Get on the Floor

Mar 3, 2015

The Dance Cartel crash lands at Holocene March 11. Join us, them, Love Bomb Go-Go, and DJ Bobby D for an epic midweek get down. 

This New York-based performance group/out-of-the-ordinary dance company is led by choreographers Ani Taj and Sam Pinkleton, and they've garnered the attention of media like the New York Times, Huffington Post, and Conan, thanks to their rabblerousing live shows, and big collaborations with the likes of Reggie Watts, Yoko Ono, Cibo Matto, and other artists, dancers, videographers, merrymakers, movers, and shakers.

Though they're stacked with talent, their focus is just as aligned with education as it is entertainment. They want you to "shake it like you've got it"- an arsenal of tutorial videos demand not only your attention, but also your involvement. They're side-stepping the more esoteric forms and institutions of dance for a more social practice. Other services offered: party crashing, and custom made dance installation. It's a little flash mob, a little silly, and a lot of fun (so maybe it's a lot of silly). 

Here they are with Reggie Watts (and heads up, not really safe for work):

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No Foolin'

Feb 25, 2015

Portland is in for a three-fold treat on Sunday, March 1. Michigan-based R&B crooner JMSN heads up a triple bill of smooth, languid, sexy jams with other fresh acts Rochelle Jordan and Devon Baldwin. If you haven't tuned in to his channel, you may have heard of some of his associates - Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, and Tyga - to name a few. Tickets going up fast this week, so don't forget to grab yours here

Catch his vaseline-on-the-lens, yacht-rock tinged video for "Foolin'", and for the adventurous, a gorgeous cover of Nirvana's "Rape Me":

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Gothic Tropic

Feb 11, 2015

Portland's fast-rising Genders may be the centerpiece for our Thursday, February 26 show, but let's not underestimate Los Angeles' Lucy and Gothic Tropic - two bands that make this a night a formidable lineup of promising pop rock. Gothic Tropic has toured through Portland several times, playing with the likes of Brainstorm - a perfect fit for their sort of sun-kissed, West Coast grunge-pop. It's bright, exhuberant, and fun - good for a surf-hitting coast trip or spring day porch sit.

Fans of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Tame Impala, and Melody's Echo Chamber, take note, and get your tickets here

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Let's Talk

Feb 2, 2015

The music scene in Portland is a vibrant ecosystem, filled with musicians and music-inclined folk, worthy of the periodical get-together to sound off on anecdotes and ideas - a veritable smorgasbord of insight from sound makers and collaborators, and a nice switch up from the rock show format. 
On Sunday, February 8, Holocene becomes the landing site for such a gathering. Presented by the Regional Arts & Culture Council, Happening 2015! is a forum, a presentation, and perhaps most importantly: a conversation! Fronted by a panel of industry experts, music-minded movers and shakers, like you, me, and everyone we know, this afternoon shindig is a chance for bookers, musicians, managers, writers, label owners, and other creators and creatives in the biz to converge and connect. 
Get in on a lively roundtable discussion about how music works here from all aspects/angles. We’ll examine questions like: How do you get paid for the work you love when everything's changing? How do you get good music out to the most people? Bring your own queries/stories/advice to the happening! 
The panel includes presenter David Gluck (musician + music professional, The Sorry Devils), Mic Crenshaw - KBOO Radio; our very own Gina Altamura; Arietta Ward – Singer; and Jared Mees – Tender Loving Empire.
Snacks, drinks, and friends galore! Tickets available here!

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Squeeze Selection

Jan 28, 2015

Get through your hump day with this official selection of dance jams from the fine folks of our fantastic monthly dance series, MAIN SQUEEZE, led by DJs Kiffo & Rymes. This month's mix is from Drexler. Catch it this Saturday, Jan. 31! 

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Light Beings

Jan 14, 2015

This Sunday, January 18, we're pleased to be the launch site for the latest EP, Reactionary, from locals LiquidLight - 90s leanin', guitar-heavy, sometimes shoe-gazing rock. Their sound is a crisp, comfortable nostalgia, recalling Dinosaur Jr., Sunny Day Real Estate, and maybe a little Sonic Youth. They'll be sharing the stage with Portland friends Charts and the Autonomics

Have a listen to the 7-song EP below, and nab a copy on Sunday! 

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