Shows of Note – Less Than Nothing

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Less Than Jake is older than many of the students at Central Washington University and for good reason. The ska/punk band formed in 1992 out of Gainesville, Fla making them 21 years old, which is quite a long time in band years. It’s a survival of the fittest mentality in the music biz and Less Than Jake’s ability to adapt and change, in their words, has allowed the band to make “cannonball-sized splashes in the deep end while many of its peers timidly eye shallow waters.”

Less Than Jake

Less Than Jake

Less Than Jake’s most recent album See The Light dropped today (Nov. 12). The album has not let fans down, some going as far to say See The Light is Less Than Jake’s best in the last 13 years.  Dyingscene.com, whose slogan reads “news for the punks, by the punks,” gave the album five out of five stars saying:

“Overall, I’d probably rank ‘See The Light’ as one of my top 3 favorite Less Than Jake records …Though some of you may just see this as another decent addition to the band’s extensive catalog, I think it’s one of the most diverse records LTJ have ever put out, with some of the strongest lyrics they’ve ever written (see ‘The Troubles’ and ‘A Short History Lesson’).On top of that, it’s probably the most well-produced album the band’s ever put out! … There’s not too much “studio magic” going on, but there’s not too little either. It sounds just right.”

The band is on tour promoting their new album and will be in the Pacific Northwest Nov. 26 at the Showbox at the Market in Seattle and Nov. 27 at the Hawthorne Theater in Portland. Chuck Taylor will be giving away a pair of tickets to the Seattle concert, tonight (11/12) on the All-Star Rock Show between 3 and 6 p.m.  We will also be giving away a pair tomorrow, (11/13) between 6 and 8 p.m. Multiple chances to win but ya gotta tune-in!

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Shows of Note – Female Fronted Awesome

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It was only 2011 when Polica was founded, but the indie rock band out of Minneapolis, Minnesota has already received the praises of Bon Iver, NPR and others. Incorporating electronica and hip hop flavors into their music, Polica has successfully created a psychedelic indie sound.

 

Polica

Polica

Give You the Ghost is Polica’s debut album, released in 2011. The band has successfully followed their early success with the recent October release of Shulamith. The name Shulamith belongs to radical Canadian Feminist, Shulamith Firestone who was a founding member of various feminist groups including Redstockings and New York Radical Feminists. Female fronted Polica has devoted their second album to conveying a message of feminism that echoes Firestone’s message.

The album begins with what is perhaps the best song on the album “Chain My Name.” The song gets the listener ready for a record that is busier and more textured than polica’s previous work. We also recommend checking out “Trippin” and “Spilling Lines” off the Shulasmith album.

Polica will be performing in the Pacific Northwest Nov. 22 in Portland at the Wonder Ballroom and Nov. 23 in Seattle at Showbox at the Market. The ‘Burg will be giving away tickets to the Seattle show, today (11/11) between 1 and 3 p.m. and tomorrow (11/12) between 8 and 10 p.m. Tune-in for a chance to win!

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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 – The (Local) Lonely Forest

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With artists like Common Market, Blue Scholars and Macklemore making a name for Washington hip hop, sometimes we forget that Seattle and the rest of the evergreen state has produced some pretty awesome alternative acts as well.

The Lonely Forest

The Lonely Forest

The Lonely Forest hail from Anacortes, Wash. Forming around 2005, the band won the Experience Music Project competition in 2006 and has been steadily moving forward ever since.  The Lonely Forest released its first album Nuclear Winter in 2007. We Sing the Body Electric! followed in 2009 but it wasn’t until Arrows in 2011 that the band really started getting attention with the album’s single “We Sing in Time.” Arrows followed a Sasquatch Music Festival Appearance in 2010.

Adding Up the Wasted Hours is the group’s fourth full length studio album and dropped October 15 of this year. The album has clear indie-pop influences with the introduction of synthesizers, pop beats and light vocals. It’s no surprise The Lonely Forest lists Two Door Cinema Club and Minus the Bear as influences on their Facebook page. The album as a whole has striking similarity to Death Cab for Cutie both in instrumentation and vocal stylings. Perhaps The Lonely Forest can one day be an opener for their fellow Washington band.

You can catch the band perform in the Pacific Northwest, November 8 at Bunk Bar in Portland and/or in Seattle at The Neptune Theatre, November 9. The ‘Burg is giving away one pair of tickets to the Seattle show today (11/4) between 3 and 6 p.m on Snap. Crackle. Rock. with Rice Krispy so tune-in for a chance 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 – Fresh Beats

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Gathering influence from American funk, jazz, soul and blues, Gramatik has used his varied tastes in music to create the sort of down-tempo instrumental hip hop you can’t help but nod your head to.

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Gramatik

Signed to the Pretty Lights Music label, most of Gramatik’s music is available for free following his philosophy of “freeing music by making music free.”

A quick glance over Gramatik’s online presence will make it pretty clear that Gramatik is a guy who just wants to have fun. While he makes a lot of good music, Gramatik admits most of the time he just wants to smoke weed and is a self-proclaimed comedian.

