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Bumbershoot Weekend Preview

This post was written by Cameron Deuel

Hello Yow Yow readers!

Before I get to the acts, I want you to know that I love Bumbershoot. My apartment is lined with posters from past Flatstock events, I feel a type of way when high school students mansplain why it falls second other festivals, and I essentially moved to Queen Anne to ensure a good spot in the entrance line.

I’ve attended consecutively for the past eight years and I’ve made plenty of great decisions in how I’ve spent my time at the festival. I’ve also made terrible mistakes and missed some pretty great performances that still haunt me. To combat this, I’ve spent the last three months compiling The Bumbershoot Project, breaking down each artist performing at this year’s Bumbershoot. After meticulously searching through the lineup, I’ve found several artists that I’m proud to share with you.

With these acts in mind, know that I highly recommend the festival in general. While the machine-gun flow of Kendrick Lamar or the baby unicorn mysticism of seeing the entirety of Transatlanticism performed live are obvious choices for tons of fans, understand that part of the excitement of Bumbershoot is the chance for haphazard discovery. I accidentally saw Patton Oswalt during my first time at the festival, which may be why I still openly worship Labor Day weekend and view the festival as a holy event, complete with Shishkaberry communion.

Here are my picks for your consideration and have an incredible time at the festival!


Dave B

Dave B

Saturday August 31, 2013 12:30pm – 1:15pm
Fountain Lawn Stage

You’re not wrong to be skeptical of a rapper simply named, Dave B. I was until I head his MCMXCII tape from last year packed with intelligent bars wrapped in quality production that shows a level of experience beyond his age. Dave B. won EMP’s Sound Off! 2013, a local competition for musicians under 21, which earned him a spot at this year’s Bumbershoot. Although, based on his confident delivery and impressive onstage presence, he would have been a likely candidate either way. Watch here.

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In the News…


– Supermodel Agyness Deyn came forward earlier this week to announce that she is 29-years old, which is six years older than the age stated on her CV. [Source]

– Stefano Pilati has “left the YSL building.” Pilati has been the creative director over at YSL since 2004. [Source]

– Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast is designing a line for Urban Outfitters. [Source]


– Glee’s Idina Menzel will be going on tour. [Source]

– Warner Music has launched a YouTube channel. [Source]


– Despicable Me 2 teaser trailer

– Emma Watson will star in Sofia Coppola’s new film titled, “The Bling Ring” about a group of fashion-obsessed teenagers who break into the homes of celebrities and eventually get caught. It’s inspired by a true story…and Lifetime already did it…last year. [Source]


– Lindsay will make her 239479th comeback this weekend when she hosts Saturday Night Live.

– Jennifer Love Hewitt turned her Lifetime movie, The Client List into Lifetime television series, The Client List. [Source]

– Jessica Lange will be returning for American Horror Story in the fall, but will not be reprising her character from the first season. Zachary Quinto will also be back. [Source] [Source]

– Bristol Palin is getting a docuseries on Lifetime. “This show will reveal the real Bristol Palin and her journey as a daughter, a mother and a young woman making her way in the world.” Um…what?!

– Meet the newest contestants for Dancing With the Stars. [Source]

– Casting has begun for the new CW Sex and the City prequel pilot, The Carrie Diaries, and it looks like AnnaSophia Robb will play a young Carrie. [Source]

– Oprah Winfrey will interview the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown’s daughter Bobbi Kristina exclusively, which will air on Sunday, March 11th at 9PM on OWN. [Source]


– Top Pot Doughnuts are headed to Bellevue Square. [Source]

– Capitol Hill’s Molly Moon’s is taking over the old Flora & Henri shop to create a Willy Wonka-esque “kitchen on display” that will highlight their specialty ice cream and signature cones being made. The space is set to open in the summer. [Source]

– Skillet will call the Seattle Center home. [Source]

– EMP’s Sound Off! finals are tomorrow night and we’ve got a Seattle University band in the running: Feet. Check out the rest of the acts here. I like these guys a lot!


– Jan Berenstain passed away this week at 88. This one was my favorite because I went through a phase as a kid where I loved seeing pictures of illustrated food/candy. I kid you not, another one of my favorite books was a children’s book on the affects of diabetes.

– Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose are now engaged! The couple have been dating for over a year. [Source]

– Ke$ha turned 25 and Justin Bieber turned 18 this week.

