Who is Dr. Dog?

Indie music has a place at every college radio station and that is why Dr. Dog is welcome at 88.1 The ‘Burg. The Philadelphia based group formed in 1999 had as many as 20 “honorary members” and their wide range of influences can be heard in their two EPs, one live album and seven studio albums.

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The most recent Dr. Dog album Be The Void was released February 3rd 2012 and was followed up by the Wild Race EP in August of the same year. Album reviews for Be The Void were solid with consequenceofsound.net stating that “Like a fine wine, Dr. Dog gets better with age.” and Paste Magazine rated the album a 7.5.

Though sometimes categorized as “psychedelic rock” you can also hear folk, blues, soul, and bluegrass in their sound. We recommend checking out “Lonesome,” “How Long Must I Wait” and “Over Here, Over There” off the Be The Void album.

Dr. Dog will be co-headlining shows with Dawes on April 26th at Showbox at the Market in Seattle and April 28th at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland.

Listen to The Umbrella Boat Show on 88.1 The ‘Burg this Monday between 1 and 3 p.m. 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.

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Wub Wub

Although dubstep has become immensely popular in the U.S., let’s not forget where the genre originated. In the late 1990s, dubstep was born in South London, England. The term “dubstep” was first coined in 2002 in Croydon, London but its actual roots are a little tough to pinpoint. Dubstep is the merge of dozens electronic music genres and its origins can be traced back to the growth of the Jamaican sound system party scene in the early 1980s.

Because of its London roots, it’s no surprise that some of the top dubstep acts in the world come from England. This includes North London based 4-piece act Modestep. The band includes brothers Josh and Tony Friend who cover vocals, keyboards, turntables and guitar between the two of them. Matthew Curtis is on drums and other percussion while Nick Tsang rocks the guitar.

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The quartet debuted in February 2011 with “Feel Good,” which reached the Top Ten of the U.K. dance chart and crossed into the Top 40 of the main pop chart. Although they had previously released singles and remix EP’s the band’s debut album Evolution Theory wasn’t released until February 12th, 2013.

In an interview with contactmusic.com, Modestep guitarist Nick Tsang had some insightful things to say about the dubstep genre and electronic music scene. When asked whether he thought the relatively young genre of dubstep would survive and thrive, or slowly go out of style, guitarist Tsang responded:

“I think it’s been around longer than people think, it’s just been lurking underground until recently when pop artists have started taking influence from that kind of sound. We’re trying to put a live twist on the traditional sound of dubstep, we’re trying to make it more rocky and I can see more genres spawning out of this frankly, in the same kind of way we’ve done. A lot of the genre seems to have become more dance-orientated so I don’t know where it will go next, we might even see a jazz take on things soon, who knows. But I definitely think its influence will go on and it will be here for a while to come.”

Wherever dubstep goes next, it’s clear it will be around for a while and its loyal fans around the world will attest to that.

Modestep will be playing with Mimosa on April 15th at the Showbox at the Market in Seattle and April 16th at Roseland Theater in Portland on April 16th.

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A Touch of the Irish

If you’re a basshead and you live in the northwest, you know about Lucky 2013. This event is back and is preparing to give attendees a party at the end of a rainbow. This year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration will be at the WaMu Theater like years past and the venue will be transformed to an Emerald Isle. Shamrock-ing music, Irish folklore inspired performers and green décor will flood the theater as the party rocks from 7:30 p.m. to 3:30 a.m.

The Crowd at Lucky 2012

The Crowd at Lucky 2012

The event will feature around 23 artists but The ‘Burg has our own picks for who to look forward to.

So we have to talk about Pretty Lights. The headliner for the show is a one man outfit. Derek Vincent Smith is originally from Fort Collins, Colorado and his “The Illumination Tour” kicked off in 2012 with a sold-out two-night stand at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado with Lucky 2013 expected to sell out as well. Pretty Lights made history when he teamed up with Bassnectar to put on the first-ever electronic music show at the historic Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Virginia. A new Pretty Lights album is expected this year.

Pretty Lights

Pretty Lights

The electronic fans at The ‘Burg were stoked to see Seven Lions on the lineup his year. Supposedly a man of few words, Jeff Montalvo, the face behind Seven Lions, lets his dupstep do all the talking. At only 24 years old Seven Lions’s popularity has skyrocketed among trance and dubstep fans. Introduced to the electronic scene in 2007, Seven Lions is still a newbie to DJ-ing but you can’t tell from his music. Interestingly enough the dude used to be in a metal band. We’re glad he made the transition.

Seven Lions

Seven Lions

Our third pick for Lucky 2013 is R3hab. This up and comer has worked with artists such as Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne and Jennifer Lopez, remixing tracks and producing. R3hab definitely creates music you’ll want to dance to. House music is meant to make you move and R3hab understands that. The Moroccan import isn’t too hard on the eyes either.

