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Sounds of Sputnik Emerge ‘New Born’

gia on the move musicToday’s music release from Sounds of Sputnik comes on the heels of Saturday’s ‘blue moon’.  Yup.  We went there.

Hallmark U.S. shoegaze label Moon Sounds Records has officially released the debut LP by Russia’s Jagermeister Indie Award Winning band Sounds of Sputnik, entitled ‘New Born’ feat. Ummagma.

The ‘New Born’ LP presents a palette of ethereal guitar, powerful drums, lush bass, and clever guitars, topped off with gossamer female vocals. Sounds of Sputnik paired up with Canadian-Ukrainian dreampop duo Ummagma to co-write, produce, and record this album. Ummagma’s Shauna McLarnon and Alexx Kretov also both contribute stunning vocals.

Rooted in a shared love of melodic dream pop, post-rock and shoegaze, both Sounds of Sputnik and Ummagma bring their own influences from Lush, Curve, Cocteau Twins and My Bloody Valentine, together with Hammock, Jesus & Mary Chain and The Twilight Sad to create brilliant “dream noise”.

“The lyrics are about the crappy situation we’ve gotten ourselves into as a society – and for us as individuals too, and a hopeful way out of this,” explains Shauna McLarnon of Ummagma.

The ‘New Born’ LP also features contributions by several legendary guests: drummer Graham Bonnar (Swervedriver/ Brian Jonestown Massacre) on ‘Overdrive’, and remixes by Malcolm Holmes (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark), psych rock producer Fran Ashcroft (Damon Albarn, Lords of Acid), Russian producers Morozov and Oleg Mezherovsky, and Brazil’s Mind Movies. British producer Marc Joy (Lights That Change, Primal Scream, Oasis, Bernard Butler, Mike Peters, Golden Fable) provided mastering support.

After an 8-month hiatus to write and rehearse new music, Sounds of Sputnik shall play their first live show with their new line-up and repertoire at Moscow’s Teatr Club on Wednesday, May 25. (Info in Russian here)

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Penny for the Workhouse

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Penny for the Workhouse are one of the most wholly committed to ‘Folk n Roll’ UK bands with the eccentricity of Syd Barrett or early David Bowie combined with the olde worlde swagger of Victorian London… it’s weird and wonderful stuff. Somehow, tracks like ‘Willow Tree’ and ‘Smoker at the Window’ manage to sound thoroughly contemporary whereas ‘Old’ evokes the image of a music hall in the early 1900s.

Kristin Kontrol: (Don’t) Wannabe

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Dee Dee ditching her Dum Dum Girls guise, an outlet through which, for over a decade she had crafted studio apartment nylon string guitar demos, was definitely a leap in to the unknown.

“Sometimes the project you pour your soul into ends up hemming you in.”

At the top of 2015, shedding her ‘skin’ for her real name, Kristin, and adding Kontrol just resonated.  Her goal has been to sweep all her loves together into one genreless experience.  The result is a song is off her forthcoming debut, X-Communicate, which comes out on May 27 via Sub Pop Records.

Kristin also announced her first set of tour dates HERE, with more to come.

Millenials Trade In Drugs and Alcohol for Oxygen at The Music Festival Scene

gia on the move music concerts festivalsEndless Summer dancing, drinking and blazing in congested, smoke-filled air; it’s the ultimate concert experience, until now.

Festival-goers are trading in their plastic cups and lighters for a pure, more energizing alternative to drugs and alcohol with a trending wellness product: recreational oxygen.

whats hot now gia on the move music festivals oxygenFor those who crave a natural energy and recovery experience, Oxygen Plus (O+) has introduced a line of canned supplemental oxygen that’s easy to carry and breathe when on the go. O+ is 95% pure oxygen, in a variety of flavors including Natural, Peppermint and Pink Grapefruit, which delivers more than four times the amount of oxygen found in unpolluted, everyday air.

A full range of products are available online at oxygenplus.com. (Be sure to read the label warnings before purchase.)