– US Weekly shows the evolution of Lindsay Lohan’s face and it ain’t pretty. [Source]

– Lea Michele and Cory Monteith – romantically involved? US Weekly believes so. [Source]

– Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have announced the birth of their newborn son, Samuel Garner Affleck. [Source]

– …and Snooki is preggers. [Source]

– Lamar Odom has been dropped by the Dallas Mavericks and has been sent down to the NBA Development League. OH NO!! POOR LAM LAM :( [Source]

– Actress Kaley Cuoco has called off her engagement to Josh Resnik. [Source]

– Natalie Portman had a secret wedding and is already married to Benjamin Millipied. [Source]

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In the News…


– I love this shot of Chloe Sevigny impersonating photographer, Terry Richardson, on the cover of Candy Magazine. [Source]

Tom Ford will design the costumes for the next James Bond film. [Source]

Sarah Jessica Parker is trying too hard with this hat. [Source]

Prince and Nicki Minaj will perform at the H&M x Versace launch party. [Source]

Levi’s suggests that we freeze our jeans instead of washing them. [Source]

Kanye’s kilt causes a stir. [Source]


– Listen to The Flaming Lips‘ 24-hour song. [Source]

Franz Ferdinand will return in 2012. [Source]

– Former Quadstock performer, Dan Deacon, has signed to indie label Domino. [Source]


– What the series finale of Greek could have looked like with this alternate ending. [Source]

Lady Gaga will sit down w/ Katie Couric for a holiday special called, “A Very Gaga Thanksgiving.” [Source]

FOX has decided to renew The X Factor for a second season. [Source]

60 Minutes’ Andy Rooney passed away last night at age 92. [Source]


– Is “Project X” our modern day “Can’t Hardly Wait?” Ehhh probably not.


– Could a “Bruce Lee Action Museum” be moving into the International District sometime soon? [Source]

EMP’s Sound Off! entry deadline is Monday! [Source]

– Is anyone else aware of how many restaurants are popping up in Seattle recently? There’s way too many to count for me to post about all of them so just check out Seattle Met’s Nosh Pit blog for everything that you need and more.

Seattle rock group, Visqueen, will be playing their last show ever on Saturday, Nov. 26 at the Neptune Theater. [Source]


Beyonce and Jay-Z’s fetus is a girl! [Source]

The New York Daily News decided to place a media ban on The Kardashians. [Source] I’ve only had to do that for Heidi and Spencer and Jon and Kate, but I adore the Kardashians too much.

– On a related note – Kendall Jenner is getting a Sweet Sixteen special on E! Not shocked. Still excited. [Source]

Pippa Middleton is writing a book. [Source]

– Want your brown eyes to be blue? Want a laser to take care of that for you? [Source]

– One footballer decided to name his son “Trendy” because he loves Twitter. In the words of my friend Tina, “You F-A-I-L FAIL!” [Source]

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EMP Sound Off! Results

Congratulations Tomten!

Looking forward to seeing you at this year’s Bumbershoot!


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Out on the Town: 2/19

This Saturday, Seattle University’s favorite new student band Chinook Jargon will be performing at the EMP for EMP’s Sound Off! This is the ultimate battle of the bands competition for local bands in the Pacific Northwest and every year the EMP has done a pretty great job of selecting the winner. Just a couple of years ago, my friend’s band Dyno Jamz won and went on to perform at Bumbershoot as one of the prizes.

Anyways, I’ve been a fan of Chinook Jargon since I watched them perform on campus just a couple months ago. I downloaded their EP for free from their Bandcamp account and it has been a part of my playlist ever since. If you’re not doing anything Saturday evening, I would recommend checking out the band as well as three other great bands in the area that will be performing that night. Tickets are $7 for students and $10 for the non. For more information on the event, click here.

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Out on the Town: 2/3

So Seattle U’s favorite up and coming band Chinook Jargon has a show tonight at my favorite all-ages venue The Vera Project! Tickets are $11 and if you need more details, just click here.

If you can’t make the show tonight, you can also catch them again when they compete in EMP’s Sound Off! competition later on this month.

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EMP Announces Sound Off! Finalists

SEMIFINAL ROUND ONE – Saturday, February 12 at EMP’s Level 3
Ambulance (Seattle, WA)
Northern Departure (Renton, WA)
Tomten (Seattle, WA)
Young Pacific (Vancouver, BC)

SEMIFINAL ROUND TWO – Saturday, February 19 at EMP’s Level 3
Chinook Jargon (Seattle, WA)
Electricity and its Double (Seattle, WA)
Fit For Hounds (Seattle, WA)
Kung Foo Grip (Kirkland, WA)

SEMIFINAL ROUND THREE – Saturday, February 26 at EMP’s Level 3
Kids and Animals (Seattle, WA)
Land of Pines (Seattle, WA)
Micah B. (Federal Way, WA)
The Oh Wells (Surrey, BC)

Congratulations to all of the bands selected as finalists for this year’s EMP Sound Off! The board received 136 entries this year, which is the most that they have ever had. I was actually invited to a Kids and Animals show last year where I had written a review for them and they were a great up-and-coming band. I also can’t deny that I do have a favorite among the finalists: Chinook Jargon. These group of guys are students at Seattle University and they are incredibly fun to watch live! They did a small performance last month and absolutely blew me away. It was the drums, the random screaming, the face paint, the props – it was quite the performance! They also remind me of one of favorite bands – Local Natives – formerly Cavil at Rest.


