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May 2016
Mo Troper
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 Yes, you've heard the name Mo Troper before. Possibly as a part of Sancho and Your Rival, or maybe as a founder of blowing up label Good Cheer Records. Regardless, his recent release, late April's Beloved, has already reached levels of critical acclaim in just its first few days of actual release. And I'm adding to the pile - Beloved is one of the best new records to come out of Portland so far this year, and it's our new Album of the Month.

With a witty tongue and a sneering outlook on many things in life, Troper blares through Beloved's 13 tracks like an emotional Facebook feed. He, like the rest us, has shitty friends, a distaste for most social situations ("Star Wars") and a rollercoaster relationship with dating ("Princess," "Somebody Special"). He bitingly belts out his lyrics as if he's reliving every situation that's inspired him, making for a brashly heartfelt stock.

Beloved has received heavy comparisons to certain Elvis Costello albums and while that's fair in its own right, isn't entirely the whole case. The album does play into a Costello-esque domination of word play, but it holds a cult like influence closer to that of, say, the Get Up Kids and Saves the Day.

For his first release on his own, Mo Troper has already established himself as a solid solo artist to follow. Beloved will inevitably be added to a list of "classics," and his next album is already baiting with anticipation.


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Saturday Night Sounds: Summer Cannibals - "Say My Name"

Today was a nice day. The sun was out, the temperature was pleasantly warm, and there was much anticipation to be had for all the great shows happening tonight. Why not end the day (and begin the night) on just as great a note? Summer Cannibals dropped their delightfully poppy new single, "Say My Name," just two days ago via Noisey. Frontwoman Jessica Boudreaux says the track is the most pop oriented song to come off their upcoming album, Full of It, due out late May on Kill Rock Stars. Though it sounds nothing like that fairly popular Beyonce-led song of the same name, it is an infectious tune perfect for a beautiful night like this one. Give it a listen below and check out Summer Cannibals' slated tour dates here.

-Cervante Pope

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Divers do Dead Moon on new 7"

Indie punks Divers have been riding high since the release of their debut LP, Hello Hello, last year. The LP saw great praise from numberous outlets and come April 19th, we'll officially have another reason to praise them even more. Dirt Cult is releasing Divers' new two song 7". Side A is the rockin' track "Achin' On," but it's Side B we're focusing on right now. The B side features a well executed cover of Dead Moon's "Can't Do That." Vocalist Harrison Rapp perfectly emulates Fred Cole's croon, while still maintaining originality. Creepily enough, the tracks were internet-launched on the same day former Dead Moon-er Andrew Loomis passed away. 

Check out Divers' take on "Can't Do That" below. For comparison, the original Dead Moon track can also be found below. Rest in Peace, Andrew.

-Cervante Pope

 

 Here is Dead Moon's original:

 

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Get your Shamrock Shimmy on

It's that time of year again...St. Patrick's Day. A day where we wear green to avoid getting pinched, get terribly wasted on dyed green boozy beverages, and pretend like we're celebrating Irish culture when in reality we're just looking for another excuse to day drink. No matter your reasons for indulging in whatever festivities you choose, one good time to consider would be the Shamrock Shimmy happening at the Goodfoot that night. Both Tribe Mars and POPgoji are set to play. Both of their approaches to a culturally varied neo-soul, hip hop and jazz are sure to make you want to dance about. Just be careful not to spill green beer on anyway as you girate.

Tickets run $7 and doors are at 9pm. Bring your luck and cheer, and join in on the fun!

-Cervante Pope

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Saturday Night Sounds: Shadowlands - "Clean Life"

This little bit of a late night Saturday Night Sounds jam is the latest from dark wavers Shadowlands. They just premiered the video for "Clean Life" a couple days ago on Gritty Birds, and their record release show is happening at Kenton Club as I type this. The video compiles esoterically shot clips of infamous Portland spots, reflecting the city in a brooding light that's perfect for this gloomy, rainy night. 

If you happened to have missed their release show tonight, dim the lights and enjoy.

-Cervante Pope

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Dad Works Hard now slated to open up for Simo

Local glam rock/badass outfit Dad Works Hard has just been added to open up for Nashville, Tn psych blues band Simo tomorrow night at Dante's. The undeniably fun danceable quality of Dad Works Hard is guaranteed to bring a light and lively air to the bill. Paired with Simo's classic production of southern blues rock, it'll be a show unlike the typical shows that occur around town. 

If you haven't already, check out Dad Works Hard's video for "White Shoes" below. It'll give you some insight into just how enjoyable this band is.

-Cervante Pope

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