Wednesday
Jan132016

Single Release: Kris Orlowski - "Walking in my Sleep"

Kris Orlowski is ready. 
Our phone call is happening hours earlier than scheduled, squeezed in while he's still in Nashville. He's busy writing songs while seeing a growing circle of friends and industry contacts. He offers to step outside where it's quieter but I can hear him just fine. 

His new album, Often in the Pause, is due out in April (PRE ORDER NOW!) and the first tune “Walking in my Sleep" sounds like a departure for the Seattle-based singer-songwriter. There’s more of a rock-radio polish to the production and an unmistakable upward trajectory. He still displays the disarming voice and knack for melody he showed on Believer (2014), but with aims for larger audiences. 
“It’s exciting, but it’s kind of scary,” he says of the record, which will consist of 12 songs from varying genres, all revolving around life and it's carousel of transitions. “The album's really close to our hearts. It's a bit of a different me, but I'm excited about it." 
And it sure sounds in his voice. Be sure to take a listen to his new single below, and check out his interesting covers of "Halo" (Beyonce) and "Nice Work if You Can Get It" (Gershwin) as well.
Upcoming Show Dates: 
1/28 – Green Frog, Bellingham, WA 
1/29 – Yakima Sports Center, Yakima, WA 
1/30 – The Bartlett, Spokane, WA 1/31 – Caffè Mela, Wenatchee, WA 
2/3 – White Eagle, Portland, OR 
2/4 – Sunset Tavern, Seattle, WA 

2/5 – Sunset Tavern, Seattle, WA

 

Words by Brian Hodge

Video by Adam Richert

Saturday
Dec192015

Kris Orlowski - Visible Voice Session - *Christmas Special*

Hello Everyone!

We would like to wish you a merry Christmas and happy holidays from your friends at Visible Voice.

If you have not heard Kris Orlowski we would be honored to introduce you to his untroubled sound that sneeks up on you like theif in the night.

Kris stopped by for a little special edition Christmas session that will surely put you in a festive spirit. We will be doing another video after the new year in support of his up and coming album. In the mean time listen to his current album Believer and enjoy this spirited session.

 

Kris Orlowski "Maybe this Christmas" from Kitchen Sessions on Vimeo.

 

Monday
Dec072015

Heather Woods Broderick plays Providence

Happy Monday. If you’re looking to bust out of the suddenly-dark-at-4:30-doldrums, consider that powerful panacea live music. Even though it’s a weeknight, music lovers should consider popping in to tonight’s show in downtown Providence featuring Heather Woods Broderick.

Broderick is perhaps best known for her work in Sharon Van Etten’s band, but her sophomore album Glider is worthy of acclaim in her own right. Featuring clever production (which will be fascinating to see live) and smooth vocal harmonies, Broderick distills life from new veins, striking out in unexpected musical directions while never veering too far off course to lose its cozy center. Check it out tonight at Aurora, one of Visible Voice’s favorite live music venues in Providence.

 

Sunday
Dec062015

The David Wax Museum - Visible Voice Session

 We have been following the progression of The David Wax Museum for many years now. Their success lies deeply in their genuine, whole hearted dedication to their fans and highly energetic talent. I have a true respect for hard working artists who put everything into their craft; I've never met a harder working set of artists than David Wax and Suz Slezak.
The band’s latest single “Guesthouse” from their new album also called “Guesthouse” is based on their experiences touring and staying with friends and family in cities across the country. They have stayed with us in the past and they couldn't be more gracious of guests.
We were able to catch up with The David Wax Museum right before their show at the Tractor Tavern in Seattle. They played a little session for us in the small and dark green room. Please enjoy!

Tuesday
Nov242015

Aoife O'Donovan - Visible Voice Session - Behind the Moore Theater 

 

We had the pleasure of sitting down with the charming and gracious Aoife O’Donovan in her dressing room at the Beautiful Moore Theater for an acoustic session. We first heard Aoife at the Newport Folk Festival in 2014 and were absolutely delighted by her captivating personality and sound. She is currently on tour with Glen Hansard, which is a match made in Heaven if you ask me.

