Nov 24, 2015
Summer lives on Sunday, November 29 with the sunshine-kissed, irresistible pop songs of Tanlines (visit their website on the merits of the Neflix-esque layout alone) and the sultry R&B of local act Blossom. We had Blossom ask the boys a few questions in our new interview series called First to Last. Eric from Tanlines chimes in with answers for this edition.
DJ Bobby D brings the dance party before and during the show. Tickets are available here. See you Sunday!
1.Where do you seek out inspiration?
I would love to be one of those people who spends their days in museums and libraries but I'm kind of lazy and I listen to the radio and watch movies and tv, so some of it comes from there, but also, writing lyrics, I look for things in conversations, online and IRL. I think the best lyrics are the most conversational.
2. Is your muse a person, place or thing?
All of the above, I don't have just one. My friends and family inspire me a lot. Travel inspires me. Objects less so, but you never know. Describing an object can be very poetic.
3.Fantasy show: Where and why?
Hawaii or Madison Square Garden. Hawaii because I've never been there and bands rarely play there, so seems like a good destination show. MSG I guess because it's symbolic of a certain level of success and it has such a rich history. I've been really into going to arena shows in the last few years. It's a totally different vibe than a club show and people paid a bunch of money for tickets so they really bring it. Since this is still a fantasy, maybe playing on Mars would be cool.
4. Any songs/videos or movies you'd like to recreate?
Well we always wanted to make a buddy movie slash Spinal Tap tv series. We just need to write it up. It's these two guys, imagine Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, but they're in a band, imagine it's called Sunburn, and I think you can imagine the rest. You'd watch that, right?
5. What makes a Tanlines show something to come watch?
Obviously the experience of a live show is totally reciprocal. We get what we give, and we always try to have a shared experience when the lights go down. We get up there and do our damn thing and try to have the best hour of our lives, every night. We don't always succeed but when we do, it's magic and everyone feels it. On this tour we have a drummer and second guitarist, so it's more fun than ever for us on stage. The best indication is always when a dude comes up to us after the show and says "my girlfriend dragged me here but you guys were ACTUALLY amazing"
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Nov 17, 2015
On Thursday we celebrate the release of the 8th edition of the Friends & Friends of Friends compilation from local darling record label/handmade goods store, Tender Loving Empire! Formed in 2006 by Jared and Brianne Mees, TLE has been a wellspring for Portland talent in the indie-pop vein, a jumping off point and nurturing home to well loved acts like Typhoon, Y La Bamba, and Radiation City. Of course, the vision for the label doesn't stop at sounds - their store, which now has three locations, encapsulates more lifestyle than label, featuring the work of local artists that specialize in art prints, clothing, jewerly, housewares, bric-a-brac, knick-knacks, and more. They pride themselves on maintaining a good relationship with their artists and craftspersons, as well as their customers, via charitable giving and sliding scale prices. It's DIY, communal, and yes, quite tender.
Back to the compilation! Seriously, it's over 3 hours of music from some of our city's finest - totally illustrates the idea that you could throw a rock and hit a musician in this town (but please don't). Stream some of this excellent grip of songs below, and be sure to swing by the show on November 19 for a solid lineup: Loch Lomond, Transistor Send, Bed., Sunbathe (Maggie from Genders), New Move, The Fourth Wall, Catherine Feeny & Chris Johnedis, and Snowblind Traveler. You can still buy tickets here.
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Rare Diagram - Secret Shot Release!
Nov 9, 2015
Rare Diagram is joined by Fur Coats and Coronation on Tuesday for the release of their brand new album, Secret Shot - a dreamy psych and progressive influenced pop album. This debut album demonstrates a wide range of influence and inspiration, both technically and emotionally. We chatted a bit with Justin Chase about how it all came about.
What was your approach for the new album?
After Canada, the approach was entirely home recording/mixing, and I had a lot of instrumentation I wanted to include outside of the standard rock band format. This often meant taking my MXL microphone and my laptop to someone's house to quickly record them playing trombone, organ, violin etc. in between their busy schedules. Luckily, I was able to get a lot of great stuff because the people I know are awesome at music.
You guys recently changed your name. What inspired that? How is Rare Diagram more fitting of your sound?
How do you think the Portland scene has affected your music? What aspects of it do you find most influential or inspirational?
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The Good Fight, Friday
Nov 3, 2015
On Friday, November 6 we're working with XRAY.fm to present the charismatic, engaging MC/producer out of Washington DC, Oddisee. Backed by live band Good Compny, his music is hip-hop gone eclectic - funky, soulful, and filled with thoughtfully-penned lyricism, delivered with a flow that is both stylish and sermon-like. There's a lot of love, intelligence, and exhuberance present in this music that's illuminating Oddisee's climb in popularity as a verstile, interesting rapper. Local favorite Vinnie Dewayne opens this weekend's show. Grab your tickets before it's too late! And enjoy his NPR Tiny Desk concert from earlier this year....
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Jungle Spaceship Ball
Oct 28, 2015
Thursday night we celebrate self-expression with the Jungle Spaceship Ball. An evening curated by Kumari Suraj, a fierce choreographer, trendsetter and founder of the dance group The Waackers, this ball honors the animal and extraterrestrial qualities of vogue and waacking. As a participant, come ready to be judged in one of the many categories: Vogue performances as inspired by mystical and tribal elements, male and female sex sirens, waacking performers with light saber arms, dragking realness, and deep space royalty fancy dress. As a spectator, you are encouraged to come and enjoy but please feel free to express yourself.
If you’re unfamiliar with the world of vogue or whacking, join us for an evening of classes on Wednesday. Acclaimed artist Lorena V from Mexico will be teaching Whaacking classes, followed by vogue femme classes by Dashaun Lanvin from NYC. Fifteen dollars each at the New Day for Arts Center. Admittance into classes will allow you to get into the ball for free.
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Oct 20, 2015
This Wednesday, we’re celebrating the big, bold, and beautiful PWRHAUS, the local soul-influenced rock ensemble that’s sure to lift your spirits up this Wednesday with their fantastic sounds. It’s the bands album release, and we’re anticipating a great show from the band, having just sharpened their skills on a European tour with Peter Broderick.
Here's their irresistible, sunshine-drenched theme-park-themed video for their catchy, toe-tappin’ song, “Good Things”. Catch them October 21 at 8:30pm for only $5!
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