Thesis on love being recognized as a state, not relying on gender or a single person but rather an idea or thought. Also a post about JAY SOM.
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The Brooklyn-based musician expands his live show repertoire to ready the release of his forthcoming record.
Read more "Colorful Nostalgia: Sam O.B. at the Echoplex"
A recount of Todd Terje + the Olsen’s live performance with Jaga Jazzist and Tycho at Edgefield in Oregon.
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Slowdive’s first album in 22 years is appropriately self-titled, as the band have never sounded more like themselves.
Read more "Slowdive by Slowdive: A Return to Form"
Gabriel Garzón-Montano took us through a sonic journey in the Museum of Natural History.
Read more "Gabriel Garzón-Montano First Fridays 06-09-17"
Lyrically and sonically, Hadreas’s latest outing is his boldest and his most vulnerable.
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Highlights from What Was Sound festival—Spring of 2017 at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland, Oregon featuring DIIV, Woods, Fruit Bats, and El Ten Eleven.
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Review of Hinds at The Chapel in San Francisco
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Review of Mitski along with Steady Holiday and Kadhja Bonet, and how they blew us away at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland, OR.
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The Growlers performed at Roseland Theater to a sold-out crowd. Brooks’ energy radiated through the crowd as his gruff voice bellowed throughout the packed venue while the other musicians maintained a more concentrated approach. The Beach Goth pioneers didn’t disappoint and impressed new and old fans alike. Read More
Temples, a band that simultaneously mystifies you and inspires you to dance into the sunset, took the historic Crystal Ballroom stage last month as part of the Desert Daze Caravan Tour. The night full of psychedelic bluesy haze with the likes of JjuuJjuu, Froth, Night Beats, and Deap Valley, it was impossible to stand still. Read More
An account of Radio Dept’s performance at Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, Oregon.
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Noname’s live projection of her deeply personal and intimate album, a celebration of blackness and black womanhood.
Read more "“Telefone” Delight: Noname at the Doug Fir Lounge"
A live review of Thundercat’s performance in Portland, Oregon at the Wonder Ballroom 2.16.17
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A live performance review of Moon Duo and Thee Oh Sees at Sabertooth Microfest, February 3.
Read more "An Alternate Reality with Moon Duo & Thee Oh Sees at Sabertooth Microfest"
Live performance review of Y La Bamba, New Move, and Hustle & Drone in Portland, Oregon
Read more "Celebrating PDX Musical Diversity : New Move’s Album Release"
Our review of Pickathon 2016: featuring photos of sets from Ty Segall, Wolf Parade, La Luz, and Mac Demarco
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“I think that when you write as the person, you visit who you are a lot, and that’s what dictates where the word goes.” Your Friend is an honest band. With songs ranging from subjects about the unrequited to the introspective, Taryn Miller doesn’t hold back. Her songwriting is just as straight-forward as her personality. Gumption, her latest […]
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For twelve years FYF has taken what was once a small gathering at the now Echoplex into a two-day festival, with an eclectic mix of artists whether major or independent, past and present. After Goldenvoice took over the role of the festival’s legacy, it’s grown into one of the better music festivals you can attend. With the surprise booking […]
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Mild High Club’s show at Holocene in Portland.
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Every once in a great while, there will be a musical performance that leaves a lasting impression on its audience. This was indeed the case with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at McMenamin’s Edgefield. The opening act Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s jazz horn sounded its last note into the gray sky as mother nature answered in […]
Read more "Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros at McMenamins Edgefield 06.17.16"
Every time I attend a show, I try to take in everything- how I felt leading up to it, what I did before and after, and the energy inside the venue. I try to pace myself with libations and have a good time, but some days I get lost in the sauce. This was a lost sort […]
Read more "Day Wave at The Echo 06.17.16"
“I pretty much live here,” I said to a stranger in the smoking area. It’s true. It’s hard to count all the shows and drinks I have consumed at The Echo/Echo Plex. I dragged my cigarette, sipped my beer, and kept up with conversations but drifted in and out. I had a lot on my mind. […]
Read more "Haelos at The Echo 04.20.16"
With the release of Life of Pause, Wild Nothing’s Jack Tatum has honed nostalgic-eyed crystalline dream pop to a fine edge. The music displays its past influences unabashedly in the open, filtering 80’s alternative pop and just a hint of Steve Reich into a pure confectionary indulgence. It’s the music to immerse oneself in, provided one is swaying through the transfixing […]
Read more "Wild Nothing At Doug Fir 03.27.16"
I had just nervously wrapped up my interview with Taryn of Your Friend. It was my first interview (ever). Needless to say, I may have felt a bit nervous. I mentally paced back in forth wondering if I asked the right questions, not acted like a fool, or said “like” too much as any person […]
Read more "Your Friend at The Echo Plex 03.29.16"
Every time I’m asked to cover a show, there’s a subtle anxiety that builds inside me. Like Murphy’s Law, I expect everything that’s unexpected to happen. I tend to drink coffee, pack all my essentials (i.e. cigarettes, weed, etc.), and rush myself to the city. This day was different. I’m not sure how, but after almost […]
Read more "Gold Panda at Echo Plex 06.02.16"
Words and photographs: Colette Pomerleau I couldn’t help but stand in front of Beach House last Thursday night and think about how much more it felt than seeing a band play on a stage in front of a sold out audience in a venue in downtown Portland. Memorable glimpses from the night have kept me […]
