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Fred Wildlife Refuge

Feeling some Murder Vibes - and liking it

If you are one of those people who secretly spend the summer longing for the return of cloudy skies and drizzly rain, you want to know about the self-titled debut album from local duo Murder Vibes. Vocalist Peter Hanks and multi-instrumentalist Jordan Evans have created a dark, moody soundtrack equally suited to solitary strolls through soggy fallen leaves or dancing with strangers in darkened basements.

Like many debuts, this one wears its influences proudly on its sleeve, and Murder Vibes have drawn from some of the best. Imagine the dark spirit of Depeche Mode combined with M83’s beats and Nick Cave’s drama, all built on a solid foundation of post-millennium U2 and you’ll have a pretty near idea of what Murder Vibes are up to. (And really, it is striking how effectively Hanks evokes Bono - which is about the highest compliment I can give.)

The trick with dark and moody bedroom projects is that they don’t always translate well to the stage. We’ll have a chance to find out how well Murder Vibes does it at their album release show at Fred Wildlife Refuge on November 13 (NOTE: we originally had it as 11/11 - it is actually, for real, on 11/13 - huge apologies). That will be your first chance to buy the album as well, although the single “Not Alone Tonight” is available on bandcamp now.

You can watch the creepy teaser for that song after the cut below, or head over to their web page where the rest of their teasers are pretty funny. 

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Let's Nic at Nite with Hey Marseilles, Pearly Gate Music, star-tastic silent auctions and more for a good cause

2010.07.29: Hey Marseilles @ The Moore Theatre, Seattle, WA
{Hey Marseilles photo by Jason Tang from the Imaginary Photo Pool}

Huge thanks to the folks that have put together the Nic at Nite party for letting us share a special invitation to their big soiree on Monday, May 23rd at the Fred Wildlife Refuge (128 Belmont Ave E ) in Capitol Hill. The evening is a celebration and fundraiser for Nicole Pieratt, amazing Seattle stylist, lady, etc. Earlier this year, Nicole was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer (at the age of 27) and has spent the last few months in treatment. To mark this special milestone, a group of her fans and friends have organized a fancy party complete with performances and silent auction prizes featuring a who's who of Seattle:

Special Live Performances by:
Hey Marseilles
Pearly Gate Music
DJ Erika White

Silent Auction Contributions from:
Mathews Winery, Mark Ryan Winery, Sub Pop, Teatro Zinzanni, Pacific Northwest Ballet, autographed works by Lance Mercer and Charles Peterson, photographic prints by Hayley Young, original artwork by Stacey Rozich, Drew Christie, Daniel Carillo, autographed vinyl from The Cave Singers, Campfire, Ok, and many more

Autographed vinyl! Original artwork and photographic prints! Sub Pop!

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