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Rigsketball Musicfest 2017 is in Full Swing

For all the great, DIY happenings in town, Rigsketball is definitely one of the best. Combining friendly competition with one of the more frequented pastimes around, Rigsketball's tournaments are nearing their end, and they've got some good musical acts accompanying them. 

The first day of the music fest, along with the slimming down the finalists through eight rounds, took place last night. Boone Howard, Kulululu, Kyle Craft and the Woolen Men all rang the first night of the fest, with tonight taking it to the next level.

Rigsketball is taking over the Eagles Lodge again tonight for the semifinals, with performances from Bleach Blonde Dudes, Ghost Frog, Lavender Flu and Cat Hoch

As always, Rigsketball is entirely free. Games start in just a couple hours at 6pm and music starts at 8pm. Head down to southeast again tomorrow for the tournament finals, Melt's EP release and sets from Malt Lizard, Tribe Mars, Candace, Donte Thomas and Chanti Darling





PREMIERE: Melt - "Same Streets"

 *photo by Kasey Elliot

As Melt grows as a band, their music expands along with them. Though the band has seen some changes among the years this newest iteration, featuring Jeff Schultz, Adria Ivanitsky, Ted Parker, Dan Bedell and Daniel McIntyre, seems to be their strongest yet. Proof of that can be heard in their latest single "Same Streets."

They've got a knack for writing a catchy tune and "Same Streets" is definitely one of those. Coming off their upcoming Pick A Fight, the track's vibe is chill and mellow, with vocals by Schultz smoothly accenting dulcetly appealing rhythms.

Melt are having a tour kickoff Friday night at Brooklyn House, with sets from new local duo Malt Lizard, Seattle's CrittéNanami Ozone of Phoenix and a secret special guest. They'll be on the road for a couple weeks, ending their tour back in Portland with the Pick A Fight release show at the Eagles Lodge on 7.29.





Rock Out the New Year for Ghost Ship at Dante's

Just because we're moving up in year digits doesn't mean we're moving past the things that have transpired this year. Amid the abundant parties consider stopping by Dante's, where all sorts of rock will be rolling for a good cause. 

Rock for Ghost Ship: A Musical Memorial Benefit is the way to go for partaking in turning the calendar page and showing support for those who need it. Dante's is covering the production costs for the show, where guitar gods of hair metal revival BREAKER BREAKER will be headlining a string of sets from Melt, LKN, Lord Becky and the English Language, meaning that 100% of what's made at the door goes to the families of those lost in the Oakland Ghost Ship warehouse fire some weeks ago.

The Dante's New Years Eve is one of the best ways to bang out three things Portlanders love to do best: 1. Drink away crappy year, 2. See a bomb show 3. Do things for a great cause. For a $10 suggested donation, that's really not that bad at all.





A Jolly Good Time with Lola Buzzkill and Their Holiday Variety Show

Many of us aren't old enough to remember the variety hour TV shows of yesteryear. Back in the 70's, the Bradys and the Partridges ruled the glowing tube with special celebrity guests, comedic fodder and of course, musical performances. For the sake of nostalgia and all out fun, soulfully funky Lola Buzzkill is bringing the variety show back, with a somewhat modern twist.

Lola Buzzkill will be one of two musical acts to take the stage, along with Melt, but the intrigue this show provides surpasses what it offers musically. A performance art rendition of the Nut Cracker is set to occur, with dancing from Amira Sereia and Briley & Matt, comedy from Wendy Weiss and DJ Tasty spinning.

Onstage quips are sure to include commentary on this tragedy of a year and the not-that-much-better holiday season, so be sure to come to the Liquor Store tomorrow and check it out. Proceeds from tickets, which run $8, go to benefiting the efforts of Standing Rock. Be there by 9pm to catch the night's festivities as they start!





PREMIERE: Melt - "Black Gold"

Melt has got a grip of good shit in the works, including an upcoming EP and a near 20 day West Coast tour, starting with their tour kick off next week on the 30th at the Liquor Store. Seeing them off properly will be Ah God, VCR and, with one of the greatest band names probably ever, EBT BBQ

To even more delight, we're sharing a fresh new track off Melt's upcoming release. "Black Gold" is a quick diddy that rides on a more mellow, almost 60's era melody with an incredibly catchy hook. With a run time of just about 2 minutes, it'll leave you wishing it was twice that long for sure.

If you got any plans to travel before summer is officially over, glance over Melt's tour dates while you check out "Black Gold" below. [House show info can likely be found by asking-a-punk or a social media search]

8/30 Portland, OR at The Liquor Store

9/1 Tacoma, WA at The New Frontier Lounge

9/2 Seattle, WA at a house show

9/3 Portland, OR at a house show

9/4 Eugene, OR at a house show

9/5 Chico, CA at a house show

9/6 San Fransisco at venue TBA

9/7 Santa Cruz CA at Crepe Place

9/8 San Luis Obispo, CA at venue TBA

9/9 Highland Park, CA at GnarBurger (matinee set)

9/9 Los Angeles, CA at Church of Fun

9/10 Tucson, AZ at La Cocina

9/11 Phoenix, AZ at Lost Leaf

9/12 Las Vegas, NV venue TBA 

9/13 San Diego, CA 

9/14 Los Angeles, CA at The Hi Hat

9/15 San Fransisco, CA at venue TBA

9/18 Portland, OR at Angelo's

 

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