Read more "Beach House at the Crystal Ballroom 04.28.16"
Something about the smooth ambience of the old theatre set me into a mood of quite anticipation, a sort of eager hunger for the feast that was to be laid out for my ears that evening. The Arline Schnitzer hosted the Swiss born guitarist José González that evening, accompanied by “yMusic” a neo-classical sextet hailing […]
Read more "José González at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall 03.7.16"
There’s not much I can remember as far as “firsts”. First time I smoked pot, first kiss….. however I do recall the very first time I heard this band. I was in my room scrolling through Twitter when Josh Radnor (formerly known as Ted Mosby from HIMYM) posted a YouTube video of a band called Hinds. It […]
Read more "Hinds at The Glass House Pomona 03.31.16"
As we get ready for festival season, concert-goers tend to forget about the shows that are already happening in their own backyard. Living in Los Angeles means you’re guaranteed almost every artist or group coming to town. Junior Boys haven’t stepped foot in L.A. since 2011 in support of their last album It’s All True. On a […]
Read more "Junior Boys at The Regent 03.16.16"
I had received an email a few months ago from a friend. Attached with it was an album titled Gumption. I’m always open to new music being sent my way, so I thought I would give the album a listen. A week later, the album was heavily rotated on my phone and it traveled with me […]
Read more "Solace on the Road: Your Friend North American Tour"
In the 21st century, flying on airlines isn’t the best experience for some. From TSA to the cliché crying baby on board, it is becoming cumbersome to step foot on anything with wings. Gone are the days of truly great chair-side service with cocktails, fine china plated with good food, and, hell, even your own smoking […]
Read more "Pan Am Experience 3.05.16"
If you know anything about Los Angeles on a Friday night within the radius of a music venue, you know it’s a shit show. Luckily, I came across four strangers who were more than happy to move their car forward to allow myself some space to park. Of course, this came at the price of me […]
Read more "Surfer Blood at Teragram Ballroom 01.08.16"
Throw away your meds. Toss your body pillow stuffed full of chamomile and lavender. Stay inside and listen to Quilt. * Boston-based quartet Quilt, whom I’ve had my eye on since I felt a full-body high from their performance atop a floating stage on a river during Levitation 2K14, are Anna Fox Rochinski, Shane Butler, Keven Lareau, & […]
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An emerging force in the electronic music culture, Kiasmos is roaring through our ears, minds, and souls.
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Meet YACHT, your new favorite band. The pioneers of talk dance. talk dance: |tah-ck dan-s| noun 1 Electronic music with an emphasis on valuable lecture using the YACHT method. [ see & hear YACHT discography ] 2 A new and innovative way to learn, feel happy, and connect with yourself. YACHT, from Portland but now residing in Los Angeles, […]
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The dimly lit ballroom was packed with eager faces. Donned in hipster garb and 5-panel hats, they yammered about the impending show and created small talk as alcohol slowly sipped into their bloodstream, inciting laughter and anticipation.
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Shlohmo, a young man from Los Angeles, is well beyond his age of 25. His talents and achievements speak volumes, from founding WeDidit to being a master beat artist. Shlohmo isn’t one to fuck around.
Read more "An album review of Dark Red, Shlohmo’s epic tale of hope"
An account of the Joyce Manor show in Portland’s unforgiving fall and a tale about love.
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A little over a year ago, my twin sister, Colette, and I sat down with Jacob Graham of The Drums, a band that had been a favorite for the most formative years of our youth. As we were gathered into a small room backstage, we could hear the band prepping their instruments and vocals for […]
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“This is what I like to call ‘Audience Calibration.'”
If there were to be a underlying notion for Deerhunter and Atlas Sound‘s performance last week at Portland’s Wonder Ballroom, it would ultimately lie in the desire for transparency and trust. With the release of Fading Frontier, an album that could lead them aiming for the surreal transition of cult icons to overwhelming consumption, Bradford Cox and company have navigated themselves into the rarified territory of mass adoration. They’ve become the indie band capable of filling stadium seats. But this band doesn’t have the desire to be an elusive polished juggernaut, a fact apparent as soon as the venue’s doors opened that Monday night.
The night the genre “talk-dance” was coined.
Enter the dark auditorium, laden with eager ears sipping on drinks, chattering about the impending performance and laughing below the archaic high school ceiling. As the lights dim, it feels as though you have been taken back to a school assembly where the guest of honor begins to speak, in this case being the folk-singer Angel Olsen. Her soft glowing voice is easily recognizable amongst the myriad of female artists in the genre of indie-folk music. What sets Olsen apart is her delicate yet assertive croon, which cuts through the mists of time, echoing from the same vein of folk artist Joan Baez drew from generously years previous. Olsen’s newest album released last year “Burn Your Fire For No Witness” was played a majority of the time during Olson’s performance at Revolution Hall.
Further recommended listening: Further recommendation: Listen to the above song in two different windows, playing at different intervals.
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Ned Russin of Title Fight, the sassiest musician and one of the ILLEST bass players I have seen on stage, and Jamie Rhoden of Title Fight, mesmerizing with talent and hair.
Read more "Photoset: Title Fight at MFNW 2015"
Sometimes, the leftovers in your pantry and fridge can create the best foods. For instance, Bitter Sweet blog’s Philly Cheesesteak. In my version, I used a gluten free baguette and sorghum flour instead of regular flour. Luckily, Portland has a dedicated gluten free bakery called New Cascadia that also happens to have some vegan breads, as well. The baguette […]
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