"Portland’s hard-working Tango Alpha Tango has the swagger and stage chops to make indie fans blush, the wit to leave cynics mumbling, and the bravado to hasten a boy back to the bar to buy that cute girl next to him a damn whiskey sour." -Eleven PDX
Freshly-formed pop band, with members from Grandparents and Moon By You
"Falling somewhere between dreamily romantic neo-soul and brassy hip-hop, Blossom's music has developed into a distinctly intoxicating stew, marked by velvet vocals, playful lyrics and airy beats reflective of her island upbringing." -Willamette Week
"Portland’s New Move embraces cross-genre collaboration on their newly re-recorded self-titled album. Each track features a different Portland artist who puts his or her own spin on the original New Move album... Gritty guitar, hip-hop beats and a diversity of vocal stylings are fused with frontman Jesse Bettis’ signature songwriting and somehow work together to not overwhelm the ear. Each track transports you to far-reaching ends of the musical spectrum". -Eleven PDX
Colin Jenkins: AKA...
"Embarking upon a sophomore effort can be a daunting task for any young upstart, and there’s no denying Avi Buffalo’s own bar was set quite high with 2010’s celebrated eponymous debut. Fear not... there’s nothing in this tale about The Second Album—a.k.a. At Best Cuckold, due September 8th in Europe and September 9th in North America on Sub Pop—that even remotely resembles a slump; in fact, it would be entirely appropriate to say that this Long Beach, California, enterprise is getting better with age." -SubPop.com
"Haunted Summer lives up to its name with an even more enchanting series of dream-pop shimmers, as Bridgette Eliza Moody's vocals trail off languidly in the jet stream of husband John Seasons' majestic emissions." -Falling James (LA Weekly)
"What comes through most in the music of Máscaras, cacophonous as it can be, is that feeling Craig experienced when he first picked up his instrument again—the rush of getting in a room with some good homies, and just letting it rip. It's a feeling that permeates the band's live shows, especially. Though the trio doesn't improvise much onstage, Fimbres' free-form flailing and inside-joking banter can make it seem like you're huddled in their practice space with them, watching as a song gets bashed into existence." -Willamette Week (Best New Band 2015)
"The Domestics have released “Beauty Contest,” the final single from their self-titled debut record. The release is accompanied by a striking video directed by Martin Melnick that features scenes from the Oregon coast, suburban Portland and the St. Johns Bridge. Singer Michael Finn said the song was a natural choice. “Beauty Contest in many ways feels like a bridge in-between our first record and the new record we recently made with Tucker Martine,” says Finn. That new album was recorded at Martine’s Flora Recording & Playback studio in Portland and is due out later this summer via label Tender Loving Empire."- OPB Music
"...on Holyland, Hustle and Drone employs maximalist production to deliver a dynamic, bombastic rock record that's more now than any drums-and-guitar rock record in recent memory. It certainly exists in the realm of the robotic: Beyond woolly basslines and piles of vocal tracks, machines rule this record from start to finish. It's the heavy heart with which frontman Ryan Neighbors (formerly of Portugal the Man) conveys universal feelings of existential dread ("Bhikshu"), spirituality ("The Glow") and desperation ("I Just Need Some Money") that makesHolyland more of an organic, cathartic experience than the trunk-rattling 808s and digitized clipping may imply on first listen." -Willamette Week
"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
Abronia celebrates the release of their debut album on Water Wing Records
"To say I enjoyed 'Obsidian Visions/Shadowed Lands' is an understatement....it is a magical album that defies categorization and pigeon-holing, one that is based on spirituality and mysticism. At the beginning I mentioned that the aim was transcendence and I think they've achieved it...this album transcends." -Dayz of Purple and Orange
With special guests BlackWater HolyLight
"Portland experimental trio Sama Dams explores some exciting musical territory, evolving from the band's math-y origins, infusing polyrhythmic grooves beneath Sam Adams' fragile, soaring croon."- Portland Mercury
"...the group’s first LP, Drink Champagne. Recorded with producer Ryan Hadlock (the Lumineers, Brandi Carlile, Ra Ra Riot) at Bear Creek Studios, the record features 11 lushly layered songs that meld Vait’s crisp vocals and flourishing synth lines, Westman’s booming drums and sweet harmonies (and occasional lead singing), and array of other instrumental sounds at the duo’s disposal to create a sugary sweet pop album." -Seattle Met
"Smith recruited more bandmates, channeled his inner Ray Davies, and wrote the music that would become the Weather Machine's excellent sophomore album, 2015's Peach. With a four-piece band behind him, Smith thrives, proving himself a worthy frontman." -Portland Mercury
"In fact, on Sea Caves' new album, Bright Forest, the flute takes on a central, fluttery role in gently rolling tunes like "Spanning the River" and "Accelerate." Founding member Shiloh Halsey is the man behind the flute (as well as guitar and vocals), while bassist Brian Nelson, keyboardist Seiji Nair, and drummer Cameron Jones round out the rest of Sea Caves. Together they've made an album that's unconventionally crafted but understatedly melodic and easy to like." -Portland Mercury
"...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
"A journey to the unknown, without fear. This sense of freedom and courage manifests itself via an edgy road trip on Wild Powwers’ sophomore full-length Hugs And Kisses And Other Things. The dust, grit, and sand are almost tangible from one song to the next, the momentum of the album like a rugged truck blazing through the wild, Wild Powwers, in the driver’s seat and all you need to do is hold on tight."- Seattle Music News
"...from country-politan big band to experimental noise, gobbling up influences from surf and hillbilly, to rock and bluegrass in a tornado of fire. Like Marty Robbins meets The Cramps, or a Goblin sountrack to a spaghetti western, ranchero fantasy meets greased up country in a magical reality... McCaslin’s tempestuous lyrical horrors suck it all into a vicious downward spiral." -American Standard Time
"Lead single “Marzipan” is a strange, swirling, wonderful example of what Smith is capable of. Guitars alternate between jaunty strolls and rippling reverb, feeling like rolling waves of drug-induced color. There’s even a Floydian outro of zapping electronic wiggles. But the most fetching aspect of the track is Smith’s voice itself. It’s somewhere between T. Rex’s Marc Bolan and WU LYF’s Ellery James Roberts, part back-toothed growl, part heady vibrato."- Consequence of Sound
“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]
"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."
"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
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