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Young Prisms featured on Daytrotter

"May Grey" seems to be giving way to "June Gloom" in the Bay Area. Two weather clichés that are about as inspiring as the overcast skies that haven't been tempting me to, ahem, call in sick at the day job. Luckily, this week I was treated to an unexpected surprise on Daytrotter when I noticed a recent session from San Francisco's Young Prisms. Four tracks spanning from "Dreamcatcher Panoramic" which was originally released on their self titled EP on Mexican Summer to "I Don't Get Much" from their recently released 7" split with Weekend. Their sound is the perfect compliment to the tiny rays of sunlight that occasionally break through the clouds throughout the day.

Young Prisms play The Independent on Sunday, June 13th.

-Nicole Leigh

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Hre We Go Magic Video + CD release, Music Hall of Wburg, June 8

Well well well, all of a sudden one of our favorite Brooklyn bands (Here We Go Magic) sounds a little bit like our all time favorite NJ band (The Feelies). At least in this video of the song "Collector", out of the upcoming album "Pigeons", premiered on Pitchfork last week. This is very promising. CD release party at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 8.

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Rainbow Arabia hosts Monday-night residency at the Echo in June

Echo Park duo Rainbow Arabia announced their June residency with a line-up of killer free shows featuring the likes of Gary Wilson, Japanther, Weave!, Former Ghosts, 60 Watt Kid, and more including secret guest headliners who will soon be revealed. It's free at the Echo every Monday in June!

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If You're Ever in the Mayor's Office...

...don't forget to feast your eyes on the newest addition to Sam Adams' art collection, Isaac Brock and the Seven Deadly Sins - the latest City Hall-commissioned piece by Portland artist Alexander Rokoff.

This is the second in a series of paintings with local musicians for Rokoff. You may recognize his oil work as being featured at such venues as Mississippi Studios (the infamous nude painting in the front room). We're pretty sure that this Brock oil masterpiece is going to raise more than a few foreign diplomats' eyebrows.

Brock was on hand for Wednesday's unveiling along with members of the media, and Rokoff. Mayor Adams stopped in to meet Brock and take in the monstrosity, which features a "Patches"-like clown haphazardly lounging on a book shelf carrying a bloody knife, and a wild boar, among other salacious tidbits.

"We have the best art in the city in our office," said Adams. "[Having this here] is a way to talk about Portland in not so obvious ways."

"This is a pleasure for me," responded Brock. "I voted for you."

 

l-r: Alexander Rokoff, Isaac Brock, Sam Adams

 

- Ryan J. Prado

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Shame That Tune!

Abraham Levitan (Baby Teeth) and Brian Costello (Johnny & the Limelites, novelist) have come together to change the face of the live game show. On June 11th at The Hideout "Shame That Tune" will premier. Here is how it will work, “On “Shame That Tune,” there are three contestants. Each will first spin a "Wheel of Fortune"-style wheel, divided into musical sub-genres (e.g., “Bob Dylan’s Christian Phase,” “Keith Richards solo,” “Led Zeppelin III”). The contestant then tells an embarrassing anecdote, no more than three minutes in length (timed by a giant LED clock), from their high-school or junior-high diary. Costello then interviews the contestant for exactly five minutes while Levitan composes, on the spot, a song about the embarrassing anecdote, in the style of the musical sub-genre that came up on the wheel. The winner is determined by applause based on audience response to his/her story and the resulting song; he/she will be rewarded with generous gifts from local businesses.”

For the first performance of “Shame That Tune,” the contestants will include local garage-rock wunderkind Miss Alex White, as well as Elisse La Roche, drummer for husband-and-wife musical duo Love of Everything. The third contestant will be chosen live from the audience. The show is only $5 so don’t miss out.

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