Shows of Note – Age is a State of Mind

Danny Brown

 

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 11 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 – Progressive Perfection

Mastodon

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

The Wanted

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 – 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 – Get Lucky

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Ravers all over the Pacific Northwest are hoping to get lucky this year. The annual USC Events festival (Lucky 2014) will take place on Friday, March 14th this year, at the WaMu Theater in Seattle. This event has quickly become one of the biggest “must-attend” events for any EDM fan.

Diplo

Diplo

USC Events has reputation for putting on shows that don’t disappoint both in music and show production. Thousands will gather for Lucky to experience the trapeze artists, epic light shows and elaborate St. Patrick’s Day themed costumes that will accompany the EDM line-up.

Some of the Lucky lineup highlights include Diplo, Kill the Noise and Showtek. Diplo has excited many EDM fans and has garnered quite the following in the hip-hop scene as well. Be warned, a lot of twerking will ensue once Diplo takes the stage. Diplo, or the formally known Wesley Pentz has been on the scene since 2003 with Epistomology. 2012’s “Express Yourself” caught the attention of well…everybody. Since then Diplo has produced the Revolution (Remixes) EP in which the artwork is a fist made up of half-naked twerking women.

 

Kill the Noise

Kill the Noise

Kill the Noise also highlights the Lucky bill. The one man band made of Jake Stanczak specializes in drum and bass, dubstep and house.  Always sporting his baseball cap and skull emblazed bandana, the young producer gained a huge fan base before he even produced his first solo release, the Roots EP in 2010. Since 2010 he has produced Kill Kill Kill, a Roots Remixed EP, Black Magic and Black Magic Remixes.

Showtek

Showtek

Brothers, Wouter and Sjoerd Janssen, the two members of Showtek are sure to delight hardstyle and progressive fans alike at this year’s Lucky. Though their roots are in hardstyle they are slowly exploring the progressive side of EDM. With an alarmingly quick rise to fame, they’ve performed with David Guetta, Tiesto and Steve Aoki, along with other powerful EDM artists and are truly at the top of the electronic music scene. Check out their collaboration with Justin Prime, “Cannonball (Earthquake)” featuring Matthew Koma which was just released two days ago on iTunes.

The ‘Burg is giving away two pairs of Lucky 2014 tickets this Friday (3/7). Listen between 8 and 10 p.m. and again between 10 and midnight for a chance to get Lucky this March.

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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.

Dom Kennedy

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.

MarchFourth Marching Band

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 – Indie Accents

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Lately, The ‘Burg hasn’t been able to get enough of the British indie music scene. There must be something in the water overseas because a lot of our favorite indie acts come are from the U.K. One of these acts is Glasvegas. The four-piece band is from Glasgow, Scotland which is made apparent with the thick accent of lead singer, James Allan.

Glasvegas

Glasvegas

Glasvegas made their debut in 2008 with the release of their self-titled album which featured what is probably still their most popular single “Geraldine.” Since their self-titled album, Glasvegas has produced two more albums, Euphoric /// Heartbreak \\\ in 2011 and most recently Later…When the TV Turns to Static. The latter dropped in September of last year.

If” is the top single off of their recent release but we also recommend checking out “Neon Bedroom Blues” and “All I Want is My Baby.” Popmatters.com said this about the most recent Glasvegas album:

“The new album is technically proficient and features more than its fair share of impassioned crooning by lead vocalist James Allan and driving walls of indie-rock sound. However, the album overall fails to retain the interest of the listener. This is, in part, due to the fact that with a few sonic exceptions, the songs largely sound the same, with Allan crying out (often impressively) over his cousin Rab Allan’s driving lead guitar work or light, light piano on track after track after track with not much variation to make Later… When the TV Turns to Static a terribly challenging or engaging listen.”

Is Glasvegas’s new album too mechanical to listen to or is it a stroke of genius? You can decide for yourself because The ‘Burg is giving away tickets to see Glasvegas live in Seattle at the Columbia City Theater on Feb. 28. The band will also be playing in Portland on March 1 at The Ceremonies. Listen tonight between 6 and 8 p.m. for a chance to see them live in Seattle!

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