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Imagine if you will, the divinely inspired love child of Super Saturday and Burning Man. Mas Sol promises to be that: a three-day fusion of raging parties, random artistic regurgitation and Bar-B-Q style block parties. Lazlo Steele, Zach Lincoln, Jacob McDonald, together with the support of the Olympia Summer Arts Project and all the supporters from various communities, are organizing the first of what hopes to be an annual celebration of everything. Starting Friday June 10th, happiness and creative excess will overflow from a field in Fort Matlock, WA.

I recently had a chance to meet with Lazlo Steele (aka. Turbo Duck), one of the events biggest organizers, and he described the event as I have summarized here.

This is actually a picture of Helsing Junction 2010, also a music festival in a field. Pictures of Mas Sol don't actually exist yet. Maybe you should take some.

Mas Sol: The Event

In the format of Burning Man, hosted a field in Fort Matlock, WA, Mas Sol will follow a mostly trade based economy with music, food, art and a BYOeverything attitude. Across the field from Mas Sol  (literally translated to “more sun”), theme tents and attendees will feature artwork, performances, and various displays of human creativity. Theme camps are areas consisting of five to seven people who work to provide some sort of themed space to benefit the masses.  Criteria for what constitutes a theme camp range from cool places to hang out, temporary restaurants, to my own personal intention of demoing homemade explosives; when it comes to theme camps, truly, the potential is unlimited. If you are completely uninspired or lost to the notion of Burning Man, check out Phil Steele’s photography of the event here to get the creative juices flowing.

Some larger “theme villages” already planned include a bar and grill type cantina with a small stage for more intimate shows; a Hooka Lounge; a Zen Garden; a Beauty Salon offering free tattoos, hair, and henna; a group of fire artists; and a visual arts camp featuring several graffiti artists and free walls.

Discounts all the way up to free admission are available for anyone who aspires to create a theme camp. We at The Least Pretentious Music Blog Ever are currently in the process of making the Mas Sol website, so attendees wishing to do their own theme camp should contact the festival’s creators on Facebook for now.

Mas Sol will be equipped with most all the necessary amenities for an event of this scale, including first aid members on staff and environmentally friendly composting toilets. So come. Bring everything that you want. There may be free food and free drink assuming people bring enough to share, but the ability of this rests on the notion that every person brings more than enough for their need. There will be power provided by generators, but it is limited. If you plan to use any power, like every other aspect of Mas Sol, to guarantee it will be there, be sure to provide it. Don’t forget your artwork, instruments and bartering materials!

Prices, money, tickets, parking, alcohol, and life

Tickets will soon be available online at, so act fast. Capacity for this event is five hundred and already just over two-hundred attendees have secured a spot. Prices range from $12 for a single day pass to $30 for a three-day pass. Mas Sol will also provide a series of food and drink vouchers available for purchase before the event. Food vouchers will be available for $5 dollars a day or $10 dollars for the weekend; likewise, drink vouchers for 21+ will ideally be available to anyone who also brings a contribution to the communal bar.  Plan accordingly,  without a voucher food and water are not guaranteed. Make sure to bring the bare essentials. Assuming everyone does, there will be a communal surplus and everything will be fine. Mas Sol does not condone irresponsible drug or alcohol use. Creativity and expression are the ultimate goals of this festival.

There is a limited number of parking spaces available at the site, so attendees are encouraged strongly to carpool. If would-be attendants cannot find a ride or prefer not to drive, Lazlo and other coordinators of Mas Sol will be running shuttles to and from the Evergreen State College. If you think you will be using the shuttle service, contact Lazlo or another member through the Facebook page (and later the website) directly as shuttle scheduling is subject to change based on volume.


In the spirit of expression and open mindedness, there are not truly steadfast rules, but you should nevertheless adhere to these two essential guidelines:

  • Take down what you put up. In the spirit of Burning Man, Mas Sol intends to create a village that should leave its field almost as barren as it was found.
  •  Don’t be an asshole. If you don’t know what I mean, don’t worry about it; if you know what I mean, don’t do it, please.
The Future of Mas Sol: We love you

Lazlo has bright hopes for the future of Mas Sol, not only as an annual festival, but to one day establish an eco-village that will hold down the property during the “off season.”

What makes the very idea of this festival possible is the support it receives from the community. The radical participation of the attendees is what will make Mas Sol as wonderful as it aspires to be. To quote Lazlo Steele:

“I could not have even begun to do this without the help of all the who’ve come to lend a hand.”

So come! Be a part of a theme! Be a part of a soon to be annual celebration!  Loose your mind amongst the fields of Washington! The hard working people of Mas Sol cannot do this without you, and frankly, they really wouldn’t want too.

And of course, remember to visit Mas Sol on facebook and show some love.

