A Guide To The Music Of ‘$5 Cover: Seattle’

Many a musical talent have called Seattle home. Jimi Hendrix was born there, producer Quincy Jones and bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Death Cab For Cutie have made their name there. Now, with the new online music series, “$5 Cover: Seattle” you’re about to meet the next wave of Seattle musical talent.

Directed by acclaimed indie filmmaker Lynn Shelton (Humpday, My Effortless Brilliance), “$5 Cover: Seattle” takes place over one weekend in the lives of 13 up-and-coming Seattle bands, following their trials, tribulations, gigs and practices.

Get to know the new music and musicians of “5 Cover: Seattle” in our complete guide below.

+ Champagne Champagne: MC Pearl Dragon is a native of Seattle who spent some time in Houston before returning home to form the unique hip-hop group. This trio follow the Outkast blueprint of socially conscious funk with a distinctly Emerald City outlook.

+ The Maldives: Fans of Wilco and Drive-By Truckers will feel right at home with The Maldives. Formed by singer/guitarist Jason Dodson, with an evergrowing and rotating cast of musicians, this band has a reputation for being one of Seattle’s best live acts.

+ THEESatisfaction: Relatively new to the Seattle scene (they arrived in 2008), this duo, made up of Stasia and Catherine Satisfaction, have been turning heads with their interplanetary, futuristic soul.

+ Sean Nelson: The former singer for alt-rock act Harvey Danger (“Flagpole Sitta”), Nelson is no stranger to the Seattle scene or Shelton’s cameras; he starred in her 2008 feature, My Effortless Brilliance.

+ Tea Cozies: Led by singer/guitarist Jessi Reed, Tea Cozies at once pay tribute to the Pacific Northwest’s garage rock tradition while also referencing lush ’60s pop.

+ Weekend: This electro-pop duo make slinky, minimal soundscapes with girl-group-esque vocals laid on top. Experts at pulling back the veil on Seattle, after dark.

+ The Moondoggies: Calling to mind the pastoral country-rock of The Byrds, The Moondoggies can go from a whisper to a Neil Young-like scream at the drop of a dime.

+ Thee Emergency: Passionate garage-R&B that runs through a fuzzed-out amplifier. Powered by the jaw-dropping vocals of Dita Vox.

+ The Spits: They may hail from present-day Seattle, but this is London calling, circa 1979. The Spits make note-perfect garage punk for the Johnny Rotten in all of us.

+ Whiskey Tango: Every music scene needs their snot-nosed, unrelentingly juvenile unbelievably catchy punk rock band. The long-running Whiskey Tango fills that role for Seattle.

+ The Lights: This raw indie-garage band calls to mind the early days of British rock, with a sound that references the early days of The Kinks and The Rolling Stones.

+ Corespondents: Mysterious guitar explorations from a mysterious Seattle band. Awkward rhythms and instrumentation that come together at just the right moment.

+ Watch every rocking, funny, dramatic and intimate episode of “$5 Cover: Seattle” right now at fivedollarcover.com.