Oxygen Plus was recently a big hit at the annual Bud Light Digital Dreams Music Festival in Toronto, Canada, and is being heralded as the newest, healthier way to bring out your inner rock star. Oxygen Plus, dubbed the “Evian of the air industry,” is galvanizing awareness. Celebrities like Lady Gaga, Mick Jagger and Justin Timberlake use oxygen on tours and in their daily life to restore vitality and feel more youthful.

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Bonus Tracks for the Weekend: I Feel Like Dancin’


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“All I want to do is lift you up right now…” SUMif

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Here’s what we think you should be listening to this week. And accidental find while reviewing several artists from our submissions, SUMif is the electro-pop moniker of Steph Wells, who traded in her acoustic guitars for midi controllers in hopes of achieve her life goals of traveling the world, making people dance.

In a previously life she spent her days writing country tunes in Nashville, TN ‘chasing love’. We already do – love her, that is, at Gia On The Move.

http://www.sumifmusic.com   @stephwells

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Death Cab for Cutie, Headline 2016 Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival

AnnouncementThe official lineup for the 46th Annual Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival at the Seattle Center over Labor Day weekend, Friday Sept. 2 through Sunday Sept. 4 includes  Headliners: Seattle natives and hip hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, alternative rock band Death Cab for Cutie, and critically acclaimed Norwegian producer KYGO, among others.

More than 140 additional artists will perform throughout the weekend on more than a dozen indoor and outdoor stages spread throughout the 74 acre festival grounds, including both Memorial Stadium and KeyArena.

To celebrate Seattle’s Festival, headliner Macklemore will throw out the first pitch at Safeco Field during “Bumbershoot Night” on April 29. Fans who purchase a ticket to the Bumbershoot section at Safeco Field will receive a Mariners Bumbershoot T-shirt.

TicketsTickets are available at a special discount using promo code “BUMBERSHOOT”

Event Pass Information and Lineup

Passes for Bumbershoot go on sale Friday, April 29 at 10 a.m. PT

3-Day Passes, starting at $180
Gold Passes, $400
Emerald VIP, $700

Bumbershoot 2016 (PRNewsFoto/Bumbershoot)Arts and Culture Programming Highlights

In addition to a diverse music lineup that includes 90 acts, from international headliners to emerging local artists, Bumbershoot programming includes comedy, film, dance, theatre, words and ideas, youth activities, and more.

Comedy: Ron Funches from NBC’s Undateable as Shelly will bring his comedic talents to Bumbershoot along with Comedians of Comedy alum Morgan Murphy, The Improvised Shakespeare Company, and Seattle native Nick Thune.

film-iconFilm: With something for every age and taste, the 1 Reel Film Festival — curated by the Seattle International Film Festival — will serve up a selection of the year’s best short films.

dance_iconDance: Returning in 2015 after a few year hiatus, Bumbershoot’s dance programming offers a strong lineup of talent in 2016 including MaximumVELOCITY, a showcase of top contemporary choreographers and dance groups and the Northwest’s premiere breaking and street dance competition, Reign Supreme, which drew huge crowds in 2015.

Theatre-Set-Theatre-masks-iconTheatre: Curated by Theatre Puget Sound, 2016 theatre performances will include Are You There God? It’s Me, Karen Carpenter, a musical that juxtaposes classic coming of age novel Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret with the music of the Carpenters and an unforgettable performance from Tattprov, which includes one member of the comedy group getting a tattoo based on a suggestion from the audience.

PoetryWords & Ideas: Words & Ideas guests include local poet, writer and filmmaker Sherman Alexi, podcast sensation Chris Allen, Seattle’s premiere political comic (according to Seattle Weekly), Brett Hamil, and the writers of Amazon series Transparent.

YOUNGERSHOOT: Returning for its 6th year the Seattle Children’s Museum presents YOUNGERSHOOT, a place for children ages 10 and younger and their guardians to enjoy the festival together with kid-focused entertainment, hands on activities, and performances.

0002_porkshankFood: Other stand out features this year include B-Eats, a new food program created in partnership with Dan Bugge of Matt’s in The Market and Radiator Whiskey to curate a diverse mix of gourmet style cuisine from local chefs.

