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Artists to Watch: Kopecky and Four Year Strong

Artists To Watch, Hawthorne Theatre

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Kopecky We’d like to give a warm welcome to charismatic 6 piece Kopecky on Artists to Watch.  This indie rock group is composed of Kelsey Kopecky (vocals/keyboard), Gabe Simon (vocals), Stephen Holmes (guitar), Corey Oxendine (bass) Markus Midkiff (cello) and David Krohn (drums). The band hails from Nashville Tennessee, and brings many diverse elements into […]

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Shuggie Otis Giveaway

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  Shuggie Otis has always embodied the true spirit of Rock ‘n’ Roll. As the son of Johnny Otis, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-er, he grew up with Rock music in his blood, and has carved out his signature sound with elements of jazz and blues over the years. He has mastered his technique […]

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This Week in Music

Aug 3rd. News Roundup

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~Wavves~ Wavves just put out a new track “Flamezesz” off their upcoming album V (out October 2nd). This follows their first single off the release, “Way Too Much.” This summer Wavves also released a collaboration album with Cloud Nothings called No Life For Me.     PHASES This week PHASES (formerly known as JJAMZ) announced their debut album […]

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Artists to Watch: Prurient and Melanie Martinez

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Prurient Prurient is the stage name of Ian Dominick Fernow, who has put out countless releases since he first started making music in the late nineties. His most recent release Frozen Niagara Falls (May 2015) was named Best New Music on Pitchfork, who said the album “offers an endless, probing self-exploration that simply isn’t found in noise, metal, hardcore, power electronics, […]

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Artists to Watch: Phases and Wild Throne

Jul 21st. Artists To Watch

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PHASES Since releasing their danceable single “I’m In Love With My Life,” indie rockers PHASES (formerly known as JJAMZ) have taken off. Their upbeat sound is clearly inspired by the days of disco, with funky beats and posi-vibe lyrics like “Feeling good ain’t goin’ out of style.” The group has got everyone from Sia to Jessica Alba dancing with […]

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Artists to Watch: Shilpa Ray and Wovenhand

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Shilpa Ray “Princess of Darkness” Shilpa Ray’s Nick Cave-inspired cabaret vocals paired with the darkly atmospheric instrumentation of her harmonium sounds like Beach House went goth. This sets a haunting foundation for her witty, cerebral lyrics that talk about loss, death, and lovesickness in a brutally honest manner. Her May release Last Year’s Savage received […]

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This Week in Music!

Jul 13th. News Roundup

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  Things are changing in music these days; Fridays are the new Tuesdays, Facebook is trying to make its own streaming service, and Justin Bieber posted a picture of his bum. Here’s a quick lowdown on some noteworthy things that happened in the music world this week…   This week Chelsea Wolfe released “After the Fall” […]

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Downloads of the Week: The Dollyrots and Chelsea Wolfe

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The Dollyrots   Check out this free download of The Dollyrots’ track “Come and Get It” off their 2014 album Barefoot and Pregnant! The LA-based pop punk outfit formed in 2000 when they decided to forget their med school ambitions and move from Florida to California. They have released five albums and are now heading […]

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Artists to Watch: Laura Stevenson and Demrick

Jul 1st. Artists To Watch

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Laura Stevenson   Since her cleverly named 2010 debut “A Record,” Laura Stevenson has traversed the far corners of the earth playing existential folk tunes. Music’s in her genes — her grandfather Harry Simeone wrote the classic Christmas songs “The Little Drummer Boy” and “Do You Hear What I Hear?” and her grandmother was a […]

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Artists to Watch: Arctic Flowers and Wolf Alice

Jun 17th. Artists To Watch

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Arctic Flowers Portland’s own Arctic Flowers are a self-described blend of “punk, postpunk, and peace/anarcho-punk.” Their electrifying riffs and combative percussion lay the groundwork for lead singer Alex Carroccio to bust through with entrancing, gothy, darkly punk vocals. While their sound is undeniably reminiscent of 1980’s post-punk, Arctic Flowers delivers an unforgiving, modern revamp of the […]

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Tyler, The Creator Giveaway

Jun 16th. Contest, Contests, Uncategorized

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Hot off the heels of the release of his third studio album Cherry Bomb, rapper and Odd Future co-founder Tyler, the Creator is hitting the road on a national tour. Amidst semi-confirmed rumors of an Odd Future break up, Tyler has been busy making an appearance on “Kimmel” and freestyling with Vince Staples. Now he’s headed to […]

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Artists to Watch: DREAMERS and Cymbals Eat Guitars

