Shows of Note – Progressive Perfection

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Although they haven’t produced a full length album since 2011 with The Hunter, Mastodon is still a popular favorite among sludge metal fans. While the word, “metal,” may seem intimidating to those who prefer softer sound, the great thing about Mastodon is that their alternative metal sound make them a great “segue band” for anyone interested in the metal genre.

Mastodon

Mastodon

What fans love about Mastodon, is their ability to move forward and constantly evolve but not in a way that makes them unrecognizable to fans that have been with them since their beginning. The Hunter, was more melodic then past work and rock, metal and even flavors of bluegrass mold to create quite a piece of art.

Mastodon got its start in 1999 and has since released five full length studio albums but they claim 2011′s The Hunter is their best work yet. Guitarist Bill Kelliher had this to say on the album:

“Our last album Crack The Skye, was such a deep, long record,” says Bill. “It was very heavy. We thought let’s make a spontaneous record based off music that comes off our fingertips in the moment. We didn’t over think it—like Hey, we gotta really dazzle the kids! It’s like let’s not over do it. Just let it fall naturally, and we did.”

You can be the judge as to whether Mastodon is performing at their best or not. The band will be in the pacific northwest April 28 at Showbox SoDo in Seattle and April 29 at he Roseland Theater in Portland. Listen tonight (4/16) between 10 and midnight for a chance to win tickets courtesy of Bill James on “Alternative Reality.”

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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 – Canadian Covers

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Sometimes Canada really delivers. Avril Lavigne, Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen aside, certain artists such as Tegan and Sara, Michael Buble and Walk Off the Earth make us give much props to our neighbors up north. Walk Off the Earth may not be as well known as some of the others we’ve listed but they certainly are worth your time.

Walk Off the Earth

Walk Off the Earth

Like Karmin, another artist we’ve recently featured, Walk Off the Earth’s rise to fame was thanks to YouTube. The five-person band got national attention when they’re cover of “Somebody That I Used to Know” got over 156 million views on the YouTube. The success of that video inspired fans to comb over their whole collection of previously recorded unique covers and accompanying music videos. Now, Walk Off the Earth has hundreds and hundreds of millions of YouTube views to their name. The band has five studio albums heavily laden with covers.

Walk Off the Earth’s most recent work, R.E.V.Ofeatures Walk Off the Earth’s hit single, “Red Hands” along with their “Somebody That I Used to Know” cover. Fans are calling the album, “upbeat and smooth, but edgy enough to keep you engaged.” Professional critics are giving the album mixed reviews but All Music Guide had this to say:

“A confident, delightfully quirky, and endlessly inventive band having fun and delivering a kind of lightly experimental sunshine pop for the 21st century, complete with huge choruses, xylophones and trinkets, maverick rhythms, and a charming, fun spirit of adventure.”

Walk Off the Earth will be in the northwest  Feb. 23 at The Knitting Factory in Spokane, Feb. 25 at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland and Feb. 26 at Showbox SoDo in Seattle. We’re giving away tickets to the Seattle show tomorrow (02/07) between noon and 1 p.m. so be sure to tune-in for your chance to win!

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Shows of Note – TWO CCCCHHHHAAAIIINNNZZZZ

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The rapper from College Park, Georgia known simply as “2 Chainz was first known for being one-half of the southern duo “Playaz Circle“, with his longtime friend, Dolla Boy. They are best known for being signed to Disturbing The Peace label owned by Ludacris, which was responsible for their popular debut single “Duffel Bag Boy“.

2 Chainz

2 Chainz

2 Chainz signed a solo record deal with Def Jam Records in 2012 and that August, he released his debut studio album Based on a T.R.U. Story. The album featured three successful singles: “No Lie“, “Birthday Song“, and “I’m Different“. All three charted in the top 50 of the Billboard Hot 100 and all three are certified gold or higher by the RIAA. The album was also certified gold and nominated for the 2013 Best Rap Album Grammy. His second studio albumB.O.A.T.S.II : Me Time” was released on September 11, 2013 and  the singles “Feds Watching“, “Where U Been” and “Used 2” have all become radio hits.

2 Chainz will be performing in the northwest on February 13th and The Showbox SoDo in Seattle. We have tickets to the show and will be giving them away today (01/31) between 1 and 4 p.m. Tune-in to win!

