Le Beat: September 2015

Local notes on what’s happening with musicians, events and more. Have something to share? Send your info to editor@whatsup-magazine.com.

Hello, Bellingham! Raleigh Davis here for another generous helping of Le Beat! It’s September, which means the quieter summer vibes are dissipating and Bellingham is getting ready to fire on all cylinders once again. We have a ton of releases, shows and events to share with you this month so let’s dive right in and see what’s in store!


Local scream enthusiasts Croak are releasing their first EP! The band has been taking the local all-ages scene by storm lately and it’s great to see that they are finally putting out some music to share far and wide. Their EP titled Ocean Without A Shore will be available in physical CD form as well as the usual digital routes like bandcamp and soundcloud. The EP was recorded with Bellingham’s own Clark Lavigueure at Third Floor Recording (the same fellow responsible for Painters’ album). Go to a Croak show near you and snag yourself a copy.

Panda Panda Panda (featuring Colleen Ames of Gypsters fame and Bill Lohse, owner of The Swillery) just released an EP as well. The untitled release features six blistering hot punk rock fueled tracks that will leave your toe’s tapping and your booty shaking. The release is available through the groups bandcamp and they have physical copies as well! Go pick yourself up one at their next show, which will be at The Shakedown with touring Boston band InAeora on Sept. 18.

It must be EP season because The Other Timelines have also released their debut recordings. Featuring Sean Berry who runs Double Crown Records (and played in bands with our very own Brent Cole years ago) and a member of Man or Astroman this instrumental surf rock is sure to please. Check out the band’s website to acquire a copy in almost any format you desire (they have gorgeous red marbled vinyl, cds, and cassettes).

Local metal thrashers Red//Giant have released their debut EP. You may not have heard of the band yet – they’re all in their teens and have yet to play a show, but holy wow the album is awesome. This is a great first outing from the boys and it’ll be fun to see where they go from here. (Editor’s note: I’ve known singer Eli Ziebell since he was a kiddo – the fact he screams like a lunatic on this record makes me really happy).

Metal kingpins Bobby Savage and Jeff Kastelic (formerly with FFA/All Nighters) have formed a new doom metal duo called Allura’taq and will be releasing Unearthly Inversion on Sept. 23. Check out youtube  for the first song on the album, “Beheading.” It’s deep, dark and metal. So so so good.

Blue Skies for Bellingham, a compilation of Bellingham (and nearly local) bands will be released in mid-October with proceeds going to Blue Skies for Children. Lots of killer bands on the CD, including The Bad Tenants, Baltic Cousins, Hillary Susz, Hot Damn Scandal, Lipbone Redding, Lucas Hicks, Mudflat Walkers, Pacific High, Polecat, Prozac Mtn Boys, Robert Sarazin Blake, Spyn Reset, and The Sky Colony.



In no good, very sad news we must again say goodbye to an absolute staple of the Bellingham music scene. Falling Up Stairs have hung up their instruments and recently played their very last show. Ramsay Grove is moving away to Corvalis, OR, and being the cohesive unit that they are they have decided not to continue without their full original line-up. I think I speak for many people in Bellingham when I say you guys will be sorely missed! When I first came to Bellingham, Falling Up Stairs opened my eyes to the stranger and crazier side of the rock scene and I don’t think there would be as many awesome bands around if it weren’t for the inspiration you all provided. Good luck on your future endeavors and I hope to see you playing music in Bellingham again in some form or another soon!

Rookery has recently announced their much-awaited return. After a long silence the band has found a new drummer in an old friend. Chris Nelson (Axes of Evil will now be handling the percussion and the band is ready to get the gears turning again. They have announced they will be booking shows shortly but even better they are almost finished writing their first LP. We can’t wait for the rebirth!

The Dryland family just got a little bigger (potentially). Ryan Greer (also in Rookery)  joined up with the band on a trial basis (though, seriously, it’s gotta work). Excited to see the new sounds the band takes on with the addition of a second guitar but I imagine it’ll be nothing short of magnificent!

Word on the street is that local house-show heroes Painters have called it a day. It’s not too long ago that the band formed and they have been hitting the show circuit hard ever since. It’s sad that we won’t get to see the bands sound evolve past their first release but I doubt that we’ve seen the last of its members in the scene. Nathan Malick is already part of a new project called The Meridian Guide, excited to see what’s in store!


