Premiere: Manatee Commune

We have a very special premiere of the new remix from Manatee Commune. This is a track that has been on constant repeat from one of our favorite electronic artists, Odesza. It is called “Say My Name” which features Zyra on vocals. The Manatee Commune remix chills out the club feeling of the original and makes it a more intimate dance song. Manatee Commune’s music has that overall chill-wave vibe to it, but this track combines the power of one of the hottest electronic artists today in Odesza, with that cozy buoyant sound of Manatee Commune.
Manatee Commune will also be making his live debut in Portland, December 11th at the Doug Fir Lounge. His live performance is entrancing and should not be missed. Check out his other recent remix of Kairos’s “Cold Habits.”

Goat

New music from Sweden psych-rock band Goat. The new album is called Commune, and it is a journey of psychedelic pop. The album is put together really well, it definitely gets jammy yet Goat does a great job to make it super interesting. The songwriting and musicianship of this band is pretty incredible, Goat’s live performance includes costumes and lots of dancing. Commune starts off with such a catchy track in “Talk to God” and it doesn’t let go until the super rocking, guitar screaming of “Gathering of Ancient Tribes.” One of my favorite tracks is “Goatchild” which sounds like a song that would be used in a Quentin Tarantino movie. This album is another one of my favorites this year so go check it out.

Project Pabst pt. 2

Day 2 of Project Pabst was another beautiful sunny September Sunday. The day started off by catching Deap Vally from L.A. These two ladies rock super hard. Deap Vally has a kind of bluesy rock more geared toward the sound of Black Keys. Definitely worth checking out.

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The next act was Northhampton, MA’s Speedy Ortiz. They are getting some good buzz about them, and for good reason. They have that grungey 90s sound to them. The way the guitars clash with the lead singers vocals sounds great.

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Next was The Thermals. A local punk band that has been around for a while now. The Thermals still know how to shred for sure and put on an awesome show.

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After The Thermals, Shabazz Palaces put on one of their best shows I’ve seen. The rap/hip-hop duo from Seattle put out big beats and smooth lyrics that gives them their originality. Shabazz Palaces new album Lese Majesty is one of my favorites this year as well.

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Lord Huron was on after Shabazz. Though I listened to the show, I didn’t catch too much of it. Their music is not really what I’m into, just a little too pop and open chords. Not to say that it’s bad, Lord Huron is actually quite catchy, it just did not really translate well to their live show.

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The man, the myth, the legend, GZA performed the entirety of Liquid Swords.

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Then to finish out the night was Modest Mouse. Though Isaac Brock was feeling under the weather, they still performed a bunch of new songs that will hopefully show up on their next recording. Modest Mouse is one of my favorite bands of all time and they still sound great after almost 20 years.

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Thanks to PBR for putting an awesome music festival on the cheap, we hope to see you again next year. Thanks to Josh Pino for all the photos. Thanks to you readers for checking us out, more music to come soon.

Project Pabst

At the end of September Pabst Blue Ribbon threw a big music festival for the city of hipsters, Portland. With big name headlining acts like Tears For Fears and Modest Mouse for just over $50, Project Pabst was a big success.
Saturday kicked off the festivities for us, as we caught the very end of hip-hop artist K. Flay. We caught the next band X Ambassadors who have a huge pop sound with amazing vocals.

As X Ambassadors finished up their set, the crowd flocked and nearly doubled in size as we made our way over to see the Violent Femmes. They performed their debut album in it’s entirety. Then played all the classic American music.

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To follow up the Violent Femmes, local metal band Red Fang performed. Though I use the term metal in the sense of the heavy rock days of late 80s metal. If you haven’t heard Red Fang, I highly suggest wrapping your ears around them.

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After Red Fang was psychedelic folk rock band, Phosphorescent. They played a bunch of songs off their latest album, Muchacho that came out last year. They had a lot of reverb and awesome jammy guitar solos.

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I didn’t catch too much of the next band Rocket From the Crypt, but they are an old school punk/post-hardcore pop band from the 90s. They had super high energy throughout the show.

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The headliner for the day portion of the festival was Tears For Fears. I would have never thought I would be able to witness Tears For Fears live, and I didn’t know what to expect, but it was a fantastic show. They played a lot of new songs, but also all the classics plus a cover of Radiohead’s “Creep.”

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We left the main festival grounds at Zidell Park and went to the Crystal Ballroom for the night shows. First was locals Wooden Indian Burial Ground, who are a psycho-billy type of rock band. They even had Doug Martsch come on stage and play a cover of “Psycho Killer.”

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After WIBG was Deep Sea Diver from Seattle. Another pop-rock band that we have covered for Treefort Music Fest.

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Built To Spill was the last act for the night. They played for a packed crowd at the Crystal. Playing all their hit songs from all their albums, Built To Spill had a most excellent show.

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Duke Evers

Duke Evers EP, Handful of Pennies starts with their single, “Lions” that grabs your attention immediately with catchy guitar chords and a drum rhythm that makes you just want to dance. This is feel good Indie Rock at its finest. Hailing from Seattle with a Blues/Pop mix that has a magnetic pull that draws you in and holds you hostage until the music stops. Duke Evers has an energy that will bleed into anyone’s soul and resonate there. The combination of Kyle Veazey (drums) and Josh Starkel (vocals/guitar) is a combination of pure musical bliss. Through the four track EP they show incredible diversity in range, tempo, rhythm, and originality. Their track, “Seaside” is incredibly catchy and is sure to be a favorite with Josh Starkel’s appealing, smooth voice and Kyle Veazey’s clean, upbeat drum hits.
The album has an enigmatic feel that is both unique to them while being strangely familiar. Handful of Pennies drops today so be sure to give it a listen, it is well worth your time.