Gramatik’s full length album Beatz & Pieces, Vol. 1 wasn’t released on iTunes until April 9, 2012 but was available through other means in 2011. With an average 5-star rating on iTunes the album is being well received by Hip Hop and EDM fans alike. Whether you want to sit down and listen or just have the album playing in the background Beatz and Pieces Vol. 1 fits your needs.

We will be giving away two pairs of tickets to Gramatik’s Seattle show at Showbox at the Market on November 15. Gramatik will also be performing in the Pacific Northwest November 14 at Roseland Theatre in Portland and at the Knitting Factory in Spokane on November 17. Listen tonight (11/01) between 6 and 8 p.m. and again between 10 and midnight for a chance to win!

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Shows of Note – Stoney Weather

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Red Fang is labeled as stoner rock, hard rock, and/or metal, but the conclusion we have come to is that it’s just really awesome, loud, noisy music.

The quartet is made of Bryan Giles, Aaron Beam , David Sullivan and John Sherman, all of whom have spent a lot of time in the music biz all of them having played in at least one other band. The Portland based group can be described as classic rock influenced, stoner jam sessions. The band’s most recent album, Whales and Leeches just dropped on the 15th of October, this year.

The album is getting great reviews on iTunes, but Pitchfork.com gave it a measly 5 out of 10. The reviewer called the album “markedly fine and nothing else.” Others disagree, Underthegunreview.net gave the album 8 out of 10 stating “Whales and Leeches gives you enough to chew on that it even works for active headphone listening.”

Red Fang

Red Fang

We’ve come to the conclusion that you should come to your own conclusions! Check out the album here.

Red Fang will be playing in Seattle at Showbox at the Market on November 9 and The ‘Burg is hooking it up! Listen tomorrow tonight (10/30) between 6 and 8 p.m. and 8 and 10 p.m. for a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets to the show given away.

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Shows of Note – Irish Import

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Upon hearing the name Foy Vance for the first time, one may not be sure if it’s the name of a person, band or state of being. But Foy Vance is in fact the name of folk singer-songwriter from Ireland.

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There are artists that shake the soul and wake the soul, but Foy Vance is one that touches the soul. Gaining popularity from the usage of his single “Gabriel and the Vagabond” on Grey’s Anatomy and “Indiscriminate Acts of Kindness” being used in a commercial, Vance is slowly rising in the musical ranks.

Acoustic and often bittersweet, Vance is a master at crafting songs that softly, yet powerfully display the rawness of relationships. His own website claims that his newest album Joy of Nothing “makes love feel like the most alive and powerful force in the world.”

Joy of Nothing was released August of this year and has received outstanding reviews on iTunes with an overall 4.5 out of five star rating, one fan writing “I DON’T THINK WORDS CAN EXPLAIN.”

Now on tour promoting the album, Vance can sell out halls in Europe but is still gaining ground in America. Because of his wide range in fan-bases all over the world Vance has to frequently adjust to each audience. Vance also supported Ed Sheeran on his sold out tour. Cut London had the opportunity to interview him about the experience.

“You know what, it was great fun! There was a time in my life that I would have turned down a tour that I conceived as “pop”. Not for any aloof reasons. Just because I would have thought I didn’t belong there or have any place there. But I’ve become very close with Ed over the last year or so.”

Vance is playing at the Bunk Bar in Portland on October 31 and the Columbia City Theater in November 1. We’ll be giving away two pairs of tickets to the Seattle show so keep an eye out on our social media for tips on how you can win!

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Shows of Note – Math Rock Animals

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Here at The ‘Burg, we love promoting artists from all over the world, but it’s particularly sweet when we get to promote awesome musicians from right here in the Pacific Northwest. Minus the Bear, is a favorite among many DJ’s at the station and it just so happens the band is out of Seattle.

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Minus the Bear

Formed in 2001, Minus the Bear is an indie rock band that experiments in the electronic. The five-man group is comprised of Jake Snider (Vocals, guitar), Dave Knudson (guitar), Cory Murchy (bass) and Alex Rose (synths, voclas) and Erin Tate (drums). Most of the five were members of other Seattle bands of various genres before coming together to form Minus the Bear.

Infinity Overhead is the title of the band’s most recent album which dropped in August of last year. Infinity Overhead was a much anticipated follow-up to their 2010 released album Omni.

Absolutepunk.net gave the Infinity Overhead album an 8.5 out of 10 saying:

“ -auspicious early tracks exhibit the Seattle quintet’s taut melody-making skills in full effect, but in spite of their effortless way with mid-tempo gems, it’s when they venture into relatively uncharted territory for them– lush balladry– that Minus the Bear achieve Infinity Overhead’s defining moment.”

We recommend checking out “Diamond Lightning,” “Listing,” and “Lies and Eyes” off the Infinity Overhead album.

Minus the Bear will be performing in Seattle at Showbox at the Market on November 8th. Listen today (10/28) between 1 and 3 p.m and again between 6 and 8 p.m. for a chance to win one of two pairs of tickets we will be giving away!

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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.

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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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