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Ice Balloons // Babes // Still Caves // Grapefruit // 5.17

This Saturday, Stellar Donkey boking brings a fantastic night of lo-fi garage psych jams to Portland’s noise-heads of the Northeast at the High Water Mark Lounge. Headlining the show, Brooklyn based glitch-psych super group, Ice Balloons (featuring members of TV On The Radio and Wild Yaks), are sure to blow your mind or leave you with temporary tinnitus. On tour with Ice Balloons are New Orleans rippers, Babes. Opening the night and representing Portland’s own noteworthy contributions to the current psych movement are some of my local favorites Still Caves and Grapefruit.

High Water Mark is located at 6800 NE MLK. Doors at 8pm, and there is a $7 cover.

Travis Leipzig

Morning Ritual // Rio Grands // Mojave Bird // 5.13

A common theme running through the lineup at Holocene Wednesday night is piano folk, but there will be a lot variety within this niche. Opening the show is Mojave Bird with her beautiful and hauntingly ambient songs. In the middle of the bill are Rio Grands. Their almost Latin influence on soft driven tunes relies on smooth rhythms and a dynamic vocalist that somehow comes across as soulful surf rock. Headlining the evening is Morning Ritual. Featuring the Shook Twins on vocals, they are rooted in folk, but have lately introduced a soft, electronic R&B element to their lively sound. These three groups would make for excellent nights of music on their own, but will be joining forces for a songwriter’s showcase Wednesday night. The show starts at 8:30 and there is an $8 cover. 

- Colin Hudson 

What The Festival?! 2014

This June 19-22, Central Oregon plays host to the third annual What The Festival, which boasts a stellar lineup this year that includes a handful of great local artists. From the headliners to the early sets by up and comers, music fans will have many opportunities to see what this region has in it’s electronic suitcase, while partying night and day. 

While we would love to rightfully claim festival headliner Washed Out as one of Portland's own, having written the theme song to Portlandia, he hails from the other side of the country. However, on the same musical plane and also performoing at WTF, is Portland’s homie Emancipator. Producing worldly chillwave music at a high level, he mixes in a variety of live instrumentation, which should be highly showcased at this festival as he will be backed by his band, the Emancipator Ensamble.

Another well known local name on the bill is Natasha Kmeto, who has steadily been on the rise with four albums and a strong national following. Her R&B voice matches well with the dark and laid-back beats that she sings over. WTF is just one of many festivals she will be playing at this summer.

Local producers Solovox (who is currently featured in the Deli Portland's Artist of the Month poll)and Manoj will deliver energetic dancy sets. Solovox is a live mixer and synth wizard. His music will take you on a funk driven ride that will result in you losing your sunglasses. Manoj mixes bouncy beats that have made him a master at the art of dance music. Other notable Oregon acts are the bass heavy Mr. Wu and Octoban.

It can be easy for larger-scale festivals to neglect local influence. But with a packed lineup of local DJs and surrounded by spectacular scenery, What The Festival Is staying true to it’s Oregon colors. Get tickets to WTF here.

- Colin Hudson

St. Johns Bizarre 5.10.14

Today officially kicks off street festival season around many parts of town, particularly with the 8th annual open air craft fair of St. Johns Bizarre. Taking place in front of the towering St. Johns Bridge, the day long event features local artists and activities for crafty folks and families, as well as an eclectic musical line-up representing many genres through local artists. This year's bill boasts beautiful soul music from Ural Thomas and the Pain, fuzzy rock from Summer Cannibals, hip hop from Illmaculate, experimental pop from AAN, and modern Mexican composition from Edna Vasquez. Check out the full schedule for the Bizarre here

If that doesn't have it covered for the whole family, throw in the puppet critters from Red Yarn and the Deep Woods Ramblers for the kiddos, and a PARADE, and we have a nice afternoon stroll. Also, it is entirely free, so just bring a smile and an umbrella. 
- Brandy Crowe 

Feels Like Home Ep #38 Ural Thomas - "Pain Is The Name Of Your Game" from INTOTHEWOODS.TV on Vimeo.


