Shows of Note – The Root/Fruit of Life

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Stephen “Ragga” Marley, second son of Bob Marley was born April 20, 1972. Stephen started following in his father’s footsteps early in his life. As a matter of fact, When Bob closed out his shows, he would have Stephen and Ziggy Marley join him onstage. By the time Stephen was a teenager, he had acquired some studio skills from his father and assisted in the production of a handful of Ziggy Marley and The Melody Makers albums, including Conscious Party (1989), One Bright Day (1990), and Fallen is Babylon (1998), all three albums won Grammys for “Best Reggae Album.”

Stephen’s first solo album, Mind Controlcame along in March 2007. The album was well balanced between some old school (roots) reggae, some modern (contemporary) reggae and also a little bit of hip-hop. This mixture was melted into one solid project and the outcome was nothing less than a successful debut solo album. Mind Control has some well known hits such as “Hey Baby” ft Mos Def, “Mind Control“, and “The Traffic Jam” ft Damian and Julian Marley. What made Mind Control reach number one on the Billboard Reggae Album chart was its delicate balance between issues surrounding love and social justice.

Stephen "Ragga" Marley

Stephen “Ragga” Marley

Stephen’s sophomore album, Revelation Pt. 1: The Root of Life was released in 2011 and it went on to win a Grammy for best Reggae album. The Root of Life (TRL) was different than the first album as it had more collaborations and the overall sound of the album was more various. Mellow at times, and in various instances, Stephen would up the ante, throwing in some dancehall, just when you thought you understood the album’s theme. Some popular songs from TRL included “No Cigarette Smoking” ft Melanie Fiona and “Jah Army” ft Damian Marley and Buju Banton.

Its 2014 and Stephen is back! After missing his music for three years, Stephen is raising the bar high by going a different route with his upcoming album, Revelation Pt. 2: The Fruit of Life.

“The concept of the [new] album means merging my music with hip-hop and anything else I feel like,” Stephen told Rolling Stone Magazine. “Every aspect from the songwriting to the production, even the way I sing certain parts of a song, has to return to that concept.”

Apparently, part of what he feels like is incorporating some dubstep into his music, as is the case with single “Rock Stone.” The song kicks off with a typical reggae beat and it builds up to dubstep, the transition is smooth and finds Stephen in his own, creative zone.

Stephen Marley will be performing in the Pacific Northwest May 6 at The Showbox in Seattle and on May 7 he will be at Wonder Ballroom in Portland. Tune-in to “Reggae Lovers,” this Sunday, April 20 from 12 to 2 p.m. with Selecta Steppa for a chance to win tickets to see Stephen “Ragga” Marley in Seattle!

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Shows of Note – Age is a State of Mind

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Danny Brown

Danny Brown

Danny Brown, formally known as Daniel Dewan Sewell, is straight out of Detroit, Michigan. Making the leap from an internet cult-favorite mixtape rapper to mainstream success, MTV called him “one of rap’s most unique figures in recent memory.”

Even though the rapper is just now hitting his stride at 32 in an industry where rap years are equal to dog years, Brown claimed in an interview with NPR that age is a state of mind. Brown’s 2013 release of his third full-length studio, Old features A$AP Rocky, Charli XCX, ScHoolboy Q and a handful of other artists. Sputnik Music had this to say about the album:

“Even though the emphasis of the record is on its expansive production, the lyrics are more telling than they’ve ever been. While each song has a solid musical backbone, it’s Brown’s narratives that make the most profound impact, and move the album forward.”

If you want the chance to see Danny Brown perform, he’ll be in the northwest May 9 at Wow Hall in Eugene, May 10 at The Showbox in Seattle and May 11 at the Roseland Theater in Portland. We’ll be giving away tickets to the Seattle show tomorrow (4/17) between 1 and 3 p.m. so be sure to tune-in for your chance to win!

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Shows of Note – Man or Band?

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Kris Orlowski. Is that a person, name of a band? Is it a man? Is it a woman? These are questions a few of us have asked ourselves after seeing the name of this mystery artist. The answer is Kris Orlwoski is a band named after a man, a man who happens to be the lead singer and front man for the band.

Kris Orlowski

Kris Orlowski

We would like Kris Orlowski regardless of where the band’s roots lie, but it makes it all the more sweeter when they happen to be from Seattle. The five-piece band has been traipsing across the Pacific Northwest touching the souls of whoever they meet with their indie pop/rock sound. The band even performed at CWU last November.

The band has one album, three EPs and most recently a single titled “Believer” to their name. “Believer” was released earlier this month while the Pieces We Are EP is their other most recent works. Pieces We Are was done in collaboration with Andrew Joslyn. Joslyn is a local native who is a violinist and composer who contributed to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s Grammy Nominated The Heist. One fan called Pieces We Are “Folkestral,” and we think that’s a pretty good description.