R3hab

R3hab

Lucky 2013 is March 15th at WaMu Theater in Seattle.

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Horrorcore, Hip-Hop, Gangsta Rap, Awesome

Aaron Dontez Yates is better known by his stage name Tech N9ne. His stage name originated from the TEC-9 semi-automatic handgun, given to him by rapper Black Walt due to his fast rhyming style. (Tech is short for technique and 9 is the number of completion. That’s why he says the technique’s complete so often.)

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Born in 1971, Yates began rapping at a young age. He used rapping to help him remember things such as the letters of his own name. The road to fame has been a tough one. Yates never met his father and his mother suffered from epilepsy. In 2003, Yates’s best friend Brian Dennis was shot and killed by his girlfriend’s ex-girlfriend. These experiences, although traumatizing, have made Tech N9ne into a powerhouse rapper who spits lyrics that are relate-able and often moving.

Early in his career, Yates was a member of a group called Black Mafia. Yates continued to bounce from group to group and was a member of 57th Street Rogue Dog Villains, Nutthowze, and The Regime until releasing Anghellic as a solo artist on JCOR Records.

Tech N9ne’s horrorcore gangster rap has frightened some but intrigued many. He has a cult like following and over his 12 year career as a solo artist and 24 year career as an established rapper has worked with Lil’ Wayne, Eminem, Linkin Park and other high profile artists.

“They call me devil worshipper because I’m different. I give you music for my core…I raise my middle finger to everybody who judges me because my core audience is there for me,” Tech N9ne said. “They will always love me, but I’m trying to reach others, too. It’s not over. My music is supposed to be for everybody, but some people just don’t get it.”

Tech N9ne will be performing in the northwest on April 4th at the McDonald Theatre in Eugene, April 5th at Roseland Theater in Portland, April 6th and 7th at Showbox SoDo in Seattle and March 9th at The Knitting Factory in Spokane.

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Metalcore Remains

A War You Cannot Win dropped on November 6th, 2012 and is the sixth release by melodic metalcore band All That Remains since 1998 when the group formed. The album has received mixed reviews. Some fans claim the band has sold out because the new album is more “radio friendly metal” with only the slightest hint of core. Previous albums have been more metalcore so hardcore metal fans may be disappointed.

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All That Remains guitarist Mike Martin says the newest album is a step of maturity.

“I just think when you do something for 10, 12, 15 years you can’t help but learn a little bit along the way and I think that’s one thing this band continues to get better at with every album,” Martin says. “It’s not a physical thing where everybody has to get a 100 times better at their specific instrument – I think collectively the songwriting gets better with each one.”

Old fans should be able to appreciate the steps All That Remains has taken in their newest album. While perhaps softer than previous albums, A War You Cannot Win is still an illustration of the great songwriting All That Remains is capable of. A War You Cannot Win is especially great for those just becoming interested in the metalcore genre and the band itself.

Now on tour promoting the album All That Remains is playing in the northwest on March 24th at The Knitting Factory in Boise, March 30th at The Knitting Factory in Spokane, March 31st at Roseland Center in Portland and April 1st at Showbox at the Market in Seattle.

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No Pity for the Majority

KMFDM is not just a random jumble of letters chosen by a group of people to represent their band. KMFDM in fact is an acronym for Kein Mehrheit Fur Die Mitleid. If you’re wondering what the heck this German phrase means just look at the title of this blog.

Techno/electronic and heavy metal are categories of music that are very specific. You either love the genres or you hate them, there aren’t a lot of in-betweeners. KMFDM decided to throw caution to the wind and pioneered the crossover genre referred to as industrial rock in 1984 when the band formed. Becoming one of the first industrial rock groups isn’t the only unique thing about KMFDM that we love. The band also features male and female vocals.

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29 is ancient in band years and KMFDM has certainly been around the block. Their most recent works titled WTF?! dropped in 2011 and is their 30th album to date when including live and greatest hits albums. Many fans claim WTF?! to be their best album in the decade.

Metaldominion.com described WTF?! as: “an album containing 11 songs of hard-edged brutality that stabs you in the ear with a persistency that to be honest has very few equals around at the moment.”

KMFDM will be playing in the northwest on March 8th at Star Theater in Portland, March 29th at The Knitting Factory in Boise and March 30th at Showbox SoDo in Seattle.

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Get Your Satisfaction

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.

THEESatisfaction

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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They’ll Give You a Slap on the Ear

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.

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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.

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Hey, have you heard of these guys?

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.

Hey Marseilles

Hey Marseilles

 

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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It’s Sasquatch Season!

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

The Postal Service

Alt-J

Alt-J

Tame Impala

Tame Impala

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

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