A Head of Time

Jul 16, 2014

I'm going to take a minute to gush: next Tuesday's edition of Bill of Goods  - Cruel Summer edition - is headed by Linda Austin, motherly maven of local dance incubator Performance Works Northwest. Her home base for the organzation sits quietly in deep southeast Portland in an unassuming former church,  an appropriate launch pad for humbly extraordinary performer. A longtime dancer and instigator of artistic exploration, Austin has been one of my favorite local movers for some time. She has a way of infusing her work with her unbeatable, magnetic spirit. Her works are all at once absurd, thoughtful, humorous, tender and engaging. Here's a snippet from her 2013 TBA performance of "Three Trick Pony":

Three Trick Pony at TBA:13 (excerpt) from Linda Austin on Vimeo.

Truly a treat, for those of you that haven't ventured to her studio or other venues to catch her live, consider July 22nd a fantastic excuse to start enjoying her work, and the other excellent performers we've got lined up for the evening! 

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Lovely Ladi

Jul 9, 2014

On Wednesday, July 16, Soul'd Out Productions presents the soulful stylings of Samoan singer, Ladi6. A darling of New Zealand music media, where she's topped the charts and won the hearts of R&B fans of the nation, she's primed for a seat at the international table with other groove-oriented greats. Check her video for the single "Like Water":

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Guest Selector

Jul 1, 2014

We're elated and delighted for this next edition of the series that matches the curatorial expertise of a local tastemaker with their favorite cause for a benefit show for the history books. This Wednesday, July 2, we've got Eric D. Johnson of Fruit Bats fame behind the scenes of a fantastic array of local talent that culls from Portland's rich folk & pop universes, all in the name of raising more funds for the runaway hit radio station that could: XRAY.FM! The much-adored, homegrown effort that cropped up on the radio dial at 91.1 FM earlier this year, KXRY boasts some of the local music scene's favorite sons and daughters, including many Aperitivo alumni and our very own Gina Altamura! They've only been gaining momentum since their inception - check out the station and their rotation of fine programming if you havent' yet!

Among many A/V delights and disc jockeys from Pure Bathing Culture and Andy Cabic (of Vetiver), guitarist/composer extraordinaire Ryan Francsconi will be collaborating with Mirabai Peart for what promises to be a bewitching, heart rending set. Check out their charming video for "Parallel Flights":

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Power Players

Jun 25, 2014

Let's take a break next Tuesday from all the summer jams and epic dance parties to usher in some joyous absurdity by way of Comedy is OKOn Tuesday, July 1, they take over for a FREE evening of "educational" material. Powerpoint presentations prepared by a roster of formidable funnies, and randomly dispersed among them for sure to be hilarious, awkward, and ill-fitting results - a mashup of grade school book reports, stand up, and workplace bonding exercise trust falls/fails.

In the meantime, check out some of the talent from the roster: Andrew Michaan and Bri Pruett (whose respective websites are absolutely worth a visit to bust up any mid week blues/draggy feelings). 

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Club Constructions

Jun 18, 2014

This wek brings another edition of the future-leaning, momentum-gaining powerhouse dance night CLUB CHEMTRAIL. The boys of this dynamo Thursday night have seen coverage from Vice, FACT Magazine, and other online publications that have all but dubbed them the electronic fete du jour in Portland. June 19th's version brings in Night Slug's Helix, Georgia-based purveyor or grime, techno, rap and disco. Helix's dark, sidewinding beats landed him a confortable home among the electronic pioneers of Night Slugs, a fast rising label that also boasts acts like Kingdom, recent Holocene guests Nguzunguzu and Egyptrixx. Look no further for your Thursday night plans.

Check out his remix of Bok Bok's "Look" and a Dummy May mix under Helix's alter-ego, DJ Vague. 

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Happy Daze

Jun 11, 2014

We're elated to help Eleven PDX Magazine's Volume 4 release with a summer ready line up of star-gazing, ether-chasing acts Blouse and Valet. Led by these lush, dream pop local favorites, the night promises to be an lovely  affair, with an art show starting at 6, bands on at 7! Bonus treat: DJ set by once-Portland synth darlings Soft Metals!

Get yourself in the mood for Friday's festivities and check out the gorgeously enigmatic video for Blouse's "Happy Days":

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