Kris Orlowski will be performing in the PNW in Portland on March 22 and at The Showbox in Seattle on April 12. The ‘Burg is giving away tickets to the Seattle show so be sure to pay attention to our social media for a chance to win!

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Shows of Note – Infected by Music

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Infected Mushroom is in a league of their own. The Israeli music duo creates music described as psytrance, psychedelic and dance.  The group is known for their consistent sound evolution and are a huge cult favorite in the Middle East. The band’s live shows feature guitars, live drums, vocals and usually a multi-media backdrop.

Infected Mushroom

Infected Mushroom

Together since 1998, Erez Aizen and Amit Duvdevani  released their first album as Infected Mushroom in 1991. The album titled The Gathering, included one of their more popular songs “Release Me.” Infected mushroom’s most recent album is titled Army of Mushrooms. Some claim that the duo sold out their psy-trance soul to dubstep but critics like Consequence of Sound’s Alex Young disagree.  Young said this about the album:

“Granted, two tracks on their newest LP, Army of Mushrooms, feature the downtempo beats and signature womp-womp bass sounds that immediately suggest EDM’s red-headed stepchild of a genre. Yet Infected Mushroom, the Israeli-born duo of Amit “Duvdev” Duvdevani and Erez Aisen, infuse their dubstep experiments with plenty of psychedelic touches and unexpected twists.”

Since their most recent LP, Infected Mushroom has released the single “See Me Now,” “Never Mind,” and two EPs, Friends on Mushrooms, Vol. 1 and 2.

Infected Mushroom will be performing in Wash. April 11 at The Showbox. The ‘Burg will be giving away a pair of tickets to see the electronic duo via our social media. Keep an eye out on Facebook and Twitter for a chance to win!

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Shows of Note – The Boys of Summer

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With humble beginnings in the basement of one member and dive bars all over the world, The Ataris have eighteen years of experience under their belt and have definitely paid their dues as a punk rock band.

The+Ataris+_With five full-length studio albums under their belt, So Long, Astoria in 2003 was their first platinum album selling over a million copies. The album included “The Boys of Summer,” which was punk rock song even your mom liked.  More recently, the band has released Welcome the Night in 2007 and a two song release in 2010 which has fans dying for more. The two songs released in 2010 will be on The Ataris’ new album. The Ataris’ next album is set to be named “The Graveyard of the Atlantic,” but no official release date has been announced.  The two songs released in 2010 will be on The Ataris’ new album.

The Ataris’ “So Long, Astoria Reunion Tour will mark the first time in a decade the original Ataris line-up will be together. Like most bands, The Ataris have had their share of band members coming and going. The Ataris will perform the whole So Long, Astoria album from start to finish at every show and they claim this is the last time the founding members will perform together.

The Ataris will be coming to the northwest on March 11 at Hawthorne Theatre in Portland, March 12 at The Showbox in Seattle and March 13 at the Knitting Factory in Boise. The ‘Burg is giving away tickets to the Seattle show so be sure to tune-in to the All-Star Rock Show with Chuck Taylor tomorrow (02/24) between 3 and 6 p.m. for a chance to win!

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Shows of Note – Dope its Dom

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Dom Kennedy reps the west coast with his simple yet narrative style of lyrics and delivery. The rapper originally born Dominc Hunn has released 5 independent mixed tapes, and his first commercial studio album From the Westside With Love II dropped in 2011. Along with Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q, Dom Kennedy is helping redefine the West Coast hip-hop scene.

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Dom Kennedy

Kennedy’s most recent works, Get Home Safely, was released in October of last year. The album includes tracks featuring Skeme, Nipsey Hussle, Teeflii and Krondon. The top single from the album is probably “Still Callin,” but we also recommend checking out “All Girl Crazy” and “A Intermission for Watts.” “Most underrated rapper ever,” “great storyteller” and “California’s best kept secret” are all phrases being used to describe Dom Kennedy. XXL Magazine said this about Kennedy’s most recent work:

What makes Dom a master of words is his ability to take you through the common man struggle and not have it wear you down…The Left Coast natives ability to transition from light hearted stuff to serious content with ease gives this album great replay value and surprising depth.”

Dome Kennedy will be performing in the northwest March 2 at The Showbox in Seattle and the WOW Hall in Eugene. Tune-in today (2./) for a chance to win tickets to the Seattle show!

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Shows of Note – Never Gonna Stop the Funk

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We have to admit that funky, jazzy marching band music isn’t necessarily what we regularly play here at The ‘Burg, but MarchFourth Marching Band is so awesome we just have to promote their show.

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MarchFourth Marching Band

MarchFourth Marching Band’s name does a pretty good job of describing them. The 20 + member group includes a 5-piece percussion section, 7-part brass section and elaborate marching band themed costumes. Although their music is almost too funky to bear, it’s their choreographed dance moves and energetic live shows that make the band really worth watching.

