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Rio Grands

Mood Music: Rio Grands - "Beverly"

Now that the flurries have stopped falling and the ice has melted away, it's time to start planning how we're going to celebrate the ending of the last immensely shitty 365 days. To help us get in the mood for what will most likely be a heavier than normal night of boozed debauchery, we've got some Rio Grands coming out of the speakers in preparation for their blowout bash.

They'll be taking over Alberta Street Pub on the 31st, playing two sets that are sure to get the party started. Their first one, starting around 9:30pm, will be all original songs. The second goes from 11:30pm through the arrival of the new year, with them honoring our fallen heroes David Bowie and Prince, as well as taking on some songs by the Cars, the Police and other 80's hit stars. 

Laser beams, helium filled inflatable animals, fog machines and DJ Toggle Beats will all most definitely be in full effect, so stop by. It's free and will be a lovely addition to your night's plans.

Video Premier: Rio Grands "Liz"

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


Morning Ritual // Rio Grands // Mojave Bird // 5.13

A common theme running through the lineup at Holocene Wednesday night is piano folk, but there will be a lot variety within this niche. Opening the show is Mojave Bird with her beautiful and hauntingly ambient songs. In the middle of the bill are Rio Grands. Their almost Latin influence on soft driven tunes relies on smooth rhythms and a dynamic vocalist that somehow comes across as soulful surf rock. Headlining the evening is Morning Ritual. Featuring the Shook Twins on vocals, they are rooted in folk, but have lately introduced a soft, electronic R&B element to their lively sound. These three groups would make for excellent nights of music on their own, but will be joining forces for a songwriter’s showcase Wednesday night. The show starts at 8:30 and there is an $8 cover. 

- Colin Hudson 

Rio Grands Release A-Z

Use the Internet to your advantage while perusing new music and things get weird. Type in "Rio Grands" to find mostly extraneous information. Learn about that 1950s movie and the long river nowhere near the Pacific Northwest. After browsing menus from steakhouses and Mexican restaurants, the light at the end of the tunnel is gleaming so close you can feel it. That light translates well once the music starts. Rio Grands have already found a way to channel sunny and approachable vibes despite the conflicting surroundings. Close your eyes and imagine thriving beach parties. This Sunday, that party will take the form of the record release for A-Z at Rontoms, which has been two years in the making. Consider the build up and understand this is not something to be missed. - Colette Pomerleau


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