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The Moondoggies at Doug Fir Lounge 12.13

Whiskey twang at it’s finest! This Friday night; put on your cowboy boots, stash a flask in your pants and direct your trusty steed on over to the Doug Fir Lounge to catch Denver, The Moondoggies and The Maldives. Following the release of Adios I’m a Ghost, and rounding out nearly four months on tour with well known regional acts Pickwick (Seattle) and The Maldives (Seattle), The Moondoggies are sure to help get you through those drunken holiday blues with their tasty vocal harmonies and country-grunge sounds. Special guests and local drunken-country legends Denver make this a show not to miss. Tickets are $12, doors open at 8 and show starts at 9. -Travis Leipzig

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Party Boyz Present: December to Forget

This Saturday night your favorite local podcasters, Party Boyz (also known as Elizabeth Elder and Rachel Milbauer), are living up to their name by throwing a warehouse party with a music lineup that will make your head spin. Old Light will be bringing their vivid brand of garage-infused psychedelia, Hustle and Drone will throw down their addictive beats and The We Shared Milk will bring the hazy indie-rock energy that’s garnered them some well-deserved attention in 2013. But wait, there’s more! Super secret guests, late night DJs, delicious food carts and to top it all off this party’s for charity. Bring a food or toy donation for a few dollars off admission and live it up knowing you gave a little bit back to your community. The festivities are being held at Manifest Station (2020 SE Bush ) and doors open at 8pm. Also, wear a Christmas sweater. - Benjamin Toledo


December 2013
Genders
"Get Lost
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     When an album has that certain something that sets it apart you do more than simply listen to the songs, you feel them. When a song possesses a depth beyond the notes that are played you move without realizing it, everything else fades away and you lose yourself in the sounds that are created. The layered, emotive psych-pop projected by Get Lost, the debut full length from Genders, has that kind of depth.

     In its entirety it flows through what feel like sonic walls of sound ( i.e. the cacophonous sections of  “Something To Get You By”, “Secrets” and “Twin Peaks”) balanced by hooks that could pull in listeners of any musical preference (“The Wilderness”, “Golden State”) but throughout there’s something being communicated in the space between the sounds, in the lines between the lyrics. There’s an emotional risk being taken, a vulnerability and a transparency within the music that is projected onto the listener. These are the types of songs that you can get lost in, and when you’re in that unknown place you won’t want to be found. - Benjamin Toledo  

The Weather Machine at Kelly's Olympian 12.11

On December 11th Kellys Olympian will be hosting the latest band to set the interwebs abuzz, The Weather Machine. The sudden wash of attention is a result of front man Slater Smiths brilliant idea to visit all 185 Oregon National Parks in the name of creating an epic music video for his poetic tribute to leaving so you can come back again, "Back Or'e Oregon".  Everyone from Portland Monthly Magazine to NPR to Buzzfeed (where you can now find good music in addition to cats that are too proud to admit they hate the snow- who knew?!) has taken note of Smiths video and not just because everyone who isn't from Oregon was surprised to hear it pronounced correctly. Smiths journey took him 4 months, to what are arguably some of the most beautiful places in America, and garnered the attention and support of Breedlove guitars, Oregon State Parks, and Tender Loving Empire to name just a few. New fans who are lucky enough to stumble onto this video would do their ears well to go beyond "Back Or'e Oregon" and check out the newest single "Slow Dance Slow", available through Tender Loving Empire. - Joy Pearson 

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Genders Record Release at Mississippi Studios 12.8

Developing an appetite for darker, "nocturnal pop" is easy when it comes to Genders. After having recently returned from a nationwide tour with Built to Spill, the city is ready to engulf their sounds once again. In fact, we experienced a hole in the live music scene while they were gone. Things were interrupted. Things got weird. "Something To Get You By", the first track featured off of their full-length album, erupts with building tension. Broken by the soft crooning of lead vocalist Maggie Morris, it presents itself with the most enchanting introduction. The collaboration of all of the members' instruments present a perfect example of how well they work together. Their sound is a revolution of introspection, a vortex of audible pleasure, the bittersweet ending to an intense experience. - Colette Pomerleau

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