New Moss Records Celebrates "Hits Vol 1" with Three Release Parties

Portland's infamous New Moss Records are rolling out a new compilation cassette series titled "HITS." Featuring songs the label's favorite bands from Portland and beyond, the first installment of the series, "HITS Volume 1," features thirteen tracks including six unreleased tracks by Grandparents, Wimps, Old Light, Spookies, Summer Cannibals and Natural Blonde. Also featured on the compilation are tracks by Charts, The We Shared Milk, XDS, Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Still Caves, And And And, and Sad Horse. The cassettes are priced at $6, but only 300 copies will be made so don't be a slow-poke in picking one up. You can pre-order HITS Vol. 1 here, or, if you're the smart type you can go to one, two or all three of New Moss Records' masterfully curated compilation release parties this weekend to pick up a cassette in person. 

Release Parties:

Friday, May 9th at the Firkin Tavern (no cover): Summer Canniblas, Sad Horse, Charts

Saturday, May 10th at the Know ($5 cover): And And And, Old Light, XDS

Sunday, May 11th at Rontoms (no cover): Grandparents, Spookies

Official Todd Walberg photos from the release parties to come! 

- Travis Leipzig

In Review: Party Boyz Anniversary with Genders, And And And, and Sama Dams

Last Tuesday night, Portland music podcasters, Party Boyz, hosted one hell of an event at Bunk Bar. The night marked the one year anniversary for the podcast, as well as the release of their first printed Zine and first compilation album on compact disc. The Zines looked great and featured content by local artists and musicians. Wearing handmade, screenprinted covers, the compilations feature bands that have been guests on the podcast during it's first year, including some unreleased tracks by a few artists. To help celebrate this great night, the girls of Party Boyz gathered three portland powerhouses, Genders, And And And, and Sama Dams, to play some rock 'n roll. Here's a brief recap. 

opening the night, Sama Dams awed the crowd with their sheer musical virtuosity, featuring intricate drum rhythms, haunting and bassy organ chops, and beautiful almost seizure-like guitar soloing. Switching between playing his guitar, bass and keys, Sam played some of the most shredding synthesizer solos I've ever heard.


Up next was And And And, who were in full partyboy rock mode. Drummer Bim Ditson's shirt came off right away per usual, Bassist Jonathan Sallas was fed beer during a song, beehive guitarist Berg sported a rocker's spike bracelet, and Nathan sang his heart out. The energy was static in the packed room, and the boys played flawlessly. 


Genders closed down the night with their brilliant shoegaze garage pop. Their rhythm section alone amazes me to the point of jealousy, but with Stephen's excellent guitar tone and styling and Maggie's gentle voice and knack for songwriting, it's no surprise why they are one of Portland's favorite bands. 


- Travis Leipzig


The Hill Dogs Tour Kick Off at Kelly's Olympian 5.6.14

Tonight, the Deli Portland's current Artist of the Month, The Hill Dogs, play a tour kick off show at Kelly's Olympian. Catch the beautiful and badass folk rock tunes that earned The Hill Dogs your votes and some free ad space on our website. Sing with them, party with them, cellebrate a hopeful Blazers playoff win with them, and send them off on tour after such a good night that they're dying to be home the whole time they're away. There is a $5 cover for the show, doors are at 8:30, Device Grips open the night at 9pm.  

- Travis Leipzig


Album of the Month: Wild Ones 'Keep It Safe'

After having overcome some recent life challenges, last month Wild Ones re-released their debut album Keep It Safe through Topshelf Records.

Danielle Sullivan’s writing reflects some of the tensions leading to growth, tapping into lucid thoughts of pure connection and how letting go is easier for some than others. Her vocals are high and clear, and the formula of each song is still sweet and synthy. But what stands out most from the instrumentation of their previous EP, You’re A Winner, is the breadth of electronics, the new drumming of Seve Sheldon, and the guitar styling of Nick Vicario who transitioned from bassist to guitarist in the band. 

This album is bound to narrate upcoming summer excursions. Slower songs like “18 Mile Island” carry intricate guitar solos behind breezy soundscapes and lyrics of “make believin’ is the only thing i do.” “Lion Heart” begins beefed up with a heavy riff over drum beats, then hops and skips lightly into pop and intricate keyboard, before finishing with a rock guitar wail. There is a lot of crystalline electronic looping as well on tracks such as “Row,” and the final, title track “Keep It Safe,” which is perhaps a promise to stay wild, stay strong, and let all that hard work pay off.

Brandy Crowe



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