The Woolen Men have received the chance to expand their audience exponentially. The group just joined the likes of Panda Bear, Dan Deacon and Mount Eerie by signing to Woodsist Records and announced that they’ll be releasing their debut LP on the label this March. The band’s explosive live shows and DIY ethics have brought them attention in Portland over the past few years and spurred a series of self-released EPs and tapes, the most recent of which was released last month. Tour tape no. 1 is a collection of recordings made on their most recent west coast tour and captures their kinetic energy amidst lo-fi static. You’ll have to wait until March 5th to own the entire record, but you can listen to the first release, "Mayonnaise", below. 2013 is looking bright for these guys. –Benjamin Toledo
And And And's No Party is the band's first studio recorded EP. It provides a cleaner separation of the band's recipe which involves a little '60s lo-fi with a dash of garage pop and sprinkles of folk and lounge music. Nathan Baumgartner airs his grievance through whaling vocals abreast the meticulous drumming and stirring of bass, guitar, and the multi-instrumentalist Ryan Wiggans who interchanges cello, clarinet and trumpet. "The Joy of Cooking" concocts bread pudding (or french toast) and insecurity. "Holy Fucking Matrimony" attacks angst with quiet tempo changes, and "Old Folks Home" complains with enough cheer to make you want to say "Fuck it" and just keep moving. I am not sure if these guys have New Year's resolutions, but the lyrics of "Not Going to The Party" sound right: "…just doing what you do, and I'll just do that same thing too". - Brandy Crowe
In their latest release Jellyfish Brigade have captured the eye of a transformative storm and labeled it The Art of Being Pulled Apart. From the first beat the release exhales a calm sensation and as the vocals enter they bring with them reflective and transparent lyrics describing a moment of separation from oneself. They flow through the title track with vivid imagery and honest emotion on top of pocket rhythms and electronic melodies that provide a musical landscape complementary to the thematic arcs of the album. “The Character is Me” holds the hip hop beats steady and drives the story towards personal alchemy, which the final track, “The Salmon’s Journey Home” cements with uptempo grooves and vocal hooks. The Art of Being Pulled Apart may be a personal account but the emotions depicted are universal. Each person is pulled apart at some point; the art is how we put ourselves back together. –Benjamin Toledo
As The Doubleclicks, Portland based sisters Aubrey and Angela Webber pick up a cello and ukelele and sing ballads that cover a range of geek culture. They cover grammar, video games, trekkies, and even PDX pirates. There is also meeting boys at con, the worst superpowers ever, and a velociraptor with self-esteem issues. The track "Imposter", on Song Fu is a response to a song writing challenge in which the girls created a story about a sad robot lost in space. What could be a more fitting way to share their EP, Chainmail and Cello, than to play a tour of shows inside West Coast comic shops? Tonight they play for a nerd herd at our own comic headquarters, Things From Another World. D20! – Brandy Crowe
Rontoms might be the fanciest garage a band could possibly play in, which is fitting because one of the most popular garage pop-rock bands in Portland, The Hugs, will be playing their weekly free show this Sunday. The Hugs have been around since 2007 and have gained popularity and high praise since. Their sound is grounded in early century garage sound but adds very clean vocals and specific spacy guitar effects to bring their music to the forefront of today’s scene. They bring a ton of energy and mix it with psychedelic undertones to keep the listener interested and in a good mood. Add in a steady rhythm section and you’ve got the perfect formula for great beer drinking music. – Colin Hudson
The results are in from the Open Submissions stage for our Portland Year End Poll for Emerging Artists. All of the submissions were ranked by Deli Editors from other scenes and the list of acts that have advanced to our Readers’/Fans’ Poll phase are below. We will also be releasing the list of nominees chosen by our local "scene expert" jurors very soon.
We would like to thank all of the talented artists who submitted. It was our largest Open Submissions pool yet, and certainly a testament to how many rad acts we have in Portland.
Qualified to the final phase of the Best of Portland Poll:
You can hear elements of nearly all of Portland’s music circles in Eidelons progressive ballads, and as a result they might be one of the best representations of the city’s music. Their indie rock riffs are played with the purity of a garage rock band atop blistering rhythms that aren’t without an experimental edge. Still they retain a certain pop sensibility within the crooning vocals of Dan Beyers and their occasional blending of a folk influence that seems to be ever present in stumptown.
Catherine Feeny’s songs are entrancing. Between the ethereal quality of her voice and the dreamlike sensations evoked by intricacies of her compositions it’s easy to get lost in thought while listening. You can hear a passion behind her experimental pop songs that carries with it both nostalgia and innovation and for this reason there’s no doubt in my mind that 2013 will be a successful year for her.
In the past year, The Lower 48 have built a significant amount of momentum in Portland’s music scene and for good reason. Their music is rich with soothing vocal harmonies, tight instrumentation and a captivating presentation that has been winning over audiences at some of the city’s most prominent venues. Their folk pop gems are sure to build them a place among the most recognized acts in Portland over the course of the next year.