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The Lower 48

Church Bar's One Year Anniversary with The Lower 48

A good way to get yourself back on salvation’s path the Monday after 4.20 (and Easter in case you forgot) is to visit one of Portland’s churches. And fortunately, you won't feel out of place if you go to Church Bar's one-year anniversary party this Monday. Portland’s rock and roll supernovas known as the Lower 48 will be ringing in the celebration. This band has been evolving their sound for many years and has come to give themselves a defined sound consisting of vintage pop, folk, with a grunge overtone. Their vocal harmonies and exploding bass lines reel in the listener and then they hit you with a secret weapon as Nick (the drummer) overhauls the music with a trumpet. So, there’s one way to start your week on the right track. - Colin Hudson


KZME Presents: Tango Alpha Tango 3.13.2014

Tango Alpha Tango headline the Doug Fir this Thursday with their high-energy, bluesy classic rock sounds--watch frontman Nathan Trueb for shredding guitar solos. Main support Fox and the Law have long been infiltrating the Portland scene with their hard-hitting rock n roll, including a recent live performance recorded at Banana Stand Media to be released in the near future. The Lower 48 open the night, trading guitar solos for harmonies and rad Beatles esque pop tunes.


Sponsored by the wonderful folks at KZME, expect catchy hooks and some in-your-face cool guy stuff Thursday 3.13.2014. The show starts at 9pm and costs $12 at the door or $10 in advance here. - Chandler Strutz


The Lower 48, Minden and Tango Alpha Tango at Mississippi Studios 

Tango Alpha Tango opened the festivities in funky fashion with high energy and crunchy bass lines that thrive on bluesy guitar riffs to get the energy going and the crowd moving.

Minden then took the stage to present their world of soul music to an audience eager to hear about it. This six piece mixes indie rock with soul so well it's like the 80s never happened. 

Closing out the show was the fabulous threesome, the Lower 48. They wore suits, stood on bass drums, and cranked out their vintage folk-pop with punk edges.

This show had enough quality to put any scrooge in the mood for Christmas joy. 















Photos by Craig Williams, Words by Colin Hudson








The Lower 48, Minden and Tango Alpha Tango at Mississippi Studios 12.20

Christmas will be arriving five days early in North Portland this Friday. Three of Portland’s biggest acts of 2013 will be hosting a yuletide celebration that will make your office Christmas party look like… well, an office Christmas party. Sorry, no time for fancy rhetoric, here’s the skinny: Tango Alpha Tango will go on first. Their guitar-driven rock makes them one of the bluesiest bands this city has in its books and they play in such a raw way that you can’t help but move to the fine-tone rhythms and fuzzy keyboard that gives them a funky edge. And not slacking in the funk category is the soulful six-piece, Minden. Whether you like their melodic keyboards, smooth bass, or harmonizing vocals, you will surely get your fix when Minden takes the stage. Finally, the hosts, The Lower 48 will headline the bill. The vintage-pop sounds laden with folk songwriting has built quite the name for this band in the local scene. The past six months touring all over the west coast, east coast, and the Midwest and finally make it back to Portland just in time for a holiday extravaganza. This Friday, the triumphant bells will ring sounds of joy for one more concert 2013 won’t forget. - Colin Hudson


The Lower 48 Album Release Show w/ The French Cassettes and Survival Guide at Bottom of the Hill TONIGHT

Bottom of the Hill will be hosting an eclectic line up tonight for The Lower 48 album release show TONIGHT. This band takes sounds from the 60s flower power era, and puts a modern twist on them with a more contemporary rock sound. The French Cassettes will be headlining the show. This band just released their new album, Gold Youth this past summer and are coveted musical group in the indie rock scene. Their sound is poppy, happy and would fit in on summer playlist. Survival Guide, which features members from Tsunami Bomb and The Action Design infuses electronic music, dreampop, and indie all into one concoction of experimental melodies and encapsulating female vocals.

Make sure you make it out tonight! -Victor Casillas Valle  


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