It takes a level of cool to listen to THEESatisfaction. While their music clearly has hip hop tendencies it could better be described as funky- feministic–psychedelic-afro soul. With hints of jazz themes and traditional African rhythms one can’t help but close their eyes and get lost when listening.
The duo is made of singer Catherine “Cat” Harris-White and rapper Stasia “Stas” Iron. The two write, produce and perform their own original material. Known for their fascination with numbers, wordplay and outfits that are perhaps funkier than their music the two see themselves as windows to what it’s like to be an African-American woman today.
“We like to just play with different concepts of who we are as humans and then who we are as black people and how it varies,” says Cat, “Who we are as black women and how different it is to what is pumped into the world every day, it just varies so much. Everyone is different and, I can’t speak from everyone’s standpoint, but for myself as a black woman, I think it’s important to show how many varieties there are. From our shapes, to our heights, to our facial expressions, our complexions and everything like that. It’s very important to just explore that.”
THEESatisfcation call Seattle home and the two met at the University of Washington in 2008. Stasia saw Cat perform at open mic nights and eventually got the courage to speak to her. The two have been unstoppable ever since.
THEESatisfaction will be performing a 21+ show in Seattle at Neumos on March 22nd. Kingdom Crumbs, who is on the Sasquatch 2013 lineup, will be performing with them.
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I’ll gie ye a skelpit lug! – An old Scottish saying that translates into “I’ll Give You a Slap on the Ear.”
While Frightened Rabbit isn’t painful to listen to, they’re a Scottish band that your ears will want to take note of.
Scotland has produced some of the best music in the folk, indie and alternative scene. Franz Ferdinand, Paolo Nutini, We Were Promised Jetpacks and Belle and Sebastian are just a few of the Scottish artists 88.1 The ‘Burg loves to play.
One Scottish import we favor is Frightened Rabbit. The group formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 2003 and has continued to put out awesome indie folk-rock albums. In early February, 2013 they released their fourth full album, Pedestrian Verse following the fall 2012 release of their EP State Hospital.
The single The Woodpile is an obvious standout on the Pedestrian Verse album. The song is swollen and emotional with a music video to accompany that is equally dramatic. Make sure to check out the ending because there is a twist! Lead singer Scott Hutchinson’s vocals bring you to a place where you can share a quiet moment with the person you love. Perhaps in a log cabin in the woods or lonely coffee shop.
(From the Woodpile)
I’m trapped in an abandoned building
Come find me now, we’ll hide out
We’ll speak in our secret tongues
Will you come back to my corner?
Frightened Rabbit will be performing in the northwest on March 8th at the Showbox at the Market in Seattle and March 9th at Hawthorne 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. And like the band says, lets keep pop music alive by getting it out of that dress and into a sweater.
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.
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.
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SASQUATCH!!! It’s on every music lover in the Northwest’s brain. We’ve heard mixed reviews of the lineup this year but 88.1 The ‘Burg staff is most excited for The Postal Service, CAKE, Tame Impala, Mumford and Sons and Alt-J. Other big acts include Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Sigur Ros, Vampire Weekend, The XX and Nick Offerman who plays Ron Swanson on the television show Parks and Recreation.
The Postal Service
Tickets are a whopping $337.50 but fortunately your music central is hooking it up! The hunt for Sasquatch will be on Thursday, February 7th, at 10:30 a.m. Sasquatch will be roaming the CWU Campus and whoever catches him first will win a pair of Sasquatch Festival passes. See link below for full list of contest rules.
Because The ‘Burg loves you so much we will be giving away ANOTHER pair of Sasquatch tickets this April at our own battle of the bands “Burg Stock” festival. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and mobile app for more details to come
2013 Sasquatch Ticket Giveaway Rules & Regulations
Woody Guthrie is considered by many to have created one of the first concept albums ever, with Dust Bowl Ballads (1940). Since Woody, many musicians have created their own concept albums including Frank Sinatra, Pink Floyd and The Beatles to name a few. Rock band, Coheed and Cambria is known for their concept albums based on a fictional story written by one of the band members.
Coheed and Cambria front-man Claudio Sanchez is what many would call a nerd. The rock star and sci-fi fan wrote The Amory Wars which has been transcribed into a series of comic books as well as a full length novel. Coheed and Cambria’s albums are concept albums that reveal the plot of The Amory Wars story. In 2010, Coheed and Cambria’s album Year of the Black Rainbow was released and fans didn’t know what was going to happen because the full Amory Wars story had been told. But we were all relieved to find out Sanchez wrote a new spin-off story which he is telling through the two “Aftermath” albums.
Coheed and Cambria’s latest album is the second of the Aftermath series titled The Aftermath: Descension. It will be released February 5th which high anticipation.
Fun fact: The Amory Wars has been picked up by Mark Wahlberg and Leverage Productions to be developed in a live-action feature film.
Coheed and Cambria will be playing in the northwest February 17th at the Roseland Theater in Portland, February 18th at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, Canada and February 19th at Showbox SoDo in Seattle.
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