Inventive electronic pop from these local talents
8:30pm | $6.00 day of show
"Purse Candy frontman Matthew Ellis hit the PDX Pop Now stage with a pair of attention-grabbing, sparkling gold pants, looking like shimmery chainmaille with disco-era flare. My roommate described them as "honeycomb pants made by fabulous bees," and that's a fairly accurate description. There wasn't a lot about Purse Candy that wasn't fabulous on the Outdoor Stage on Friday night. Laying the '80s electro-funk vibes on thick, the quintet busted out a groovy, synth-laden set backed by four-on-the-floor beats, solos from an awesome bearded saxophone player, the occasional cowbell and breathy, falsetto vocals. At least three of the crowd members attempted Michael Jackson-style spins throughout the show, and set to Purse Candy's brand of smooth dance jams, it's hard to blame them." - Willamette Week
"Wax Fingers were a bold testament to the freaky lengths that experimental progressive rock could be taken. Since their disbandment, two remaining members--guitarist/bassist/vocalist Pete Bosack and drummer Tommy Franzen--have been incubating an equally engaging experiment in Mothertapes. The two-piece specializes in frenetic fits of texturized chaos, bleeding and blippy guitar squalls, and melodic interludes with liquid synths. Mothertapes' debut album is currently being mastered, and features no shortage of the thrilling guitar calisthenics that made Wax Fingers such an anomaly. With the first single, "Do Make Say," as barometer, Bosack and Franzen have embraced more of their pop side, folding in danceable patchworks of controlled atmospherics, and making it sound both fun and emotionally cathartic." - Portland Mercury
Dave Luxe (Montreal)
A night of global club and wildness
9pm | $6.00 day of show
Club Chemtrail is a portal that opens its gates once a month at Holocene, hosted by your resident DJs SPF666 and Commune. Inside, we will explore the outer realms of various experimental dance music genres from various club scenes across the globe. In addition to sonic elements, this experience will be enhanced by both moving and stationary viewing pleasures, provided by local video and installation artists.
APERITIVO HAPPY HOUR
Please join us from 5-8pm for our weekly Friday Happy Hour. Lovely little snacks for a buck or two, extra-fancy cocktail specials, gourmet slushies, cheap-and-great Cava. This week DJ Eldorado aka Rex Marshall spins Blues & Soul classics.
5pm | FREE!
MAIN SQUEEZE: A Summertime Dance Party
FREE BEFORE 10PM!
9pm | $3.00 day of show
Main Squeeze is a summertime celebration for floor movers of all stripes. From house and techno to deep cuts and disco, expect nothing but the freshest selections off the vine. Whether you have a main squeeze to shake it with on the dance floor, or are on the hunt for a sweet new thing, we've got you covered with sensual selections all night long.
Beautiful Swimmers (Future Times - DC)
Just $5 before 10pm.
9pm | $10.00 day of show
Beautiful Swimmers, DC's own waterproof producer deejays! The Swimmers balance classic dance tracks, known and unknown, with raw exclusives from under the underground. Andrew (who also records as Maxmillion Dunbar) co-runs the Future Times label, an imprint thriving alongside a growing swell of producers and labels from the east coast of the USA. Making tracks informed by the same "indescribable everything" that Resident Advisor wrote about in their Future Times feature, Beautiful Swimmers produce music that bounces around genre like a kangaroo. Their sold-out vinyl releases on FT and remixes wrap up a myriad of influences and production techniques into songs that hit you out of nowhere, with a signature sound that is somehow always changing. The duo are firmly in the zone, carving out a spacious corner for their unique style in both DJ bags and the collections (and movie soundtracks) of a growing group of devotees worldwide.
Their new album "Son" marks a next wave for the Washington DC duo. After a couple of 12? singles that have rippled for years, they spent studio time crafting the LP. In the meantime, Andrew also released the critically acclaimed House of Woo LP as Maxmillion Dunbar for the indelible RVNG label, and a drum tracks 12? on LIES as Dolo Percussion. The duo look to keep the streak hot. Things Will Be Better In Future Times.