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Help Talkative Help You

After four years of fine tuning and three self released EPs, Portland psych rippers Talkative have been busy hammering out their first full length album, Hot Fruit Barbeque, to will be released June 29th. The album is written, recorded and ready to go, but, they need help getting their masterpiece cut to wax. If you thought that recording a studio album might be expensive, you don't want to look at the costs of pressing an album to vinyl--it's an archaic technology that costs an arm and a leg... litteraly, Chad is giving a leg and Casun will be drumming like the guy from Def Lepard... that is if they don't get enough fiscal support from good folks like you.

The boys set up an Indigogo fun-raiser where you can donate whatever funds you can afford to the cause in exchange for some real good stuff. For a donation of $7, you can get a digital download of the album. For $15, you can get a physical copy of the record on vinyl delivered to you in person within the Portland area, or for $20 they'll mail you the record outside of Portland. $35 gets you the grand prize that includes the physical record, digital download, a band T-shirt, and a surprise bonus. Click here to support Talkative!  

Check out their video for 'Hava Nagila' off Hot Fruit Barbeque. - Travis Leipzig

Talkative // Hava Nagila from TALKATIVE SOUND on Vimeo.

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Emancipator at Crystal Ballroom 3.28.14

It could be justifiably argued that Emancipator is the most influential musician to come out of Portland in the past decade. The calm, balanced approach to his electronic productions served as a precursor to the chill wave sound. But that’s not what’s important, what is important is that this Friday he brings the Emancipator Ensemble together for a homecoming show at the Crystal Ballroom. And regardless of importance, his music is as symbolic to Portland as apple pie is to America.

The base of Emancipator’s songs is an addictive and steady drum beat that makes a sturdy, yet tasty crust. The filling is an abundance of real, acoustic instruments looped into danceable melodies that are delivered hot on a cold plate. Before serving, he spreads a top layer of Ilya Goldberg’s smooth violin (cool whip if you’re into that) to make for the perfect late night snack. - Colin Hudson

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Little Ass Boombox 3.28.14

The annual Big Ass Boombox Festival is a free showcase of a huge spread of up-and-coming local bands and writers. Building from the festival’s success, the monthly showcase, Lil’ Ass B-Bo, as everybody is calling it, offers a smaller sample of great new bands, authors, and starting this month, comedians. This month's lineup includes Sweet Tooth, Adam Brock 4, Family Night, Max Fortune, and Sioux Falls. You gotta catch 'em all, but definitely catch Adam Brock 4 for sweet pop tunes somewhere between jazz and folk with remarkable vocals, and sioux Falls for a throwback to late 90's indie pop reminiscent to early Modest Mouse crossed with Foo Fighters. 

Little Ass Boombox is happening Friday, 3.28.14 at Kelly’s Olympian. The show is free. - Chandler Strutz


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Portland Music's Excellent Adventure: Treefort Music Fest

If you're one of the lucky ones who is making it out to Treefort Music Fest in Boise, Idaho this weekend, you're probably losing your mind right now. And with good reason, as your life is likely to change forever. To make things easier for you, we've dug through this year's lineup to highlight the overwhelming amount of Portland bands whose performances this weekend demand your presence. Persuasion is done best quickly and carefully. Pay close attention.

Two-piece Nurses are constantly reinventing your definition of experimental pop. The Shivas toss your body and mind back into a time where bopping superseded twerking. The woodsy and folksy Great Wilderness are fronted by subtly demanding vocals. And And And is playful but not too playful but really fun to let loose to while actually still being serious. AU is destined to cover your body with goosebumps. Ernest Hip Hatchet coats simplistic guitar melodies with authentic lyricism. Animal Eyes never let their energy down. Sallie Ford is embarking on her own adventure, so it wouldn't be in your best interests to miss the beginning of something beautiful. Sama Dams are the noteworthy avant garde three-piece in the scene. Tiburones echo all that make you actually feel like a human being, pulling at your heart strings and beyond. Genders could easily fall into your definition as a comforting band, while at the same time pushing you to get yourself into unlikely situations. Like A Villain AKA Holland Andrews will leave you never feeling the same. Hustle and Drone widen your eyes and move your body in ways you'd probably just do alone in the privacy of an empty space. Sun Angle are famously furious, wild and will make you laugh whether you're into that sort of thing or not. Summer Cannibals match that amount of energy, bringing forth their youthful disposition. Eternal Tapestry pull from Eastern influences and force vivid imagery with or without actual projections. Wooden Indian Burial Ground aggressively shakes your world close to oblivion. Aan will bring you back and Magic Mouth will allow you to gently waltz back into the real world.
 
This year's festival will be one to remember. - Colette Pomerleau 


Eidolons // Cataldo // Bed // 3.23.14

Curated by local all-star Theo Craig, this week’s Rontoms Sundays Session is simply a must catch event. Eidolons headline the show with their quiet, fluttering vocals, hard hitting drums and jazzy, progressive rock. Seattle’s Cataldo boasts smooth pop and catchy songwriting. Opening the night is Portland's new low-fi/grunge/pop band Bed, who is also one of the bands in our current Artist of the Month Poll (tomorrow, 3/22, is the last day to vote for Bed, Daydream Machine, or Swansea in our Poll here). Bed will be releasing their single, Brother, and it's accompanying music video at the show. You’ll sure feel weird if you miss out.

The show is free and starts at 8:30pm. - Chandler Strutz


Settlers // Team Spirit // Skaters // 3.21.14

This Friday night Mississippi Studios will play host to a trio of awesome bands from both sides of the country. Opening the night is Portland’s own Settlers whose knack for driving, atmospheric indie rock can be heard on the track “Proskater” which you can download here for free or $100... name your price. Next up will be the anthemic and energetic Team Spirit of Brooklyn, who blend a power-pop attitude with surf rock vibes to create an irresistibly rocking sound. Also from New York and closing out the night is Skaters, who are able to seamlessly combine a classic indie rock sound with a nihilistic energy typically reserved for garage rock groups. Their performance, along with the entire venue, is bound to be ecstatic as they play songs off of their debut album, Manhattan. Show starts at 9pm, do yourself a favor this weekend and get to this show.

- Ben Toledo

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Bubble Cats // Dharma (CA) // Tamed West // 3.21.14

I’m a big fan of Bubble Cats and their epic pop/gateway metal--think heavy Weezer, like if Rivers Cuomo hadn't phoned in the last five albums while getting restraining orders in Japan. These guys have the baddest guitar melodies and harmonies (guitarmonies) around. The Tamed West opens the show with their blend of groovin' garage/psych pop remeniscent to the late Gauntlet Hair crossed with Tame Impala meets Elliot Smith esque vocals. Splitting up these two fine local acts Friday night, and measuring up quite nicely, is sothern California based Dharma

 

The show is only $3 this Friday at Habesha. 8:30pm. - Chandler Strutz

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