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Bumbershoot 2012 Comedy Round-Up

You could easily go to nothing but comedy shows for the three full days of Bumbershoot without too much redundancy. You'd have a pretty difficult time though. The comedy festival within a music festival that happens here every year is kind…

Bumbershoot Review Day 3: The Vaselines

The Vaselines have always been a somewhat obscure band despite their important place in rock history. Formed in Scotland during the 80's by Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee nobody this side of the ocean really heard of them until Kurt Cobain…

Bumbershoot Review Day 3: Fishbone

Fishbone has seen and done virtually everything in their lengthy existence. They were early ska-punk pioneers who gained some mainstream success before being obliterated into obscurity. Despite their fall from grace they have continued to…

Bumbershoot Review Day 3: Reignwolf

Reignwolf, aka Jordan Cook, took over the Starbucks Stage Monday afternoon and turned in what may end up being the performance of Bumbershoot 2012. Cook, who goes simply as Reignwolf, played a blues-inspired, grinding, shredding sludge…

Bumbershoot Review Day 3: the Wildness of M83

When M83 took the stage at KeyArena today at Bumbershoot it was reminiscent of the Emperor's entrance in the movie Return of the Jedi - lots of smoke, colored lights, and darkness. There were also, if I'm not mistaken, laser fingers. In the…

Bumbershoot Review Day 2: Mudhoney

As the sun was setting Sunday night a huge crowd formed in front of the Sub Pop stage at Bumbershoot. The adjacent beer garden was also packed with a huge crowd of over-agers pressed up against the fence that separated the kids from them.…

Bumbershoot Review Day 2: The Dirtbombs

Detroit's The Dirtbombs are an interesting and difficult band to try and pin down. When they hit the Tunein Stage Sunday evening a small but devoted crowd roared with excitement. As the band's two drummers kicked in The Dirtbombs did their…

Bumbershoot Review Day 2: The Young Evils

The Young Evils made their Bumbershoot debut Sunday evening at the new Promenade Stage and unleashed their new rocking sound. They concentrated their set mostly on songs from their new EP, Foreign Spells, along with new songs that have yet…

Bumbershoot Review Day 2: Futurama Writers Panel

I was just in a joyous room full of nerds in the middle of Bumbershoot. Five of the Futurama writers spoke about their process, with comedian Kurt Braunohler as the moderator. Braunohler introduced the panel by referring to Futurama as…

Bumbershoot Review Day 2: Tony Bennett Has Still Got it

We were all a bit surprised to see his name among the headliners of Bumbershoot, but now that we've seen him perform to an elated Key Arena, it's clear that at 86 Tony Bennett is is still in full command of the ship. For many this will…