Rain City Ambience

Seattle-based Northwest music source established in 2005

  • Posts by Aaron Newsom

  • Local Spotlight : Kicked Out Events

    Posted on by Aaron Newsom in Local Spotlight

    Seattle has always had a vibrant underground, which has worn many faces over the years. These days the face of Seattle underground is young and vibrant, versed in Harambe memes and dad jokes, deeply knowledgeable about the bands that came before and enthusiastic about the bands around them. It looks a lot like the guys that run Kicked Out Music.

  • News : New High Sunn Record Friday

    Posted on by Aaron Newsom in News

    Local underground record label Hellur is putting out the latest full album from High Sunn, the solo project of San Fransisco native Justin Cheromiah. Bliss will be his 6th album in 2 years, making him one of the most prolific artists in the bedroom-pop scene, but this one is fresh as ever and well worth a listen.

  • News : VanFest 2016 a Rousing Sucess

    Posted on by Aaron Newsom in News

    This last weekend was the sixth annual VanFest, held out in a campground in Maple Valley. The festival, featuring 37 musical acts, minus a few last minute cancellations, was, as founder Van Wolfe put it, an attempt “to mix the best elements of mega festivals and basement DIY shows”. It struck that balance nicely, the 3 stages plus Hip-Hop tent ran by Town TV meant there was always a band or two playing at once. The crowd of around 100 attendees would migrate in waves from stage to stage. As one band would finish, a band on the next stage over would just be launching into their set. The artists playing represented a strong cross-section of the Northwest music scene, pulling bands from Seattle, Tacoma and even Glacier Veins from Portland and Big O from Caldwell Idaho. The line-up gets filled pretty quickly every year; Van Wolfe sends out invitations in January and takes the first 36 or so to get back to him, and also gets asked by bands directly if they can come play, which was the case with Celestial Navigation, who were playing a great folk/jazz set as I talked to Wolfe. If you want to get at the center of the current Seattle scene, it is in the humble draw of Van Wolfe. He admits in an ah-shucks sort of way to knowing of 18 different people with a tattoo of him and every band makes sure to thank him for putting the event on.
    The atmosphere was overwhelmingly positive and inclusive and it became quickly clear how interwoven the Seattle scene is. Many bands remarked how cool it was to be able to see all their friend’s bands in the same place.
    The location, 45 minutes or so from Seattle, was a welcome retreat from the concrete jungle, verdant vegetation acting as a backdrop to the bands, who played under the overhanging log and tin roofs of the camp’s kitchen areas. There is a small river that winds behind the campground which many took full advantage of in the 90 degree heat. It was eerily like being back at summer camp, albeit with a much more robust talent show, and much more beautiful people.
    Stand-outs from the day included SEACATS’ wonderfully theatric set, where the band presented itself as a cult and finished with a strong cover of Papa Roach’s ‘Last Resort’, that rode the thin line between parody and fan-boy worship. Glacier Veins played one of the tightest sets of the day, playing up-tempo post-emo punk rock with equal parts skillful precision and rollicking passion. Front woman and lead songwriter Malia Endres is a real talent. The Hip-Hop tent was set a little a part from the other three stages, and was much more lightly attended. A shame as festival-goes missed out on acts like Michette, whose gender-bending persona and playfully creative wordplay were a revelation.
    This writer is already looking forward to next year. See you there?

  • News : VanFest This Weekend

    Posted on by Aaron Newsom in News

    This Saturday is the sixth annual VanFest out in Maple Valley, featuring four stages and 30 bands, including SEACATS, Lemolo, MC Lars and Falling Over. The show benefits the Maple Valley Food Bank and is free to underage concert-goes, so you can feel good about your rocking out. Come out to Royal Arch Masonic Park, music starts at noon.

  • News : Manatee Commune Opening for Morcheeba

    Posted on by Aaron Newsom in News

    A Bellingham favorite, Manatee Commune, is opening for Skye Edwards and Ross Godfrey of legendary electronic group Morcheeba, August 31st at the Showbox, bringing you all the warm electro-soul vibes you’ve been needing. Get your tickets here

  • News : Rocky Votolato in Store at Easy Street Records

    Posted on by Aaron Newsom in News

    Rocky Votolato and fellow Seattle singer-songwriter Chris Staples are coming to the West Seattle Easy Street Records this Saturday the 20th at 6pm, celebrating Chris’s new album Golden Age and the 10th anniversary of Rocky’s album Makers with a small in-store show. Well worth dropping by!

  • News : LaFlamapalooza This Weekend

    Posted on by Aaron Newsom in News

    There is still time to get tickets to LaFlamapalooza, a single day music festival in quaint Bow Washington, benefiting local non-profit Reel Grrls, this Saturday, August 13th. For fifteen bucks you get to hang out and watch 15 bands including Great Grandpa, Swooning, Sun Dummy, and so many more amazing acts. Get your tickets here.

  • News : Ghoulavelii to Play The Vera Project Aug. 18th

    Posted on by Aaron Newsom in News

    Ghoulavellii, AKA Ghoulish, AKA Ghoul!, a personal favorite in the underground Seattle Hip-Hop scene, will bring their high energy music to The Vera Project August 18th along with fellow rapper and social commentator Yung Fern.

  • News : Suicide Squeeze 20th Anniversary Show

    Posted on by Aaron Newsom in News

    Beloved punk label Suicide Squeeze is turning 20 years old and celebrating with a show at Neumos on August 25th with the very excellent Coathangers. Also on hand to rock your world are Guantanamo Baywatch, Locals Childbirth, and Audacity. Tickets are available here.

  • News : Deerhoof to play Neumos 7/9

    Posted on by Aaron Newsom in News

    Very quirky, very loud veteran indie rockers Deerhoof are set to play Neumos Saturday the 9th of July with Tacoma natives Skating Polly and Seattle’s Scarves. Get your tickets here, this is definitely one to see.