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Bike Thief: Album Review and Video Premier

Last month, Portland neo-folk band, Bike Thief, self-released their debut full-length album, Stuck in a Dream. If you haven’t checked it out yet, now is the perfect time!

I’m not the first to say they sound like Arcade Fire. In fact, they mention AF in their influences and biography. But it’s accurate, and not a slight. Arcade Fire is a giant monster-machine of a band because they did something so well that EVERYONE caught on.

Fittingly, Bike Thief's first single “The Burning Past,” has an anthemic build, taking a typical indie folk/rock approach, then layering it with yell-sing group vocals, a range of percussive instruments, and heavily featured strings. I’m always a sucker for a rad string section, which according to the visually-stunning music video was performed by solemn paper mice. 

The entire album offers a dynamic range of sounds and instruments, cleverly arranged by the band, guided by frontman and founder Febian Perez. Most of the members of Bike Thief are multi-instrumentalists, but they also have a whole slew of notable guest artists--they even feature the vocals of Portland Boychoir and Luz Mendoza of Y La Bamba dn Tiburones (on “We Once Knew Ya"). 

Stuck in a Dream is definitely worth listening to if you’ve ever been into bands like the Decemberists, or the aforementioned Arcade Fire.  Stream the album in its entirety here. If you're from outside Portland, catch Bike Thief in a city near you as they'll embark on a national tour for the month of October, and part of November. 

Without further ado, enjoy the world premier of Bike Thief's brand new video for theer second single off Stuck in a Dream, "Ghosts of Providence."

- Chandler Strutz

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Under The Scope: Lubec

There are a few things you need to know about the arcane, shoegaze-deconstructivist rockers Lubec.

By now I’m sure you’re all well aware of the shoegaze renaissance that our happy country has been experiencing for the past five years. Despite what some music snobs will tell you--things like, “There’s nothing new to expand on in the genre beyond the MBV “atmosphere”--I’m happy to report that even in today’s day of imitating imitators, there are still plenty of avenues for the genre to explore (and h8ers can suck it).

Giving truth to my bold statements above are local genre-breaching, boundary-spurning, bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, dreamy art-rockers Lubec. They combine the the layered texture of MBV, the erratic unpredictability of Swirlies, the philosophy of youth advocate/empowerment bands like Sonic Youth, with an irreverence to orthodox compositional guidelines. The result? A slice of non-clichéd (unlike this statement) sonic heaven.

But don’t take it from me--the guys are releasing their debut album The Thrall on September 21 at Mississippi Studios with Night Mechanic and Old Wave (formerly the Adam Brock 4), and they were nice enough to sit down with me (albeit lacking one member) and chat about it amongst other things...

Read the full article and interview here!

Words by Bryce Woodcock, photo by Keli Pennington.

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Wampire Premier New Single "The Amazing Heart Attack"

Following their debut release of Curiosity last year, Wampire are gearing up to dose us with another full-length psychedelic trip titled, Bazaar, out October 7th on Polyvinyl Records. Fortunately, you don't have till then to experiment with their new sounds, as the boys just premiered the album's second single and opening track, "The Amazing Heart Attack." The song retains the spacy 70's synth styling present on Curiosity, but amps up the progy riffage for a darker, heavier sound. By contrast, Bazaar's lead single "Wizard Staff" slows things down with a sexy little groove reminicent to something Bruce Springstein and David Bowie might have collaborated on. Catch Wampire in Salem September 12 at Level B or in Portland September 21 at the Hathorne Theater with English psych rippers, Temples. 

- Travis Leipzig

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SUN ANGLE IS BACK! SUN ANGLE IS BACK! 9.8 at Mississippi

All you black magic babes with your resurection spells really outdid yourselves this time. SUN ANGLE IS BACK! The Portland Psych trio, once defunkt due to a terrible case of tinnitus in the ears of singer and guitar player, Charlie Salas Humara, are back, after some r&r and equipped with a baller new custom pair of ear plugs, and they're and ready to rage face! Tonight, they'll ride fully torqued onto the battle-stage of Mississippi Studios, accompanied by their psych pop allies Animal Eyes and Talkative. Now I can't say with certainty that this return from the grave is cooler than bringing back your long-lost favorite grandma would be, but lets be honest, it probaly is.

Get a load of the show teaser / new music video for Fox Cool by these undead Sun Gods and get the fuck out to support their comeback tonight. 

- Travis Leipzig

SUN ANGLE - FOX COOL // SEPT 8 SHOW TEASER from Marius Libman on Vimeo.

 

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Otis Heat to Release ING at Star Theater 9.5

Many moons have passed but these righteous dudes are at again. Alas, we have a second full-legnth album from Portland’s funktabulous grunge rock supreme, Otis Heat. This Friday, they are playing the Star Theater to celebrate the release of ING along with Brad Parsons & the Local Talent and Marca Luna.

This album features all four songs from The Ugly EP as well as ten new ones. Songs such as “Circles” has been tested at many of their past shows and the piercing chorus can ring in your head weeks after hearing it. “ING”, the albums opening song was set to a music video to promote the band’s upcoming fall tour. For their live show, you can expect a big sound to come from this three piece. With front man Sean O’Neill’s slap-heavy bass playing, his high-pitched vocals, a drummer who can carry seven different beats at once, and guitar shredder that puts a wide range of melodies on top of huge rhythms, turns their music into a giant thunder cloud of awesome sauce mixed in with sexy butter served over-easy with a handle of whiskey. Guaran-Fucking-Teed. $7 advance, $10 at the door.

- Colin Hudson

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