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Saturday Night Sounds: Blowout - "1 I Want"

Blowout left for tour last week, just before their highly praised No Beer, No Dad came out on the 5th. We won't be seeing them back home until near mid-September, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy them tonight.

With a showering of the Perseids leading us into the weekend, all the gazing up into the stars has left us feeling a bit romantic. Blowout's "1 I Want" is a simple, sad song about a love lost. The lyrical repetition of "The one I wanted is the one you took from me" really acts to drive home the loneliness, especially when sang through vocalist/bassist Laken Wright's tender voice.

"1 I Want" packs both a powerful punch and the delicacy needed for a soft emo heart on this Saturday night.

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Come Together for the Sweet, Simple Things

Just in case you didn't get to make it out to HOMIEFEST 3 Friday and Saturday, you've got second chance to catch the Domestics and yet another Papi Fimbres affiliate, the established groove pop group Minden, play on Sunday at the next Rontoms' Sunday Session.

Sweet, Simple Things, the anticipated followup to last year's Saint, dropped on August 5 and continues to show Minden as the indie pop group that's got a bit of soul. This week's Sunday Session is a celebration of the album's release, and they'll be joined by the Domestics and Reptaliens (just days before they head out on tour) for the party.

As always, the Sunday Session is free, 21+ and starts at 8pm. Stop by Rontoms tomorrow and enjoy the last fun thing happening this weekend.


PREMIERE: Sheers - "Depth"

Art pop and classical stylings converge with elemental hip-hop and r&b through the new duo Sheers, and their distinctive debut single "Depth."

Lily Breshears heads up the duo, bringing her seasoned experience from working with artists such as Big Haunt and Haley Heynderickx along with classical training as a harpist and pianist to the table. Intertwined with her mastered piano playing are melodic refrains, emotionally pertinent lyrics and jazzy beats from drummer and collaborator Grant Pierce. 

Produced by both Sheers and Scott Schaus and mastering done by David Polluck, "Depth" is only the starting point for what is sure to be an established effort for Breshears.

Sheers will be playing Mississippi Studios with Robin Bacior on the 17th, with a co-album release show also at Mississippi with Lynnae Gryffin on September 19th.

Check out the official premiere of "Depth" below. 


Castles are going on tour!

 That's right. The four dudes that redefined modern indie with a nostalgic twist are heading out for the next seven days, starting tomorrow with their tour kickoff show at Twilight Cafe. They'll be doing a show a night (including one in a mystery city on the 12th) in support of their Castles EP, which helped them become one last month's Deli poll winners. 

For a sneak peek at what you'll get to experience from them live, check out their performance of "Cooler Coast" on the Dan Cable Presents podcast below and go see the boys off in style tomorrow!

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A Psychedelic Night of Prince

"When Prince died, I started crying at work. He's the only reason I picked up a guitar when I was younger and has always played a huge influence in the music my sister and I write for Skull Diver. We chose the songs we will do because The Beautiful Ones, Darling Nikki, I Would Die for You and Cream have actually inspired us during the writing process. He will always be our #1 inspiration musically." -Ally Payne, Skull Diver

"I always find inspiration through Prince. The music he plays, the actual notes, have such personality. Incredible individuality. And listening to that powerful uniqueness enables me to find inspiration in my own uniqueness. You forgive yourself when you listen to Prince. You love yourself.

We arranged a stripped down version of 'Little Red Corvette,' a clever spin on a classic. Then 'Pop Life' kicks up and gets the room movin' and shakin'. 'Diamonds and Pearls' was my first "OMG I need to binge Prince" moment, so I had to do it. We close our set with a lesser known track called 'Mountains.' 'There's nothing greater/Than you and me.'"  -Mitch Wilson, Formerly Known As 

 

I chose these songs because they're absolutely sexy and I like sexy songs. Prince's music is very sexy and in turn, inspired me to approach music more sensually... maybe with a glass of wine and some chocolate and or fog.” -Febian Perez, Eclisse

 

These are just a few words from some of the musicians involved in Princedelic: A Psych-Rock Tribute to Prince, on exactly what Prince means to them and why they chose the songs they're playing. It's a pretty obvious statement to say Prince has been an influential figure to damn near everyone in the entire world basically ever, but Princedelic goes even further to show how his music transpired genres to inspire. 

 

Presented by feminist non-profit Bitch Media and Veronica Booking, Princedelic will feature the Portland bands Skull Diver, Eclisse, Queen Chief, Murderbait and the Pining Hearts, as well as a supergroup of various musicians playing under the moniker Formerly Known As. Each will be playing 4-5 Prince tracks of their choice.

 

Tons of giveaways will be happening at Princedelic wiht the benefits going to Bitch Media. Some of the prizes include a local swag package with an over $1,000 value, gift certificates to Scapegoat Tattoo, Sizzle Pie and See See Motor Coffee, a night stay at Jupiter Hotel, a pair of Frends Headphones, ProCanna Cannabis accesssories and a Bitch Media subscription.

 

Princedelic will be held this Tuesday, August 9 at the Doug Fir Lounge. If you cop your tickets ahead of time, which can be found HERE, they're $7, but you'll be paying $10 if you buy at the door. A setlist of tracks can be found on the Princedelic Facebook event page

 

There will never be a time when Prince's legacy won't be celebrated, but it'll be amazing to see his songs transformed into a psychedelic freakout.


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