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Big names come to Project Pabst this year

It was just last year when a newly imagined Project Pabst made it's debut down at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park. With a fairly eclectic lineup for the actual festival and the night shows as well, patrons flooded in and out of the entrance gates with the gears in their heads turning as to how they felt about the festival's new style. It's almost impossible to pull anything off without a couple hitches along the way, but Project Pabst soldiered through another year of big acts and big piles of beer cans. The same is still true for 2017, just a couple of things seeing changes.

This year's fest is scaled down in a few ways, but has grown a lot in others. Unlike the Project Pabst's of the past, the 2017 edition won't have any night shows at all. These night shows were held at various locations around the city and gave more opportunities for local acts to participate in the festival. Last year, Kyle Craft was the only local to make it to festival's main stages. Project Pabst night shows also offered more in genre variance, since many of the festival's metal shows happened at night. Local support this year comes but from just one local artist each day, though the ones chosen are two of the best in the city and have both been voted our Deli Portland Artist of the Month in the past.

Opening up Saturday's festivities is the Last Artful, Dodgr. She happened to have played one of the night sets last year, but her distinct vocal style and bomb beats are perfect for the bigger stage. For Sunday's sets, harsh post-punk group Lithics will be kicking things off. They've become more of a common name around town over the last few months, especially after basically being named the best new band in Portland by Willamette Week and participating voters.

What sets this round of Project Pabst apart from the others are the headlining acts. This isn't to say that Duran Duran, Ice Cube, Tame Impala and Ween didn't totally kill it last year, or that Tears for Fears didn't a few years back. But each day this year has a pretty damn good trifecta of artists to close out everything. 

Attendees will get a chance to see Spoon, Nas and Beck on Saturday, while Sunday patrons will get a little bit of good, old and controversial. South African "rap" duo Die Antwoord have been contentious musicians from the start, but the reasons that make them such could create problems for Portlanders at the festival. Die Antwoord is known for committing racial and homophobic acts under the guise of shock value, like using the n*word in their songs, dressing in blackface in music videos and referring to people as f***ts, so it will be interesting to see how the crowd will react if they pull anything go the sort on stage.

To detract from whatever potential drama that could happen, the coolness of singer-songwriter and all around pop culture jokester Father John Misty, along with the iconic existence of still-kicking-it rocker Iggy Pop guarantees the festival will end on a good note.

For those that want to keep the party going, a Project Pabst Cooldown party will be happening back across the bridge at the Know. This bill is all local, featuring Blossom, Myke Bogan and Foreign Talks from Vancouver, Wa. 

This is one of the festival's best bills yet and tickets are still available, so get yours before the chance is lost.





Melville drop new album and video for "Televised"

Portland has been known to be a good place for indie rock. With a wealth of bands that fulfill those sonic requirements there are certain ones that stand out from the rest. Melville is one of those bands.

The quartet just release their debut full length The New Zero, which is conceptually based around how the apex of past events in life lead to new beginnings. For one of the first tracks shared from The New Zero, titled "Televised," Melville also released a music video to go with it.

It follows a Madonna-in-the-80s dressed character on somewhat of a quest of trying to figure out what's going on, it seems. Superimposed into some of the scenes are shots of Melville performing. At about three and a half minutes long, "Televised" is definitely an entertaining watch. 

Check it out below and stream The New Zero over at Melville's Bandcamp page.





PREMIERE: We Are Parasols - "dim"

 Industrialgaze trio We Are Parasols are just like the rest of us - they see what's happening in the world, who the main propagator of all that nonsense is, and have been wracking their brains as to how to cope with it all. Like many creative types, We Are Parasols took to their expressive outlet as a form of release, but it wasn't what they originally had planned.

Today, they're premiering a video for their newest track "dim" off their upcoming album Inertia. The song itself keeps on with their shoegazey electronic, but the video notes on a serious movements currently happening. We Are Parasols guitarist Jeremy Wilkins had this to say on the concept behind the video:

       This isn’t the video we intended to make but it’s the video we felt we had to make. The track, “dim,” is the first single from our new album, Inertia. It’s a concept album which follows an android sex worker through a dystopian future. We sought to make a video that explored the same themes of the record; anti-authoritarianism, oppression, violence, and human nature. Much as the themes and sound of our record were drastically effected and shaped by the election of Donald Trump, the events of the past few weeks took a toll on our ability to make the video we wanted. 

      After several attempts at creating something nuanced, subtle and thoughtful we realized we were hitting a wall. Due to the nature of our album’s story it’s hard to portray our protagonist’s journey without images of fascism. Unfortunately, our real world is currently filled with disgusting images of fascism inside our own country and others. Without the artistic space for nuance or the willingness to risk appearing at all sympathetic to fascists we realized, as all good people have to do at some point, that we needed to change course. 

