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Preview: Sons of Huns at Club 21 on 12.12

Sons of Huns and Glitter Wizard will be conjuring evil spirits on Friday December 12 at Club 21. It might as well be Friday the 13th. Club 21, a local favorite could not be a more fitting venue for an evening of evil stoner metal filled with precision fuzz riffs and high caliber musicianship. 

Making their way from San Francisco is Glitter Wizard. Their sound pairs so well with Sons of Huns that I wouldn't be surprised if they did a split release or toured the Netherlands together. Carrying the torch of 70s heavy metal, Glitter Wizard dip heavy into some dark psych sounds that I recommend for your next spin with a Ouija. Not sure if an acoustic guitar will be riding up from San Francisco with them, but the track from their 2012 release Hunter Gathers, “Sunlit Wolves”, would make it well worth it. It’s a standout track and departure from their self-described “pink metal” that channels from some Forever Changes era Arthur Lee. 

Local favorites Sons of Huns need no introduction. Pete Hughes riffs conduct mini dark art symphonies. Here is hoping their track “Rollin’ the Dice” gets put on the next Guitar Hero game and helps pave the wave for a new generation of face melting shredders. 

 -M.Rowan

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Preview: Orquestra Pacifico Tropical at MS Studios 12.4

You Down With OPT? Yeah You Know Me! Portland's premier Cumbia band, Orquestra Pacifico Tropical, bring the fuel for your dance party fire. Warm up your frigid winter hide this Thursday evening at Mississippi Studios in one of your last opportunities to catch this lively troupe before their drummer extraodordinaire Papi Fimbres and wife head to Germany for the year. Turntin the temp up even higher Thursday night, Tezeta opens the show with their jazzy 70's Ethiopian dance music. Music starts at 9. Don't be a dufus, shake yo feet!

- Travis Leipzig

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Best of [YOUR SCENE] 2014 Poll for Emerging Artists - ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS!

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Debut Release: Atlas and the Astronaut's 'Tiny Artifacts'

Traditional rock stylings and modern experimentation exist simultaneously within the fuzzed-out, controlled chaos that Atlas and the Astronaut have crafted into their debut full-length record, Tiny Artifacts. Simmering feedback, combustible rhythms and fire-breathing vocals all serve to super-charge the tight riffs that act as the backbone of the album, starting from the first note of the opening track, “On the Shoulders of Giants.” The quiet, droning of an initial progression fades into a bluesy melody that is quickly distorted into a lumbering colossus of a chorus; showcasing the raw energy that this borderline psychedelic brand of hard rock embodies.

The album continues as “On the Shoulders of Giants” fades into “Snake Oil,” a track that references a punk rock energy in it’s driving rhythms and anarchic shouts. This same energy is encapsulated at different moments throughout Tiny Artifacts, possibly most dynamically in the chorus of “Enter the Sun Beast,” one of my favorites on the first listen. It moves through quiet verses, fluctuating through subtle shifts into an explosive chorus. As the track ends and moves into “Weight of a Hummingbird” I’m reminded of some of my favorite progressive rock albums. It sounds as though the tracks are being woven together, and through the reverberating stitches I’m able to pick out a thematic arc without being quite certain of the story I’m being told.

The album continues on it’s rocking path from this point forward with “Flight II” and “Kings with Plastic Markers,” pausing for a few moments of silence and noisy experimentation. After returning from the “Flight III” and being driven to the end of the album with “Tension and Release” Atlas and the Astronaut leave the listener where they began, but with a new perspective on the place that they’ve landed. Overall, this album is a fantastic example of the quality of rock music that is being being produced in our area. Join Atlas and the Astronaut on Friday, November 21st at Analog Cafe as they celebrate the release of Tiny Artifacts along with The Mercury Tree, Divides and Patrimony.  

- Ben Toledo 


XRAY.FM Present Modern Kin and The Ghost Ease 11.20

XRAY.FM’s broadcast signal is warming up the city, one receiver at a time. On top of the 168 hours of local unreceptive air play, they’ve put together a fantastic show this Thursday at Mississippi Studios. Headlining the show is Portland’s Modern Kin, along with The Ghost Ease and Kithkin

Modern Kin play lush textured rock and roll music. Their excellent self-titled record shows serious song writing chops with arrangements that call to mind Electric Light Orchestra and Tom Waits. Their live sound provides a raw stripped down Replacements meet R.E.M vibe that is entirely fresh and a sound all of their own. Below, check their live version of “Abandon" from the fine folks over at Banana Stand Media to see for yourself.

If you're not familiar with The Ghost Ease you must have just moved here. They are one of Portland's most unique adventurous bands who would be right at home on a mix tape with Television, Pavement and Patty Smith. Seattle’s Kithkin will open the night with their brilliant self-described “tree punk” and join Modern Kin for the The Great PNW 'Kin Tour of 2014. 

- M. Rowan

The Great PNW ‘Kin Tour of 2014

Thursday, 11/20 - XRAY.FM Presents: @ Mississippi Studios 

Friday 11/21 - KEXP Presents: @ Columbia City Theater (Seattle)

Saturday 11/22 - EMI Presents: @ The Cannery (Everett)

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