Seattle Office of Film + Music


SEATTLE INTERACTIVE CONFERENCE FEATURES MUSIC EVENTS

The Stranger
The Seattle Interactive Conference (SIC) is a two day event focused on bringing together the best of the interactive industry. The event brings opportunity for professional networking and a chance to hear keynote speakers from companies like Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook and more. A digital music panel, “Transforming the Digital Frontier,” will feature local music professionals taking an introspective look at the colliding worlds of the interactive and music industries. They’ve also planned some smashing after-parties for registered attendees. First, the much anticipated Battle of the Geek Bands will kick off the opening Party tonight at Showbox SODO, followed by a special performance by the Presidents of the United States of America. Wednesday night, Shabazz Palaces headlines another after-party at Showbox at the Market, and Thursday the event is capped off with a performance by Mudhoney, again at SODO. It’s going to be a great event for anyone in the interactive industry in Seattle. For more information, check out SIC‘s website.

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LOCAL MEDIA RECAPS OF DECIBEL FESTIVAL 2011

Decibel Festival
Yesterday was the final day Decibel Festival, a 5-day extravaganza of electronic music hailing from around the globe. Since beginning in 2003, it has grown to be one of the leading festivals celebrating the most popular genres of electronic music. In addition to bringing headlining acts like Brazilian artist Amon Tobin and New York-based DJ/Producer Moby, Decibel is know for strongly championing local talent. It also began including discussion panels and workshops, seeking to be a resource to both industry professionals and fans of electronic music alike. The reviews are streaming in from a number of local outlets, including Seattle Weekly, The Stranger, The Seattle Times, and SSG Music.

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GET READY FOR BUMBERSHOOT WITH PREVIEWS FROM LOCAL MEDIA

The weather promises to be gorgeous, which is fortunate for those heading out to Seattle Center for the annual Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival. For three days, attendees will immerse themselves in music, theater, comedy, dance, visual art and literature. With such a wide scope of acts on the schedule, it’s helpful to turn to our local media for pointers on what not to miss at Bumbershoot this year. The Stranger has an exhaustive guide to the festival with great features on headliners Hall & Oates, metal-influenced rockers Red Fang, soul legend Dennis Coffey and more. Local blog Sound on the Sound picked out the must-see sets by Seattle artists, plus the top five acts editor Abbey Simmons won’t be missing. The culture mavens at Seattle Met Magazine give their top recommendations in each category for all three days at Bumbershoot, as does the savvy staff over at Seattle Weekly. If you’re tired of reading, Q13 FOX has an interview with SSG Music founder Nikki Benson on her Bumbershoot favorites. Whatever you choose to see this weekend, don’t forget to check out the wealth of local talent present in all areas of Bumbershoot this year.

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STATE D.O.R. SAYS BUSINESSES PROVIDING THE “OPPORTUNITY TO DANCE” MUST PAY RETAIL TAX
August 19, 2011, 9:37 am
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The Stranger
Cienna Madrid has an interesting piece in this week’s Stranger in which she talks to several Seattle bar and club owners who say they’ve been told to cough up thousands and thousands of dollars in taxes they didn’t think they owed. Department of Revenue spokesman Mike Gowrylow says the tax in question – applying to “Amusement, recreation and physical fitness services” – is nothing new and pointed people with questions to these sources:

· An article on “amusement and recreational services” that similarly has the “opportunity to dance” language.
· The Department’s online Taverns and Service Bars guide addresses “opportunity to dance” (see “Cover Charges” discussion).
· Another official explanation, addressing charges for the “opportunity to dance.

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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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SHABAZZ PALACES CELEBRATES RELEASE OF NEW ALBUM TONIGHT
July 1, 2011, 3:02 pm
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Seattlest
To celebrate the release of Black Up on Sub Pop Records this week, Shabazz Palaces is performing the second of two shows booked at Neumos tonight. If this Seattle Weekly review is any indicator, it’s a performance you will not want to miss. Both The Stranger and The Seattle Times are heralding tonight’s concert as a recommended show attend, and the album has been glowingly reviewed everywhere from New York Magazine to the Los Angeles Times to The Guardian. Although initially media-shy, Shabazz Palaces mastermind Ishmael Butler has opened up about his project in several lengthy interviews and continues to put Seattle on the map as a city that is home to incredible music.

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THE STRANGER ANNOUNCES THE STRANGER GENIUS AWARD FOR MUSIC AND THEY ARE LOOKING FOR SUGGESTIONS
May 19, 2010, 12:03 pm
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The Stranger
The Stranger has announced that they will be now be honoring musicians as part of their Stranger Genius Awards, which already includes awards for Visual Art, Theater, Film, Literature, and Organization. And we’re open to suggestions. The first year of the Stranger Genius Awards, they invited the public to send in their ideas about who they thought deserved to be honored with the cash prize and the profile and the party. There is no application process for the Genius Awards and they want to make sure there aren’t any deserving musicians that get missed. Send in your suggestions for nominees at the above link.

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