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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Indie Folk is a force to be reckoned with in today’s music scene. If the Sasquatch 2013 lineup is any indication of music trends, with Mumford and Sons headlining and many other folksy acts included in the bill its clear what the people want and that’s indie-folk.

Seattle has proved to be a haven for the folk music scene. The Head and the Heart, Bryan John Appleby and The Cave Singers are just a few of the Seattle based groups finding success.

Seattle band, Hey Marseilles creates its sound by being one of the largest Indie-Folk bands there with seven members covering guitars, cello, viola, accordion, piano, bass, trumpet, glockenspiel, ukulele, mandolin, drums, and a large variety of other rhythmic appliances.

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Often compared to Portland’s The Decemberists, Hey Marseilles first album To Travels & Trunks was released in 2010 to critical acclaim. The band even caught the eye of Starbucks and were featured in their Valentine’s Day compilation album in 2010.

Hey Marseilles second album Lines We trace will drop March 5th.

Hey Marseilles will be playing in the northwest February 27th at The Media Club in Vancouver, Canada,  March 1st at Showbox at the Market in Seattle and March 2nd at Aladdin 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.

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