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Rigsketball 2014: Rock 'N Roll 'N Basketball

It would be hard for someone to argue against the statement that Portland has its quirks. When you throw in​ creative individuals who desire a strong sense of community, you get magic. You get someone like Bim Ditson. He's gone on to be one of the stand-out innovators in the Portland music and arts communities. His invention? Rigsketball (and lots of amazing music and chainmail accessories).

You might've seen Rigsketball before, especially if you hang around local music venues. There's only one brightly-painted van with a hoop attached. The game is seriously defined as "a yearly bracket style basketball tournament played between Portland bands at locations across the city on a regulation height hoop attached to the back of a van." What happens next? Music.

Semifinals and finals will occur in the parking lot of The East Portland Eagles Lodge this Friday, July 25th at 5pm​. Live performances by six of our favorite Portland artists, Bearcubbin', Sons of Huns, The Ghost Ease, And And And, Talkative and Old Age and they can be experienced between two stages. Everything is free. Everything. See you there.

For further inquiries, check out a rad writeup that VICE recently did on the subject, here, or check out this video.
 
- Colette Pomerleau
 


BUHU 4-Track Cinemat Releas

Releasing an EP is a classic step for new bands to get their name on the scene, but the electro-pop trio BUHU decided to up the ante. Each of the four tracks on their new release went through a lengthy creative process, with every part staged, recorded and filmed separately. What we get from their labor of love is a four-part audio-visual dance party.  They opted to spread the release out over their July residency at Swan Dive, bringing in other great local acts and releasing a video from the project with each week’s show. The fourth and final video is set to premier there this Friday, July 25th, along with performances from SIP SIP, Total Unicorn, and Slomo Drags. To put it simply (because BUHU won’t), you can expect a good time. –Written by: Marie Meyers

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New S.T.S. EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

"For those that follow S.T.S., you probably know his 3 favorite things, WOMEN, WEED, and what to WEAR." Well, with his latest seven-track EP We Can Talk Politics & World Affairs, Sugar Tongue Slim tackles such topics and more that we tend to shy away from in public conversations. The different look at one of Philly's finest emcees was produced by Grammy-nominated, multi-talented Khari Mateen with a feature from S.T.S.'s favorite collaborative partner, DJ BearOne.

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Cookies plays Rough Trade with Avan Lava on 07.31

Following the disbandment of avant-pop trio The Mobius Band, Brooklyn based singer songwriter/producer Ben Sterling started Cookies in 2012. The project basically channeled solo material he had been working on since around 2009. On July 31st the band will be performing at Rough Trade (together with that unstoppable EDM machince known as Avan Lava) and unveil new material off the upcoming debut record entitled 'Music for Touching,' scheduled for a September 9 release. The record features Colin Stetson (Arcade Fire), Aakaash Israni (Dawn of Midi), Tom Vek, Rebecca Zeller (Ra Ra Riot), the Magik Magik Orchestra, and the voices of Melissa Metrick, Areni Agbabian and Ashley Giorgi, who serve as the female counterpoint to Sterling's baritone. Listen to the title track below.

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Animal Years releases new album + plays Brooklyn Bowl on 07.31

Animal Years is a project spearheaded by Mike McFadden, who primarily was a solo artist until he moved to Brooklyn, where he gathered a full band for his set.  Their debut LP, Sun Will Rise, is anthemic and powerful; a passionate work of thrilling crescendos fueled by bright and expansive guitar and McFadden's lyrical prowess.  His vocals are firm and expressive, charging through each song with an impressive force.  "Let Go of Your Head" has an electrifying energy, chiefly when the chorus kicks in; infectiously catchy, it stands out on the album as a high point.  Stream the song below and you can watch the video for their song "Forget What They're Telling You" here.  You can see them live at the Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday, July 31st where they will open for Bronz Radio Return.

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best Alt Rock songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!

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Hurry Opening for Hospitality & Ex Hex at JB's July 23

With their second LP Everything/Nothing on the horizon, the Matthew Scottoline (Everyone Everywhere) led trio, Hurry, heads into Johnny Brenda’s this evening. Bookended by cousins Joe DeCarolis (Psychic Teens) and Rob DeCarolis (Univox), Hurry’s songs almost immediately assimilates to one’s ear. There’s an easy-going nature to Scottoline’s semi-spoken vocals, melding with crisp snap and pop instrumentation, which are given an additional texture by the presence of fiery fuzzed guitar. As we await the new release (whose contents could be showcased tonight), Hurry effectively hovers the threshold of pop-rock, capturing a smoothness that makes your head bob, while retaining a harder edge that keeps listeners on their toes. DC pop-punk trio Ex Hex, who will release their debut LP Rips via Merge Records, bridges the gap to headliners and fellow labelmates Brooklyn-based pop trio Hospitality. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 8pm, $12, 21+ - Michael Colavita

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New Oceans

The punk trio New Oceans released their scorching new EP, What's The Use, last month. The EP is now available for free download on the band's bandcamp.

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Free Download: "In The Flowers" - Circadian Rhythms

Circadian Rhythms are coming out of hiding this Friday, July 25 at Bourbon & Branch with pals Laser Background and Hello Shark. The band has been working on recording its new EP A Passing Thought, and has also expanded to become a seven-piece. You can take a listen and download below the single, "In The Flowers," from their upcoming album.

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