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Song of the Day

Dyno Jamz – Kingdom Come

In the past, I’ve spent a great deal of posts talking about this up and coming band. They won a previous EMP Sound Off! competition and have performed at both Folk Life and Bumbershoot. That’s quite a list of accomplishments coming from a band that has only been around for about two years. I hadn’t heard any news from them in awhile, but recently saw my friend Nick’s status [he plays bass for Dyno Jamz] that their new track had made it on KEXP, a radio station here in Seattle. Curious to see if it was a new or old track, I went directly to their MySpace only to find “Kingdom Come” listed as part of the 2010 Album Preview.

Congrats guys!

Listen to the track here

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EMP Sound Off! Now accepting applications

It’s that time again! EMP is beginning their round up for the best underage Seattle bands. For many, this could be the chance of a lifetime in starting off their musical career. It doesn’t matter what genre you specialize in whether it be hip hop, electronic, pop, etc – you just have to be under 21. Prizes include a spot on the Bumbershoot 2011 lineup, a live on-air performance on 107.7 THE END, epiphone gear and much much more.

This battle of the bands has done wonders for many local bands in the past. Previous winners include Dyme Def, The Lonely Forest now signed with Chris Walla’s label, Dyno Jamz, and Brite Futures formerly known as Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head. For more information and to submit an application – click here.

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Out on the Town: 4/29

My friend’s band Dyno Jamz is performing tonight at Chop Suey alongside Theoretics and 10th and Commerce. It’s predominantly a hip hop show, but sure to be amazing. The guys in Dyno Jamz are incredibly talented and put on great shows. Not only did they win EMP’s Sound Off competition last year, they also had a spot at Bumbershoot in September. If you have the chance, go out and see them.

It’s an all-ages show – 8 pm doors – show is at 9pm – $10

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Bumbershoot Review: Dyno Jamz

I just transferred all of my notes from my Blackberry to a word document. Most tedious thing ever. Originally, I wanted to do one big post of all the bands I was reviewing, but you know what, I think all of the bands deserve their own recognition.

Dyno Jamz


I’ve been waiting to catch a Dyno Jamz performance for a very long time. The guys were playing pretty early around 12:30, so luckily I arrived at the festival with ten minutes to spare. Dyno Jamz continued to acquire more and more attention this year as they competed in the EMP Sound Off! competition triumphing through every round until finally taking first place. One part of the prize (of quite a few parts) landed them a gig at Seattle’s largest and most anticipated music festival Bumbershoot this year.

The best way for me to describe their sound is like a jazz ensemble complimented by rap lyrics. The two mesh together so well that I couldn’t imagine them separately. Another thing I love about this band is how humbled I feel they are about the whole experience. These guys are students over at UW! You can tell from seeing them on that stage that they are very grateful to be there and expressed that by sharing their love for the crowd.


My favorite song by them is “Universal Love,” but when MC Zac Millan showed us his softer side with the song “Heat It Up,” my heart swooned a little bit as a I felt like I was falling into some weird dream state! I know…it was weird. Songs do that to me sometimes.

Watching their performance was the perfect start to my day! Whether or not a possible career may come out of this, who knows, I think I would like to see them take it to that level. The band has great potential, I mean they’re making teenagers LOVE jazz, which is definitely a refreshing sight to see. The guys of Dyno Jamz don’t look like rockstars [yet], but they are proving to be very well deserved winners.

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Seattle bands you should know (or listen to)

I think Seattle music posts are my favorite to write. I was inspired to write this post when I heard a little snippet preview from Minus the Bear the other day. When I was fifteen years old, I threw myself in the local Seattle music scene and since then  I’ve watched favorite bands dissemble, migrate to other bands, or become incredibly successful.

The music scene is no longer what it used to be. The bands I grew up listening to are no longer really a part of that scene and neither am I, but that doesn’t mean that I ever stopped listening. This post embodies a part of my adolescence that most people never knew or could understand about me. Just so you know, this has taken me DAYS to write and perfect.

