Tonight in Music: Linda’s Fest, The Power of the Riff, Beware of Safety, Hot Bodies in Motion, Vibrations Festival, and more

Gabriel Arguelles / August 20, 2011

Linda’s Fest ft. Black Breath, Tit Pig, King Dude, Glory Hole @ Linda’s Tavern | 08/20 | 6pm | FREE | 21+

via Linda's Tavern Facebook page

There’s no easier decision to make tonight– you can see Black Breath at Linda’s Tavern for free. Really– it doesn’t get easier than that. Maybe you’ve seen Black Breath a million times. Maybe. But have you seen them for free? Have you seen them at Linda’s? Have you seen them with Tit Pig? These are all the things to take into account tonight as you decide what to do. Black Breath are Seattle’s greatest purveyors of crusty hardcore and metal, and now that they’re on Southern Lord, they’re out conquering the world and performing within Seattle city limits more rarely.

The Power of the Riff ft. From Ashes Rise, Black Breath, Baptists, Trap Them, Murderess @ The Highline | 08/20 | 8pm | $13 Get Tickets Here | 21+

Yes! You can see Black Breath twice in one night. The Linda’s Fest show ends at 10pm and Black Breath will go on at The Highline at about 11pm. It is a great night for metal.

This second installment of the Power of the Riff brings us performances from some of Southern Lord’s newest signees– Baptists. Vancouver’s Baptists, are a messy crusty pit of rage whose sound will fit in perfectly with Southern Lord’s current aesthetic and tonight’s intense lineup.

Let’s not forget From Ashes Rise, a band that has been around forever (at least in D-beat and crust years). After a hiatus, From Ashes Rise got back together and Jade Tree released Live Hell to celebrate., Beware of Safety, Gladiators Eat Fire @ Rendezvous | 8/20 | 9pm | $5 at the door | 21+

Image via Flac for the Masses

A rare show coming to town this tonight is Beware of Safety, who will be playing at The Rendezvous. These Los Angeles post-rockers are another big name in the niche community. They do a great job of engineering dark, cinematic instrumental rock. Their 2009 release, Dogs, found great success, and they’ve changed things up on their 2011 LP, Leaves/Scars by adding bass player Tad Piecka. This is their first time to Seattle in over three years, and they’ll be sharing the stage with Seattle favorites It’s going to be great, kids! It’s going to be great! – Nikki Benson

(See a interview I conducted with Steve Molter here.)


Photo via Hot Bodies In Motion's Facebook

Hot Bodies In Motion make dirty, gritty, bluesy, funk rock that gets you all hot-and-bothered and waiting for just one more song. The quartet has a phenomenal array of talent embodied in the group varying from the vocals, guitar, bass, and drums. While they compare themselves to Stevie Ray Vaughan many might scoff but as you listen to a few of their songs you really do see where they are coming from and you note Vaughan’s influence.

They also recently created an original song for the Lionsgate film Abduction featuring Taylor Lautnerthat will be out on September 23.

Garage Voiceis a gospel group in a rock band’s outfit. While they have religious undertones in their lyrics and sometime even straight quote verses, their sound is very garage rock and is something that will get anyone on their feet.

The Hundred Days have a late 80’s vibe going on. Between the catchy guitar chords and the pop-like vocals the group really are quite infectious. And who didn’t love the 80’s.

For your chance to win tickets to Hot Bodies In Motion, e-mail with the phrase “Hot Bodies In Motion(8/20 CCT)” in the subject line! Please include your first and last name for the guest list. We’ll holler back if you’re the winner. Don’t forget to follow @SSGPromo to get all the updates of shows we’re giving away tickets to! – Lindsey Scully

Cairo‘s 1st Annual Vibrations Festival featuring Grass Widow, Purple & Green, Flexions, Metal Chocolates, Stephanie, Witch Gardens, Charles Leo Gebhardt IV, Seapony, Voodoo Reverb, Actual Pain @ Volunteer Park Ampitheatre | 8/20 | 2pm-10pm | FREE | All-Ages

Vibrations Festival preview by Sean Palmer

As they continue to establish themselves as one of Seattle’s most exciting outlets for independent art, Cairo will be hosting their first annual Vibrations Festival this Saturday with an amazing line-up!

