Seattle Office of Film + Music


SPIN SPOTLIGHTS 6 NORTHWEST BANDS YOU NEED TO KNOW

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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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DEATH CAB AND FLEET FOXES BOTH GRACE SPIN’S LIST OF “SPRING ALBUMS THAT MATTER MOST”
April 4, 2011, 1:14 pm
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So the saga of record-release anticipation continues: Already amongst some of 2011’s most buzzed- about new albums, the upcoming offerings from local rockers Death Cab for Cutie (DCFC) and Fleet Foxes have now made SPIN‘s list of the “Spring Albums That Matter Most.” Of Death Cab’s Codes and Keys, which drops May 31, SPIN raves: “The literate and lasting small-time heroes can be said to have led the charge for the scale that indie-rock has achieved in recent years [….]but more important than that is a body of work that has built on itself and expanded its reach. [DCFC’s] Ben Gibbard has intriguingly name-checked Brian Eno’s meditative, all-over-the-place 1975 classic Another Green World.” The title track from the Fleet Foxes’ sophomore effort, Helplessness Blues (out May 3) receives similar high praise: “[….As] with many other so-called “freak folk” bands, there’s nothing very freaky about [Fleet Foxes]. Instead, it’s all guileless folk songs best sung in the sun, with a golden gleam to them that owes in part to sweet vocal harmonizing. [‘Helplessness Blues’] follows suit, sounding like a mash of southern California in the ’70s and Simon & Garfunkel in their prime. Longtime indie studio ace Phil Ek recorded and co-produced with members of the band, who seem like they’ll probably be around for a good while to come.” Read SPIN’s whole feature via the link above.

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THE HEAD AND THE HEART AND FENCES MAKE SPIN’S LIST OF “MUST HEAR” ACTS AT SXSW 2011
February 28, 2011, 1:21 pm
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To tame the musical beast that is SXSW 2011, SPIN Magazine has culled the Fest’s 2,000 count performance lineup to select this year’s “can’t miss” acts—and two rising Seattle stars have made the list! The Head and the Heart and Fences are featured amongst the SPIN editors’ 35 top picks for the week-long Austin event. Of The Head and the Heart SPIN says, “This folk-rock outfit have been called the Emerald City’s Next Big Thing — and these five twentysomethings [….] are well on their way to fulfilling that prophecy. In under a year, they went from collaborating at an open-mic night at a Seattle coffee shop to releasing their self-titled debut.” SPIN also outlines the appeal of homegrown crooner Chris Mansfield—aka Fences: “The tattoo-covered singer-songwriter [….]sings with breathy earnestness, as if he was born to coo sad acoustic songs of relationships gone awry.” Check out the full article via the link above!

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