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Pal Around With a Blend of Experimental Sounds 6.13

June 13 - This Friday, underground Portland's favorite pshychedelic house of DIY, PALS Clubhouse, will host a night of experimental rock 'n roll worthy of popping those last few mushroom caps you've been holding onto for the right time. Headlining the night, electronic math rock trio Bearcubbin'! are sure to leave you with visual trails and echoes of looping guitar. Another power-trio, all the way out from Austin, Megafauna are on tour in support of their new album, Maximalist, with a more straight forward rock yet at times trippy feel. The Tamed West open the night, and although they currently only have one recorded track available for listening, they are sure to become a new favorite in Portland and beyond sooner than one may think. You'll be psyched you caught them for free when they were still opening shows. 

- Travis Leipzig

The Rare Occasions bring the feels on "Feelers"

Released in May, The Rare Occasions’ Feelers EP kicks off with “Dysphoric,” which is equal parts psychedelic and dark-tinted surf rock, its bridge erupting from a single repeated note into a well-calculated guitar solo. Next, “Fell Through” shows off the band’s knack for odd time signatures and sets the more cheerful tone that the band maintains throughout the rest of the five-song set. The glockenspiel-aided “La Mort” bridges the band’s softer and harder sides, starting off as a soft ballad but rounding out the EP’s final minute with sweeping guitars and pained vocals. Take a listen to “La Mort” below and download Feelers for $5 at the guys’ Bandcamp page. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)


Jake McKelvie & the Countertops unleash "Mini Monster" video

If you liked Jake McKelvie & the Countertops, whom we featured on the site last month, check out the band's newly released video for "Mini Monster." The sunny, carefree video matches the vibe of the Solid Chunks of Energy single perfectly, complete with costumed pizza shop stops and performances in a number of unlikely (and at times uncomfortable) spaces. You can watch the video below now. – Jake Reed (@jakejreed)

NYC bands to check out at Northside: Sons of an Illustrious Father play Muchmore on 06.14

Unless you’ve been paying close attention to the output of Brooklyn’s DIY recording studio Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen, you’d be forgiven for sleeping on Sons of an Illustrious Father. The band, made up of multi-instrumentalists Josh Aubin, Lilah Larson, Ezra Miller, has been all but dormant, at least recording wise, since 2011’s “One Body,” and have only recently begun releasing a string of new singles. The latest two, “Very Few Dancers" and "Strange Home,” are raucous and soul-shaking, with influences as disparate as folk, psychedelic rock, and contemporary hip-hop. “Very Few Dancers” is built upon Miller’s percussive lilt, accompanied by Larson’s singular guitar licks and backing vocals. “Strange Home,” while subdued in comparison, has an underlying intensity to it, both restless and hopeful, which builds and blissfully boils over. All told, you couldn't ask for a better introduction to Sons of an Illustrious Father, so consider this your wake up call. You can catch Sons at Muchmore’s Northside show with Napoleon and Happy Lives on June 14. - @emilioherce

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


DRGN King Warm Up at KFN June 12

DRGN King are getting ready to perform at Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE next weekend. If you aren't planning to make the fest, then you are in luck because they'll be playing a warm-up show tonight when they headline Kung Fu Necktie. The band also recorded a BSide Session at Mobtown Studios during their last tour. You can check out the video below, which features performances of previously unreleased songs, "Saint Tom's" and "Don't Trust The Sad Boys," that will appear on the group's upcoming album. DRGN King will be supported this evening by local pals Mumblr as well as Brooklyn's Walking Shapes and Ancient River. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $8, 21+ - H.M. Kauffman



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