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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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Pizza, Magic, Rock 'n' Roll 7.17.15

Two Boots Pizza is throwing the fourth grade class party of your dreams, but with booze!

This Friday at the Basement East, local bands The Gills, Tetherball., Moseley, Earl Burrows and fauna halø will be sharing the stage with Mondo the Magnificent in front of a crowd full of pizza-stuffed faces.

The party starts at 9:00pm. 21+
Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 day of show.

Alex Vucelich, "Johnson City"

It's common knowledge that to really make it as a songwriter in Nashville, you have to write at least one good song about a train. Alex Vucelich is more than satisfying that prerequisite with his lastest single, "Johnson City."

Although a bit softer and more refined than his previous releases, and certainly his live show, the song carries the signature cadence and magnetism Vucelich has become known for. Lines like "Cause it's gettin' hard for a man to stand with all these years of debt on his back./ So to hell with you, and to hell with regret and to hell with The Cumberland Gap" are intimate and hard-hitting. Pair charismatic lyricism with low boiled musicianship and one heck of a harmonica solo, and you've got yourself a smart blend of classic Americana that's a little rough around the edges, in a great way.
Give "Johnson City" a listen and catch Alex Vucelich & The Sweet Medicine Band at one of their upcoming shows. -Caroline Bowman


B a r l e a u x, "Fire:

B a r l e a u x emerged onto the scene last year with her debut LP Hillary Barleaux. A natural vagabond and adventurer, B a r l e a u x releases “Fire,” a track with a steady build and a sweeping arrangement. “'Fire' is about leaning into that dark side when explaining to someone that you have problems with commitment.” 

"Fire" is a smokey, trumpet-led tune, with dream pop undertones and coy vocals. The track is a transition between B a r l e a u x's folk roots and her affinity for electronic sounds, showcased in her upcoming EP to be released on A f t e r n o o n s m o d e l i n g this fall.


COIN to Open for Neon Trees at Cannery Ballroom 7.14

Joining the likes of other white-hot emerging Nashville bands, COIN is capitalizing on their 90s childhoods (and obvious love of synth,) and stepping out onto the national stage with plenty of grassroots-feuled momentum. 

The 4-piece crew released their debut self-titled album last month and have already climbed to #5 on our "Popular Locals" list. Their dynamic combination of pop and electrorock is infectious, with ridiculously catchy hooks and danceable tempos. 

Fresh off a stint with Betty Who, the boys are hopping on tour with new wave chart-toppers Neon Trees, then indie dance rockers Walk the Moon. 

COIN and Neon Trees, along with new romantic revivalists ,Fictionist, will be stopping by Cannery Ballroom on Tuesday, 7.14. Grab your tickets here before they're gone!
Until then, watch COIN's (rather dangerous) video for their single "Run." -Caroline Bowman


YØUTH, "Start Again"

Nashville-based singer/songwriter YØUTH could not be more appropriately named. And his debut EP "Start Again" is bringing on some killer waves of nostalgia and windows-down sing-alongs.
Think Friday-nights-of-your-senior-year anthems like early Fun. and Grouplove with the cutting-edge indie/pop sensibilities of Billboard darlings. "Start Again" is well-balanced and emotionally exposing, with the title track primed for indie film soundtrack stardom.
Catch YØUTH on his fall tour and give the EP a listen below. -Caroline Bowman




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