Headlining the eight hour festival are San Francisco’s Grass Widow and Portland’s Purple & Green. Supplying the local muscle are Flexions, Metal Chocolates, Stephanie, Witch Gardens, Charles Leo Gebhardt IV, and Seapony. Oh, and did I mention it’s free? As far as I can tell, this will probably be the best free event of any kind this summer!

Photo by Dillon Donovan

Grass Widow are an all-female rock trio who layer vocal harmonies atop catchy post-punk jams. Since forming in 2007, they’ve gone on to release material with such acclaimed indie labels as Captured Tracks, Make-A-Mess, and Kill Rock Stars. Recently, they played a private show for a lucky group of gorillas at a Boston zoo as a part of Animal Madness‘ “Music for Animals” concert series (full story here). If you miss their festival appearance, catch them at the Black Lodge with Broken Water on the 22nd!

Purple & Green are an electro-R&B duo consisting of producer Adam Forkner (aka White Rainbow) and singer Justin Johnson (aka J Green) who create “r&b soul-hop psychedelic digital funk party music”. Although they haven’t released much official material yet, they’ve been causing quite a stir around the Pacific Northwest with their energetic live performances.

Having released their latest album, Golden Fjord, through Cairo’s record label division, Flexions are a natural forerunner in showcasing some of our best local talent. The formerly instrumental-heavy duo are now officially a vocals-laden trio who play wonky electro-rock and astral dancefloor burners. They were also featured on Cairo’s Cold Jungle compilation alongside fellow festival players Witch Gardens and Stephanie.

Pushing Vibrations’ scope out even further are Metal Chocolates, one of Seattle’s most promising new hip-hop projects (which Joe Gustav and I recently spotlighted). Head over to their bandcamp page to find out why!

It’s safe to say that if you haven’t seen Stephanie perform before, you don’t go to very many local shows. They’re one of those bands that keep our community’s ventricles pumping with infectious post-punkish “SWIRL” jams. Check out the band’s latest offerings on their bandcamp and MySpace pages!

Self-described “gothic R&B” band Witch Gardens play jangly garage pop with sweet, yet off-kilter vocals that are sure to put a grin on your face. Their latest release, Alice, Agatha, Branch, & Christ, is definitely one of this year’s best ‘Seattle summer’ albums.

Despite what many will initially suspect, Charles Leo Gebhardt IV really is the name of a single musician who labels his output with his given name. Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, Gebhardt plays the guitar and sings catchy folk/rock songs with titles like “Teach My Heart“. He released his latest “Romantical Folk-Pop” album, Begin Again, earlier this summer on ggnzla Records.


Having played a free show at the Mural Ampitheater just last Friday, Seapony are a band that just keeps on giving. If you’re not already familiar with their music, shame on you! After signing with Sub Pop’s Hardly Art imprint and releasing their debut LP, Go With Me, earlier this year, Seapony have quickly become one of our most popular new exports. Their uber dreamy pop songs are perfectly suited to any and all summer activities, and come winter, they’ll be providing the soundtrack for those yearning for warm beach days.

The festival’s opening ceremonies will be kicked off by mixtape revivalists Voodoo Reverb (Liz Pfriem and Kari Odegaard). Download some of their fantastic compilations here, here, there, and here. Also spinning vibes between sets will be Brush Off and Second Sight from local clothing line / mixtape hub Actual Pain.

Set times are as follows (with DJ sets throughout)

2:00 – Voodoo Reverb
3:15 – Seapony
4:00 – Charles Leo Gebhardt IV
4:45 – Witch Gardens
5:30 – Stephanie
6:15 – Metal Chocolates
7:00 – Flexions
7:45 – Purple and Green
8:45 – Grass Widow

As if all of that weren’t enough, local design genius’ Dumb Eyes will be working their projector magic once the sun sets!

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