Seattle Office of Film + Music


DECIBEL FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FULL LINEUP
August 2, 2011, 12:20 pm
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Decibel Festival
Seattle’s own Decibel Festival, which takes place at the end of September, has grown over the last several years to become one of the biggest electronic music events in the world. With performances, workshops, multimedia art, and parties galore, it’s a prime opportunity for music industry folk and fans alike to mix and mingle. The Decibel folks have even partnered with Bumbershoot this year to curate an electronic stage. Decibel celebrates its 8th anniversary with headlining appearances by Moby, Amon Tobin (who is bringing his visually stunning ISAM multimedia installation), plus various showcases rife with local talent. Shows will take place at seven different venues around the city, including an outdoor event at Volunteer Park. Seattle artists and DJs performing at Decibel are:

Jon McMillion 214 Kid Hops Grym Demo John Glist DJAO Truckasaurus Introcut Ctr_Alt_Dlt CyanWave Beat Connection Eddie Hanssen Suntzu Sound Ill Cosby Sean Majors Flat Black Brian Lyons

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SOUND ON THE SOUND DEBUTS VIDEO SERIES SPOTLIGHTING CREATIVE PROCESS OF LOCAL ARTISTS
August 1, 2011, 12:28 pm
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Sound On the Sound
It’s not often that music fans get the chance to learn about how an artist created the concept of an album or where he/she found inspiration for a song. Sound On the Sound seeks to shed light on this topic with a new video series called “Written Here,” where artists and bands will be interviewed in locations or spaces that inspired the creation of their music. The first subject of “Written Here” is singer/songwriter Bryan John Appleby, who recently released his debut album titled Fire On the Vine. Appleby was filmed in his then-living quarters (a “quirky basement apartment”) and discussed the unexpected muses that inspired the songs for Fire On the Vine.

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LOCAL MEDIA RECAP: CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY

The weather gods smiled upon Capitol Hill Block Party (CHBP) this past weekend, as evident from the CHBP Flickr photostream and other photos from local media outlets. For CHBP neophytes, check out the Seattle Met retrospective about the growth of the festival over the years. The Stranger covered CHBP with a hard focus on local and national acts, festival fashion, and often-hilarious observations of the weekend’s crowd. Seattle Weekly gave some short and sweet recaps of the top performances on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of CHBP. The Seattle Times devoted some quality blog time to CHBP, capturing some great band photos and giving lots of attention to local artists. Sound on the Sound posted a lengthy and humorously critical review of Saturday’s CHBP, and Seattlest has some great photos from the festival.

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SPIN SPOTLIGHTS 6 NORTHWEST BANDS YOU NEED TO KNOW

SPIN
Gearing up for this weekend’s Capitol Hill Block Party (CHBP), SPIN has hand picked 6 Northwest bands playing the three-day festival that music-lovers should keep their eyes and ears on. Of the 70 plus bands playing the CHBP, the majority call Seattle their home. Some favorites pointed out by SPIN include the garage-influenced duo My Goodness, electronic wunderkinds Beat Connection, and the rollicking acoustic trio Ravenna Woods.

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Q13 FOX NEWS PREVIEWS CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY WITH SSG MUSIC
July 20, 2011, 9:32 am
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Q13 FOX NEWS PREVIEWS CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY …, posted with vodpod

Capitol Hill Block Party takes place July 22-24 in (you guessed it) the Capitol Hill neighborhood between Broadway and 12th Avenue East. Once a small one-day affair, the event has expanded into a three-day extravaganza of local and national acts that draws crowds from all over the country. Q13 Fox News spoke to SSG Music editor in chief Nikki Benson about the history of the festival, her website, and what acts to catch at this year’s Capitol Hill Block Party.

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VALLEY VIBES JAZZ SERIES STARTS THIS WEEK

Valley Vibes Jazz
Starting July 8, you can catch free jazz concerts at the Rainier Cultural Center as a part of the Valley Vibes Jazz Series taking place in Columbia City through November. After the performance, stick around for a post-concert reception and artist conversation that addresses topics like jazz and ethnicity, jazz and gender, jazz education, and the jazz tradition. The event is put on by SEEDArts, an organization that works to maintain the diversity of arts and cultural options in Columbia City. Wayne Horvitz’s Sweeter Than the Day gets things started next week, along with the Jazz Night School Ensemble. Valley Vibes is made possible in part by funding from Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods.

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EMP SCREENS ICONIC GRUNGE DOCUMENTARY NEXT WEEK

EMP
Hype! came out in 1996 soon after the, um, hype surrounding grunge music pushed the genre into the mainstream and simultaneously thrust Seattle into the national spotlight. Director Doug Pray masterfully captured the history and development of the movement and how the subsequent media exposure eventually led to public backlash. Documented are key interviews and performances by bands that put grunge on the map, including Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Tad, Fastbacks, and many more. An excellent companion piece to the EMP’s current exhibit, Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses, the museum will screen Hype! next week with Pray in attendance to participate in a post-screening Q & A.

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