Seattle Office of Film + Music

Seattle Shows Off What It’s Made of at SXSW

Come March every year, Austin, Texas is ablaze with beats, lyrics, and melodies. The normally musically-oriented city raises the volume several notches for the annual SXSW music (and film/interactive) festival. For one week, the city is cloaked in the sounds of native and non-native musicians. This year, THEESatisfaction will take to the high-profile stages of the festival and flaunt some Seattle-made sounds. SXSW is not only a venue for emerging artists to showcase their music, it is also known to provide some much-deserved recognition for newbies. In recent years, Seattle-originating Fleet Foxes and Shabazz Palaces built quite a stir around themselves, leading to some international buzz and helping launch their careers to a new level.

Sasquatch Lineup Announced, Includes Local Talent

107.7 The End
The lineup for Sasquatch has just been announced, and on it are a few extremely local and incredibly cool bands and artists. Seattle is again proving itself as a powerful music capital, landing artists on the lineup next to big acts such as Jack White and Tenacious D. Notably, the list includes names such as The Head and The Heart, Shabazz Palaces, Allen Stone, Pickwick, Hey Marseilles, Fresh Espresso, The Physics, Sol, Grynch, and Fly Moon Royalty. It should make for a great festival again this year. Here’s the awesome lineup announcement video for your viewing pleasure:


Interested in what your favorite artist will be listening to and watching over holiday break? Top artists from the year share their top picks from the year. Among the artists who divulged their favorites are THEESatisfaction, Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes, and Ishmael Butler of Shabazz Palaces. While Ishamel takes a slightly random approach and touches on everything from his favorite day of the year to his favorite view, Robin and THEESatisfaction stick to music and movies. Robin’s top-ten playlist on Spotify includes Kurt Vile, Portishead, and The Walkmen. The ladies of THEESatisfaction’s movie archive is robust with flicks like Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, The Nutty Professor, and Mary Poppins.

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December 19, 2011, 10:35 am
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NPR music experts recently published their top five “Must-Hear” artists of 2011. Local Seattle band Pickwick made the list. NPR says that the band’s “insidious, slinky jams worm their way into your brain and plant their unshakeable melodies and groove.”  Other honorable mentions include popular local groups like Fleet Foxes and Shabazz Palaces, among the likes of international sensations such as Bon Iver, Wilco and Raphael Saadiq.

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Seattle Post Intelligencer
1980’s sweetheart Mudhoney amused fans at last week’s Seattle Interactive Conference.  The exciting rockers tickled conference attendees with old favorites as they closed out the conference during an intimate performance at the Showbox. The 2-day conference, which yielded over 3,500 people, featured a musical catalog that also included local names like Shabazz Palaces, Presidents of the United States of America, Death Cab for Cutie and Tim Bierman of Pearl Jam’s Ten Club who was featured at a panel discussion on digital music. The Seattle setting for the conference is deemed a “natural destination” for discussions about film, music and the digital world.

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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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July 1, 2011, 3:02 pm
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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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June 21, 2011, 2:01 pm
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NPR Music
The highly anticipated new album from Shabazz Palaces Black Up releases on June 28, but haven’t you waited long enough Seattle? Once again, NPR Music has got your back and Black Up is streaming free as part of their exclusive First Listen program. As you queue up the album, make sure you have plenty of time and space to dedicate to the intergalactic grooves and danceable rhythms of Seattle’s Shabazz Palaces. The lyrical stylings of Ishmael Butler are infectious and profound, but can pack a fierce punch and parental advisory is suggested. Be sure to catch Shabazz at the Queen Anne Easy Street Records for a free and all-ages album release party in-store performance on June 28.

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Easy Street Records
Sonic Boom Records
Silver Platters Records
Just in time for the onset of the summer, Seattle record stores are gearing up for the latest season of in-store live music performances, featuring local and global talent. All shows are all-ages and free of charge to the public unless otherwise specified. Silver Platters in Queen Anne will be hosting an in-store with William Fitzsimmons on Wednesday, May 11. Hometown blues-rock duo My Goodness will be playing at the West Seattle Easy Street on May 13 with a $5 cover. The Apache Relay is performing on May 14 at the Queen Anne Silver Platters. The Sonic Boom in Ballard will host Seattle’s Virgin Islands on May 14 and the Globes on May 18. Del tha Funkee Homosapien will be rocking the house at the Capitol Hill Sonic Boom on May 21, as will local band Grand Hallway on June 12. Catch Portland’s Viva Voce on June 22 at the Queen Anne Easy Street and Seattle’s most explosive hip-hop unit Shabazz Palaces on June 28! Mark your calendars and check out the links above for in-store performance times and details.

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SXSW 2011
Alas, the week-long cultural cornucopia that is SXSW has come to an end. But fear not festival revelers: Thanks to the interwebs/media machine, this year’s conference lives on—and the musical presence of Seattle artists still lingers. The LA Times’ Pop & Hiss list of the “Artists, Quotes and Fights That Made an Impression” at SXSW 2011 includes a “hearty” mention of local indie-rockers The Head and the Heart (HATH) : “[This] band appears to be the real deal [….Theirs] is detail-oriented roots music, with violin-led slow-burners and harder-edged songs that shake like horses on a stampede.” The article also cites festival insights from Barsuk Records chief Josh Rosenfeld and Visqueen/Cobirds Unite’s Rachel Flotard. NPR sings the praises of HATH as well, in a SXSW retrospective that touts Seattle hip-hop troupe Shabazz Palaces to boot. Music critic Jon Pareles similarly opines on the laptop-fueled “electronic abstractions” of Shabazz in a New York Times featurethat explores SXSW’s critical mass and evolving interactive platforms. Finally, The Seattle Times’ Andrew Matson wraps up his local blog coverage of the fest with plenty of performance reviews, photos and videos not to mention the requisite SXSW taco-stand adulation. Check it all out for yourself via the links above.

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