-Andrew Taylor

Yay! A new feature, Local Artist Spotlights! I promised some of you I would feature you and have this up by the 15th, but, alas. Some of you have been waiting ever so patiently and you aren’t even featured this month! Grah! I’m sorry. There were some technical difficulties involving a mental break down and an online math class (why I decided to take an online math class I have no idea. Mental? Masochistic? Both?) Anyway. Here is a video of a walrus playing the saxophone. Think of it as an apology/peace offering.

Alright, enough of that. Without further ado, I present:

The Volcano Diary

Genre: Americana/alt-rock/Electroacoustic

Location: Seattle, Washington

Label: Unsigned

Sounds like: Sia, Mollie’s Revenge


Local Seattle Band The Volcano Diary released it’s debut self-titled album in late 2010. It was produced by Steve Fisk, (Nirvana, The Posies) so when a press manager contacted me to review their album I was like, What? REALLY!? Hooray! Maybe they were looking for indie blogger cred? I don’t know. But I do know it was a pleasure to listen to this album.

A remarkable mix of alternative rock with a hint of country and an unexpected bit of blues Alicia Dara’s haunting and seductive voice is both memorable and unique. In a time when sampling and various other technological gimmicks fill the radio waves, The Volcano Diary is a band, rather than a computer, filled with honestly talented musicians.

The nine tracks are a satisfying schism of somber and exciting. This album feels like a first album in that it seems to be the beginning of something that is fresh and can only get better from here on out, sparking an interest in what will follow. That being said, the lyrics in some tracks tend to sound like that of a band that is still getting it’s bearings. I was looking to be moved a little more by the lyrics, but Dara’s voice carries the words in a way that is thrilling and unexpected-so it is easily forgiven .

I probably wouldn’t take this album to the gym but it’s been my night driving staple and seems to be just the thing when the time comes to relax to a calm playlist. So if you like female vocalists and easy-listening, I would recommend The Volcano Diary.

“Volcano” by the Volcano Diary:

“Cloud Cover” by The Volcano Diary:  

They have been playing various shows around the Northwest, many of them in bar and taverns, but they are playing a free all ages show on Monday May 30th at the Northwest Folklife Festival! I know many of you will be in attendance so check them out, show them some love!



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YES! October! Full of costume parties and candy and  lots of moments that make you go “Oh shit, I’m pretty sure this is how most horror movies start…”. If all of those exciting seasonal things weren’t enough, Seattle is swimming in musical talent this month. So, LOOK AT THIS. I can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t benefit from taking a peek, not to toot my own horn or anything. As far as the horror movie thing goes, you’ll probably be fine. Just don’t hang out in groups where you’re the token black friend or engage in sexual acts in any dank forests after dusk.

October 1st

  • Rusko with Kid Hops and Ill Cosby vs. Crooked Clef @ Showbox Market, Seattle
  • Tech N9ne with E-40, Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, Big Scoob, Jay Rock, Glasses Malone, and Neema of Unexpected Arrival @ Showbox SoDo, Seattle
  • X Japan @ Parmount Theatre, Seattle
  • Striking Back with Phantoms, The Crying Spell, Run From Over @ The Crocodile, Seattle (21+)

October 2nd

  • ATBwith Johnny Monsoon, Jason Lemaitre, and Darrius @ Showbox Market

    The Black Keys play the Paramount on the 2nd. I don't really like them, the show is sold out and its tomorrow. This picture is meaningless.

  • Slash with Bad City @ Showbox SoDo, Seattle
  • The Boxer Rebellion with Amusement Parks on Fire @ The Crocodile, Seattle (21+)
  • The Black Keys @ Paramount Theatre, Seattle
  • Jack Johnson @ The Gorge Amphitheatre, George
  • Sixes @ The Northern, Olympia

October 3rd

  • Caribou with Emeralds @ Showbox Market, Seattle
  • The Sword with Karma To Burn and Mount Carmel @ Showbox SoDo, Seattle

October 6th

  • Seattle City of Music Awards @ Showbox Market, Seattle
  • Ludo with There for Tomorrow, The Graduate, Tommy and The High Points @ El Corazon, Seattle

October 7th

  • Frightened Rabbit with Plants and Animals and Bad Veins @ Showbox Market, Seattle

October 8th

  • The Corin Tucker Band @ Showbox Market, Seattle
  • Umphrey’s McGee with Big Light @ Showbox SoDo, Seattle
  • Remy Zero With Sanders Bohlke @ The Crocodile, Seattle (21+)
  • Alice in Chains @  Key Arena, Seattle
  • REVERB Local Music Festival in Ballard (60+bands!)

October 9th

  • James with Ed Harcourt @ Showbox Market, Seattle
  • Guided ByVoices with Times New Viking @ Showbox SoDo, Seattle
  • Eels @ Moore Theatre, Seattle
  • Tyler Hilton/Josiah Leming with Dion Roy and Thomas Starks @ Showbox SoDo, Seattle

October 13th


Swedish band Miike Snow plays the Showbox this month.