This is only the beginning of a massive tour to promote her up and coming album 'In The Magic Hour' (Yep Roc Records). Album drops on January 22, 2016 Click here to Pre Order

You can purchase two songs from the album; 'Magic Hour' and 'The King of all birds' on itunes right now!

 

Nov 24

Taft Theatre w/ Glen Hansard

Cincinnati, OH

Nov 25

Buckhead Theatre w/ Glen Hansard

Atlanta, GA

Dec 10

Bowery Ballroom w/ I'm With Her, Sa...

New York, NY

Dec 11

Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ I'm With Her, Sa...

Brooklyn, NY

Jan 02

City Winery w/ Steve Earle

New York, NY

Jan 27

Tradfest - The Button Factory

Dublin, Ireland

Jan 28

Out to Lunch Arts Festival - The Black Box

Belfast, United Kingdom

Jan 29

Old Fruitmarket w/ rura, The East P...

Glasgow, United Kingdom

Jan 30

Greystones

Sheffield, United Kingdom

Jan 31

The Met

Bury, United Kingdom

Feb 01

Tunnels

Bristol, United Kingdom

Feb 04

St. Pancras Old Church

London, United Kingdom

Feb 05

The Bullingdon Arms

Oxford, United Kingdom

Feb 19

Swallow Hill Music

Denver, CO

Feb 20

E-Town

Boulder, CO

Feb 21

Vilar Performing Arts Center

Beaver Creek, CO

Feb 22

Musical Instrument Museum

Phoenix, AZ

Feb 24

Largo

Los Angeles, CA

Feb 26

Lobero Theatre

Santa Barbara, CA

Feb 27

Folktale Winery

Carmel By The Sea, CA

Feb 28

The Chapel

San Francisco, CA

Feb 29

Mcnear's Mystic Theatre

Petaluma, CA

Mar 03

The Shedd

Eugene, OR

Mar 04

Mississippi Studios

Portland, OR

Mar 05

Biltmore Cabaret

Vancouver, Canada

Mar 06

Columbia City Theater

Seattle, WA

Apr 07

The Barns At Wolf Trap

Vienna, VA

Sunday
Nov152015

Lucius benefit tour by Lagunitas

Lucius x Lagunitas are teaming up for a run of November shows in the Pacific Northwest. All ticket sales will be donated to a local nonprofit in each city. Tickets available HERE.

The Alzheimer’s Society of Washington: This nonprofit’s mission is to educate people about dementia related diseases and provide hope to those affected by offering support and resources. If you’re interested in learning more or in donating to the cause, please visit here.

Family Dogs New Life Shelter: A nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing and rehoming needy dogs of all ages, breeds and backgrounds. Their mission, simply put, is to help reduce the number of dogs being euthanized. If you’re interested in learning more or in donating to the cause, please visit here.

Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts: A nonprofit organization committed to diverting material out of the waste stream and into the creative endeavors of the community, striving to offer high quality arts programming at a very low cost. If you’re interested in learning more or in donating to the cause, please visit here.

 The Phoenix Theater Youth Programs: The Phoenix Center is a place where teens are encouraged and empowered to engage in music and performing arts. The center’s programs provide a variety of opportunities for learning and self-expression in a safe, inclusive environment. If you’re interested in learning more or in donating to the cause, please visit here.

Alzheimer Society of Washington: http://www.alzsociety.org/donate-now
Friday
Sep252015

Small Houses - Visible Voice Sessions

Small Houses stopped by for a quick Visible Voice Session! Check it out and catch him on tour!

Wilco cover "I'm Always in Love"

 "Revel"

 

Sep 26 Small's Hamtramck, MI  
Sep 29 Listing Loon Cincinnati, OH  
Sep 30 House Concert Columbus, OH  
Oct 02 Mission Hall Rochester, NY  
Oct 03 Mohawk Buffalo, NY  
Oct 31 Børneteatret Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Monday
Sep212015

Grace Potter’s Grand Point North Festival - Burlington, VT

Much like its conceptualizer and creator Grace Potter, the Grand Point North Festival, held on September 12th -13th, proved for a fifth year in a row, to be a delightful and refreshing blend of humble New England roots, natural style and beauty, and electrifying musical talent.  In today’s popular festival culture, which has become oversaturated with corporate sponsors, big-bill lineups and crowds from tens to hundreds of thousands, Grand Point North is a breath of festival fresh air, with its intimate family feeling, eclectic local fare, subtle maple-syrup essence the air, and diversity of patrons.  Situated on the cozy-sized Waterfront Park, on the shoreline of Lake Champlain in downtown Burlington, Vermont, Grand Point North boasts a breathtaking lakefront view, one which rivals the likes of Newport Folk Festival, and brings together an extensive spectrum of musical genres, which one may not necessarily expect from a small festival.  