     So, we made an anti-fascist protest video. We realize this is a performative protest. It is not a substitute for concrete action. We do not intend for it to be. We have been in the streets and we will continue to engage. We encourage you to get involved also. #RESIST. 

And there you have it. Watch the video for "dim" below. See We Are Parasols' next show on 9.6 with Sex Park and Vacant Stares at White Owl Social Club. As always, #resist and #fucktrump.





Usnea take their new tunes to Psycho Las Vegas

Psycho Las Vegas is basically like the Coachella of metal, except it doesn't totally and completely suck ass. If a band makes it to a Psycho stage, being held at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino this year, then they're really doing something to speak of with their sound. And that's exactly what Usnea is talented enough to be doing.

Usnea is one of Portland's beloved sludgy doom acts and on top of playing Psycho, they have a whole new album of new material to share with their adoring doomers. They're releasing Portals of Futility on Relapse Records September 8, and they've already shared a bit of what the album will sound like. First, fans got a taste with the almost 10 minute long official audio to "Lathe of Heaven" and now, the band have released a video for "Pyrrhic Victory." It's everything you'd picture it to be and wonderfully so much more.

The band is having a release show for Portals of Futility 9.16 with Thrones, Hands of Thieves and Ninth Moon Black at the Tonic Lounge. They'll be taking off for an extensive at the end of September and well through October so be sure to catch them before they hit the road. And if you happen to be at Psycho this weekend, well, you're a lucky son of a bitch.





Much darkness in The Domestics' promotion of 'Little Darkness'

 Some weeks ago, the alternative indie rock band The Domestics began promotional efforts for their upcoming September release, a full length titled Little Darkness. At first, the band's endeavors were just as normal and innocent as the next, but it was revealed yesterday and blown up today how wrong of a turn their promotion took.

A few key players in the music scene began posting to social media on Wednesday, 8.17 about how they received a tape in the mail, marked as confidential "Trump/Comey Recordings" with Russian script in the background. The actual audio on the tape wasn't much but audio from Little Darkness betwixt ramblings from Trump and clips of someone speaking in Russian. What was on the tape wasn't really the issue, it was the return postage that's caused much of the stir.

The 60-63 sent out tapes were marked with return addresses to some of the most troublesome organizations currently active - the KKK, Westboro Baptist Church and InfoWars, the somehow popular media site ran by Alex Jones. Some of the posts circulating claimed that all of the tapes were sent to Jewish members of the music community.

The Domestics took to their Facebook page to address the issue, with their record label, local Tender Loving Empire (TLE) and Silver Morning Management sending a statement to music outlets. Having many larger scale media sites covering the story, including Pitchfork, Vulture and the first to report it, Paste Magazine, meant the band had to respond quickly and effectively. A collective run-through of the statements concludes that the tapes were predominately sent to "right wing media" as a means of trolling them. "The mysterious packages were marked with the return addresses of Info Wars, The KKK’s headquarters, and The Westboro Baptist church in hopes that any tape that bounced back in the mail would end up flooding the mailboxes of these bigots," part of The Domestics' statement reads.

Frontman Michael Finn also told Paste that he and the rest of the band were unaware of the exact return addresses used, placing blame on TLE and its Sync-Licensing And Operations Coordinator Jed Overly, also of the band Astro Tan

Overly, who is African American and Jewish, released his own statement on the TLE purchased domain trumpcomeytapes.com. "It was never my intention to alarm or frighten people," part of Overly's statement read. "Our sole objective was to pique interest in The Domestics. No one at The Domestics, Silver Morning Management, or TLE knew about the chosen return addresses. I had made a last minute decision to change return addresses and thought it was obvious that this was a gag, and I could not have been more wrong." 

He goes on to say how the addresses he used were bogus and how he thought because the tapes were postmarked from Portland, the return addresses and concern surrounding them would make the whole thing "humorous or mysterious at worst." 

Overly takes the complete fall for the PR mishap, saying how he had no idea many of the tapes' recipients were Jewish. "To reiterate. This was a marketing campaign that was trying to get press for a really great band that I believe in. It was in poor taste to use those return addresses without thinking through the possible outcomes," says Overly. "A lot of people are saying that The Domestics or TLE are dumb for carrying out this campaign, when in reality it was just me who made a dumb mistake. Again, The Domestics, Silver Morning Management and TLE had no knowledge of the return addresses. I am sorry for any anguish and pain I caused."

It's clear that this marketing campaign worked in some sort of way, as the band has gotten much attention for the stunt. But, as what should have been learned from Yacht's PR flub last year, not all press is necessarily good press, and this may not work out the best for the band or label in the end.

Little Darkness is out on September 1.

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