Seattle-based nonprofit Center for Infectious Disease Research (CIDResearch) is the official non-profit partner of Bumbershoot 2016. As part of the relationship, Bumbershoot will donate a portion of each pass sold and encourage fans to donate as well, helping spread global health awareness.

Full Lineup

Musical Performances

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis // Death Cab for Cutie // KYGO // Tame Impala // G-Eazy // Pretty Lights // Halsey // DJ Snake // Porter Robinson // Zeds Dead // Bryson Tiller // Michael Franti & Spearhead // Run The Jewels // Billy Idol // ZHU // Fetty Wap // Marshmello // Father John Misty // Explosions In The Sky // Third Eye Blind // Logic // Andrew Bird // Tyler, The Creator // Melanie Martinez // Reggie Watts // Margo Price // Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals // Chevy Metal // Flatbush ZOMBiES // Maren Morris // Kamasi Washington // Jai Wolf // JoJo // Cashmere Cat // The Front Bottoms // Black Joe Lewis // The Motet // TOKiMONSTA // The Blind Boys of Alabama // St. Lucia // Hippie Sabotage // TroyBoi // Gryffin // Bob Moses // Zella Day // Atlas Genius // Bishop Briggs // Jagwar Ma // Banners // Jimi Charles Moody // Barns Courtney //The Flavr Blue // Donna Missal // Hinds // Lewis Del Mar // Joywave // Naked Giants // Manatee Commune // Shaprece // White Denim // Escondido // Lemolo // Iska Dhaaf // Radiation City // Coast Modern // Erik Blood // Rabbit Wilde // Ryan Caraveo // Secret Weapons // Grave & The Pink Slips // Chastity Belt // Dude York // Desi Valentine // Fly Moon Royalty // Stag // Low Cut High Tops // So Pitted // Strangers You Know // Treasure Fingers // Maiah Manser // Super Square // Pony Time // Snuff Redux // Lisa Prank // DoNormaal // Tracksuit Wedding // COSMOS // Zach Van Lue

Comedy

Ron Funches // The Improvised Shakespeare Company // Kate Berlant // Nick Thune // Goddamn Comedy Jam // Morgan Murphy // Dan Soder // Andy Haynes // Billy Wayne Davis // Adam Ray // Tiffany Haddish // Kevin Barnes // Whitmer Thomas // Jena Friedman // Dan St. Germain // Fahim Anwar // Ashley Barnhill // Moses Storm // Rachel Walls // Seattle’s Most Wonderful // Khadija Hassan // Barbara Holm // Wilfred Padua // Queerz: We’re Hilarious // Stand-up for Yourself with Amy Miller // Natalie Holt // Levi Manis // Improv: Carskee, Jesse + Josh=Josh, CSz Seattle Presents ComedySportz, FEELINGS, The Midnight Goats

Words & Ideas

Writers of Transparent // Seattle Review of Books featuring Sherman Alexie, Robert Lashley, and EJ Koh // Seattle Files with Chris Allen // Seattle Process with Brett Hamil // Why Storytelling? Why Professional Wrestling? Why Now? // Why Tech Industry? Why Homelessness? Why Now? // Why Memes? Why Internet Dating? Why Now? With Emmett Montgomery // Hugo House Presents The Oracle // Battle of The Word Poetry Slam

Dance

Reign Supreme Breakin’ Competition // MaximumVELOCITY

Theatre (Curated by the Theatre Puget Sound)

SWING // Tattprov // DUMP: A Garbage Burlesque // Are You There God? It’s Me Karen Carpenter // Can’t Talk Right Now // Mik Kuhlman “House 30”

Visual Arts

Brent Watanabe // Seattle Experimental Animation Team // Interstitial Theatre // Seattle Center Sculpture Walk // Fine Arts Poster by Ryan Molenkamp

Additional Programming

FILM curated by Seattle International Film Festival // YOUNGERSHOOT curated by Seattle Children’s Museum

Culinary

B-Eats feat. Local chefs of Matt’s In The Market, Radiator Whiskey, Garcia, New Luck Toy, Bok Bok Korean Fried Chicken, and Pike Place Fish Guys