Join up-and-coming post-punk / no-wave outfit Miss Rayon (Eric Sabatino of Cat Hoch Band, Apendixes / Jenny Logan of Summer Cannibals, Deathlist / Hannah Blilie of Vexations) for their album release celebration and tour kick-off show joined by local favorites Vice Device and Wave Action.
"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