By JASON E KAPLAN //
by Jason E Kaplan
Sunday at Bumbershoot brought a whole new set of performers. I started the afternoon with Lisa Prank, a witty, post-punk Seattle band fronted by singer - songwriter Robin Edwards.
From there I stopped by another Seattle artist, Maiah Manser. Manner is a singer of great talent and her songs build to great power and use broad sonic palettes and layered harmonies. Then it was another trip into the Key Arena for TroyBoi, an electronic producer with a bit of a Hiphop flavor.
Afterwards I headed next door to the (too) small KEXP stage where I caught Erik Blood. I had never heard of this act before, but they turned out to be one of the best things I saw at Bumbershoot this year. Part down-beat surreal electronic songs and part performance art. Then at the same tiny venue came one of the bands I was really looking forward to seeing: Seattle's Deep Sea Diver. A young group with a great electro-pop sound that should have a bright future.
At the end of the day I was excited to get approval to photograph Billy Idol because I still have the vinyl copy of Rebel Yell I bought new in 1985. At 60 he was a more wizened punk, but his voice amazingly, still sounded very much the same as it did 30 years ago.