Dispatch from Bumbershoot 4

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dita vox of thee emergency; photo by josh; bumbershoot set [flickr]

Last night I wandered from an unjustifiably empty Sons and Daughter’s set to an unjustifiably empty The Hands set, and couldn’t figure out where everyone was. Even given that a large portion of the crowd was probably at The Black Keys/waiting for Stone Temple pilots, both of those bands are good and deserved a crowd. And then I came to the Fisher Green and found everyone left at Bumbershoot watching The Saturday Knights, and that, as I have told everyone who will listen, warmed the cockles of me old seafarin’ heart. I love The Saturday Knights so, and even more when they are sampling the Fleet Foxes and Band of Horses.

Dita Vox really is the hottest girl in Seattle, and Thee Emergency owned the EMP last night. The stage was also graced by a pink gorilla and Jacob James on keyboards. I think Jacob is officially involved in every band in Seattle.

If what I heard this afternoon is any indication, Blitzen Trapper’s new album is going to be a whole lot less robot and a whole lot more alt-country rock. Seeing them meant that I missed watching Monotonix get shut down after just a couple of songs, before they even got a chance to set anything on fire. This is probably for the best, since I hear that from the very start the whole thing was insane. After the show, the band was swarmed by a crowd wanting to buy merchandise.

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