Rabbit Wilde (formerly Br’er Rabbit and Wild Rabbit) are releasing a new EP and are throwing a party at the Green Frog to celebrate! This will be the official christening of their new name and the band gets better with every release so it should be filled with some amazing music. There will be two shows on September 12th, an all-ages showcase at 6:30pm and a 21+ show at 9:00pm. The Rabbit crew will be joined by openers Patrick Chadwick and Preacher’s Wife.

Wild Buffalo is going to bring the legendary rock n’ rollers DeVotchKa to grace Bellingham’s eyes and ears. The show is on Saturday, Sept. 5 and special guests Bar Tabac will join the band. Tickets are $23 in advance and the show will be kicking off 9:30. It’s not every day that a grammy nominated band takes the stage in Bellingham so don’t miss out on the fun!

The Buff has the huge shows on lockdown this month! On Sept. 28 they will be hosting an evening of music from Conor Oberst (of Bright Eyes fame), M. Ward (from She and Him) and The Felice Brothers. Get your tickets ASAP because they are already close to selling out! This show is a sure bet for an awesome time as every musician taking the stage is just oozing with unbridled talent. Tickets are $35 in advance and the music will kick off around 9p.m.

The Phoenix House has your house show needs covered this month. They’ve put together a fantastic bill for Sept. 11 featuring Lalochezia, The Crawl, Prom King, and Twin Sibling. This line up is guaranteed to blow your mind so make sure to mark your calendar. Don’t forget to bring a little extra cash to donate to the bands and support things like this happening more often!

The Swillery is hosting an evening of good ole rock n’ roll Monday, September 7th. Moonhat will be playing (who I’ve been seeing pop up more and more around here lately) along with Shiver Twins, Granddad and Old Haunt. Music starts at 9 and there’s a $5 cover.

We have a rare Scumeating sighting happening September 3rd at The Shakedown. The noise rockers will be joined by Bellingham’s own Xavier’s School For Gifted Youngsters as well as touring acts Love Moon and Praying. Cover is $6 and music starts at 9. Scumeating doesn’t treat our ears to their delightfully punishing brand of noisemaking enough so make sure you are in attendance!

Bellingham’s newest hot commodity Fallopia is having their album release show and they’re doing it house-show style. The Affirmation Palace will be hosting them along with the debut of a new Bellingham music maker Sam The Ham and touring acts Ugly Lovers and Basta Basta. Bring a fiver for the touring acts but no one will be turned away for lack of funds… Word on the street is that there will be SNACKS!



Artistic masterminds Bradley Lockhart and Nika Munn have teamed together to create a new art collection which will be on display at Novato Shop & Studio. The duo has dubbed the showing 1889 and have created Medieval rites banners themed around Washington state and her various official symbols. The opening reception will be on Sept. 4 and the banners will be on display all month. Go check out what is sure to be some fantastic art from some very talented individuals.

Mike E. Wilson, poster creator extraordinaire (and the man behind this month’s cover) is having a showing of his work at the Redlight this month, with the reception occurring on September 4. We’re obviously huge fans of Mike E’s work here at What’s Up!, it’s definitely worth checking out!

Make.Shift has begun to have a Sunday market! Through September and October every first Sunday of the month join the Make.Shift while they showcase the wares of a rotating series of artists, crafters, and vintage afficianados! Their next market is on Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. to  4 p.m. Be there!

In addition, Make.Shift will host a fantastic artist as part of the art walk on Sept. 4, showcasing Bundled In The Rafters, art by Daniel Whitsell. “Daniel’s latest series, ‘transplant’ depicts humans, animals and plants together; in transition, searching for a new belonging, habitat, home,” according to Make.Shift. Looking at the few sneak peeks they have posted online his work looks absolutely beautiful and is without a doubt worth the adventure to go see the rest. It’ll be taking place from 6pm-10pm and will be FREE!

Creed Bratton from the Office will be taking the stage at Wild Buffalo for a night of comedy and music. Many know him from The Office but the man is also a fantastic musician with plenty of albums under his belt. His live show is said to be a perfect blend of his off-kilter comedy mixed with quality music. The fun is taking place Sunday, September 27th at 9pm. Tickets are $15 in advance.


Well that’s all we could squeeze in for this month! That’s only the tip of the iceberg though! There is an insane amount of events going on this month and it’s only looking to get crazier as we get deeper into fall. As always study the mag and go out and support this beautiful unique little music scene we’ve cultivated! See ya next month Bellingham!

Published in the September 2015 issue of What’s Up! magazine