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Shows of Note – Adventure Wub

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It’s a good thing Christian Srigley and Leighton James decided to ditch their hardcore punk sound for EDM. The Canadian duo is now a major figure in the dubstep dance genre. Thank goodness for easily bored teenagers because the switch from punk to EDM was the start of Adventure Club.

Adventure Club

Adventure Club

Influenced by artists such as Tiesto, Flux Pavilion and Skrillex, Adventure Club has made EDM even more user friendly. The duo’s dubstep isn’t so heavy that it can’t be aired on mainstream pop radio. Adventure Club isn’t afraid to collaborate with other pop/electronic artist such as Yuna and Krewella helping to expand their appeal past the traditional EDM crowd. Adventure Club has remixed a lot of pop artists like Britney Spears and Mike Posner to the praises of fans.

Not only does the duo make head bangin’ music but they are somewhat philanthropic. Supporters of Fu$% Cancer, a charity based out of Canada, Adventure Club hopes to reach out to their young audience to encourage early detection and treatment. The duo has also partnered with Electric Family, a charity that sells bracelets to fight hunger in America.

Adventure Club will be playing in the northwest December 2 in Eugene, Ore. at the McDonald Theatre, December 3 at the Roseland Theater in Portland, December 4 at Showbox SoDo in Seattle and December 5 at The Knitting Factory in Spokane. Listen to The ‘Burg tonight (11/22) between 8 and 10 p.m. for a chance to win tickets to the Seattle show!

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Shows of Note – Suddenly I’m Hit

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Suddenly I’m hit
It’s the starkness of the dawn
And your friends are gone
And your friends won’t come

So show me where you fit
I’ll wait
So show me while you’re strong
We’re alone now

Those are the lyrics of the single “Retrograde” from James Blake’s new album, Overgrown, which dropped April of this year. The song hints at a love story gone awry because people have the inexorable ability to change. Simple, and almost disturbing in its ability to entrance the listener, “Retrograde” is the epitome of James Blake.

James Blake

James Blake

Once a traditional electronic DJ, Englishman James Blake has renounced that life and is the poster child of the “Post-dubstep” era. Drawing influences from the soul, R&B and hip hop genres, Blake won the 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize for album of the year.

Futuristic. Beautiful. Amazing. Raw. Hypnotic. Those are all words people are using to describe Blake’s latest album. Say what you want about it,  other than “Retrograde” we highly recommend giving “Take a Fall for Me (Feat. RZA),” “Digital Lion,” and “Life Round Here” a listen off the Overgrown album.

Blake will be playing in the Pacific Northwest at Showbox SoDo in Seattle on November 20 and Roseland Theater in Portland on November 21. The ‘Burg is giving away a pair of tickets to the Seattle show this Friday (11/8) between 8 and 10 a.m. Must tune-in to win!

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Shows of Note – EDM in the 3D

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The Morgan Page Presents tour is be the biggest tour the two-time Emmy nominee Morgan Page has ever headlined. With tour stops throughout the United States as well as overseas in countries such as Australia and India, Morgan Page is an example of the power and success that comes with being a seasoned DJ with a large number of devoted fans.

Morgan Page

Morgan Page

It’s hard to believe that Morgan Page comes from a rural background, having grown up in a log cabin in Vermont. Obsessed with EDM from an early age, Page started producing at the age of 14. Page’s most recent full length album, In the Air which dropped April 3, 2012 was enormously successful and the DJ also had a spot on the Paradiso bill last June.

A review of the In the Air album by DancingAstronaut.com said this:

“- on In The Air he sticks to the moving progressive house he knows best. His continued growth and considerable talents remind us of another California dweller and Dancing Astronaut favorite, Kaskade. We predict that In The Air will bring Page the same kind of success that Kaskade saw with Dynasty. It’s an easy comparison to make: both producers excel in making music that truly means something.”

The Morgan Page Presents Tour is a 3D tour and pushes the EDM production limits by being the first DJ tour with full high resolution 3D visuals. Smaller venues aren’t always compatible with the light show but even without the ability to be truly 3D, Page always tries to ensure fans experience something new with each of his live performances.

The ‘Burg will be giving away four pairs of tickets to various Morgan Page show locations. The giveaways start tonight (11/01) between 8 and 10 so be sure to tune-in for a chance to see Morgan Page perform live. The Morgan Page Presents tour will be in Seattle at Showbox SoDo on November 15 and the Knitting Factory in Spokane on November 16. 