As the headliner for both nights, and primary curator of the festival’s musical talent, Potter nailed it with this year’s lineup.  Both days started off featuring performances by a selection of local bands and artists, including The Snaz, a female-fronted indie-rock group from Brattleboro, Vermont, Mal Maiz, a Latin-reggae fusion band with a danceable gypsy flair, as well as battle of the band winning teenagers of the Hardwood Union High School Assembly Band from Moretown, Vermont.  The standout local performance of the weekend was delivered by Potter-favorite, Madalia, whose sound was as tight, colorful and synthetic as their fluorescent spandex ensembles. The five-piece, Waitsfield-based electro-pop collaboration oozes a captivating, upbeat Scissor Sisters-type vibe, backed up by impressive musicianship and surprisingly deep, and sometimes dark lyrics.

The Grand Point North design is ideal for festival-goers who don’t like to miss out on a single minute of music; the side-by-stage set-up, and lightning-quick set breaks, keeps the energy moving throughout the day, and allows the audience to take in the entire experience.  This convenient configuration was particularly appreciated for Saturday’s superstar evening line-up, kicked-off by Amy Helm & the Handsome Strangers, who paid tribute to Helm’s father by performing The Band’s famous cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City.” Phish bassist, Mike Gordon, took the stage next, fresh off of Magnaball and a solo tour earlier this summer, and he was followed by up-and-comer, Shakey Graves, who delivered a performance that was simultaneously charming and electrifying, despite being down a band member.

  

When Grace Potter took the stage on night one, there was no question who the crowd came to the park to see.  In addition to being a native Vermonter and local celebrity, Potter is arguably one of the most talented and captivating female performers out there, a statement validated by her close personal A-list fan base consisting of a laundry list of multi-genre musicians, including Warren Haynes, Mick Jagger and Kenny Chesney.  Chesney even made a surprise appearance during Potter’s set, to perform their duet “Wild Child,” which was received with an enthusiastic response from a surprised and starstruck crowd.  Potter’s ability to draw in her audience with her skilled musicianship, palpable sex appeal, and undeniable energy is what makes her a spectacular force to be reckoned with.     

Day two of Grand Point North got off to an energetic start with local heavy-metal band, Barishi, followed by indie-rock group The Heavy Plains, and the funk-jazz fusion stylings of Soul Monde.  The festival really hit its stride when Brooklyn-based Americana favorites, Spirit Family Reunion took the stage to deliver their catchy signature Americana tunes; and despite an ominous dark cloud that made its threatening journey across the lake, and eventually dumped several inches of rain on an unflappable crowd during his set, Marc Benevento didn’t miss a beat, and was even joined by Potter’s drummer and husband, Matt Burr for a rousing rendition of “At the Show.”

As Greensky Bluegrass began their set, the clouds parted and the late-summer sun revealed a rainbow and breathtaking view over the lake, which the band encouraged the audience to turn around and take a moment to soak in.  The only drawback to the side-by-side stage set-up was revealed during Greensky’s set, as the audience tried to ignore the distracting construction of the Flaming Lips’ famous over-the-top set design going up at the same time.  The distraction was worth it though.  Curtains of technicolor LED lights, and air cannons blasting fog and confetti into the crowd welcomed Lips’ frontman Wayne Coyne, and his signature psychedelic costume-clad extras to the stage, for performances of all the fan favorites like “Do You Realize,” “She Don’t Use Jelly,” and “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.”  Most festival goers would likely agree that a highlight of the weekend was the band’s gift to the audience - a giant silver balloon which spelled out “F*** Yeah Burlington” and was enthusiastically passed overhead around the park, stopping for dozens of photo ops along the way.