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DREAMERS Brooklyn’s self-described cosmic rock trio DREAMERS blend hyperactive, crystalline guitar riffs with synth-heavy melodies that piggyback on a subtly ferocious baseline. Clear, steady vocals pierce through this psychedelic mess of sound that has seemingly innumerable moving parts. At times DREAMERS evoke dream pop bands like Real Estate and Ducktails, but with a catchy upbeat […]

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Download of the Week: The Griswolds Live EP

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The Griswolds   Last year Australian indie rock quartet The Griswolds released their live EP The Good Ship Griswolds, following the release of their popular debut album Be Impressive. The group collaborated with Jack Daniels 1907 for their live EP, which was recorded during a crazy party and studio session on a boat in the Sydney […]

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Stream The Story So Far’s New Self-Titled Album

May 27th. Featured

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  On May 11 California pop punk outfit The Story So Far released a stream of their new self-titled album, a week before the LP’s official release date. The group has released two full-lengths since their 2007 formation, along with seven EPs. DIY Magazine gives The Story So Far 4/5 stars, and says the band […]

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Artists to Watch: Wild Party and Foxing

May 20th. Artists To Watch

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Wild Party   Straight out of San Antonio, a city known for its historically country Western-centric music scene, comes the decidedly un-twangy Wild Party. In 2011, after just two live performances the group toured the U.K. with legendary Liverpool band The Wombats. After that they hit the ground running, garnering widespread interest in their eclectic […]

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Downloads of the Week: Aaron Mark Brown and Saint Warhead

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Aaron Mark Brown     Last summer Aaron Mark Brown and his current band The Invasion were featured in Paste Magazine‘s 50 States Project as #1 out of “10 Idaho Bands You Should Listen To Right Now.” For good reason; Brown’s rich and soulful voice is backed up by full harmonies and a distinctly alt-rock […]

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Enter Our Memorial Day Giveaway!

May 15th. Contest, Contests

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  Once again, it’s that time of year. Winter coats have been pushed to the deep recesses of our closets, the lawn furniture has officially been moved out of storage, and the barbecues are being lit. Folks in the Pacific Northwest are slowly but surely warming up from months of wet weather and overcast skies […]

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Artists To Watch: PigPen Theatre Co. and Sleepwave

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PigPen Theatre Co.   The seven piece Americana ensemble PigPen Theatre Co. met as freshmen at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, where they bonded over a shared love of music, film, and theater. Instead of picking one, the group has pioneered a captivating blend of the three. Their 2012 debut album Bremen garnered critical acclaim, and […]

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Downloads of the Week: Ana Sia and Tyler Tastemaker

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Ana Sia LA-based DJ Ana Sia makes complex, eclectic house beats that are catchy and totally dance-able. Check out her bass-heavy mix “Here & There” and download it for free below. Don’t miss Ana Sia LIVE in Portland with Benny Rox, Tyler Tastemaker, Ben Tactic, and SPF666 Friday May 29 at the Hawthorne Theatre!     […]

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Stream Tracks Off Local H’s New Album ‘Hey, Killer’

May 6th. Featured

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Midwest alt-rock duo Local H is streaming recently released their brand new album Hey, Killer on G&P Records. Twenty years after the release of their debut album Ham Fisted back in 1995, Local H is still going strong. A standout single from the new album is the grungy “Mansplainer,” which they premiered on Billboard, along with an […]

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Artists to Watch: The Rentals & Grieves

Apr 30th. Artists To Watch

Artists To Watch: Te Rentals & Grieves

The Rentals Following a fifteen year hiatus, this past August former Weezer bassist Matt Sharp’s band The Rentals released Lost in Alphaville on Polyvinyl Records. While it’s clear that Sharp’s fuzzy alt-pop style is heavily influenced by his time in Weezer, sunnier melodies and female backing vocals differentiate The Rentals. In an interview with Noisey […]

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Downloads of the Week: Radiation City, Battleme, and Grieves

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Downloads: Radiation City, Battleme, Grieves

Radiation City Portland locals Radiation City garnered widespread attention and critical acclaim for their most recent album, Animals in the Meridian (2013). Since then the electro-pop dynamos have been touring extensively and enchanting audiences with their dreamy, melodic pop. Although there hasn’t been much new material released since Animals in the Meridian, Radiation City did […]

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An Interview with Rosie Blair of Ballet School

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Back in September of 2014, Ballet School released their debut full length album, The Dew Lasts An Hour. On the record the Berlin-based trio weave in and out of ambient dream-pop, R&B, rock, and synth-pop, overlaid with soaring vocals from front woman, Rosie Blair. They’re currently on tour with Canadian pop duo, Seoul, heading to the […]

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