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Dirty Princess's Witchy Punk

Dirty Princess sounds like what would happen if the Sanderson Sisters decided to drop their wands for electric guitars instead. The band’s mix of witchy punk and fuzz rock bleeds through speakers and headphones. Although they only have three tracks on their bandcamp, each song holds its own."Street Diamonds” in particular stands out. The lead vocalist confidently bursts through the song, alternating between a subtle huskier tone and a more high pitched, confident twang. “The Man Vs. My Chevy Van” is also great. The beat is fast and steady, and the members are in great sync. Give it a listen below!

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Plastic Cactus has a New Album Out

Plastic Cactus just released their second album, Moth Eyes. Plastic Cactus has always strived for a beach goth aesthetic, and they really hit the mark with this album. It is the ideal fusion of a Spaghetti Western attitude and the style of a vintage Halloween party. Listening to “Tumbleweeds” you can practically feel the hot sun on your shoulders. Moth Eyes is also a testament to the band’s skill. They weave gloomier and darker elements into their songs without dampening the album’s overall mood. On “Offbeat” the tempo rises and falls throughout the song, blending a slow crooning with faster surf beats. The softer harmonies and gentle guitar chords blend together seamlessly. It adds a pleasant lightness to band’s moody surf. It's definitely a song you should add to your summer playlist. 

Plastic Cactus' next show will be July 20th at Turn Turn Turn along with Melt, Baywitch, and Swamp Meat.

 

  By Avril Carrillo

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Celebrate Local Music with PDX Pop Now

PDX Pop Now is coming up next weekend, July 21 and 22! It will be the 15th anniversary of the free, all-ages festival. In addition to great music, this year the festival will feature a street fair, beer garden, rigsketball, and food carts. Starting at noon each day, popular local acts such as Nick Normal, Fountaine, and Mr. Wrong will be playing. You can check out the full schedule on their website, and listen to the 2018 compilation CD as well. Make sure you stop by to catch some great live music, and to support the Portland music scene.

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Listen to LDYCP's First EP

Listening to LDYCP’s self-titled EP is reminiscent of reading a Tolkien novel in the best way possible. The band’s avant-chamber pop style imbues every song with a tone that is both romantic and inspiring. The lead vocals are melodramatic, tinged with a delightful ethereal quality. Their elegeic and abstract lyrics often sound more like poetry than song lyrics. It’s possible to hear the influence of chamber-rock acts such as Queen. This is especially true given the thrilling electric-guitar solos some songs feature. LDYCP does a good job of creating a new, unique sound while playing tribute to such legendary acts.

By Avril Carrillo 

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Get Ready for Fantastic Plastic

The energy coming through on Fantastic Plastic’s first demo is intense and unrestrained. Dry vocals bite through the gruff guitar riffs and brooding bass lines. The lyrics on “Embarrassing” waver between sarcasm and uncertainty. The song displays a vulnerability on the band’s part. Their music explores what it means to be a young adult in today’s messy, emo world. At times, it feels like the band is letting you in on the joke while also making fun of you a bit. Fantastic Plastic is brash and bold, having fun with how chaotic they can be. It’s a great attitude for any femme-punk band to have, and it strengthens their music. This strength is most obvious in their live performances. As an act, the band is charming and dynamic on stage, and with such a kick-ass attitude, they can inspire even the most lethargic Portland audience to get up and dance.

Fantastic Plastic will be releasing a new album this upcoming August. Make sure you give it a listen! - By Avril Carrillo 

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