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Talkative
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Whitnessing the growth of Portland punky psych-pop outfit, Talkative, over the years, has been an absolute pleasure. Each of their albums has a home in my music library and heart. Not to mention the dudes in the band are some of the finest gents among the Portland music community. I knew we'd be good buds from the first time I met guitarist/synth/vocalist Cody Berger in 2011, after my own band played a show at Kelly's Olympian, and I reluctantly let an intoxicated Cody, saying "hey man, I heard you like to smoke pot too, cool!" hop a ride back to the SE with me to shorten his walk home. 

Talkative's latest stoney efforts, Hot Fruit Barbeque, takes their raucous high energy sounds to new levels. And it's not just upscaled production. The album feels more purposeful than their previus work, each song commanding you to yield and listen or dance (I prefer to wiggle). Lead single "Rudy Huckleberry" will be left lingering in your ear as you try to recreate Berger's catchy but mostly unintelligible vocal hooks for the remainder of the day. Equally as catcy, "Snow Jobs" and "Hava Nagila" showcase the impressively explosive capabilities of Casunn Taft's drumming. The boys explore slightly more worldly rhythms and tones alongside their distorted guitars on "Gentrifuckation" for an overall excelent, bouncy, party track. 

Hot Fruit Barbeque easily falls at the top of my list of favorite albums in 2014. Listen here.

- Travis Leipzig


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November 20, 2014
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Traditional rock stylings and modern experimentation exist simultaneously within the fuzzed-out, controlled chaos that Atlas and the Astronaut have crafted into their debut full-length record, Tiny Artifacts. Simmering feedback, combustible rhythms and fire-breathing vocals all serve to super-charge the tight riffs that act as the backbone of the album, starting from the first note of the opening track, “On the Shoulders of Giants.” The quiet, droning of an initial progression fades into a bluesy melody that is quickly distorted into a lumbering colossus of a chorus; showcasing the raw energy that this borderline psychedelic brand of hard rock embodies.

The album continues as “On the Shoulders of Giants” fades into “Snake Oil,” a track that references a punk rock energy in it’s driving rhythms and anarchic shouts. This same energy is encapsulated at different moments throughout Tiny Artifacts, possibly most dynamically in the chorus of “Enter the Sun Beast,” one of my favorites on the first listen. It moves through quiet verses, fluctuating through subtle shifts into an explosive chorus. As the track ends and moves into “Weight of a Hummingbird” I’m reminded of some of my favorite progressive rock albums. It sounds as though the tracks are being woven together, and through the reverberating stitches I’m able to pick out a thematic arc without being quite certain of the story I’m being told.

The album continues on it’s rocking path from this point forward with “Flight II” and “Kings with Plastic Markers,” pausing for a few moments of silence and noisy experimentation. After returning from the “Flight III” and being driven to the end of the album with “Tension and Release” Atlas and the Astronaut leave the listener where they began, but with a new perspective on the place that they’ve landed. Overall, this album is a fantastic example of the quality of rock music that is being being produced in our area. Join Atlas and the Astronaut on Friday, November 21st at Analog Cafe as they celebrate the release of Tiny Artifacts along with The Mercury Tree, Divides and Patrimony.  

- Ben Toledo 

November 19, 2014
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XRAY.FM’s broadcast signal is warming up the city, one receiver at a time. On top of the 168 hours of local unreceptive air play, they’ve put together a fantastic show this Thursday at Mississippi Studios. Headlining the show is Portland’s Modern Kin, along with The Ghost Ease and Kithkin

Modern Kin play lush textured rock and roll music. Their excellent self-titled record shows serious song writing chops with arrangements that call to mind Electric Light Orchestra and Tom Waits. Their live sound provides a raw stripped down Replacements meet R.E.M vibe that is entirely fresh and a sound all of their own. Below, check their live version of “Abandon" from the fine folks over at Banana Stand Media to see for yourself.

