Noise for the Needy, a nonprofit charitable organization based in Seattle, has announced the headliners for its annual festival, scheduled to take place in June (dates are still forthcoming). Since 1992, the organization has been staging such festivals, with each year benefitting a different cause. This year’s event will raise funds for Teen Fund, an organization, which, since 1989, has been serving some 11,000 meals each year to Seattle’s more than 600 homeless youth. Headliners for this year’s festival include The Album Leaf, Visqueen, John Vanderslice, Kinski, Thunderheist (who will play what’s being billed as their last show ever, despite their website’s claims that they are simply putting the band “on ice,” on June 12th at Chop Suey), Horse Feathers, Tiny Vipers, The Maldives, and Whalebones.
In other Northwest benefit news, two Olympia acts, The Need and Bangs, are getting back together to play a one-off show in Portland at Berbati’s Pan. The show, which takes place on July 23 and will also include C Average and Thrones, is to benefit former Kill Rock Stars employee and longtime Olympia music scene fixture Natalie Cox, who was diagnosed with angiosarcoma, an aggressive form of cancer.
The Need were an experimental pop group in existence from 1996 to 2001, releasing two albums, The Need and The Need Is Dead, that bookended their career. Bangs formed in 1997 and released two albums and an EP of bristling punk-pop before calling it a day in 2004. This will be the first time both bands have performed since their respective splits.
Source: LimeWire Music Blog