"Merō is a dreamy electronic, experimental rock band from Portland, OR. With lush cavernous vocals, swelling electric guitars, rushing soundscapes, and R&B/trip hop influenced electronic beats, Merō seems to have arrived, unexpectedly, from elements of its influence (Bjork, Four Tet, James Blake, Daughter, Radiohead, Lauren Hill, Kendrick Lamar) nuanced by its folk roots in storytelling and a fascination with the evolution of human history."
“Set against bristling, decorous soundscapes ever hinting at playful release, Federale jefe Collin Hegna unfurls a honeyed baritone that calls to mind Scott Walker at the Grand Ole Opry—or, for the title track’s scorched-country duet, a reverse-engineered Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra. The best of these songs were made for tuneful, robust talking. And, with enviable grace, that’s just what they do.” -Willamette Week
Pat Kearns [Blue Skies For Black Hearts]
Avant-garde pop musician Kelli Schaefer plays a Sunday Session release show for her new full-length, No Identity, with special guests Dan Dan.
"Donned in the finest of linens and strangest of face masks, experimental rock band Kulululu are officially dropping their new addicting single "We Are Kulululu." The track bounces back and forth between jazzy progressions and full fledged rock, delivered to you in raucously burstful spurts. You're guaranteed to seizurely gyrate and jump about."- The Deli Portland
"...it’s easy to see that the five-piece worships keyboards and glitter. The band melds campy, gold-plated disco with glitchy indie-pop, and the result is groovy and danceable—you can’t avoid this boogie fever, so might as well let it infect you." -Portland Mercury
"Portland sounds like a strange oasis of hip stasis, where you can be a career waiter and live comfortably with plenty of free time. Wherever there is free time, there are good bands—and And And And are the sultans of the scene."- Vice
1030p Philip Grass & Friends
945p Post Moves
9p Emilie Weibel
Rontoms' 8th annual Valentine's event features Portland's 2015 Band of the Year, Chanti Darling who'll be romancing you into their vintage R&B spell. Also, opening band Wet Dream will be dimming the lights and setting the mood, while DJ Cooky Parker keeps your fire stoked throughout the night. Savor our special Valentine's cocktails and capture you and your sweety's rapture with our sexy (and free) custom Photobooth. Love abounds tonight.
TUES FEB 14 / Doors 7:00 / Show 8:30 / 21+
$12 Advance. $15 Day of Show.
Tickets available here.
"The title track “Bad Idea” has him transforming for a monster mash delivery about being scared of strange love. Often, the band chimes in for completely unrestrained choruses of “Lalalalala"... With swelling guitars, tight drums, organ, silly stories, and real feels, it’s a release of energetic, imaginative rock hitting all of the sweet spots: punk, vintage surf tones, ’60s lounge music, and a lot of freak." - Eleven PDX
"The band soon found itself... cranking out the sort of bent, forceful rock that isn't getting much play in Portland these days. It's tightly wound and confidently played, wrapping loud, distorted guitars and breathy melodies around herky-jerky time signatures, nodding to Smashing Pumpkins as much as Polvo." - Willamette Week
"Autonomics traffics in the kind of sloppy, speedy garage-rock meant to bang a few heads and spill a few beers. Witness it tonight when they headline a free Sunday Session at Rontoms with support from Arlo Indigo and Melt." - Portland Mercury
"Her music, previously built on gentle, minimalist melodies and eerie harmonies, takes a different tone on her new LP. More electrified and slightly more ominous than the simple, lilting sound she previously established, this is Rose at her best so far. Highlights come in the laid-back, doo-wop swing of "Tie Me Up," the rolling electric guitar on "Under Your Teeth" and the deep, scissoring cello that breaks up the easy flow of "Sailboat Land.'" -Willamette Week
"Portland's Anna Hoone delivers the kind of straightforward folk that comes bristling with poetic barbs. Hoone's recent NPR Tiny Desk Contest video submission for her song "Oh Mama" saw her deft acoustic strumming accompanied by Sam Vogt's dobro. Hoone's voice is a vessel of poise and of prose-heavy lyricism that recalls the melodic grit of songsmiths like Lucinda Williams." -Portland Mercury
Long-running Portland band Pony Village's final show ever!
