Festival Review: Bumbershoot 2016

Festival Review: Bumbershoot 2016
The Bumbershoot Festival was one hell of a weekend. What makes Bumbershoot so special is not only the different musical genres it provides but also the wide variety of entertainment as well. For 3 days, Seattle Center is taken over by music, comedy, theatre, film, visual arts, dance performances and more. The ability to jump from a yoga class, to a laser show, to stand up comedy and still have plenty of time for live music is something you mustn’t take for granted. Of course, Bumbershoot also attracts a classic mass of festival folk who range in age, creeds, color and music preference. No matter the differences, all of us were there to have a great time together and enjoy the last bit of summer, which despite a bit of rain during Friday, shined down on us splendidly for the...
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Festival Review: MusicfestNW Project Pabst

Festival Review: MusicfestNW Project Pabst
I bought my ticket for the Project Pabst Sunday show the day they went on sale. Two names stuck out to me on the lineup, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Tame Impala . I had just seen Unknown at Sasquatch and their lively performance was burnt into my brain. And well, I had been obsessed with Tame Impala since the end of 2015 (I know I was late to the party - sue me). I wasn’t going to miss seeing Unknown Mortal Orchestra again and perhaps the once in lifetime opportunity to see Tame Impala. That is until the Bumbershoot lineup was released… so maybe it’ll be twice in a lifetime. After what seemed like forever, the weekend of Project Pabst had finally arrived. I made the trip down with one of my best friends, Dylan. There was nothing but Tame...
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For the Love of Dogs

For the Love of Dogs
Dogs, what do we love about them? Better question is what don’t we love about them? They’re our most loyal companions who only want to spend time with us. That's probably the reason why when National Dog Day was celebrated last Friday, August 26, social media channels were flooded with pictures of dog owners and their furry friends. As most dog lovers know the love for dogs is unexplainable even when they aren't your own. They warm your heart and make you smile with their quirky personalities. So grab your furry best friend, pop some popcorn, sit back, and these watch dog starring movies you both can appreciate.  Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey Homeward Bound is about the grand adventure of two dogs and a cat - I know, we will let it slide - who are desperately trying to...
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End of Summer Festivities

End of Summer Festivities
Summer is slowly coming to an end as we enter the second week of August. Before we know it, it’ll be winter and raining every day, yikes. But don’t worry, there are still plenty of opportunities to take in the sun and some fantastic music. So check out these four upcoming events for some good, clean fun in the sun. South Lake Union Block Party August 12 The SLUBP is back this year and even better, its free entry! You can spend that ticket money on food from 16 different restaurants and food trucks and grab a few delicious drinks in the Brave Horse Tavern beer garden. You also have the chance to sample sliders from the “Best Burger in SLU” competition. Did I also mention there’s music? Artists like Beat Connection. Hibou, The True Loves and more will be...
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Capitol Hill Block Party 2016: One on One Artist Interviews

Capitol Hill Block Party 2016: One on One Artist Interviews
Get to know some the artists that performed at Capitol Hill Block Party 2016!  Brother from Another l Israel Nash l Maiah Manser l Odesza l On an On l Tangerine Brothers From Another Seattle Hip Hop group Brothers from Another is Beeba, Cole and Isaiah. They weren’t performing at Capitol Hill Block Party, just enjoying the festivities. CM: What do you guys think about a festival like CHBP smack dab in the middle of Seattle? Beeba: It’s f**kin’ dope. It’s put on by local people, it’s run by local people. A lot of our friends run this festival. It’s for the people, by the people. Cole: And I get to wake up in my own bed tomorrow, f**k yeah. CM: Oh yeah no waking up at the Gorge? Cole: Yeah I’m like a 5 minute Uber, I’m good. Beeba:...
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Festival Review: Captiol Hill Block Party 2016

Festival Review: Captiol Hill Block Party 2016
It’s always a pleasure when a large group of people come together to party in the streets, especially when it comes to Capitol Hill Block Party . This 3 day festival is a cornucopia of artists and attendees where a good time comes naturally. And now in its 20 th year, CHBP is set in stone as a fundamental part of Seattle music scene. “I just think of it as a part of Seattle. It’s been happening since we were little kids here….. It’s just been a part of our upbringing,” said Tangerine’s Marika and Miro. “It’s dope to have major artists come through our little Capitol Hill, you know?” said Beeba of Brothers From Another. This local party never fails when it comes to a line up and sadly, not all could be included in this review because it...
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Looking into HBO's The Night Of

Looking into HBO's The Night Of
Your next crime/drama/mystery show is here. The Night Of is reminiscent of Making a Murderer and Adnan Syed’s case in Serial , co-mingled with the unnerving environment of True Detective . And in quite a fitting time, racial and criminal justice issues are quite potent in this new HBO series where details like facts, truth and dishonesty are vigorously stacked against an allegedly guilty suspect. And now with two episodes in the bag, we start to better understand what happened The Night Of . In episode one, we meet Nasir or “Naz” as he likes to be called. Naz is an American born Pakistani attending university and living with his parents in Brooklyn. One night he is invited to a swanky party downtown but his ride bails on him. With dreams of cutting loose and having fun Naz takes his...
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Relaxing with Summer Shows

