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May 2016
Mo Troper
"Beloved
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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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Mo Troper debuts "Star Wars" and it's awesome

Whether you're a fan of the Star Wars movies or not, we've all at one point experienced the "screw you guys, I'm going home" feeling Mo Troper's new track, "Star Wars" is basically centered around. This clamoring, relatable song debuted on Consequence of Sound yesterday, and speaks of a desire to stay home and just watch Star Wars as opposed to partying with a bunch of bro douchebags. Well, same. 

Beloved drops at the end of the month and Troper will be kicking off a tour next month in support of it, including two release shows in Portland.

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Rentz Leinbach is your new favorite musician

 *photo by Calvin Chen

It's always nice to switch up your musical routine and add some fresh talent to your aresenal. Rentz Leinbach is exactly who I'm talking about when I say this. The recent Deli Artist of the Month is multi-instrumentalist, inspired by greats like Guided by Voices, Hasil Adkins and Elvis Costello. He's been a solo acoustic artist (under the names the Pink Leather Tats and Root Shocker) and part of a three-piece band (Neither v. Either), but his current incarnation is quite addiciting. Rentz has got a show coming up on the 18th with Moon By You and Dim Wit at the Liquor Store, and a cassette release show at Mother Foucault's Bookshop on June 18th. He may only be one person, but he can put on one hell of a performance.

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Saturday Night Sounds: The Dandy Warhols - "You Are Killing Me"

On tonight's Saturday Night Sounds, let's take some time to appreciate a band that has been a key influence to many of bands around town today. The Dandy Warhols are a Portland staple and a partial reminder of how the town used to be back before the Salt and Straw days. Yesterday, The Dandy Warhols released they're 10th album and first in four years, Distortland. A couple days prior to that, they shared their video for one of the tracks off the album, "You Are Killing Me," which features an appearance by Andy Warhol cohort Joe Dallesandro

Watch Dallesandro canoodle with some furries in the "You Are Killing Me" video below.

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Punk rock fundraiser for the NRO

Portland has never had an issue with rallying together and taking a stand for a cause...especially when that cause is seeks to benefit the freedoms of women and minority groups. Tonight, punk bar Black Water will be hosting a fundraiser for the Network for Reproductive Options, which is a member affiliate of the National Network of Abortion Funds. The NRO aids in finding ethical and qualified abortion providers for those in need.

This particular show, featuring Heavy Hands, Steel Chains, Macho Boys, Sweats and spinning by DJ Matty Buttcakes will also put money towards the NRO's annual bowl-a-thon teams She Bowls With Her Own Ovaries and Pick Your Kingpin.

A minimum donation of $6 is asked, but the scale slides all the way up to $1,984, according to the Facebook event page. The show starts at 8pm, so come out on time for a good cause.

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Calisse, Hollow Sidewalks and Night Beats tonight at Dante's

It's one of the first truly beautiful days of the season, so tonight is guaranteed to be optimal in weather and in fun times. Dante's will be hosting Seattle's Night Beats, Hollow Sidewalks and Câlisse in what is sure to be a lively set of performances. The Night Beats have gone through the usual trials and tribulations you see in most bands - disagreements, breakups, makeups, but tonight they'll be sharing the stage with a pair of incredibly talented Portland acts. Deli favorites Hollow Sidewalks have previously been featured in perfectly "fitting the bill" as an opener for Ringo Deathstarr, and the same can be said for their inclusion in the show tonight. Nora Muphy Hughes' comforting croon is but one of the appealing draws to Hollow Sidewalks; their increibly relatable songs and perfected instrumentation being some of the others.

Câlisse is set to begin the night with their classic call to garagey pop rock. They just released a new video for their single "Stay" last month, coming off their upcoming album Farewell, Blacksheep, due out on the 15th. A song of longing, "Stay" calls to anyone who has ever desired deep connection with another.

Tickets for tonight's show are $10, with music beginning at 9pm.

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