Silver Platters’ Sasquatch Series

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Silver Platters’ SASQUATCH! Music Festival Preview Series

Modern Kin: March 29th at 1 PM
The Grizzled Mighty: April 5th at 3 PM
Shelby Earl: April 6th at 3 PM
Hobosexual: April 19th (Record Store Day) Time is TBA!

You are invited to come out and see some of the local artists playing at this year’s Sasquatch Music Festival! We hope that you’ll get to hear the local artists that you love and come to love some artists that you’ve never heard before!

We will also be giving away a pair of 3-day passes to Sasquatch! on Record Store Day. There will be a chance to enter to win at all of the stores.

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Phantogram “Voices”

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Phantogram

Voices

By Katie M.

On Phantogram‘s sophomore release Voices, the duo (Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel) continue to do what they do best:  create simultaneously gritty and danceable tunes. Produced by John Hill (M.I.A and Santigold), Voices punches and grabs for the listener’s attention. Each track is dark and catchy and only gets better over time. The single, “Fall in Love” is incredibly powerful and perfectly showcases the couples love of  hip-hop. The more somber tunes on the album,   “Black Out Days” and “Bill Murray”  are striking in their own way and provide a great contrast to the more upbeat tracks. Although the album is out on a major label, it doesn’t lose its independent feel: the production is subtle and both Carter and Barthel’s voices sound better than ever. Voices is an album that showcases a band who has found their voice and deserve to be heard.

Best of 2013 Staff Picks

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By Katie M.

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1. Ty Segall Sleeper

Ty Segall is known for shredding like a mad man and creating catchy guitar riffs, so when I first heard that he was coming out with an acoustic album I was a bit apprehensive. Luckily, this release only further proves Segall to be an increasingly interesting, multi-faceted musician.  The album’s subject matter is weighty: his father recently died, which subsequently led to a strain in his relationship with his mother.  I never imagined that a Ty Segall album could give me chills, but the intimate subject matter makes for his most heartfelt songs to date.

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2. Thee Oh Sees Floating Coffin

After hearing Floating Coffin, Thee Oh Sees became my most listened to band of the year. I heard the album in the spring and continued to play it all summer long. At times psychedelic and paranoid and at others melodic, this album makes me excited to see what else this band has in store.

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3. The National Trouble Will Find Me

The National keep releasing great albums and Trouble Will Find Me is no exception. I’m a sucker for Matt Berninger’s deep, rich vocals and existential lyrics. The album doesn’t stray from their idiosyncratic sound, but I’m perfectly content with that because they do it so well.

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4. Youth Lagoon Wondrous Bughouse

Youth Lagoon, which is the nom de plume of 24-year-old Trevor Powers, has a penchant for making excellent bedroom pop. On his sophomore album, Wondrous Bughouse he explores the human psyche and crafts melodic, poignant songs. For fans of Local Natives, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Animal Collective.

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5. Neil Young Live at the Cellar Door

This album was kept in the vault for 44 years and I’m grateful that it was finally released this year. The recordings come from six solo shows in late November and early December of 1970 and feature Neil Young switching between acoustic guitar and grand piano. The album is raw, beautiful, and intimate and features some of Young’s best songs, such as “Down By the River”, “After the Gold Rush”, and “See the Sky About to Rain”. You seriously can’t go wrong with this album.