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Shows of Note – Uprising in Seattle

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The EDM culture is one that embraces craziness. Whether in the form of costumes, lighting, or over-the-top stage props, the motto seems to be the wilder the better. The Uprising North America Tour featuring Alesso is headed to Seattle on November 11th and he promises to bring the type of music one can “feel in their bones.”

Alesso or Alessandro Lindbald as he was born, is a DJ out of Sweden and really didn’t gain his current level of fame until 2011 when his remix of “Pressure” became an EDM standard. A DJ who’s productions usually fit in the house category, Alesso is similar to Sebastian Ingrosso, Dirty South or Nicky Romero.

Alesso

Alesso

A fan favorite, Alesso can’t praise his fans enough and even let one pant his chest before a live set. In an interview with The Independent Blogs Alesso said:

“I’m still pretty young, so everything that’s happening at the moment is still kind of shocking for me! I’m just starting to get used to this so-called ‘lifestyle’ that represents many first-time experiences for me, quite a lot of unexpected moments, I even feel sometimes like pinching myself to check ‘Is this real?’ It’s amazing to be offered the opportunity to do these wonderful things at my age. Luckily my dreams have been fulfilled very quickly, and I’m more than happy about that but beyond the excitement, sometimes you do need to sit down and take the time to realize what’s going on.”

Thanks to our awesome partnership with USC Events, 88.1 The ‘Burg will  be giving away two pairs of tickets to the Seattle show tonight (10/25) between 6 and 10 p.m. Tune-in to win!

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Shows of Note – Hoodie Mob of America

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If Hoodie Allen proves one thing, it’s that you can be successful in the rap game as a clean cut, Caucasian with a quick tongue. Based out of New York, Hoodie has impressed critics with his witty lyrics and hustle. It doesn’t hurt that Hoodie could teach a class on how to properly sample songs. The wordsmith has made a name for himself sampling music from unconventional sources. Allen is one of the ideals in alternative hip-hop and chances are, we’ll remember the name.

A self-described college educated music nerd, Hoodie released his first EP, All American in 2012 and released his most recent mix tape Crew Cuts in February of this year. Word is the rapper is hoping to release his first full length album this fall.

Hoodie Allen

Hoodie Allen

Comparable to Macklemore, Hoodie has cited the Seattle based rapper as an inspiration in his own career. In an interview with Fuse, Hoodie said this:

Really he’s one of the reasons why I like, continue to champion my indie effort–he’s broken through that ceiling of, like, there’s a limit to it-there’s no limit”

Hoodie also noted that he and Macklmore have “always planned to do a song together,” and hinted that his next album or EP would include Macklemore, exciting news for those who have a love for the alternative-rap scene.

Already a Hoodie fan? Become a Hoodie mob member and receive exclusive benefits such as meet and greets with Hoodie himself by signing up on his website.

As part of his “Party With Your Friends Tour,” Hoodie Allen will be performing in the northwest on October 31 at Showbox SoDo in Seattle and November 1 at Wow Hall in Eugene, Oregon.

The ‘Burg is giving away tickets tonight (10/17) between 8 and 10 p.m. and Friday (10/18) between 1 and 3 p.m so tune-in and win!

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Shows of Note – Walk Me to the Moon

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It’s hard to find indie pop/rock more delicious than Walk the Moon. Out of Cincinatti, Ohio, the group formed in 2008. They exploded into the indie scene with their hit single “Anna Sun” and their debut self-titled album peaked at number eight on the Billboard Alternative Albums chart.

Walk the Moon

Walk the Moon

Riding their early success, Walk the Moon released their EP titled Tightrope in January of this year.  A review on Alternativeaddiction.com said this about the Tightrope EP:

“It’s different from the album—it’s not as polished—but it’s worth the same amount of attention.”

And attention is what the band is getting.  Walk the Moon has already been featured as Nylon Magazine’s Band Crush, as a Hot New Band by SPIN Magazine, as a New York Post band “You Must Know,” and in the Spotlight of “Last Call with Carson Daly.” In the midst of their fall tour, the band appears to keep fan satisfaction as their focus. In an interview with Elle Magazine, Eli Maiman, the band’s guitarist said this of the fall tour:

“We love meeting our fans and seeing their smiling faces sing along. We’re also really looking forward to debuting some of the new material at the shows. We’re doing our biggest, most colorful shows to date.”

Walk the Moon will be performing in the northwest on October 21st at the Roseland Theatre in Portland, October 23rd at Showbox SoDo in Seattle, and October 24th at the Knitting Factory in Boise.

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