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’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!
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.
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.
We’ve come to love British imports here at the station. From the Arctic Monkeys to Franz Ferdinand, to The Wombats and Frightened Rabbit, we have to accept the Brits know how to make quality indie music. White Lies has become one of those indie bands we appreciate. A little darker than your average indie band, White Lies makes music for those with a love for a little more hard-hitting indie rock.
The trio of men that make up White Lies include Harry McVeigh (singer/guitarist), Charles Cave (Bassist) and Jack Lawrence-Brown (drummer/keyboardist). Originally from London, their debut album To Lose My Life was released in 2009. It’s obvious that White Lies draws heavy influence from the ‘80s English post-punk era and that has continued through the release of all their three albums and EP. Most recently, White Lies has experienced a great reception from fans and critics with the 2013 release of Big Tv.
“…once you’ve heard it, it will haunt you. It’s full of pitch-perfect songs, but it will lead to digging for the real emotion, the heart buried somewhere at the center.”
White Lies will be performing in the northwest on February 7 in Seattle at The Showbox and February 8th at Roseland Theater in Portland. The ‘Burg is giving away tickets to White Lies tonight between 8 and 10 p.m. tonight (1/27) so tune-in for your chance to win!
She says I smell like safety and home
I named both of her eyes “Forever” and “Please don’t go”
I could be a morning sunrise all the time, all the time yeah
This could be good, this could be good
Those words are just a small sample of Mary Lambert’s lyrics in her single “She Keeps Me Warm.” The singer-songwriter found herself in the national spotlight after teaming up with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis to write the chorus for “Same Love.” “She Keeps me Warm,” was Lambert’s follow up to her collaboration and can be thought of as the “extended version” of the “Same Love” chorus.
Now “Same Love” is nominated for a Grammy and Mary Lambert has become an inspiration to many in the gay community all over the U.S. and worldwide. Growing up in the Evangelical Church, Mary struggled to break away from the Church that disapproved of her but now says she is closer to God than ever having embraced the side of herself she was taught to be ashamed of.
It wasn’t just the church that Lambert was afraid of being rejected from. After first coming out, Lambert thought she had to change her style and attitude to fit in with the queer community. Now she’s embraced her feminine side and it’s fair to say what you see is what you get when it comes to Mary Lambert.
Lambert newest release is her EPWelcome to the Age of My Body which dropped in December of 2013. The EP features spoken word as well as singing. In the words of a fan, this EP “glitters confidence, beauty, talent and love.”
Mary Lambert will be performing in Seattle at The Showbox on February 1st and The ‘Burg is giving away tickets! Listen to The Wake-Up Call tomorrow (01/23) between 6 and 8 a.m. for a chance to win tickets!
Robert Delong’s music is sort of hard to define. Is it electronica? Is it pop? Is it indie? Maybe synthpop is the best describer. No matter what you call it, Delong’s music is interesting to say the least. An MTV “2013 Artist to Watch,” Delong uses anything to make sound in his music and we can’t get enough of it.
As if his musical talent wasn’t enough, we love Delong even more because he was raised in Seattle. Now an L.A. local he may just be the future of pop music. Delong’s first full-length album Just Movementwas released in February of last year to stellar reviews. “Brilliant,” “Seamless,” and “Perfect” are all adjectives recently associated with the album. Just Movement has a five-star rating on iTunes from fans and Music OMH called Just Movement “…an odd album, in the nicest possible sense of the word.”
Robert Delong will be performing in the northwest January 23rd and January 24that Barboza in Seattle and January 24th at Star Theater in Portland. Pipboy will be giving away a pair of tickets to the January 24th show tomorrow (01/17) on “Geek Speak” between 8 and 10 a.m. so be sure to tune-in for your chance to win!
Lord Huron started out as a solo project by Michigan-native Ben Schneider and has since turned into an awesome five-piece a psychedelic, indie-folk band. Schneider wasn’t a musician by trade but we’re sure glad he decided to pick up his father’s guitar and start one of the bands most people don’t, but should have on their radar.
Having only played their first live show in 2010, Lord Huron has an impressive resume. The band released not one, but two EPs in 2010, (Mighty andInto The Sun) and their first full-length album Lonesome Dreams dropped September, 2012.
“Lonesome Dreams, finds Schneider digging his mud-caked heels into his music’s more rustic side, shedding much of the electronic flourishes and international flavors of his early EPs and going to town on harmony-rich folk-rock…Schneider’s vision has narrowed, his once-vibrant, open-armed Americana, now overcautious, content to shoot squarely for the middle.”
That statement explains what makes Lonesome Dreams wonderfully simple. Pitchfork called the album cautious, and less dangerous but perhaps simple and normal can be all one needs. Don’t take our word for it, don’t take some snobby music critic’s word for it. Check out the album yourself and tweet at us what you decide.
