SxSeattle is a send-off party for some musicians who are playing Austin, Texas' SXSW festival this year. On March 5 at Neumos, Lemolo, OCnotes, Spac3man, and Seacats will play a show, and all proceeds will go to the artists to help them get to SXSW and maybe eat and drink some stuff while they're there.
Music link: http://lemolomusic.bandcamp.com
Named one of the “Best New Seattle Bands” by Seattle Magazine, Lemolo is a dream-pop duo comprised of Poulsbo natives Meagan Grandall and Kendra Cox. The girls became instant friends as kayaking instructors on the waters off of Lemolo Shore Drive, where they learned of their shared love for music and adventure. It didn’t take long for them to begin performing together and making their mark in the Seattle music community, creating what Seattle Weekly calls the “most promising expansions on the pretty sounds that have dominated the local zeitgeist.” The energy these two produce live is a “force to be reckoned with,” according to Three Imaginary Girls, and Sound on the Sound adds that Lemolo leaves the listener “aching for more.” Along with receiving generous reviews for their album and live shows, the duo has opened for Sharon Van Etten, toured with The Head and the Heart, performed at Capitol Hill Block Party, City Arts, Music Fest NW, Bumbershoot and the Dave Matthews Band Caravan Festivals, performed on KEXP 90.3 FM and sold out their album release show in only eleven hours. Lemolo released their debut full length album, The Kaleidoscope, on July third, and they look forward to what lies ahead.
Music link: http://ocnotes.bandcamp.com
OCnotes, AKA Otis Calvin III, is a Seattle-based producer/singer/MC/multi/multiinstrumentalist (playing 12 instruments at last count)—in the past described in local press as a cross between Madlib and Mos Def, a reductive tag (you'd probably want to add equal parts Daedelus, Dungeon Family and Cody ChesnuTT to get closer to the fact) but a handy enough reference. His solo work and collaborations with such Seattle vibe-setters as THEESatisfaction have made him a darling of the Emerald City's most forward-listening. The latest (and greatest) addition to his already sizable, self-released catalogue is Pre Future Post Modern Love Songs AKA AlienBootyBass. OCnotes' fractured, dreamy brilliance is the most accessible, on this, his brightest and tightest work yet.
Music link: http://www.reverbnation.com/spaceman1
Spaceman is Sportn’ Life Records breakout artist, and since his departure as D.Black’s hype man, his solo endeavors have kept him moving full speed. A couple of strong singles under his belt and his appearance on “Big Homie Style” off of Jake One’s White Van Music has only sealed the deal that Spaceman is a force to be reckoned with. Spaceman brings high energy to his live performance. Crowd surfing, stage dives and performing songs immersed in the crowd are not uncommon at one of his shows. He feeds off of the energy of the audience and gives them exactly what they came for. Its lights, cameras, action with Spaceman!
Music link: http://seacats.bandcamp.com/
SEACATS are a pop-rock band formed in Washington State. The band’s music is high-energy rock with an emphasis on catchy hooks and solid songwriting. Their sound has been described as "Fun, bouncy, crunchy power pop" (The Stranger, Seattle) The band consists of brothers Mike and Josh Davis and friends Joey Britten, Julian Ledgerwood, and Cody Graves. The band has been existence since summer 2008 and has produced 3 EPs, several music videos, and played over 100 shows all along the west coast and PNW, including the 2010 Bumbershoot Seattle Music and Arts Festival, and placing as finalists in Experience Music Project Seattle's 2010 annual Soundoff! competition. The band released their debut full-length LP "Metal Music" on May 20th, 2011.