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Two Moons and Arbor Daze Tied for Artist of the Month

This last round of the Deli Portland Artist of the Month poll resulted in a tie between two different nominees. It doesn't happen very often, but when it does it shows the wealth of good music offered in the city that just can't be ignored. That being said, both Two Moons and Arbor Daze are artists deserving of more than just local attention.

Arbor Daze, a solo project by Aspen Koch, is actually quite indicative of the moniker itself, educing the state of calm often felt while taking in the beauty of a forest. Koch illicits a certain halcyon ambiance, dressed in a doleful cloak. Her interesting usage of looping adds texture to Arbor Daze tracks, taking them to a whole other level of interest and turmoiled relation.

Two Moons bring out a different sort of reaction with their songs of heavier broodiness. Guitarist and vocalist Aaron Liu takes the term "shredding" to a whole other level, using his guitar as a fierce weapon supporting his at times emotionally savage vocality that's especially heard during live sets. While not necessarily always applying the "loud, quiet loud" structure to their songs, Two Moons have proven they've mastered just the right amount of force to strengthen soft songs and the appropriate amount of delicacy to abate benevolently porcine tracks.

Congrats to both Arbor Daze and Two Moons, the latter of which will be playing their next show Sunday at Kelly's Olympian with Fringe Class. The newest round of the Deli AOTM poll features Bruhn, the Empty, Seahorse C-Section and Toothbone, so be sure to give them all a listen and vote for the one(s) you dig!





New Track: "Holy Water" - Lithuania

Lithuania shared that they will be back in early 2017 with a new full-length album, titled White Reindeer. Below is the latest taste from the upcoming LP called "Holy Water," which premiered yesterday over at Brooklyn Magazine. It's about “how we often complain about being alone in an era of interdependence and permanent connectivity.” You can get connected with them in-person on Friday, September 30 at Everybody Hits with Pinkwash, Loose Tooth, and Slow Mass.





Fuzzpop Trio Iris Jupiter Tours for EP "Zero Cool"

San Clemente's fuzzpop trio Iris Jupiter brings sunburned riffs and infinite sadness up north, touring through California for the release of their newest EP "Zero Cool". With member roots in the OC DIY collective and grassroots label Sun Terrace (Pedestrian, Ridgeway, SEIZURES, Red Curtain), Nadya Diaz, Devan Fuentes and Cole Sattler break you down faster than prolonged periods of direct sunlight. Blistering fuzz pairs with the bleak, opaque lyrics that'll have you wondering if this might have been Billy Corgan had he not adorned himself with paisley and psychedelics.

Iris Jupiter kicks off their tour with a show at Beatnik Bandito on August 4th with Shutterings, Silver Spring, and Casual Friday. Listen to "Dream Helium" off Iris Jupiter's newest EP "Zero Cool", out on Pacific Nature Records.





New Video: "Apple Cider, I Don’t Mind" (Live - Stereogum Sessions) - Modern Baseball

Recorded at Lollapalooza, this Stereogum Sessions perfermance has Brendan Lukens and Jake Ewald of Modern Baseball playing a stripped-down take of “Apple Cider, I Don’t Mind,” found on the band’s latest album Holy Ghost, which is available via Run For Cover. The instrumental simplicity enhances the aesthetic of intimacy, highlighting the deep, personal lyrical nature. Those expressions of hope and doubt intermingle, as one feels close like a member of the crowd.





CROWN LANDS - "MANTRA VIDEO

Crown Lands are a 2 piece rock duo from Oshawa. They have some definite White Stripe influences with their bluesy guitar riffs and dirty vocals but they separate themselves with their individual styles. The drummer rips and sings at the same time while the guitar player also rocks a moog bass pedal with his foot so he keeps it groovy while shredding. Here's their video for "Mantra". Keep your ears open for more from Crown Lands. - Kris Gies

 

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