•Miike Snow @ Showbox Market, Seattle

October 14th

•Superchunk and Teenage Fanclub with Telekinesis @ Showbox Market, Seattle
•Anberlin with Crash Kings and Civil Twilight @ Showbox SoDo, Seattle
•Half Handed Cloud with Lake @ The Northern, Olympia

October 15th

•Wiz Khalifa with Yelawolf and Jinx @ Showbox SoDo, Seattle
•Everclear @ Columbia City Theatre, Seattle
•Broken Social Scene and Cake with The Sea @ Paramount Theatre, Seattle

October 16th

  • The Murder City Devils with Past Lives and Cold Lake @ Showbox Market, Seattle
  • The Script @ Showbox SoDo, Seattle

October 17th

  • M.I.A. with Rye Rye @ Showbox Market, Seattle
  • Suicidal Tendencies @ Showbox SoDo, Seattle
  • Crayon Fields with Karl Blau and the Generous @ The Northern, Olympia

October 19th

  • Never Shout Never with The Maine, I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody’s Business, and Carter Hulsey @ Showbox Market, Seattle
  • Say Anything and Motion City Soundtrack with Saves The Day and Valencia @ Showbox SoDo, Seattle

October 20th

  • JP, Chrissie & The Fairground Boys with Amy Correia and Cobirds Unite (Rachel Flotard and Rusty Willoughby) @ Showbox Market, Seattle
  • Gogol Bordello presented by City Art Fest @ Showbox SoDo, Seattle
  • Belle and Sebastian presented by City Arts Fest @ Benaroya Hall, Seattle
  • Blue Scholars with Brother Ali, Macklemore and more presented by City Art Fest @ Paramount Theatre, Seattle

October 21st

Gogol plays The Showbox for the first time in a whooping 12 months. DANCE PARTY.

  • Cat Power presented by City Art Fest @ the 5th Ave Theatre, Seattle
  • Phosphorescent with People Eating People and Daniel G. Harmann and the Trouble Starts by City Art Fest @ Chop Suey, Seattle (21+)
  • The Weepies with The Head and the Heart Presented by City Arts Fest @ The Crocodile, Seattle (21+)

October 22nd

  • Blitzen Trapper with Fruit Bats, Seabear, and Wye Oak presented by City Art Fest @ Showbox Market, Seattle
  • Bullet For My Valentine with Escape the Fate, Black Tide, and Drive A @ Showbox SoDo, Seattle
  • Cherry Poppin’ Daddies with Atomic Bride @ Tractor Tavern, Seattle
  • The Vaselines with Dum Dum Girls, Young Evils presented by City Art Fest @ Neumos, Seattle (21+)

October 23rd

  • Crookers with Douster @ Showbox Market, Seattle
  • Big Boi with Neema of Unexpected Arrival, Fatal Lucciauno, and DJ Swerveon @ Showbox SoDo, Seattle
  • She and Him presented by City Art Fest @ 5th Ave Theatre, Seattle
  • Poetry and Hip Hop Church Saturday Service presented by City Art Fest @Washington Hall, Seattle

October 24th

  • Bring Me the Horizon and August Burns Red with Emarosa, Polar Bear Club, and This is Hell @ Showbox Market, Seattle
  • Mumford and Sons with Mt. Desolation and King Charles @ the Paramount, Seattle

October 25th

  • Atreyu with Blessthefall, Chiodos, Architects UK, and Endless Hallway @ Showbox Market, Seattle
  • Henery Clay People with The Dig @ the Crocodile, Seattle (21+)

October 26th

  • DJ Shadow @ Showbox Market, Seattle

October 27th

  • Deerhunter with Real Estate and Casino Vs. Japan @ Showbox Market
  • Of Montreal with Janelle Monae @ Paramount, Seattle

October 28th

Ingrid Michaelson's autobiographical album Everybody is probably my favorite ever. Although it doesn't make the New York Times list of best break-up albums (I checked), its my number one.

•Ingrid Michaelson with The Guggenheim Grotto @ Showbox SoDo
•Kendl Winter, Twig Palace and Razz M’ Tazz at the Northern, Olympia

October 29th

•Dr. Dog with Here We Go Magic and Good Old War @ Showbox SoDo, Seattle

October 30th

•K’Naan with Paper Tongues @ Showbox SoDo, Seattle
•Night of the Living Tribute Bands costume party @ Capital Backstage, Olympia

October 31st

•Lotus with Mux Mool @ Showbox Market, Seattle
•Steel Panther @ Showbox SoDo, Seattle


As always, if you find anything else or want me to feature your band on this calendar drop a comment! The more people that add to this calendar, the better and more inclusive it becomes.