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XRAY.FM Present Modern Kin and The Ghost Ease 11.20

XRAY.FM’s broadcast signal is warming up the city, one receiver at a time. On top of the 168 hours of local unreceptive air play, they’ve put together a fantastic show this Thursday at Mississippi Studios. Headlining the show is Portland’s Modern Kin, along with The Ghost Ease and Kithkin

Modern Kin play lush textured rock and roll music. Their excellent self-titled record shows serious song writing chops with arrangements that call to mind Electric Light Orchestra and Tom Waits. Their live sound provides a raw stripped down Replacements meet R.E.M vibe that is entirely fresh and a sound all of their own. Below, check their live version of “Abandon" from the fine folks over at Banana Stand Media to see for yourself.

If you're not familiar with The Ghost Ease you must have just moved here. They are one of Portland's most unique adventurous bands who would be right at home on a mix tape with Television, Pavement and Patty Smith. Seattle’s Kithkin will open the night with their brilliant self-described “tree punk” and join Modern Kin for the The Great PNW 'Kin Tour of 2014. 

- M. Rowan

The Great PNW ‘Kin Tour of 2014

Thursday, 11/20 - XRAY.FM Presents: @ Mississippi Studios 

Friday 11/21 - KEXP Presents: @ Columbia City Theater (Seattle)

Saturday 11/22 - EMI Presents: @ The Cannery (Everett)

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Video Premier: Rio Grands "Liz"

Portland soft-rock studs Rio Grands have a killer new music video for their track “Liz,” from their March, 2014 album A-Z. It’s a loungy, Strokes-meets-Beach Boys song featuring the band playing on a yacht named “The Sun Princess” on the Willamette River. The music pairs very nicely with the imagery, which depicts the timeless tale of unrequited love...and weed. Measure 91 enthusiast and frontman Colin Jenkins explains, “...it's basically about me chasing around a girl, Liz, who's too stoned to notice I'm around.” The video was shot and edited by Josh Spacek and John Denlinger, and features some spots around Portland you probably recognize.
 
Catch Rio Grands live at Holocene on Sunday, Nov. 30th for the non-internet premiere of the video. They will be joined by New Move, who will also be releasing a new single, "Don't Wanna Lose," as well as No Lala featuring members of Minden + Papi Fimbres + Seth Mankowski. Should be a night filled with tasty grooves and very tight arrangements. Also a boat/yacht-themed photo booth.

- Chandler Strutz

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Nature Thief to Release Debut EP 'Moon' 11.19

Ready to take on the cold weather and darkest days of Portland with a debut EP is the mystical wonderland known as Nature Thief. It is a seasonably fitting name seeing how we just got our warmth stolen from us, but what they take from our weather, they give back with a plentiful amount of soulful musicianship that sails along the lines of acoustical psych rock. It is derived in Pacific NW indie-pop but holds a vintage tone in the wallowing melodies and their greatest weapon is something you don’t see too often in these categories, strong lead vocals.

The band came about this past summer and released their first song, “Docks.” A guitar driven ballad style tune with vocalist, Emma Browne’s pipes leading over its soft drive and smooth transitions. This week, they will release their first EP, Moon, featuring four songs that follow the suit of their single and bring a fresh look at a new Portland treat. The release show is slated for this Wednesday the 19th at the Holocene along with Big Haunt and Coma Serfs. 8:30PM; $5

- Colin Hudson

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Preview: PWRHAUS Release 'Magic Spell' 11.17

The reclusive and prolific anonymous composer Tonality*Star is putting out his first full length album backed by a band; he calls this incarnation of the project PWRHAUS. PWRHAUS stays true to the descending pop melodies, ambling pace, and linear songwriting approach typical of Tonality*Star releases, complete with Mr. Star’s classic air, whisper-voice, which bears resemblance to the throaty resonance of vocalists like Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow. However, unlike a Tonality*Star show, at a PWRHAUS show you’re likely to see the stage overloaded with musicians and instruments: guitar, bass drums, piano, sax, even the possibility of a cello. In light of this lineup of instruments, don’t expect the crazy electronic texture pads present in Tonality*Star shows, but instead a more organic and earthy approach to nu-pop. Imagine if his old sound melted itself in a pot with a hunk of ’60s beachy love songs and stirred itself around a bit. PWRHAUS will release their first full length recording, Magic Spell, Monday night at Mississippi Studios. 

To keep with the surreal, meandering indie-pop energy, Lady Lazarus will make an appearance to bolster the lineup. Her music is intimate and minimalist in terms of accompaniment--most songs are just piano and a single voice--but is reinforced with a brilliant wash of reverb that puts its grandiosity level at even with early Grizzly Bear, while the tone curbs and balances this effect with a melancholia that deviates the sound in the direction of Grouper.

- Bryce Woodcock

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Preview: Trumans Water + Octagrape + And And And 11.13

Tomorrow night at Bunk Bar, Trumans Water, a heavy experimental act from the Pacific Northwest, headline a memorable show with tour and release-mates Permanent Makeupand Octagrape with local support from And And And. The out of towners are on tour in support of a brand new compilation cassette, Lotions & Cream, as well as a brand new release of covers by Octogrape titled Major Mayor Maxion Marble. Octagrape have the ability to make you feel anonymous where identity is no longer private. Their sound builds the longer you listen and it's proven to be ideal even for art rock/noise. Permanent Makeup, though less arty and arguably noisier, grasp onto that perfect '90s sound. Local full-time do-gooders, part time musicians And And And jolt their audiences into the mindset of being ready for anything. 9pm. $10.

- Colette Pomerleau


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