Relaxing with Summer Shows
Do you feel like vegging out a few hours a day for the rest of the summer? Here are a few new and returning shows that will entertain you when you are in need of some serious down time. Enjoy. Mr. Robot Elliot Alderson is a cyber security engineer by day, computer hacker by night. Throw in a little paranoid schizophrenia and clinical depression and you get a better understanding of who Elliot is. In the first season of Mr. Robot , Elliot and hacker group, society, brought down one of the biggest corporations in the world. And now, Mr. Robot is back. There are so many questions that need answering. Will they be answered or will the audience only be pulled further into Elliot’s unraveling mind? If you are a fan of movies like American Psycho, The Matrix and...
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One on One with Seattle Artists at Sasquatch!

One on One with Seattle Artists at Sasquatch!
If experiencing Sasquatch alone wasn’t great enough already, I had the wonderful opportunity to interview some great Seattle groups like Beat Connection, Grace Love & The True Loves, Tangerine and Thunderpussy as well as Chicago rapper, Sir the Baptist. Beat Connection   CM: I saw you guys recently played a DJ set at Neptune. How does a DJ set work with a 4 man group? Reed: We’re actually working on changing it up a little bit but right now the DJ set is just me. Composition and flow is really important to us when we’re working on records and shows. I started Djing a long time ago, it’s been an important part of the band but it’s not something we do that often. It’s more of a special event because we haven’t quite figured a way to bring everyone into...
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Festival Review: Sasquatch! 2016

Festival Review: Sasquatch! 2016
Sasquatch! is four full days of music, arts and communion that takes place at the world famous Gorge Amphitheatre. Each day is jam packed of musical acts where it’s physically impossible to see them all. Every little nook and cranny of the Gorge Amphitheatre you’ll find work by Sasquatch! artist, Ryan “Henry” Ward and other featured visual artists. And of course, what is a festival without some friends to enjoy it with? How do you sum up such a crazy event like Sasquatch!? For me, the answer is simple. Five bands who made my trip to Sasquatch! are Alabama Shakes , Allen Stone , Beat Connection , Deep Sea Diver and Mac DeMarco . It was not only the power of their music which resonated with me so well, but also their ability to connect with the crowd that made...
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A Paradiso Paradise

A Paradiso Paradise
USC’s Paradiso combines electronic music with nature at the gorgeous Gorge Amphitheatre. There is really nothing comparable to that mainstage view. Blooming into its 5th year, Paradiso is now squaring up with festivals like Electric Forest, Hard Summer and Tomorrowland with amazing stage production, carnival rides, art installations and a plethora of performing artists. So, if you are gearing up for Paradiso 2016 , make sure to check out these featured artists. Bassnectar No stranger to this scene, Bassnectar has been highly active since his first album was released in 2001. His music has been described as amorphous and ever-changing. Bassnectar is what you could easily call dubstep but it is really much more than that. Elements of hip hop breaks and groovy melodies are always working behind the heavy dripping bass sounds. His set will be one of the...
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Mic Check: J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar

Mic Check: J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar
What classifies as good hip hop these days? Is it the repetitive hooks and choruses? Lyrics that are dominated by violence, drugs, alcohol and women? Or singing the same sad ol’ autotuned song time and time again? No. Real hip hop seems to be sitting in the shadows lately. Although motifs like sex, drugs, alcohol and violence are present in all hip hop, in great hip hop these subjects are not simply thrown at you and they are not the primary focus. They are details of stories. Stories that give birth to thoughts. Thoughts that inspire and connect with you in some sort of way. That is what good music, of any genre, is all about. Two MC's who are doing exactly this are J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar. J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive from start to finish is...
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Must See Summer Flicks

Must See Summer Flicks
With the coming of summer we welcome not only warm weather but also new movies. When you need a break from the sun or the classic Seattle summer rain, duck into a theater near you and check out these upcoming summer movies. Enjoy. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising Release Date: May 20th Once again, parents Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) must battle the Greeks who have moved in next door. This time they are the unruly ladies of Kappa Nu. They are young, they are attractive, and they are scary. The couple’s best friends Jimmy (Ike Barinholtz) and Paula (Carla Gallo) join in the fight and also call in reinforcements from their ex-neighbor, Teddy (Zach Efron) and his fraternity brothers. Will they be victorious in shutting down Kappa Nu or will they only make the girls angry? Free State...
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Amazon Video Is A Prime Time