If you're not familiar with The Ghost Ease you must have just moved here. They are one of Portland's most unique adventurous bands who would be right at home on a mix tape with Television, Pavement and Patty Smith. Seattle’s Kithkin will open the night with their brilliant self-described “tree punk” and join Modern Kin for the The Great PNW 'Kin Tour of 2014. 

- M. Rowan

The Great PNW ‘Kin Tour of 2014

Thursday, 11/20 - XRAY.FM Presents: @ Mississippi Studios 

Friday 11/21 - KEXP Presents: @ Columbia City Theater (Seattle)

Saturday 11/22 - EMI Presents: @ The Cannery (Everett)

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November 19, 2014
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Portland soft-rock studs Rio Grands have a killer new music video for their track “Liz,” from their March, 2014 album A-Z. It’s a loungy, Strokes-meets-Beach Boys song featuring the band playing on a yacht named “The Sun Princess” on the Willamette River. The music pairs very nicely with the imagery, which depicts the timeless tale of unrequited love...and weed. Measure 91 enthusiast and frontman Colin Jenkins explains, “...it's basically about me chasing around a girl, Liz, who's too stoned to notice I'm around.” The video was shot and edited by Josh Spacek and John Denlinger, and features some spots around Portland you probably recognize.
 
Catch Rio Grands live at Holocene on Sunday, Nov. 30th for the non-internet premiere of the video. They will be joined by New Move, who will also be releasing a new single, "Don't Wanna Lose," as well as No Lala featuring members of Minden + Papi Fimbres + Seth Mankowski. Should be a night filled with tasty grooves and very tight arrangements. Also a boat/yacht-themed photo booth.

- Chandler Strutz

November 18, 2014
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Ready to take on the cold weather and darkest days of Portland with a debut EP is the mystical wonderland known as Nature Thief. It is a seasonably fitting name seeing how we just got our warmth stolen from us, but what they take from our weather, they give back with a plentiful amount of soulful musicianship that sails along the lines of acoustical psych rock. It is derived in Pacific NW indie-pop but holds a vintage tone in the wallowing melodies and their greatest weapon is something you don’t see too often in these categories, strong lead vocals.

The band came about this past summer and released their first song, “Docks.” A guitar driven ballad style tune with vocalist, Emma Browne’s pipes leading over its soft drive and smooth transitions. This week, they will release their first EP, Moon, featuring four songs that follow the suit of their single and bring a fresh look at a new Portland treat. The release show is slated for this Wednesday the 19th at the Holocene along with Big Haunt and Coma Serfs. 8:30PM; $5

- Colin Hudson

November 16, 2014
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The reclusive and prolific anonymous composer Tonality*Star is putting out his first full length album backed by a band; he calls this incarnation of the project PWRHAUS. PWRHAUS stays true to the descending pop melodies, ambling pace, and linear songwriting approach typical of Tonality*Star releases, complete with Mr. Star’s classic air, whisper-voice, which bears resemblance to the throaty resonance of vocalists like Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow. However, unlike a Tonality*Star show, at a PWRHAUS show you’re likely to see the stage overloaded with musicians and instruments: guitar, bass drums, piano, sax, even the possibility of a cello. In light of this lineup of instruments, don’t expect the crazy electronic texture pads present in Tonality*Star shows, but instead a more organic and earthy approach to nu-pop. Imagine if his old sound melted itself in a pot with a hunk of ’60s beachy love songs and stirred itself around a bit. PWRHAUS will release their first full length recording, Magic Spell, Monday night at Mississippi Studios. 

To keep with the surreal, meandering indie-pop energy, Lady Lazarus will make an appearance to bolster the lineup. Her music is intimate and minimalist in terms of accompaniment--most songs are just piano and a single voice--but is reinforced with a brilliant wash of reverb that puts its grandiosity level at even with early Grizzly Bear, while the tone curbs and balances this effect with a melancholia that deviates the sound in the direction of Grouper.

- Bryce Woodcock

November 15, 2014
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