Burning Building Recordings has put together a fantastic compilation album featuring a ton of local and Northwest artists and will be holding a CD release party tonight down at The Q Café in Ballard where a few of the artists will be performing. On the bill tonight is Kids and Animals who competed in EMP’s Sound Off! this year. They have a hint of The Strokes and MGMT while hanging on to the exclusive sound that is truly only Kids and Animals.
Noah Gundersen & The Courage will also be performing tonight, and if you haven’t heard this band live before then you are in for a treat. Gundersen’s vocals mixed with guitar, drums, and violin pair so perfectly. The Courage provide very laid-back music that you can just listen to and let everything else abandon your mind.
Us On Roofs is another indie pop/rock sensation that is hailing from the great Northwest. The poetic and introspective lyrics draw you into their songs, while the guitar and drums subconsciously make you tap your feet. This is a fantastic band that’s been around for a few years now and is finally starting to gain the recognition they deserve.
Anacortes-based The Oregon Donor is a great indie rock band that has been gaining popularity and fans almost exponentially. Their indie rock vibe has been noticed in the Seattle scene and all attention is well-deserved seeing how impeccably talented each member is.
Candysound’s style is hard to describe. They’re a tad lo-fi with some scuzzy tones, they’re also indie pop with catchy riffs and melodies, but they are definitely a great live show and overall band. They will be a great show to see live, especially with all the other bands playing tonight and it’s only $7 plus you get the cd for free!
Photo via Ueland’s Myspace
Tonight at Conor Byrne will be Dane Ueland, one of the best local finger-pickin’, singing, songwriters around. His lyrics are extremely imaginative and invent a whole new dreamscape for you to be taken away to. His voice can melt you away with a single song, it’s reminiscent of the smooth singing Michael Buble and his mandolin skills will, no doubt, make you start taking up lessons.
The Warm Hardies are a local duo who have been making their way on the local Seattle circuit and gaining fans everywhere they perform. Tamara Power-Drutis and Matt Batey are so completely compatible musically, it’s a wonder how they only became a band just last year. Their folk pop songs give a sense of peace and tranquility, all while being powered by two guitars and their spot-on vocal harmonies.
The sound of Lonesome Shack has definite lo-fi Americana roots blending with gospel, bluegrass and rock. Their latest album Slidin Boa was released last year and has been fantastic reviews all over. If you’re into The Black Keys, then you’ll fall in love with Lonesome Shack. Lonesome Shack will be performing as a solo show tonight, but make sure to go to future shows to get your full-on duo fix.
The boys of Viper Creek Club (Mat Wisner and Brandon Jensen) have been busy. Amidst playing at the SXSW Festival in Austin, TX and shooting a music video for their song “Soft Spots in The Dark,” they’ve managed to finish an ambitious and creative remix album of prominent hip-hop tracks. They have appropriately called the remix album “Viper Lust” – as it promises to seduce fans who normally wouldn’t listen to an electro-indie pop duo.
For a taste of Viper Creek Club’s remixing chops, check out their rendition of Sol’s “Wake Up”
Performing these re-workings live will be Mad Rad, Fresh Espresso, Sol, Grynch, Wizdom, JusMoni, Rockwell Powers, SOTA and others. Opening up the show will be the infamous gameboy hackers Truckasaurus, and the much hyped hip-hop project Metal Chocolates. Check out a teaser for Metal Chocolates here:
This show is one of the many examples of Seattle’s hip-hop scene maturing and expanding. While Macklemore sells out shows nationwide, the rest of the 206 crowd gets to take center stage here at home. It’s a beautiful moment for Seattle music. Viper Creek Club has risen to the challenge. Can you feel the momentum building?
As Charles Mudede wrote on his take of Viper Creek Club’s remixes “If Viper Creek Club Haven’t Remixed You, You Ain’t S[—].” Come find out who made the cut this Friday.
Naturally, we have a pair of tickets to giveaway for this show. For your chance to win e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the phrase “Viper Lust (4/01)” in the subject line. Be sure to include your first and last name for the guest list. We’ll holler back if you win. – Brady McGarry
Formed in the wild underground of San Francsico’s performance art scene, Beats Antique brings more than the name would have you believe. Belly dancing and Balinese grooves are made to walk hand-in-hand, fueled with enough energy to keep fans hopping in step for hours. Before there’s time to question the origin of a certain sinuous sound, it’s on to the next aural international flight.
This vibrant, well-traveled trio hits the stage with all self-written and composed material, eye-popping costumes, and a seductive dance performance. With two albums released and one more on its way, Beats Antique is blazing down the runway at full speed and ready for takeoff. Let these three world explorers choose your itinerary and be ready to love it!
Dance to the beat of a different thumper, and enter to win tickets to see Beats Antique at The Showbox at the Market. Send an e-mail to email@example.com with “BEATS ANTIQUE (4/1)” in the subject line. Include your full name in the message’s body, and we’ll come a-knockin’ if you win. – Kat Taylor