 

After the sun went down on Sunday night, Grace Potter and her band once again took the stage to close out another successful Grand Point North Festival.  Potter delivered a perfect balance of new songs off her pop-influenced new album Midnight, beloved Nocturnals tunes like “Paris (Ooh La La),” and “Nothing but the Water", along with crowd-pleasing covers of classic Rolling Stones, Pointer Sisters and Jefferson Airplane songs.  As Potter graciously bid the crowd farewell, and issued a genuine round of applause and thanks to the talented musicians and Higher Ground festival organizers, it was impossible not to feel like a part of something truly special. 

Words//Photos by by Jordan Gill

 

Thursday
Sep172015

Bumbershoot 2015

With the rocky road Bumbershoot has faced over the past year -- financially and internally -- the weather at this year’s festival seemed symbolic. Storms, rapid winds, and heat bursts cycled throughout the weekend, but besides a slight delay due to lightning on the first evening, the programming powered on. The organization kept its promise to retain a focus on local music, and still provided enough national star power to draw people in from all over the Pacific Northwest. While nearly impossible to list all the greats present, there were a few stand-outs from each day that made the event extra memorable.

Free from the thunder and rainstorms that graced the crowds on Saturday, Flying Lotus gave a tremendous and awe-inspiring performance to wrap up the night. Although the crowd may have not been what it should (Key Arena is huge, not really intimate for such a show, as well as The Weeknd playing at the same time) - the show was incredible. The hypnotic sounds blended with the entrancing, sometimes horrifying and always stunning visuals made for a perfect pairing, and his engaging and excited energy made it that much more of a live performance - something that isn't as common as it should be! Your Dead is phenomenal - something I hope will be a trendsetter for more artists of multiple fields to get involved and project their sights and sounds for the future.

I couldn't have been happier to sneak up to the front to see the The Melvins on Sunday. They're a band that needs no introduction, as they've been around for years, but as someone younger who started listening to them while they already had an established following, it was exhilarating. Considering the rarity that is successful bands who've been around for multiple generations continuing to play live and engaging shows, I felt lucky. It was fantastic, and I couldn't stop staring at King Buzzo, whose gaze was impenetrably set on the crowd -- challenging us to respond and match the energy that they gave.

Hands down one of my favorite bands of 2015 has been Seattle’s own Bread & Butter. With a self-description of “hump rock” creators, these guys channel their hangovers, horniness, and heartbreaks through their instruments. Playing on the Rhapsody Stage Monday afternoon was a great fit for them, as a smiling crowd up front danced on the grass, doused with sunshine. The band’s onstage presence is a mix of introspective strumming and slap-happy headbanging, complementing their infectious tunes and double-entendre lyrics. From the rock-bottom pleas within “Desperation” to the crescendo of the rooftop-party-starting “Keys to the City”, this four-piece sculpts relatable anthems for every party animal.


Honestly, I didn’t think I’d enjoy Peaches as much as I did. Before her KeyArena performance, I’d only known a certain mega-hit by her about …. sexual healing, you could say. As she DJed, strip-danced, and drenched the crowd with bottles of champagne, though, I couldn’t stop grinning. She entertained the enormous crowd without a single other person setting foot on stage, wearing her brand of weirdness and affinity for indulgence like badges of honor. Her stage setup was one of the best I’ve seen within that stadium, and the audience ate up her every word.

Polishing off the weekend with Built To Spill was one of my better ideas at Bumbershoot this year. After seeing them several times before, I feared their set may be old hat, but man, they crushed that silly notion within mere minutes. Untethered Moon, released earlier this year, refilled their quivers, and they unleashed the fresh jams on us like fireballs. While their faces onstage may be stoic, the concentration and passion in each note makes it sound like they’re building the Tower of Babel. To them I will forever say rock on, unassuming gentlemen. They remain a seemingly impossible combination: both real and legendary.

Bumbershoot’s fate remains to be seen, but 2015 offered something fantastic for every ear -- and come Tuesday morning, that is hopefully what every music lover remembered.


Words // photos by AJ Dent

Words by Mariama Salia