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Karl Kling unveils video for 'I Will Wait'

Take a care free stroll though electro-pop-land with Portland’s own Karl Kling. His latest single, ‘I Will Wait’ released on Crazy Heart Records, comes paired with an official video that perfectly blends the bouncy, synth-pop music with arthouse aesthetics. We can’t help but feel reminded of the glory days of the '80s and movies featuring the Brat Pack. Karl’s music is chock full of poppy hooks and catchy beats that are sure to make any able body dance like no one is watching. Be sure to keep up to date as he may be playing a venue near you soon! - Nathaniel Clubine


The Fourth Wall unveils single 'Cosmos in the Wall' from upcoming LP 'Lovely Violence'

Originally from Hawaii, The Fourth Wall is a Portland based indie quartet with a sound swimming in post rock and psychedelic influences. Their melancholic melodies and soaring songs are a little reminiscent of a less orchestral version of late Mercury Rev. The band recently announced they will release their new LP, 'Lovely Violence,' on July 31st via Bug Hunt Records. You can catch them live at Mississippi Studios on August 2nd.

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best songs by emerging Portland artists - check it out!


The Best Dancers - ‘Now Kiss’ Video in the making

The brothers Govea and sax-man Mark Macomber are taking the vibe back and making it sexy. This live PA power trio are set to release their first full length this fall. In support, they are throwing a make-out party and shooting a video for the first single ‘Now Kiss’. This is just how they roll. Expect a proper mix of funk and electro via live bass and saxophone, vocoders, and a slew of controllers.  Don’t miss a beat with The Best Dancers. Baby making music at it’s finest.

Check out their latest track, “Love Knife” featuring Jay Murphy of Up Until Now, featured on Tomahawk Recordings - Rainmakers Vol.1 streaming below, and keep yours peeled for the video release of their first single ‘Now Kiss’ off the new album as well as future events!


We Danced the Night Away with Ezra Bell, The Bevelers and Fanno Creek

Music like the music that Ezra Bell makes is living proof that not all musicians need to hide behind heavy effects: fuzz, distortion, reverb, and even auto-tune to make music that people really enjoy listening to, and that was very apparent at their EP release last Wednesday. They played alongside the Bevelers and Fanno Creek, gracing Mississippi Studios with some deeply beautiful, danceable and heartfelt tunes.

The Bevelers played first as the crowd filtered in, and although the two-piece group has a soft demeanor, it was impossible not to pay attention. The foundation of their whole set is their two beautiful voices creating harmonies so sad and lovely at the same time that you want to get lost in the world that their voices create.

Ezra Bell played second in the evening when attendance was at its peak, kicking off their set with a few familiar songs. Ezra Bell is such a complex machinery of humans and instruments and it seems like having 7 people on stage, something shouldn’t work about their set-up. But everything works. Their music is complicated yet not cacophonous, focusing more on interesting sound pairings than everyone fighting for focus. Even the bass and drums took turns being the lead rhythmic force of a song, which felt uncommon, but was just one of many facets of their music that sets them apart from other folk-pop bands around Portland and beyond.

The audience at Mississippi Studios was stoked to see them, cheering loudly between songs and singing along with their older music, which sounds every bit as tight as their recordings. It’s rare that a local band can get an entire audience to dance along rather than stand stoically, arms crossed, but it’s really hard not to dance when you listen to them.

Fanno Creek ended the night with a surfier, and less folk influenced set by comparison. Ezra Bell was the ideal middle point between Fanno Creek and the Bevelers because unlike the previous bands, Fanno Creek is heavier and more bluesy. They were the perfect choice to end the night though, because, despite a big chunk of the audience leaving, those who stayed were ready to dance and Fanno Creek is dance-y as hell.

Together, all three bands were a match made in lineup heaven, giving the crowd a solid range of folk and pop music to groove along to all night long. You can check out Ezra Bell’s new EP, We Came by Canoe here:

- Photos and story by Sarah Eaton


What The Festival – Four Days of Beats, Babes, and Guys Dressed like your Grandma

Word finally got out about What The Festival this year and it did so (primarily) by the most inevitable way possible, by word of mouth. People have praised the quality of the organization, flow, and overall love that goes into the event for years and with its fourth attempt, people responded.

After three years of hovering between the three and four thousand mark, this year’s attendance rose by almost 2000 souls. By Saturday, with a grand total of 5,000 ticket holders, they were all sold out. There were new stages, tons of more art, great vendors and beautiful people, and once again, a lineup that can satisfy even the pickiest electronic music lovers (except for this hip harper who thinks Big Gigantic wasn’t a worthy headliner. Spoiler alert; They were.)

The festival started Thursday night, technically, but the majority of festival goers arrived on Friday. After a quick walk through the grounds after setting up my camp, I noticed they’ve rearranged and increased the amount of stages from the last time I attended in 2013. WTF responded to last year’s lack of late night acts by building several new stages to pump music until the sun peaked out. Most notably, the dragon stage was the most prolific new piece as it lay at the bottom of the illuminated forest and resembled a large, red, mystical dragon.

Friday night got started in local, funky fashion with Oregon’s reggae duo, Indubious (link) playing the Equinox stage. This was shortly followed by Portland’s bass loving producer, EPROM on the Effin’ Stage. Meanwhile, Keys and Krates blasted off on the main stage to set the mood for Griz, the funk rock headliner with a fresh new album to showcase. This groove continued back on the Equinox stage with Canadian DJs, The Funk Hunters featuring Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5) who delivered one of the most piognant sets of the weekend. The night was eventually closed out by fellow Canadian producer (and funk enthusiast) Stickybuds.

Saturday got off to a slow start for most people thanks to the extra doses of funk. Portland’s Vinnie the Squid got a pool party started around midday that was topped off by British producer, Ambassadeurs in the afternoon. As the night began to fall Sweater Beats got things bumping on the Effin’ Stage while Machinedrum performed their latest album Vapor City live. Many eyes were then set on Saturday night’s headliner, Big Gigantic who mashed up hip hop, blues, and funk while others made it tto Tokimonsta to see her drive an incredible set on the Effin Satge. The late night action took place in depths of the forest as Portland’s Solovox gave a dynamic performance. Deeper in the forest, the party rolled into sunrise with Fort Knox Five and Rob Garza hitting the decks on the Dragon Stage.

Sunday is when people really had to prove their dedication. It was the first time anyone has felt tired since arriving, but there was a whole day of music left to see. Canadian duo, Skiitour (complete with snowsuits) started promptly at noon at the pool. Later in the afternoon Thomas Jack was joined by a captivating fiddler and turned the splash pool into a hootenanny. The main stage was started by Portland jam and hip hop band, Device Grips in the early evening. Just as night fell, the masked drummer, Slow Magic went on the main stage his warm beats got everyone ready for ODESZA’s devine performance which included a horn section and perfectly concluded the weekend.

As you can see, there was a ton of music to be heard featuring some of the most distinguished producers and DJs from all over the world, but the things What The Festival does right goes well beyond the music. The organization is on point from the moment you arrive on the ranch, and the energy created from the design of this crew makes a fun-loving environment where everyone is your friend and dance partner. At no point are you left wondering what to do next, because everywhere you turn there’s something new to see, do, or someone to meet. And frankly, festivals like this are the only ones I’m interested in attending.

Here are three local sets that got our undivided attention last weekend:

Indubious Gets the First Night on the Right Foot

Solovox Gets Funky For The Stumbling Hippies – LOL stage at What The Festival

Device Grips Make a Crowd that Felt Good Feel Great

-Photo and story by Colin Hudson



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