VIDEO: Tangerine’s “Sunset”

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Sugar Teeth is the brand new EP from Seattle ladies and gent named Tangerine, and these folks are smoking pierced! This was for “Sunset” was directed by Shaun Libman and I hope he does more work like this in the future. The EP can be pre-ordered below via Amazon.com

SOME STUFFS: Spring tour awaits for Seattle’s Tangerine

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Seattle trio Tangerine are going on a tour this spring and they are so eager to do it, they’re doing it a week in advance. They hit the road beginning next week Sunday and will be heading to SXSW this year. They’re going through North America and will end up close to home by appearing at this year’s Sasquatch music festival in the Gorge at George. Check out the coordinates:

March 13… San Francisco, CA (Hemlock)
March 16… Austin, TX (SCRATCH HOUSE)
March 18… Austin, TX (Westin Hotel in Downtown Austin)
March 20… Austin, TX (Spider House (day party))
March 22… San Diego, CA (The Hideout)
March 24… Reno, NV (Holland Project)
March 25… Boise, ID (Treefort Festival)
April 2… Pullman, WA (Washington State University)
April 16… Spokane, WA (Observatory)
April 17… Boise, ID (Neurolux)
April 18… Salt Lake City, UT (@ Kilby Court)
April 20… Sioux Falls, SD (Total Drag Records)
April 21… Des Moines, IA (Vaudeville Mews)
April 22… Chicago, IL (Emporium)
April 23… Detroit, MI (UFO Factoy)
April 24… Toronto, ON (Smiling Buddha)
April 26… Providence, RI (Aurora)
April 27… Boston, MA (Middle East)
April 28… New York, NY (Cake Shop)
April 30… Richmond, VA (Hardywood Park Craft Brewery)
May 1… Raleigh, NC (Neptune’s)
May 2… Ashevile, GA (Tiger Moungain)
May 4… Athens, GA (Georgia Theater , Rooftop)
May 5… New Orleans, LA (Siberia)
May 6… Houston, TX (Walter’s)
May 10… Los Angeles, CA (TBA)
May 11… San Francisco, CA (Rickshaw Stop)
May 12… Eureka, CA (Shanty Tavern)
May 13… Portland, OR (The Know)
May 27… George, WA (Sasquatch Festival)

AUDIO: Tangerine’s “Sunset”

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Seattle’s Tangerine are getting ready… no, let’s be honest, they are probably overeager to get Sugar Teeth out and ready for everyone, which’ll most likely lead to a number of shows for you to check out and feel the music in person. You’ll have to wait for February 19th for Swoon Records to release it but everyone involved are sharing yet another song from the EP, so please listen to the group’s new single, “Sunset”.

Spring shows are being arranged right now, with only two in their itinerary so far, including one at the Kazzufest in Pullman, Washington on April 2nd. Check out the dates below:
February 12… Seattle, WA (The Black Lodge)
April 2… Pullman, WA (Kazzufest)
May 27… George, WA (Gorge Amphitheater)

SOME STUFFS: Seattle band Tangerine to release new EP in February

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February 19th: that is when Seattle trio Tangerine will release an EP on Swoon Records called Sugar Teeth, so you may want to brush your molars so they will not corrode. As for your ears, if you’d like to hear what they are planning in 2016, check out a song from the EP in the form of “Tender”, which it may be (or not). The group consists of sisters Marika and Miro Justad, and Toby Kuhn. Together they nicely blend even doses of pop and rock to create something that sounds driving and powerful. They’ll be more with the new EP but you’ll have to wait until the middle of winter to hear it, but it’s coming. Meanwhile, “Tender” is available as a free download, while supplies last.

REVIEW: Tangerine’s “Radical Blossom” (EP)

 photo Tangerine_cover_zps84bc42e5.jpg Seattle’s Tangerine make some bright and bubbly pop, which some may hear as a bright alternative to the heavy stuff or just all around good music. The group have returned after one EP release with another, called Radical Blossom (Swoon).

The one thing I hope doesn’t happen with this release is some journalist calls this “the rise of hapa rock” or “hapa pop” simply because of the the Justad sisters, vocalist Marika and drummer Miro. What the two do very well is harmonize, to the point where I had wondered if what I was hearing was just one of them singing background to themselves. It reminds me a bit of country groups where the singers are related, and those harmonies can’t be denied. It applies with Tangerine, who are rounded off with bassist Ryan Baker and guitarist Toby Kuhn, and together they make the kind of festive indie pop that makes you want to dance and smile without regret, whether it sounds to you like Belly, Lush, or maybe something closer to Beat Happening or The Vaselines. The song that hit home for me is “Hanford Riviera”, as the Hanford Nuclear Plant is in my backyard, and no one would ever call Hanford a riviera anything (a bit like calling the city of Yakima “the Palm Springs of Washington State”, but that’s another story, another time). With a bit of wah-wah action that begins the song in a Pushim fashion, Tangerine sing of the beauty of the Columbia River, but ruined by the nuclear waste of Hanford. It sounds like a beautiful love song, or perhaps it’s more of a parting song, wishing well to the river and goodbye to the goodness that used to be. While those outside of the Pacific Northwest may not get it, it is funny and sad at the same time for those who do.

What makes Tangerine work is the serenity of their music, and the fact that they rock it out while doing it in a pop fashion is quite nice. Radical Blossom may represent the group themselves, never fiendish but willing to be different from the other flowers, if need be.

(Radical Blossom will be released on August 31st.)