"'The Brighter Side (Is Darker Than Ever)' is a track off their upcoming full-length. It was produced and engineered by indie stalwarts Tucker Martine (The Decembrists, R.E.M., Spoon) and Beau Sorenson (Death Cab For Cutie, Sparklehorse, Superchunk)... It’s more atmospheric than their previous releases... They’ve begun to experiment with more sonic textures, mainly because, as Barber explains, “There’s only so many ways to write a pop song and we’ve done a lot of them.”" -RedBull.com
"Muhareb slaps together heavy beats and distorted melodies, adding a nefarious contingent to tunes like "Modern Grime," which bear the torch for the burgeoning local psychedelic-pop movement." -Portland Mercury
New Year's Day Party hosted by TRIMP with visuals by Jon Timm!
"Helvetia's last release, 2012's Nothing for Rambling, marked their seventh album in six years. Tonight, Helvetia are celebrating the release of Dromomania, their first new release in three years. While that gap could have had something to do with Albertini's role as bassist in Built to Spill, that wouldn't tell the whole story. It turns out a massive computer meltdown wiped out a nearly completed album back in 2013. Fortunately, those songs were recently recovered and released as A Dot Running for the Dust (The Lost Sessions), which makes for an excellent companion piece to Dromomania."- Portland Mercury
"The tail end of Thick Business was a wall of chugging, screeching noise spiked with blow-you-over vocals... We're disappointed we missed the bulk of the set, and if you weren't there, you should be too."- Hey Reverb
"Natural Changes, Boone's second album in a little over a year, is more of a companion piece to its predecessor than a follow-up, ever so much more lush and dreamy, but with an eye back toward the terrestrial world... Highlights include the acid-daydream "The Dolphin Turned Into a Cat" and the concluding title track, sure to be adopted as the go-to wedding song for crystal healers everywhere." -Willamette Week
"Deemed the “haunted mansion R&B band,” which is an incredibly fitting description... A considerable “super group,” they had no trouble fostering an ever developing and lasting following based on the sheer wealth of talent compiled into their one entity."- Noise & Color PDX
'"Color of Love" shows their playful and cooly executed exchange of masculine and feminine vocals. When combined with the pairing of clear synths and electric guitars... it creates an urbane blanket of delight."- The Deli Portland
[Album Release] AAN's Dada Distractions
"...the album finds Aan warmer, brighter, and more playful than ever, one that applies an artful, exploratory spirit to grunge sounds that first emerged from the Pacific Northwest a quarter-century ago. Wilson sings with the fierceness of Chris Cornell or Maynard James Keenan, but the delicately gleaming “Forever Underfoot” sounds more like it just dropped in from outer space." -Stereogum
"Equal parts Old Grape God (Wine) and EYRST's Ripley Snell (Coffee), Wine + Coffee is something like an improvisational hip-hop and R&B conceptual art piece—that is, if you dare label the project. There will be painting, rapping, a little freestyling, some singing, and some percolating. " -Portland Mercury
The Lower 48
"The band's newest release rubs the indie-rock stamp off its collective wrist to make room for enough genres to cover its entire forearm. The rough-and-tumbling, country-born "Threw It Away" leads right into the Spoon-esque "Jack in the Pulpit." A song later, with "Transition 1," the Lower 48 rides a wave of fuzzed-out surf rock. The band does in three consecutive songs what some struggle to do in three albums' time." -Willamette Week
"Sonically, fuzz, chorus, tremolo and reverbed-out handclaps make this Bo Diddley-esque song swing, tremble and explode just right." - Rolling Stone
"Cambrian Explosion authentically channels the prog and space-rock of the '70s, its repetitive guitars, spiraling keyboards and expansive arrangements conjuring images of quasars and exploding nebulae." -Willamette Week
"Her personal message has always been clear—she is confident in the person she’s become and there are few things that she will compromise her integrity for. There’s no point in playing nice, “They say be Madonna don’t ever be the hoe/But why be a saint when she’s never in control.” Her call outs throw the big punches but it’s the playful lyricism that’ll sweep under you." -weouthere.net
Forest Veil releases debut album on Spirit House Records
Joined by Johanna Warren
“Tangerine make sweet melodies that nod to ‘60s pop and a little to R&B... guitar solos that are models of economy and lots of bashing, crashing drums. it’s dreamy lovely, stuff, with enough polish and gloss to attract non-indie fans." -The Guardian