Lord Huron will be playing in the northwest January 22 at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland, January 23 at The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, Canada and January 24 at The Showbox in Seattle. The ‘Burg has tickets to their SOLD OUT show in Seattle so be sure to keep an eye out for how you can win.
Some people want to lose weight, some people want to break a bad habit and others just want to get plurnt. USC Events is making the latter resolution easy with Resolution 2014. A lineup of over 15 artists, the EDM extravaganza looks to continue its tradition of being the biggest party in Washington state this New Year’s.
Everyone is obviously stoked for headliners Knife Party and Above & Beyond, but there are a few other artists on the playbill The ‘Burg is particularly excited about.
Figure is the poster child for making your way through the ranks of EDM. Making a name for himself in the American dream fashion, Figure, aka Josh Gard, is originally from a small town in Indiana and has gradually gone from traditional DJ techniques of scratching vinyl to dubstep production. When asked in an interview with SimplyGigantic.com if he thinks DJs make better producers he had to admit that if you do one it will help with the other, and we agree.
Electrohouse DJ, Lazy Rich (Richard Billis), is a Canadian import who has caught our attention. Influenced by Wolfgang Gartner, Deadmau5 and Zero 7, the man claims to have a hankering for evil sounding music as opposed to the bright and fluffy. His career on the rise, Lazy Rich has worked with Deadmau5, Lady GaGa, Fatboy Slim and many more on remixes and other projects. Lazy Rich isn’t stopping anytime soon and we’re glad he isn’t.
It isn’t common to see female producers in the EDM scene. It’s even less common to see twins. NERVO is truly a breath of fresh air. Talented, sexy and blonde, they may just be on their way to becoming EDM icons. Originally songwriters for stars like Ke$ha and the Pussycat Dolls, twins Mim and Liv co-wrote “When Love Takes Over” by David Guetta and Kelly Rowland. The Australian born NERVO twins are now COVERGIRLS and have had quite the year in 2013. It will be hard to top their success in 2014 but Resolution will be a great way to start trying.
The ‘Burg is giving away multiple pairs of tickets to Resolution 2014. Listen between 10 and midnight tomorrow (12/6) for a shot at winning. Check out our Resolution Ticket Giveaway Blog and Facebook event for details on how you can be entered into a Resolution ticket drawing.
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.
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!
Read on to see how you can be entered to win a pair of tickets to Resolution via a live on-air drawing on December 20th!
88.1 The ‘Burg will be posting Facebook “statuses” related to Resolution 2014 throughout December. Participants in the competition can share a Resolution-related status for entry into a drawing for one pair of Resolution 2014 tickets. Those who share our status must use #881theburg and #givemetix in their shared post in order to be entered in the drawing. Each additional share equals an additional entry into the drawing. Participants can share a single status up to five times for a total of five entries into the drawing per status. Total entries based off of Facebook shares cannot exceed 15.
Participants can also “retweet” a Resolution related Twitter post made by official 88.1 The ‘Burg Twitter page (@881theburgkcwu) for a maximum of three extra entries. Participants can only retweet a single status once and must use #881theburg and #givemetix to be entered. No more entries can be made after 1 p.m. pacific time on Thursday, December 2013.
Chris the Producer will draw a name at random out of a box on Electropolis, Friday, December 20 2014, between 10 p.m. and midnight pacific time. Participants must be listening to the show in order to win. Once Chris announces the winner, that winner will have ten minutes to call the request line and claim the tickets. The call number will be announced by Chris at least two times after the name is drawn. If the winner doesn’t call within the allotted time, Chris will draw another name and so on, until a winner calls in.
Facebook: Maximum five shares/entries per status, up to 15 total Facebook entries into raffle.
Twitter: Maximum one retweet/entry per post, up to 5 total Twitter entries into raffle.
Total possible entries in raffle: 20
Must listen to win
Must claim tickets within ten minutes of name being announced
Must #881theburg and #givemetix
Winner wins one pair of resolution 2013 hard tickets
* The ‘Burg will be giving away more than one pair of tickets to Resolution on-air at other times, outside of the raffle.These giveaways will be advertised in our blog and other social media.
Email Connie Morgan, Brand Manager at email@example.com with any questions.
Disclaimer for Resolution Ticket Giveaways The following personnel are not eligible to win prizes from The ‘Burg, unless the contributor has furnished expressed written permission to the General Manager authorizing such personnel to be eligible prize recipients:
1) Volunteer and paid staff of the radio station 2) Relatives of the DJ or staff member giving away prize 3) Roommates (anyone residing in the immediate household) of volunteer or paid staff giving away prize 4) Significant others (boyfriends or girlfriends) of volunteer or paid staff giving away the prize
*88.1 The ‘Burg reserves the right to refuse prizes to winners.
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.
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.
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.