Out of Northern California’s flat, dry central valley, CAKE formed in the early nineties as a somewhat antagonistic answer to grunge, which members saw as just another form of big, dumb American rock. The band intentionally made their sound as small as possible, thumbing their collective musical noses at the very idea that in the USA something so incredibly wide-load and excessive could be perceived “alternative.” Luckily there were a few people who understood CAKE. Somehow a copy of CAKE’s first demo made it all the way to France, where it was understood and well-received – “The drug dealers do not thank CAKE,” astutely observed French music magazine, Les Inrockuptibles, So true.
Every song has a story. With Current Swell’s third Nettwerk Records release, When To Talk And When To Listen, these stories cut deep. Grammy-winning producer Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, Norah Jones, Cold War Kids, Of Monsters and Men, James Bay) produced the album over four weeks in two vastly different locales: Nashville and Vancouver. The former is where King lives and does most of his studio work; the latter is a ferry ride away from where Current Swell makes its home. Both cities have music at their core, which gave King and Current Swell common ground on which to build their new relationship.
On his third full-length album, soul artist Allen Stone proves himself deeply devoted to making uncompromisingly soulful music that transcends all pop convention. Made in collaboration with Swedish soul singer/songwriter/phenom Magnus Tingsek, Radius captures the warm energy of that creative connection and transports the listener to a higher and more exalted plane. Tearing through nearly 600 shows in just two years – including sold out performances at LA’s Ace Hotel and NYC’s Apollo Theater. “I absolutely believe that if you’re going to stand at a microphone and say something, you need to recognize that as a privilege,” Stone said. “You’ve got to be incredibly careful about it, and really put all your heart into the message that you’re sending out into the world.”
Reggae and Dancehall Artiste Junior Reid born Delroy Reid and grown in the gritty Waterhouse community of Kingston, Jamaica. Reid launched his label “Jr Productions” with his first single “Settle Down” by Barrington Levy. 1989’s “One Blood” saw him re-established at the forefront of the reggae scene. In 2007, Reid performed alongside Alicia Keys at the American Music Awards. Reid is featured on a remix version of Alicia Keys’ single “No One”. He also did a song with Lil Wayne called “Ghetto Youths Rock.” In 2011, Junior Reid teamed up with Ludacris, T-Pain, Busta Rhymes, Mavado, Bun B, Game, Twista, Jadakiss, Waka Flocka Flame, Fat Joe, Ace Hood & Birdman in the remix of Dj Khaled’s “Welcome To My Hood.” Other Junior Reid collaborations include: Lil Wayne’s “Rappa Pom Pom” (2006) and “Still Standing” (2008), DMX’s “Bad Boy” (2008), Cool & Dre’s “Don’t Play Me Dirty” (2008), Busta Rhymes’ & Bounty Killer’s “Change Like The Weather” and more.
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe is back in action with a run of shows giving fans what is highly regarded as one of the best live bands on the planet. Karl, who now serves as the saxophonist in The Rolling Stones, is fresh off a tour with the legendary rock band that included the highest grossing concert festival of all time, Desert Trip. With KDTU, he’ll be showcasing material from his forthcoming studio album, due in early 2017, as well as previous acclaimed KDTU recordings like ‘New Ammo’ and ’The Bridge.’ The current KDTU touring lineup is comprised of Richmond guitarist DJ Williams, Soulive drummer Alan Evans, The Greyboy Allstars’ bassist Chris Stillwell, Crush Effects’ keyboardist David Veith, Seattle trumpeter.
For those unfamiliar, ODDISEE is a Sudanese American emcee / producer from Washington, D.C. who’s recently been operating out of Brooklyn, New York City (he currently releases music via independent Seoul, Arizona imprint Mello Music Group). Most recently, he released a visual for “Caprice Down”, a choice cut drawn from his late 2013 instrumental album The Beauty In All. Juice, E.C. and ManMan of the Long Beach skateboarding collective Hammer City guest starred in the video, which was directed by Jeremy Ian Thomas (AKA former hip-hop recording artist Surreal).
The creatures you are about to see are not Yetis. They’re not aliens or mythical beasts. The truth is, we don’t really know what they are, who they are or where they’re from. We only know they call themselves “the one and only PPL MVR,” and claim to be some sort of ancient species (mostly seen around the Los Angeles area). We also know this species has an affinity for heavy duty rock and roll, windmill guitar riffs and karate kicks.
Latin Grammy Nominees Mariachi Flor de Toloache make New York City history as its’ First and Only All-Women Mariachi Group. Founded in 2008, Mariachi Flor de Toloache is lead by singers Mireya I. Ramos (founder) & Shae Fiol (original member). Reminiscent of the early days of mariachi the group started as a trio, Harp, Violin and Vihuela. Today, Mariachi Flor De Toloache performs as a full Mariachi ensemble. The members hail from diverse cultural backgrounds such as Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Australia, Colombia, Germany, Italy and the United States. This defines their unique flavor and sound. The result of this cultural bouquet is an edgy, versatile and fresh take on traditional Mexican music.