The influence of traditional marching band music is very apparent in MarchFourth Marching Band’s sound but they definitely aren’t close to traditional. Their sound is anchored by a funky electric bass and they draw influences from rock, jazz and even African tribal music.

Originally from Portland, Ore, the band has released two studio albums along with a live album. Their most recent work Magnificent Beast was released in 2011 and they have since produced one single, “Shindig.”

“Shindig” is nothing short of wonderful. The song features an early flute solo, driving brass and appropriate drum solo. A circus themed music video accompanies the song. Anyone who was ever in any sort of jazz, marching or concert band will appreciate MarchFourth Marching Band’s excellent style and desire to keep marching band music cool.

MarchFourth Marching Band will be in Leavenworth at Leisure Games,  Feb 15, The Showbox in Seattle on Feb. 28, Admiral Theatre in Bremerton, March 3, Wild Buffalo in Bellingham on March 2, and the Crystal Ballroom in Portland on March 4. Tune-in to News Central tomorrow between noon and 1 p.m. for a chance to see one of the most entertaining musical acts in America.

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Shows of Note – Head of State

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With perhaps the most annoying name in rock history, The Presidents of the United States of America, certainly don’t make annoying music. Most famous for the catchy “Peaches,” the band is also behind the “Lump,” “Cleveland Rocks,” and an awesome cover of “Video Killed the Radio Star.”

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PUSA

The band is known for their awesome live shows, and have a 4.6 out of 5 rating on Ticketmaster. The band claims that they make “silly music” and one of their career highlights was having Weird Al Yankovic parody “Lump,” into “Grump.”  Front Man Chris Ballew had this to say about the honor in an interview with Noisetrade.com.

“…it is an incredible experience to see Weird Al pretend to be me! The best thing that’s come out of that is that we are still friends. He’s a great guy and a really good listener and storyteller.”

Weird Al would go on to direct a music video for PUSA and has guested at a few of PUSA’s live shows.

PUSA will be playing in  the northwest Feb. 14 at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, Feb. 15 at The Showbox in Seattle  and Feb. 16 at The Triple Door in Seattle. The ‘Burg will be giving away tickets to The Showbox show so be sure to tune-in to The Wake-Up Call tomorrow (02/06) between 6 and 8 a.m. for a chance to win tickets!

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Shows of Note – Weird Name, Good Music

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Sometimes bands deserve to be one-hit wonders, and sometimes we’re just left confused because they were actually pretty good! This is the case with Toad the Wet Sprocket. Known for their 1991 hit “All I Want,” we never heard much of the band on mainstream radio stations after that. Even though they weren’t on the radio, Toad the Wet Sprocket has kept busy producing 5 studio albums since the release of Fear in 1991, though their hay-day was definitely in the ’90s.

Toad the Wet Sprocket

Toad the Wet Sprocket

Toad the Wet Sprocket’s discography includes a live album and a greatest hits album. Their most recent full-length album, New Constellation dropped in October of 2013 and they have since followed it with a radio edit release of the album’s single “The Moment.”

Monty Python’s Eric Idle created the fictional band “Toad the Wet Sprocket” for the program “Rutland Weekend Television” in 1975. The name was a joke and Idle never thought it would actually be used for a real band. Following a break up in 1998, Toad the Wet Sprocket is once again in lights, and the “silly  name” is still raising eyebrows. Armed with a throng of loyal fans, mostly nostalgic ’90s kids, the band promises to put on a great live show.

Toad the Wet Sprocket will be performing in the northwest on Feb. 3 at Wow Hall in Eugene, Oregon, Feb. 5 at the Tower Theatre in Bend, Oregon, Aladdin Theatre in Portland on Feb. 6, The Bing Crosby Theatre in Spokane on Feb. 7 and Showbox at the Market in Seattle on Feb. 8. We’re giving away tickets to the Seattle show tonight (1/28) between 8 and 10 p.m. so be sure to listen for a chance at a pair of tickets to one of the iconic bands of the ’90s!

 

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Shows of Note – Music to Wear Kilts To

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Biffy Clyro is a Scottish rock band and have released six studio albums, three of them reached the top five in the UK album charts. The band claimed their first number one album in the UK Albums Chart with their sixth studio album, Opposites released in 2013.

Biffy Clyro

Biffy Clyro

The band cite influences ranging from heavy metal legends like Metallica to prog-rock legends legends Rush. Reviewers are often quick to link their sound to the likes of Nirvana and Foo Fighters – particularly in their use of shifting dynamics which they adapted from Pixies.  In 2013 Biffy Clyro won the Kerrang! award for Best Album and the NME award for best British band.

Biffy Clyro will be playing in the northwest at The Showbox on February 9th and the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland on February 10th. The ‘Burg will be giving away tickets to the Seattle show tonight (1/27) between 6 and 8 p.m. so be sure to tune-in for your chance to win.

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