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Wampire Record Release at Mississippi Studios 5.14

Tonight Wampire break out a dance party for the release of their Polyvinyl Records LP, Curiosity, at Mississippi Studios. It is wonderfully curious; handsome and somewhat off-the-wall, with gothic tracks bringing to mind bass and synth drenched music of the European 80's. The songs are rich in mystical instrumentation and songwriting, and their undeniably sexy hooks keep it all floating. Throw in new work from the darling harmonies of Wild Ones (have you heard "Golden Twin"yet?) and DJ Preacher Teacher, and we have ourselves a magical Tuesday night. - Brandy Crowe

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A Simple Colony Celebrate a New Album at Mission Theater 5.17

Lara Michell and Michael Dodson are the duo behind A Simple Colony, the Portland based band providing a clean ambient answer to layered questioning vocals. This haunting sound has been gracing Bridgetown since 2010, and that history shows. A Simple Colony has a tightness to their sound, a synergy that can only be found in time and a great deal of chemistry. This hard work and rare dynamic has resulted in a new album, Make it Start. The record release event is this Friday, May 17th at the Mission Theater and will feature the band Swansea, an indie/folk pop group that is so much more than an indie/folk pop group. The band has a dreamy feel and amazing instrumentation that is sure to start the night out right. Ritchie Young will also be featured, his seemingly limitless vocal range and creative musicianship in tow. Tickets are $10 online, doors open at 7:00pm. - Joy Pearson

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The Sorry Devils EP Release at Slabtown 5.16

There was a time when the blues were almost lost to history and yet by the efforts of many great bands the timeless sounds and tradition of the blues were preserved. The Sorry Devils are heirs to that long great tradition and with their new EP, Easy Virtue, they sprinkle elements of Clapton-esq blues over a layer of delicious Southern rock. The EP has a wonderful groove to it, like something meant for a tailgate with friends or just cruising with the windows down. I was pleasantly pleased with the track “Crying Share” with its great bass lines and way too cool for school organ. In fact, if you’re not currently a fan of the organ, you will be after listening to this EP. Past decades had an easier going, laid back attitude toward life and this album captures that spirit. Summers hanging out with good friends, spending the day at lakes and rivers of the Pacific Northwest, kegs, love made and love lost. The Sorry Devils will be celebrating the release of Easy Virtue at Slabtown on Thursday, May 16th. Want to brighten up your day, or simply rock out? Get to the The Sorry Devil’s EP release show! - Cory Huennekens

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Portland Based Nonprofit Record Label Releases New Compilation

Fertile Ground Records is doing great things in Portland. This nonprofit, self proclaimed artistic co-op is working to become a hub for independent artists in the United States and globally. This generous record label has just released a new compilation highlighting their co-op artist roster. The album is entitled, Fertile Ground Records’ Ear to the Ground Volume 1. The compilation consists of bands whose genres range from punk rock to experimental folk, and all the bands have a keen sound and great talent. It’s really cool that there is a label who is putting the artists first, make sure you check out the compilation help out Fertile Ground Records any way you can! - Jordannah Elizabeth

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May 2013
Morning Ritual
"The Clear Blue Pearl
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In The Clear Blue Pearl, Morning Ritual has collaborated with Shook Twins to shape an album that is as progressive as it is nostalgic. The album borrows elements of soul, folk and R&B then filters them through modern production that accents the poignant arrangements and soaring vocal harmonies. Working with the classic instrumentation of keys, upright bass, drums and an occasional banjo The Clear Blue Pearl is structured with clear intent. The music revolves around the story of a husband and wife on a search for a new home and this collection of tight compositions vividly reflects the thematic arcs of the concept. The opening chords of “Drought” set a calm and melancholic tone of loss that builds into “The Search”, a track that showcases mystical vocal melodies and ethereal percussion. The title track projects light and an uplifting energy that is cut by “Dolphin Song” and reworked into the soulful groove that moves through “Tunnel of Light”. Each track supports and complements the next as the album leads up to the triumphant closer, “Geyser”. The Clear Blue Pearl is a tasteful and well-orchestrated release that, above all, displays an artistic ambition and original style. It’s refreshing to hear.  - Benjamin Toledo

Barbara in the Attic Make Your Ears Feel Groovy and Ecstatic

Here's the skinny, Barbara in the Attic (or BITA for short) simply impressed the hell outta’ me. I happened upon this talented group one night and was fixated with what I heard. The first thing that caught my attention was Barbara, the slightly short chick with the microphone belting out unbelievably soulful notes reminiscent of the greats like Aretha and Janis. The rest of the band was no less impressive, each member bringing a unique flavor. From the rhythm section to the violin, it was a seamless exercise in genre blending. Like a master chef, BITA draws on a number of musical ingredients to make something tasty. BITA recently released their first EP (self titled) with four tracks, my favorite being a haunting little number entitled “Anthem”. The band was cool enough to hook me up with a copy of their EP which I promptly listened to repeatedly. Do yourself a favor and look these guys and gals up or, even better, check them out live! - Cory Huennekens

 

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Review of "S.S.D.D." by Heart Full of Snakes

Summer is fast approaching and that means BBQ's, beers and friends. Luckily for you Heart Full of Snakes has the soundtrack for all those events and more. The album is called S.S.D.D and revolves around a smooth bluegrass sound, with a punk spirit making itself evident in the lyrics. Among my favorite tracks are "Bridge Song" and "Dance Card", which indeed made me want to have a few drinks and dance, in that order. The sounds you'll find on S.S.D.D are rich and have a sort of roadhouse elegance to them giving the album a very "down home" feel. Powerful yet silky vocals bathed in "punkgrass" lyrics and instrumentals drive S.S.D.D like a trusty old pickup truck bouncing down dusty back country roads. If you're looking for a great album to add to your summer soundtrack, you'll do well to fire up the grill, ice the beers and put the new Heart Full of Snakes album on the player. - Cory Huennekens

 

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Dresses Debut New Music Video; Play Doug Fir 5.9

On May 9th Doug Fir will be indy-folk-popping with Portland based band, Dresses. Dresses have a sound that is 2 parts adorable and 2 parts cool. Mix it well with some electronic garnish and add a cool new music video and the result is the perfect sound for a summer day. Surly Portlanders will be bumping these sounds all summer while Dresses are doing shows with the likes of Kate Nash. The dreamy sounds of Field Mouse and the crystal clear Laura Stevenson will be sharing the bill that night. Keep an extra close eye on Laura Stevenson as she hopefully performs some of the heartbreakingly perfect songs from her new album, Wheel. Show starts at 9pm and tickets are $10 in advance or $12 in person. - Joy Pearson

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