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Loop around with Other Lights and more tonight

Fans of pleasantly loopy, exploratory type rock have got an opportunity to catch some great under-the-radar acts at a showcase tonight for free at the Turn Turn Turn.

What tonight's three billed bands share, though coming from somewhat different corners of it, is an experimental fuzziness that makes them all the more appealing. Clawfoot Slumber, who are releasing their new album The Stars Within You Beckon To Be Carried Forth From The Dark in mid-September, have got a dreamy, psych folk tinge to them. It's fairly different from the heavy loop play coming from Other Lights, who lean more towards a mathy, progressive post-rock side of creation that is entirely too easy to get sucked into. Gladness finds their way almost in the middle, except with the shoegaze characteristics of My Bloody Valentine meets Slowdive with a J. Mascis type vocality. All in all, this lineup touches perfectly on a few different bits of experimental fun.

The show is free, for the 21+ crowd and starts at 8pm, so head out and enjoy. 





Autonomics finally share 'Debt Sounds' in the States

 Infectiously poppy garage rock act Autonomics have been around for awhile now. There's not really any band in Portland that sounds quite like them - fast paced garage wrapped in a delightful pop punk robe, with hooks as catchy and toe-tapping as the next. For a while now, their full length Debt Sounds has been in heavy circulation in Europe. It's been highly anticipated over here in the States and it's finally made its debut, with Autonomics having commissioned a couple bands to help them in the release show process.

Devy Metal and Ice Queens are slated to excite the crowd as they await to hear Autonomics' new sounds in full. Aside from whatever they've shared of Debt Sounds on stage, "Superfuzz" and "Southern Funeral" have been the only ones available online to dive into. Hear the album live on 9.2 at the Doug Fir Lounge.





Get your party on with the Hot LZs

Raucous foursome the Hot LZs actually do know how to make things hot with the energy they throw into their songs. Natural and unrefined, the boys are are a perfect choice for getting a crowd riled up and in the mood.

Just recently, the Hot LZs came out on top as who all the voters were looking most forward to seeing at midsummer's Twilight Fest. That was their last performance up until tonight, where they've been booked along with Tiger Touch and The Ransom for a Belmont blowout party of sorts for hump day. 

If you missed them at Twilight Fest, be sure to check them out tonight. They'll easily become a go-to for getting out some slightly aggro feelings in a catchily punky way.





Visual Vices: Dim Wit - "Suburbanal"

 Dim Wit are the type of duo that command attention. The fun wigs, the sometimes immediate jarring of frontman Jeff Tuyay's screeching guitar, drummer Tyler Verigin's rhythmic and interesting time signatures. Many factors play into the particular, drawing effect that Dim Wit has. Recently, the duo (or sometimes trio, with Hadrian Kindt of Fire Nuns occasionally joining in) have released a new video that's just as hypnotizing as their sounds.

The stop-motion animated visuals of "Suburbanal" were created by local visual artist Grayson Bear. Its visuals, much like the song's vocals, start out with the spry innocence connected to the idea of the "American dream." As the song and video progress, the animations increase in their intensity before unleashing a creative hatred upon our unfortunate President. 

It's incredibly entertaining, and well worth a few run-throughs. Watch "Surburbanal" below





Big names come to Project Pabst this year

It was just last year when a newly imagined Project Pabst made it's debut down at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park. With a fairly eclectic lineup for the actual festival and the night shows as well, patrons flooded in and out of the entrance gates with the gears in their heads turning as to how they felt about the festival's new style. It's almost impossible to pull anything off without a couple hitches along the way, but Project Pabst soldiered through another year of big acts and big piles of beer cans. The same is still true for 2017, just a couple of things seeing changes.

This year's fest is scaled down in a few ways, but has grown a lot in others. Unlike the Project Pabst's of the past, the 2017 edition won't have any night shows at all. These night shows were held at various locations around the city and gave more opportunities for local acts to participate in the festival. Last year, Kyle Craft was the only local to make it to festival's main stages. Project Pabst night shows also offered more in genre variance, since many of the festival's metal shows happened at night. Local support this year comes but from just one local artist each day, though the ones chosen are two of the best in the city and have both been voted our Deli Portland Artist of the Month in the past.

Opening up Saturday's festivities is the Last Artful, Dodgr. She happened to have played one of the night sets last year, but her distinct vocal style and bomb beats are perfect for the bigger stage. For Sunday's sets, harsh post-punk group Lithics will be kicking things off. They've become more of a common name around town over the last few months, especially after basically being named the best new band in Portland by Willamette Week and participating voters.

What sets this round of Project Pabst apart from the others are the headlining acts. This isn't to say that Duran Duran, Ice Cube, Tame Impala and Ween didn't totally kill it last year, or that Tears for Fears didn't a few years back. But each day this year has a pretty damn good trifecta of artists to close out everything. 

Attendees will get a chance to see Spoon, Nas and Beck on Saturday, while Sunday patrons will get a little bit of good, old and controversial. South African "rap" duo Die Antwoord have been contentious musicians from the start, but the reasons that make them such could create problems for Portlanders at the festival. Die Antwoord is known for committing racial and homophobic acts under the guise of shock value, like using the n*word in their songs, dressing in blackface in music videos and referring to people as f***ts, so it will be interesting to see how the crowd will react if they pull anything go the sort on stage.

To detract from whatever potential drama that could happen, the coolness of singer-songwriter and all around pop culture jokester Father John Misty, along with the iconic existence of still-kicking-it rocker Iggy Pop guarantees the festival will end on a good note.

For those that want to keep the party going, a Project Pabst Cooldown party will be happening back across the bridge at the Know. This bill is all local, featuring Blossom, Myke Bogan and Foreign Talks from Vancouver, Wa. 

This is one of the festival's best bills yet and tickets are still available, so get yours before the chance is lost.

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