Every year, the Experience Music Project hosts Sound Off!, a battle of the bands in which young (i.e. underage) artists vie for a shot at a performance slot at Bumbershoot 2010, among other prizes like, say, gear from Korg. Band’s who’ve won this competition over the years — Schoolyard Heroes, The Lonely H, Dyme Def, The Lonely Forest, Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head, etc — tend to go on to do very well for themselves, and not just in Seattle, either. Check out this year’s roster and schedule of performances at the above link
Filed under: Music | Tags: big mouth music, Bremerton, josh kennedy, kane hodder, kitsap bands, school yard heros
The Weekly takes a look at how the all ages music scene in Kitsap has changed over the years. “In the early and middle parts of this decade, the thriving all-ages scene in Bremerton and Kitsap County didn’t have a centralized home, and being on the other side of the water, it didn’t have hipster cachet. But it did have a ravenous group of underage kids in a scene that included rock, pop, punk, and hardcore bands. At its core were the hardcore band Kane Hodder; their friends, horror-rock act Schoolyard Heroes; a Web site called KitsapBands.com; and an enterprising booker named Josh Kennedy, who ran Big Mouth Music.” For the full profile, please follow the above link.
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Filed under: Film | Tags: humpday, joshua leonard, lynn shelton, mark duplass
The AV Club
The AV Club praised the local film saying, “Duplass, Leonard, and director Lynn Shelton succeed in making an outrageous premise utterly plausible, while scoring consistent laughs out of the tension between two men who truly love (and secretly envy) each other.”
Women In Film
Women In Film & Television Vancouver (WIFTV) is pleased to announce that the 5th Annual Women In Film Festival (WIFF) will be presented April 17 &18th, 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia,
Canada. This year, the Women In Film Festival will accept short film submissions (20 minutes maximum) in the following categories: narrative, documentary, new media, music videos, video poems, or experimental shorts. Submissions featuring strong female characters and stories are encouraged. Eligible films must have three of the following (one woman may serve more than one role): a woman as Writer, a woman as Producer, a woman as Director, a woman as D.O.P., a woman as lead Actor, a woman as lead. Submissions are due January 14, 2010 (thought the early bird deadline is tomorrow, December 17). To submit or for more information, please follow the above link.
The profile focus’ on the Seattle songwriter’s relationship with her father whose death from prostate cancer inspired her latest record. “He died April 7,” Rachel Flotard (aka Visqueen) says, “and so I tried to kind of [throw] myself into something pretty quickly. That summer is when I added a lot of the organ that you hear, and the cello. I was using the record and this recording as something to kind of keep me alive, and keep me normal during a completely abnormal time.” For the full profile, follow the above link.
Filed under: Music | Tags: little claw, mt. eerie, telekinesis, Visqueen
NPR placed these three Seattle artists in their top 21 of 2009. Portland, don’t feel left out; they also included Little Claw. For the full list, follow the above link.