King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard @ Remlinger Farms

Forces of nature 🌀

📸: Courtesy King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizards

June 16th – 18th SOLD OUT

An Australian rock band with one of the goofiest names in music history has sold out three dates at a Carnation, Washington farm that’s billed as “the ultimate destination in family fun!” That absurdity will make some kind of sense if you’ve heard any of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s gazillion genre-hopping albums. In all seriousness, King Gizzard (I ain’t typing all of that jive again) are an inspirational music-biz story at a time when such narratives are scarce. In an era when R&B-flavored pop and hip-hop reign, these sci-fi-obsessed maniacs somehow have blown up, catching the attention of overground-rock superstar Dave Matthews’s label, ATO, and becoming festival mainstays worldwide. 

A super-prolific force of nature since embarking on their unlikely path in 2010, this Melbourne-bred sextet rifle through styles like Elon Musk runs through employees. Their frenetic onstage energy and panoply of styles at their disposal—garage rock, psychedelia, prog, funk, metal, amphetamine-blitzed krautrock—have pulverized the resistance of even hardened skeptics. Seeing King Gizzard execute their whirlwind sonic kaleidoscope outdoors in a remote location will likely blow minds young and old—and possibly those of nearby farm critters.

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Dave Segal

Dave Segal

Dave Segal is a freelance music writer for The Wire, Pitchfork, Aquarium Drunkard, and other publications. He formerly served as staff writer at The Stranger and as managing editor at Alternative Press. Find him on Twitter @editaurus