Amazon Video Is A Prime Time
Netflix forever changed how we watch movies and TV and for years it dominated without competition. Now other companies like Amazon are challenging the Netflix reign. They have recently upped their game with access to a wide variety of original series and major motion pictures through Amazon Prime. The original $99 a year service included free shipping as well as free streaming of video and audio. Now with Amazon video , users can stream all the series and movies they want at a cheaper price than Netflix. With this new deal Amazon sure seems to be chomping at Netflix’s feet. So if you are interested in the amazon hype, check out these three original Amazon series. The Man in the High Castle Did you ever wonder what the world would look like if Nazi Germany had won World War 2?...
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Inside Imagined Futures at Pivot Art + Culture

Inside Imagined Futures at Pivot Art + Culture
Imagined Futures celebrates the final frontier. Space has captivated hearts and minds since the beginning of time. It presents endless conquests and opportunities of discovery. If what lies beyond the clouds has ever interested you, then you’ll love Imagined Futures . This exhibit can be broken down into five sections; historic material, science fiction, fine art, artifacts and the Voyager One project. The exhibit’s curator, Ben Heywood, provided me with a detailed tour through each part. Ben hopes that although these five sections are different, they can all fuse together to give attendees an inside look into space and also invite them to conceive the inconceivable. We begin with Wernher von Braun. He was a leader in the German rocket science program. After World War 2, he was relocated to the United States where he developed the rockets that launched...
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Seattle Repertory Theatre Presents: Brownsville Song (B-Side for Tray)

Seattle Repertory Theatre Presents: Brownsville Song (B-Side for Tray)
I would like to introduce you to Tray. Despite losing his father and his mother abandoning him as a child, he is doing just fine. He is working nights and weekends to support himself and save up for a car. He is an excellent boxer who is competing in the Golden Gloves competition. He also has the loving support of his quick witted Grandmother, Lena and sweet sister, Devine. The three of them live in Brownsville-a notoriously dangerous neighborhood located in east Brooklyn. Now, I know what you are thinking, “I’ve heard this story a million times. This is just like any other tale a kid from a bad neighborhood tries to rise above the crime and decay that surrounds him.” But let me assure you like Lena does the audience, he was not the same old story. Kimber Lee’s...
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SoundCloud vs Spotify

SoundCloud vs Spotify
Once upon a time, one couldn’t buy music; hearing it on the radio or live in some swanky dive was the only way. Then records came along, followed by cassette tapes, CDs and mp3s. Today, society mainly uses online streaming sites and apps for their musical fix. There are multiple options to tune into, but two of the best are SoundCloud and Spotify. Comparing these is like the “apples to oranges scenario.” Each one provides a special service that the other lacks. SoundCloud is a fantastic medium for new artists while Spotify is more reserved for studio albums, but both are vastly beneficial to the discovery and cultivation of music in their own way. SoundCloud SoundCloud is for underground artists looking for their break. That progressive metal disco group from Sweden no one has heard of? Guess what? They just...
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Nationally Festive

Nationally Festive
Festivals are a phenomenon - a cult like love where loyal attendees purchase tickets to their favorite every year no matter how far the distance. People transform into whatever character they want to play, wearing tutu's, glitter, body paint - letting loose for a weekend of an unforgettable time. Below are just a few nationwide festivals that draw the biggest crowds and book the biggest acts.  Coachella Weekend 1: April 15-17 / Weekend 2: April 22 - 24 Indio, California Tickets: Sold Out / Independent Sellers Only Beginning in 1999, Coachella is one of the premier festivals you must attend - if you can find tickets. In the last few years, Coachella has become so in demand that tickets sell out within minutes of going on sale - before the lineup is even announced. However, attendees know that the music lineup is...
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Taking a Trip with The Beatles

Taking a Trip with The Beatles
For seventeen years Jim Owen (John Lennon), Tony Kishman (Paul McCartney), John Brosnan (George Harrison) and Chris Camilleri (Ringo Starr) have been performing as The Beatles. They have rocked shows across the globe and played with over 100 orchestras. Now it is the Seattle Symphony’s turn on the Classical Mystery Tour. The concert began with an overture solely by the symphony. They turned some of the most popular Beatles tunes on their heads, blending and mashing up “Hold your Hand”, “She Loves You”, “Eleanor Rigby” and many more. At times like these one is moved by the immense power of the symphony. This overture alone was something I could have enjoyed for the entire show. Soon the clean cut, black suit wearing Beatles tribute band took the stage. They greeted the crowd politely and began with “Got to Get You...
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Scratching the Vinyl Surface

Scratching the Vinyl Surface
In HBO’s new series Vinyl , we are exposed to the raw and gritty world of the record business. We learn how labels make big coin, while artists make nothing. We learn how shady deals are made every day to keep records on the radio. We see the peak of Rock & Roll as well as the birth of Punk and Hip Hop. We hear the explosive sounds that captured the United States during the 1970’s. So, without further ado, let’s throw on the record, drop the needle and crank up the volume. Meet the man with the golden ear and silver tongue, Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale). He owns American Century Records. The year is 1973 and the place is New York. He is steps away from selling his label for millions of dollars but runs into a bit of...
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