Bummershoot, the Underground-Music Fan's Bumbershoot
BUMMERSHOOT, THIS WEEKEND'S OTHER MUSIC FEST
My only grievance with Bummershoot, the coyly titled other music festival going on this Labor Day weekend, is that I'm gonna quickly extinguish my word count before covering a fraction of the many bands performing at it. Spread out across four days and several venues, Bummershoot offers great music no matter where you turn, but here are my picks for some artists that you might not have heard before. Rest assured, these are all definitely worth getting sweaty for and seeing live.
TRY THE PIE, BRIANA MARELA, WILLPOWER, VIVIANE JAMES, THE WEBS
Try the Pie is the solo moniker for Christine Tupou, who is also a member of the poppy, neo-riot-grrrl band Sourpatch. Playing on her own, Tupou is spartan, raw, and incredibly heartfelt. Experimental artist Briana Marela creates lithe and arresting vortices of sound. Her songs alternate between joyous and hushed, but Marela is mesmerizing no matter the approach. Hollow Earth Radio, 7 pm.
WAXING HEARTS, LEXI LEE, PITSCHOUSE, NEIGHBORS
The three songs I've heard by Waxing Hearts immediately captured my interest. The group may be new, but they are already masters at plaintive, gently rocking, saloon-worthy twang. Lexi Lee's mousy folk songs have giggled their way into my heart, with travelogue tales that make me want to drag an old suitcase to the nearest dusty train station. Ravenna Median, noon.
BLOOPER, TUMMY, R.C. LOVE AND THE GOODNESS GRACIOUS, HIBOU, AND MORE
This is your final warning to listen to Hibou, if you haven't already. Peter Michel's streamlined and expertly crafted electro-pop is something you'll be hearing a lot more of soon. R.C. Love and the Goodness Gracious have embraced a timeless sound—vaguely menacing rock that always seems to emanate out of dank basements, with guttural vocals and crusty guitars. Heartland, 2 pm.
MINES, DHARMA, NIGHT SURF, LOZEN, SO PITTED
Lozen are a sharp, earsplitting duo out of Tacoma who specialize in fearsome, lacerating, and generously melodic metal. Black Lodge, 9 pm.
CRAIG SALT PETERS, IJI, KODA SEQUOIA, AND MORE
Koda Sequoia make plucky, rustic, and tightly wound math rock: I wouldn't want this band's songs about drunk dads, ghost stories, and Utah sung any other way. Josephine, 9 pm.