Vince Vaccaro (born 1980) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist and record producer. He has performed largely as a solo artist, appearing both solo acoustic, and backed up by a five to eight piece band. His musical influences include Bruce Springsteen, Ben Harper, Eddie Vedder, and Adam Granduciel. Vaccaro has played shows in Canada, Australia, and the US, sharing stages with bands such as Mumford & Sons, Temper Trap, Awol Nation, Matt Mays, Jay Malinowski & the Deadcoast, Sam Roberts Band, City & Colour, and Bedouin Soundclash, among many others. Vince Vaccaro has released eight studio albums, four EPs and several singles to date, in addition to his most recent Demo Recording which features three new songs.
Creating vivid instrumental imagery with complex rhythms and a unique precision that redefines the term “funk” for 21st Century audiences, the 8-piece Polyrhythmics are proving to be one of Seattle’s finest exports.
Founded from a collective desire to make classic vinyl recordings, Polyrhythmics have been a defining musical force and west coast institution for the better part of a decade. With four studio albums under their belt as well as a growing pile of limited-release 7-inch 45’s, the boys are back at it in 2017 working on a new full length that is scheduled for release later in the year.
It has been a year of hard work for Little Destroyer. The recently formed three-piece from Vancouver, British Columbia have been back and forth to Los Angeles for months carefully cultivating their own brand of hard-hitting, synth heavy alt-pop with producer Jarrett Holmes (Walk the Moon, Neon Trees, Hedley). The resulting collection of six new songs is the benchmark for what a band can achieve when they have a singularly unified sense of purpose. Recorded over an oppressively hot summer, each song pulsates with the energy of Southern California’s underground rock scene. Mixed by the legendary Dave ‘Rave’ Ogilvie (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, Carly Rae Jepsen), Little Destroyer’s blend of heavy, dark synths and powerful vocals is captivatingly unique.
The Velveteins are a rock n’ roll band from Edmonton, Canada. Their style of heavy guitar pop has translated into energetic live shows across Canada, America, and the UK opening for acts like July Talk, Elephant Stone, Michael Rault, and Milo Greene. Their last release “A Hot Second With The Velveteins” has been described as “rollicking garage, moody surf […and] pop classicism with a rough edge” (EXCLAIM!) Signed to Fierce Panda Canada, the group is set to release new music produced by Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, Black Mountain).
Victoria, BC based alt-pop/rock outfit Fortune Killers (formerly Isobel Trigger) strikes you with their dynamic synth-scapes and high-voltage performances. With exotic vocals, soaring lead lines, and heart-thumping grooves, the band weaves a musical web that pulls your hips into a sultry sway. The lovechild of Lana Del Ray and Metric, Fortune Killers make glitter and grit collide.
The Brass is a non-auditioned community ensemble that plays arrangements of modern indie, pop, rock, electronic, and hip hop music. Featuring fun, original arrangements of songs by LCD Soundsystem, David Bowie, Daft Punk, David Bazan, The Weeknd, Tame Impala, Vulfpek, and many more! Come join in the fun!
Victoria collective Electric Timber Company sits comfortably at the intersection of the Allman Brothers, Otis Redding, and Neil Young, offering the perfect mix of grit and groove. During its six years together, the union of veteran roots musicians have pioneered a boogie stew of their own invention: Soulgrass, a self-styled strain of roots, rock and rhythm. This all-star assembly has collaborated with Current Swell, David Gogo, Jim Byrnes, C.R. Avery, The Sojourners, Daniel Lapp, Towers and Trees, Fox Glove, Jets Overhead, and Jon and Roy, Wil , among others. The collective prides itself on being no less than the sum of its unique, sympathetic parts, which shapeshift from night to night and gig to gig, and continue to thrill audiences across Canada.
The Kermode Bear is a unique subspecies of the American Black Bear. Approximately 10 percent of their population has completely white colored fur. Their color is believed to be caused by a recessive gene trait. Since they are white they stand out against the dark green forest they inhabit. Kermode bears also play music that can be described as “Big beats over ambient guitar and trombone”. The Kermode Bear is named after Frances Kermode of the Royal British Columbia Museum.
A veteran in the Victoria DJ scene. Bellyfish will make you dance. If you’ve ever found yourself in the Maple Room at The Strath, you’ve probably seen Bellyfish do his thing.
Our first act of the weekend! DJ Tim Horner recently opened for The Ballantynes at Sugar NightClub for their St. Patrick’s Day Party – it was a blast.
DJ Mike D A.K.A. Mr. Mike Devlin can not only put pen to paper, but also music to ears. His sound is everything you want on a Sunday afternoon.