Here are a few of my local favorites:

This Providence

I recently caught their new music video for single, “Letdown” on MTV a couple weeks ago. Currently, they are on the bill for Warped Tour, but will be starting their own tour with Cartel beginning October 22nd in Raleigh, North Carolina. The guys will be playing in Seattle on November 10th at El Corazon.

Best Songs:

  • Well Versed in the Ways of the World
  • Certain Words in Uncertain Times
  • My Beautiful Rescue
  • Chasing the Wind
  • Letdown


Danger Radio

I was first introduced to Danger Radio four years ago at the first show I attended. I wasn’t even there to see them nor did I stay for their set. It wasn’t until after the night that I realized what a mistake that was. I make an effort to never miss one of their shows at home now, these guys are my favorite and as much as I like their new songs now, I love the old ones even more. The guys were recently in California writing their next album and were taking a break from touring this summer, but will be back on the road again come fall.They were also featured during the Real World Brooklyn season this past year.

Best Songs:

  • Slow
  • Sparkle Baby Shine
  • Groovin’
  • Kiss N’ Tell
  • Slow Dance With A Stranger


The Scene Aesthetic

I wouldn’t know about Seattle music if it weren’t for these two fools. They were my first show and first favorites. After creating the hit song, “Beauty in the Breakdown,” the dynamic duo continued to take over MySpace music putting out a series of cd’s and popular singles and even a DVD. After a two year hiatus – the guys have come back together with full force. The two recently spent nearly a month in California recording their new album and just began their new tour. They will be performing in Seattle at Neumos on October 16th.

Best Songs:

  • Beauty in the Breakdown
  • Alvin Maker’s Greensong
  • Don’t Be That Note I Can’t Hold
  • Come What May
  • It’s A Promise, Like A Song


Letters & Lights

Letters & Lights is a new band in Seattle, but if I’m assuming correctly Erik and Ethan have been around Seattle for quite some time. Erik (left) and I used to go to all the same shows! He was actually very well known (and liked) in the Seattle music scene so I was excited when I heard he had been making music himself. Their EP was just released on iTunes and they recently played a Santa Monica show with The Scene Aesthetic.

Best Songs

  • Smile Bright
  • In Love and Outdone
  • Pretty Letdown


Dyno Jamz

They are your perfect mix of hip-hop and jazz. I’ve never heard anything like it and I LOVE it. And I promise I’m not biased just because my friend Nick is in the band hahah These guys dominated the EMP Sound Off! competition earlier this year, which has earned them a well-deservesd slot at Seattle’s largest and most anticipated music festival, Bumbershoot.

Best Songs:

  • Universal Love
  • Footprints
  • Come Out and Play


Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground

I’ve been talking a lot about this band lately! They recently finished their sophomore album and it is fantastic. Other than that, I don’t really have anything else to say except that I adore this band, enjoyed working with them for the short evening that I did and am never disappointed by their shows. These guys are true characters, but very talented musicians.

Best Songs:

  • Hey Momma’
  • Birds on a Day Like Today
  • Bowie the Desert Pea
  • Santa Cruz Lined Pockets


Lizzie Huffman

Lizzie has been performing since she was fourteen years old at local teen centers. She has worked with both Danger Radio and Thomas Dutton of Forgive Durden and Matt Bekker. Watching Lizzie perform is always a treat for me. Her voice is so refreshing and her shows are always personal. She is currently performing in and around the greater Northwest area including at my school, Seattle University, on September 19th! You should all come out and see her!

Best Songs:

  • Heavy Hearts
  • Country Song
  • Country Song Number 2
  • Oh My Sweet Carolina (Cover)




When Matt first started out, it was just him and his guitar. He has since collaborated with a number of other people around Seattle including singer Lizzie Huffman, and now has a full band to back him up. I’ve watched Matt grow into a very talented and dedicated musician. Now signed with Sound Records and Entertainment, Matt Bekker and Bryan Watson are continuing to record their next full length album and touring the states.

Best Songs:

  • All Tied Up
  • Empty
  • Deep
  • Let’s Get Away
  • Donovin


Also visit my YouTube page to watch some of my recorded videos of Matt’s performances here

Minus The Bear

Minus the Bear IS Seattle music. (Excluding Death Cab) Their single, “Pachuca Sunrise,” is what defines every one of my summers. Whenever I was planning a show, they were always at the top of my list. They still ARE at the top of my list and I’m so determined to have them someday. Not only are they amazing musicians they have given me some great memories. Currently, the band is getting ready for the release of their new album! Here’s a snippet, too excited!

Best Songs:

  • Pachuca Sunrise
  • Knights
  • The Ice Monster
  • This Ain’t A Surfin’ Movie
  • Drilling
  • The Pig War


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