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Live Review: Panama Wedding, Griswolds and Magic Man bring down Neumos

The other night I saw three electro-pop bands that, if you so choose to listen to, might make you break out in a happy dance. Yes, the good vibes were all around the other night at the Neumos when I was able to see Panama Wedding, The Griswolds and Magic Man. The stop in Cap Hill was part of their “Hotline Spring Tour” and I was little disappointed that it included no Drake covers. Truth be told, I hadn’t done much listening to these acts but what I got was pretty much what I expected. Throughout the show, the bands delivered high-tempo tunes that made everyone hop around.

First we had the synth-heavy, melodic guys from Brooklyn, NY and honestly I thought they out-performed everyone else that would later come on that stage. Panama Wedding hasn’t really released that much music, but they’ve done pretty well with their two EPs. What makes this band really fun to see is their frontman, Peter Kirk, who’s voice is just really purely beautiful. Their music isn’t too complicated but it doesn’t feel like it has to be. The highlight of the show for me was “Uma”, a song that is just way too fun to sing along to and one that’s been stuck in my head since the other night.

Next we had a couple of Aussies who did their best to follow P-Wed. The Griswolds have done pretty well with their debut album Be Impressive that was released last year. Frontman Christopher Whitehall has got electric pink hair that tells you right away that this guy gets freaky with it. This band seems like they’re going to become bigger and bigger because their songs are just like really fun, guilt-free, cruelty-free pop music.

Headlining this mutha was Magic Man, a band out of BOSTON (MY HOMETOWN!) that has a way bigger following than I was aware of. Their frontman, Alex Caplow, was not about to be out-hyped by the Griswolds. He came out fiery and made this band go. Sonically, they don’t differ too much from the other bands, which I guess makes sense because they were touring with them… Huh. Anyways, fun show that you didn’t really need to think about. Just dance!

At the end we got a surprise crossover of all three bands who did a joyous rendition of R. Kelly’s “Ignition (remix)”. This was a lot of fun that featured one mysterious band member spitting absolute fire emojis. After the bands had left the stage, my face was covered in smiles so I’d say the whole thing was a good experience. Overall, this show was great fun but like not really life changing, you know? I’d check these bands out if you aren’t afraid to admit that you like pop. 

Similar to CHVRCHES, Walk the Moon or St. Lucia.

Winslow Lewis is a first-time guest blogger who also DJs for Rainy Dawg Radio. Check out more music and news from Rainy Dawg Radio @ RainyDawg.org!

EP Review: Hippo Campus – South

With brisk fall in full swing and ominous winter slowly approaching, sometimes a summery song can be the perfect pick-me-up. Unless you’re like me and just like to wallow in the gloomy majestic cloud cover and misty rain that is the majority of Seattle’s colder seasons. Anyway, if that first scenario applies to you, or you just really need some new tunes, then Hippo Campus’s recently released EP South might just be your little miracle.

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Although this band hails from St. Paul, Minnesota, they definitely have a west coast kinda vibe with their beachy, colorful guitar riffs, and just overall indie sound. Vocalist Jake Luppen isn’t afraid to explore the vast spectrum of his vocal range, and although some of the lyrics tend to get a little too repetitive for my taste, overall the songs successfully give off a feeling that’s like driving down the California coast at sunset in a convertible with your sickest sunglasses on. If you haven’t had the chance to experience that feeling, then just take my word for it that it’s pretty awesome.

The song “South” quite clearly stands out as the focal point of the EP, and that makes sense because the two share the same name after all. However, I think my favorite track has to be “Violet” because I just adore the way Hippo Campus takes there time building up the energy in the song. Not to mention the catchy chorus is great too. Without fail every time I’m 1 minute and 13 seconds into it I just feel like dancing and jumping around the dorm doing all my favorite nerdy dance moves (even if my roommate disapproves).

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#sorrynotsorry Between the song’s rises and falls in tempo, you have the perfect mix of excitement and relaxation all rolled into one catchy tune that is sure to get you off the couch and doing something with your day. Also, the way the ending just fades into a dreamy send off leaves you perfectly at ease with how hard you just rocked out. Go on, give it a listen and let me know what you think. 

Pretty good, am I right? Anyway, if you haven’t heard Hippo Campus’s first EP titled Bashful Creatures, which contains popular tracks such as “Suicide Saturday” and “Little Grace” (and were too lazy to click on the video links I kindly provided for you above) then I guess I could compare their sound to bands like The Griswolds, Wild Party, and maybe even Young the Giant. If you haven’t heard of any of those guys either, then just stop reading right now and go listen to all of them. Seriously. You won’t regret it.

Overall Rating: 8/10

Notable Tracks: “South”, “Violet”, “The Halocline”

The Band’s Website: http://hippocampusband.com/

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Addison Simon