In the words of Green Velvet, who performed at last year's Decibel fest to a frenzied crowd: "I like electro, I like retro, I like ghetto, house and techno!"
And that's what's up for the 4th year of the NW's most awesome electronic music festival, happening Sept. 20-23. When the line-up was released last week, my first reaction was 'hmm.' But after researching the acts I wasn't familiar with (Guns 'N' Bombs), or who I'd only heard as a presence on compilations (3 Channels), I realized that Decibel organizers are pretty much way ahead of the curve this year, bringing hottness from all over. They haven't booked artists we necessarily know, but those we should know. A bold move that can be rewarded with trust-- if some of these names don't ring a bell, I believe it'll be worth your while to once again get the pass and blindly forge into the night(s).