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Bubble Cats // Dharma (CA) // Tamed West // 3.21.14

I’m a big fan of Bubble Cats and their epic pop/gateway metal--think heavy Weezer, like if Rivers Cuomo hadn't phoned in the last five albums while getting restraining orders in Japan. These guys have the baddest guitar melodies and harmonies (guitarmonies) around. The Tamed West opens the show with their blend of groovin' garage/psych pop remeniscent to the late Gauntlet Hair crossed with Tame Impala meets Elliot Smith esque vocals. Splitting up these two fine local acts Friday night, and measuring up quite nicely, is sothern California based Dharma

 

The show is only $3 this Friday at Habesha. 8:30pm. - Chandler Strutz

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The Ghost Ease Tour Kick Off

The Ghost Ease will be shipping out for a West Coast tour after a kickoff party this Tuesday (3.18) at the industrial northsiders’ favorite venue. Their psych rock tunes will be a perfect fit for the World Famous Kenton Club as their distorted and guitar driven songs echo swimmingly into the garage sound that this music was born into. The Ghost Ease focus on a steady rhythm and noticeable, grungy guitar sections to fill things out while guitar/vocalist Jem Marie’s dreamy vocals bring their songs into folky ballads. Come on out to send them off the proper way. Opening the show is fellow psych-folk rockers, WL. - Colin Hudson

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Tada's Way Out

Portland super group Tada is coming out of hibernation with their third self-released album since 2008, Way Out. The album offers listeners an elegant ebb and flow of sonic tension and release. Although it sounds soft as a kitten at times, and showcases beautiful instrumentation and harmonies by the album’s numerous collaborative members (including members of Builders and the Butchers, Cambrian Explosion, Kelli Shaefer, Modern Kin, and Turbo Perfecto to name a few), it’s not a stretch to feel the presence of Tada front-man Matt Thornton’s dark roots in hardcore and metal music.

Thornton was awesome enough to give The Deli Portland the privilege to be the first to share his tracks ‘Not Alone’ and ‘Way Out.’

‘Not Alone’ begins with the melancholic, slow drone of Matt’s bass strumming, but quickly transforms into a newly inspired, upbeat, banger as he is joined by piano and then drums, as if he’s just realized that significance of who the musicians are who’ve just joined him. Appropriately enough to that theme, the song ends with the triumphant chanting of “we are not alone”, leaving the listener with that feeling of, “fuck… we can do this shit!”  

The album’s title track, ‘Way Out’ carries a similar droning, washy resonance of sadness, but builds to an epic climax of reverbed-out slide guitar, cello and heavy drums. This track has the brilliant and heavy feel of something you would expect to hear if Mogwai, Pink Floyd and OK Computer era Radiohead were to drop acid together and write a song in one day. It’s a good thing.  

Join Tada for the release of Way Out at Red and Black Café on March 15. Kelli Shafer opens up the show at 7pm and Old Age close out the night.

- Travis Leipzig and Cory Huennekens

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Verner Pantons at Valentines 3.16.2014

Among selfies, teenage twerking and insincere social networking, there's authenticity left in modern day culture. On March 16th,  The Verner Pantons will be performing at Valentines with The Cry and Chantrelles (members of Modern Kin and Tiger House). The Verner Pantons have been creating engaging rock n roll since 2010, with generous influence from  60s pop art and the underground. Their recordings present clean and flowery lullabies, but their live performance asserts rowdiness and far more energy than what could be experienced without the band members standing right in front of you. Stand-out single "Melancholy Girl" could easily entice the aforementioned twerking teenagers while simultaneously charming your sweet grandma. Bands with that type of power demand attention and this show demands your attendance. This show will also serve as the record release party for The Cry's newest album Dangerous Game. - Colette Pomerleau


Wooden Indian Burial Ground at Mississippi Studios 3.13.2014

Wooden Indian Burial Ground has gained a following in the last few years, playing a million shows (including The Deli's CMJ showcase in NYC) and signing with Mon Amie records. Each player in the trio gets lost in their own instrumental force-fields, and still the music rises and falls together into a hypnotic rabbit hole of lo-fi psych-rock. Their new Problems EP has a tighter, quickened pace since their 2012 self titled;  seamless rhythms, vocal harmonies, and well-placed feedback rule over spacey notes.  It's more of a wild garage style with an underlying mind-fuck wave that leaves you kind of dizzy. If you haven't experienced the live performance, get thee to Mississippi Studios on 3-13.

With Graves and Mothertapes, $5 bucks. - Brandy Crowe 
 


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