 1992 out of Gainesville, Fla making them 21 years old, which is quite a long time in band years. It’s a survival of the fittest mentality in the music biz and Less Than Jake’s ability to adapt and change, in their words, has allowed the band to make “cannonball-sized splashes in the deep end while many of its peers timidly eye shallow waters.”

Less Than Jake

Less Than Jake

Less Than Jake’s most recent album See The Light dropped today (Nov. 12). The album has not let fans down, some going as far to say See The Light is Less Than Jake’s best in the last 13 years.  Dyingscene.com, whose slogan reads “news for the punks, by the punks,” gave the album five out of five stars saying:

“Overall, I’d probably rank ‘See The Light’ as one of my top 3 favorite Less Than Jake records …Though some of you may just see this as another decent addition to the band’s extensive catalog, I think it’s one of the most diverse records LTJ have ever put out, with some of the strongest lyrics they’ve ever written (see ‘The Troubles’ and ‘A Short History Lesson’).On top of that, it’s probably the most well-produced album the band’s ever put out! … There’s not too much “studio magic” going on, but there’s not too little either. It sounds just right.”

The band is on tour promoting their new album and will be in the Pacific Northwest Nov. 26 at the Showbox at the Market in Seattle and Nov. 27 at the Hawthorne Theater in Portland. Chuck Taylor will be giving away a pair of tickets to the Seattle concert, tonight (11/12) on the All-Star Rock Show between 3 and 6 p.m.  We will also be giving away a pair tomorrow, (11/13) between 6 and 8 p.m. Multiple chances to win but ya gotta tune-in!

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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.

 

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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 – Fresh Beats

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Gathering influence from American funk, jazz, soul and blues, Gramatik has used his varied tastes in music to create the sort of down-tempo instrumental hip hop you can’t help but nod your head to.

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Gramatik

Signed to the Pretty Lights Music label, most of Gramatik’s music is available for free following his philosophy of “freeing music by making music free.”

A quick glance over Gramatik’s online presence will make it pretty clear that Gramatik is a guy who just wants to have fun. While he makes a lot of good music, Gramatik admits most of the time he just wants to smoke weed and is a self-proclaimed comedian.

Gramatik’s full length album Beatz & Pieces, Vol. 1 wasn’t released on iTunes until April 9, 2012 but was available through other means in 2011. With an average 5-star rating on iTunes the album is being well received by Hip Hop and EDM fans alike. Whether you want to sit down and listen or just have the album playing in the background Beatz and Pieces Vol. 1 fits your needs.

We will be giving away two pairs of tickets to Gramatik’s Seattle show at Showbox at the Market on November 15. Gramatik will also be performing in the Pacific Northwest November 14 at Roseland Theatre in Portland and at the Knitting Factory in Spokane on November 17. Listen tonight (11/01) between 6 and 8 p.m. and again between 10 and midnight for a chance to win!

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Shows of Note – Stoney Weather

Red Fang

Red Fang is labeled as stoner rock, hard rock, and/or metal, but the conclusion we have come to is that it’s just really awesome, loud, noisy music.

The quartet is made of Bryan Giles, Aaron Beam , David Sullivan and John Sherman, all of whom have spent a lot of time in the music biz all of them having played in at least one other band. The Portland based group can be described as classic rock influenced, stoner jam sessions. The band’s most recent album, Whales and Leeches just dropped on the 15th of October, this year.

The album is getting great reviews on iTunes, but Pitchfork.com gave it a measly 5 out of 10. The reviewer called the album “markedly fine and nothing else.” Others disagree, Underthegunreview.net gave the album 8 out of 10 stating “Whales and Leeches gives you enough to chew on that it even works for active headphone listening.”

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Red Fang

We’ve come to the conclusion that you should come to your own conclusions! Check out the album here.

Red Fang will be playing in Seattle at Showbox at the Market on November 9 and The ‘Burg is hooking it up! Listen tomorrow tonight (10/30) between 6 and 8 p.m. and 8 and 10 p.m. for a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets to the show given away.

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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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Shows of Note – Chill-out Trip-Hop

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Bonobo has been electrifying the ears of his listeners since 2000, when he released his first album, Animal Magic – and his music is indeed magical.  Since then, he has continued to fuse electronic music with hints of jazz and unique rhythms.  Bonobo is a true wizard of sound.

Over the past few years, Bonobo has been touring around the globe with his live band, hooking audiences with his catchy rhythms and creative melodies.  2012 was a year in which Bonobo also found success as a DJ. The artist traveled to New York to write material for his next album, a true piece of electronic music excellence.

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Bonobo

The North Borders, Bonobo’s latest work, plays like a soundtrack to a fantastic dream.  After pressing play, listeners will be transported into the sonic bliss of Bonobo’s creativity.  The album’s resonance will be felt long after the final track has ended.  The aura of tracks like “First Fires”, “Cirrus”, and “Ten Tigers” are habit-forming works of art.

The balanced complexity of Bonobo’s music stems from his skill of piecing together separate ideas.  As he told Berkleegroove.com in April of this year:

It’s interesting how you get these sounds, which are three-times removed from each other, but when you listen to the track you think, ‘WOW, this sounds great!’”

You can keep up with Bonobo’s latest news, tour dates, and more on his website, bonobomusic.com.  He will be making stops at Seattle’s Showbox at the Market on October 24 and Portland’s Roseland Theater on October 25.  Listen to 88.1 The ‘Burg tonight (10/18) between 6 and 8 p.m. for a chance to win tickets to the Seattle show!

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