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Cultivora's 5 Top Picks for Decibel 2013

posted by Kelsey Stoulil on September 25, 2013

  • Nicolas Jaar and Friends Showcase
  • Sub Pop 25 Showcase
  • Optical Night 3: Night Vessel
  • Resident Advisor Showcase
  • Shine On Showcase
  • Seattle, Washington -- The 10th edition of Decibel Festival kicks off today in the PNW and we are here to give you a little guidance when you plan your festival schedule.

    Decibel can be a bit tricky to navigate, with shows taking place throughout the Downtown and Capitol Hill neighborhoods, and 130 artists from 20 different countries. But fear not, young Decibel-goer, we've got our Decibel 2013 Festival Guide to help you with all the necessities. And if you're a Seattleite who has waited until the last minute, you're in luck too - passes are still available, or you can purchase tickets to individual showcases. For that reason, we have combined our top 5 picks by showcase. Click through for the showcases we are most excited about.

  • Nicolas Jaar and Friends Showcase

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    Featuring Phaeleh, Mount Kimbie, and Nicolas Jaar with Tarik Barri. Friday, September 27 at Showbox Sodo. Doors at 9pm.

    Nicolas Jaar has been caressing the ears of festivalgoers with his minimalist, "blue-wave" music all summer. Now he is making his Decibel (and Seattle) debut this weekend and bringing some friends along for the ride. If you can't find your friends on Friday night, this is where they are.

  • Sub Pop 25 Showcase

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    Featuring Kingdom Crumbs, THEEsatisfaction, The Helio Sequence, and Shabazz Palaces. Thursday September 26 at Showbox Market. Doors at 9pm.

    Sub Pop Records is continuing their 25th anniversary celebration with a Decibel Fetival showcase featuring several of their bands from the Pacific Northwest.

    While Sub Pop isn't particularly known for signing electronic acts, these four groups are a good selection of crossover acts, combining hip-hop and folk stylings with electronic elements. Shabazz Palaces in particular are not to be missed; their combination of clever rhymes over exotic beats are always a crowd pleaser.

  • Optical Night 3: Night Vessel

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    Featuring Pharmakon and Zola Jesus with JG Thirlwell and Mivos Quartet. Saturday, September 28 at The Triple Door. Doors at 5:30pm.

    One of the best parts of Decibel is it's integration of innovative and experimental media, which leads us to pick number three: The Optical Events. Four of these unique experiences are taking place throughout the festival, so be sure to catch one.

    Saturday night's performance at The Triple Door will feature Zola Jesus, playing songs from her recent album Versions, a "set of neo-classical reworkings" of former albums. Accompanied by a string quartet and an array of visuals, this is an A/V experience that is sure to light up Seattle's favorite venue.

  • Resident Advisor Showcase

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    Featuring Actress, Lapalux, Natasha Kmeto, and Ghost Feet. Thursday, September 26 at The Crocodile. Doors at 9pm.

    Expect to slow things down a bit at the Resident Advisor Showcase Thursday night. All four acts have their own unique take on lo-fi electronic music, making for a chill night that won't be repetitive. Plus Natasha Kmeto has some great song titles- "Vodka Diet"? who wouldn't want to hear that?

  • Shine On Showcase

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    Featuring Zach Walker, Voices of Black, Slow Magic, Odesza, and Gold Panda. Saturday, September 28 at Neumos. Doors at 9pm. 21+

    If you feel like sticking to one venue on Saturday, make it Neumos for the Shine On Showcase. Zach Walker and Voices of Black will ease you into the night, getting you well prepared for Slow Magic who describe themselves as "the sound made by an unknown imaginary friend." Intriguing, no?

    Next up is Odezsa. This local duo first caught my attention at this year's Sasquatch! and they've played a number of festivals since, including Capitol Hill Block Party, WTFestival, Music Fest Northwest, and Lightning in a Bottle. I've heard a number of people sight them as their favorite festival acts, so I am pretty pumped to catch them at Decibel.

    Last is Gold Panda, aka Derwin Schlecker. Local radio station KEXP turned me onto this producer/music maker a while back. Having missed out on his past Decibel performance, as well as Seattle area shows, I am excited to finally witness a night of his electro-pop dance tunes.


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    See Also:

    The Final Artist Announcement for Decibel 2013 Has Arrived
    Decibel Announces First Four Showcases for 2013 Edition, Adds Zedd to Lineup
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