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April 2015
The Tame West
"The Tamed West EP

After a couple active years in the Portland music scene, this past March The Tamed West finally released a first piece of recorded music for listeners to enjoy in the form of a self-titled EP. Though short and sweet, The Tamed West EP boasts influential elements of early Surfer Blood and the late Gauntlet Hair with a heavy wash of reverb over simple yet dancable rhythms, thoughtful vocal melodies and twinkling guitar. The Tamed West claimed the fourth seat in The Deli Portland's 'Best Emerging Artist of 2014' poll, as voted by a jury of local music industry professionals and tastemakers as well as listeners alike. Keep an eye on The Tamed West in the coming years and expect great things. 

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Ryan Culwell Album Review "Flatlands"

Growing up Amarillo style is a far cry from nascent. Just Texas sun, oil riggers, and firebrand folk tunes.

Ryan Culwell’s debut release, Flatlands, packs rootsy grit and redemptive rest stops. Opening track "Amarillo" rings with a sweet melody. "You Won’t Come Home" tender lyrics demand listening ears. Dusty anthem "I Think I’ll Be Their God" and true-blues "Piss Down In My Bones" offer gusty backbeats and steel guitar. His depictions hold a certain yearning of a man finding his Americana on folky fretboards. You can feel the embittered pride in "Red River" and Culwell’s own sacred rest in "Horses." And if ominous feels overdone, porch-strummers "I Will Come For You" and "Flatlands" provide windows-down nostalgia. Flatlands is a melodic fortitude that loves memories and loathes realities. Through the thirsty panhandle, distressed as Culwell’s raspy range, you feel what he feels: his journey of story and relationship; an honest man on his way. Flatlands was released March 3rd, 2015 via Lightning Rod Records. -Ben Neumann

Ryan Culwell has two upcoming Nasville shows: March 25th at Loveless Cafe and April 2nd at Exit/In with Whiskey Meyers (tickets here.)



Congratulations to Foster McGinty, Our New Artist of the Month!

 For the few of you that don't check in with our Artist of the Month poll as frequently as your Instagram and Facebook feeds, rest assured that this recent poll was a doozie. Both HR_Lexy and Foster McGinty turned out with a ridiculous number of votes, but ultimately McGinty would come out on top with 571 fans showing favor for the songwriter. 

This win comes hot on the heels of McGinty's second album, "The Lucy Stone" (released February 19th). While songs are penned with a pop mindset, getting the job done in under 4 minutes with an appropriate chorus-to-verse ratio and the "oh" and "la" quota filled, the music resonates as so purely American that were surprised each album doesn't come with a pack of bottle rockets. Check out "The Lucy Stone" if your a fan of male/female vocals (the other half courtesy of the lovely Chelsea McGinty) and endearing songwriting. The next hometown show is April 24th at The End, so come out and buy him a beer (if our calculations are correct, he has about 571 coming.) -Terra James-Jura



New Single from BASECAMP: "N2Deep"

BASECAMP got plenty of love from our jury and readers when we ran our Best of 2014 poll last month, for obvious reasons. The trio of producers experiment with tempo, samples and boundaries  to create moody, restrained R&B. Their intelligent music and inherent cool have won a scad of fans in Nashville; there's probably the only group that can title a single "N2Deep" and not get an eyeroll from us. The track utilizes quiet as much as it does resonating bass, and it moves a little faster and reaches a sharper crescendo than their previous 2013 release. "N2Deep" is the first single off BASECAMP's upcoming album "Greater Than." -Terra James-Jura


Bully, "I Remember"

True to their name, Bully seems pretty adept at delivering a suprise gut punch that leaves ya doubled over and stunned. They did that to the blogosphere last fall with their self-titled EP, and they're doing it again with this brand-new single "I Remember." Viciously cathartic, it is just under two minutes of Alicia Bognanno unloading painful little details of a past relationship amid gut-thumping bass and blown out guitar. Bully is about to give a good portion of the United States a round of sonic wedgies on their spring tour with JEFF the Brotherhood (full rundown of dates here.) Make it easy on yourself, and just go limp when it happens. -Terra James-Jura



Catch SAINTHOOD at The East Room Tonight, Listen to "L.I.V.I.N.G." Right Now!

The post-Joy of Painting effort of front man Garreth Spinn, SAINTHOOD tags itself as "pop salvation." Debut single "L.I.V.I.N.G." dropped just this Tuesday. Synth-driven and highly danceable, this tune has a little bit of Killers flavor and skirts the edge of camp (never a bad thing.) SAINTHOOD joins a packed lineup of other musical amalgamations and resurrections at The East Room tonight: supergroup Friendship (with members of Chalaxy, Creature Comfort, Subnovas, Girls and Money, and Mesmer Tea,) dream-pop Iowans Annalibera, Organ Stills (a revision of Shy Guy,) chilled-out California psych from Suntundra Moon, and last-minute opener Mr. Nasti (Children of Spy, Zombie Bazooka Patrol.) That is a metric ton of music for $5. This is a much better application of your cash than buying a gnarly footlong at the Subway next door. Tonight's show is 18+ and kicks off at 8pm. -Terra James-Jura 



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