“Layers of textures from moody synths, steadfast rhythm section, stadium-worthy vocals, and an intricate sampling create an atmospheric pop that is intangible yet tantalizing.” -Prefix Magazine
"Ah God showcases a similar lo-fi aesthetic as previous releases, but drastically tightened songwriting. Self proclaimed as “heavy fuzzed-out art grunge,” their sound channels something of a spectacular menage love child between early Wavves, early Black Lips and Ween." -Noise & Color PDX
"Blossom is a name you're going to hear a lot more this year... The singer, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago and honed her performing chops in her uncle's steel drum band, started her career in Portland singing hooks for various members of the local hip-hop underground, and since 2014 has been steadily releasing a string of EPs showing off her coolly understated vocal presence. On her latest single, issued through the increasingly prolific EYRST label, Blossom continues to refine her relaxed, almost ambient brand of R&B." -Willamette Week
"Roselit Bone play around with folk and country traditions but inject it with dust, blood, gasoline, and tears. It’s loud and rageful, it’s quiet and solemn…it’s probably one of the few bands, not just in Portland but in any city, keeping the flame of the oil lamp lit for this musical style. This is the best band in Portland right now.” -Spacerockmountain
"In fact, the whole band gels so cohesively that one might be surprised to learn that the Young Moon quartet only came together as these songs were being written... it's clear that Montgomery and the group have found something special. More broadly, the album establishes that the artist's return to music is a victory for both the himself and the listener as well." -The Bay Bridged
"Tango Alpha Tango has a new release in White Sugar, which ticks every box a modern rock and roll band hopes to check. From the first track forward, you’ll fall in love with these songs as if they were the comforting favorites you’ve sung along to your whole life. In the sea that is modern blues rock, White Sugar delivers such a refreshing take on a classic sound, Dan Auerbach wishes he would have written it." -Next NorthWest
"With “HYFY”, Astro Tan have created a song that is both classy and crude with all the attitude of music’s most notorious rebels. Sure, maybe Sinatra or Cole didn’t sing lines about being “fucking wasted”, but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t have agreed with the sentiment. Especially when said sentiment is presented in as fun and fresh a way as Astro Tan achieves with “HYFY”. -Impose
"Part frenzied rock set, part lively performance art piece, dancers ran around the audience as they thrashed about on stage." -Deli Magzine Portland
"With metronomic beats, undulating synths and a reference to early '80s post-punk in its "bass-as-lead" setup, there's nothing clandestine about the group's übergruven roots. The real left turn comes after the requisite atonal buildups." -Willamette Week
"...enjoy a wacky, clap-happy trip around inner SE Portland with the video for album single “Old News.” The tune, warm and loungy, is akin to something Julian Casablancas might have written, were he from the west coast." -Noise & Color PDX
"On songs like the fiery "Razor Tongue," Capes engages closely with the country's legacy of racial inequality, pointedly bouncing from references to broken homes and race wars, from Ronald Reagan to Marcus Garvey. He acknowledges that, if things had gone just a little differently for him, he easily "coulda been slangin', bangin', a killer, even a pimp." If listeners take offense to any of it, his answer is curt: "I don't really care if someone feels uncomfortable with me speaking on something I feel is wrong." -Willamette Week Best New Band 2016
"Sounds like: A series of Southern-fried subreddits set to stark, minimalist beats... Upon releasing his recent full-length, Sankofa—an urgent hybrid of personal and political themes with dark beats that are both club-ready and sharply critical of club-rap mentality—it seemed to appear everywhere, on local Facebook pages and Twitter feeds, due in large part to the collective mentality of [artist collective] FRSH TRB's members." -Willamette Week Best New Band 2015
"Listen to Koroma’s Osiris EP and you can practically hear the North Portland emcee’s confidence pouring from the speakers. Just six tracks long, Osiris is an efficient amalgam of sturdy rhymes, wavy beats, and a finely tuned aesthetic, right down to the vintage video-game cover art. Along for the ride are a small handful of guests, including Zoo? and Slick Devious, Koroma’s cohorts in local hip-hop collective Renaissance Coalition." -Portland Mercury