BOYS + King Brat

New music from two bands that will be at Treefort Music Fest next week. They just released a split EP together and it is fantastic. First is Missoula, MT band BOYS. These guys have a great garage punk-rock sound to them. Really fuzzy guitar riffs and open cymbals make for a dizzying, drunken effect, perfect for late night parties in someones basement. They play Friday night (3/27) at Knitting Factory.

King Brat is from Boise and unfortunately Treefort will be their last performance as a band. But it’s not too late to enjoy their music. King Brat also has that punk-rock sound, but leans a little to emo spectrum. They have great songwriting along with fast paced guitar riffs that make for super catchy dance music. Make sure to catch them after BOYS on Friday night.

Summer Cannibals

New music from one of our favorite Portland artists Summer Cannibals. Their second full length album is called Show Us Your Mind. These rock and rollers play crunchy, heart-pumping punked out rock music. Show Us Your Mind is not much different from their previous album, Summer Cannibals crank out highly addictive songs. It is hard to say what song is my favorite, since the whole album is incredible, but I’ll narrow it down to the title track, “All It Takes,” and “Make You Better.” Summer Cannibals are in Austin for SXSW and will be at Treefort Music Fest next week.

Dan Deacon

A new Dan Deacon album dropped at the end of February, called Gliss Riffer. Dan Deacon really turns it up a notch with his latest release. The eclectic elcectro-pop artist is known for his glitchy beats and modulated vocals. Gliss Riffer does not disappoint in the art of being a dancey, universal pop album. Dan Deacon starts it off with one of my favorite tracks “Feel the Lightning.” An epic pop anthem about a particular moment in time that you want to last forever. Not sure if he was going for that, but that is how I feel about the song. “When I Was Done Dying” is another great song that has abstract lyrics, but the music makes you feel like you know what he is singing about. Overall, Gliss Riffer is one of my favorites that has come out this year and is a must listen.

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Live: Slow Magic + Manatee Commune

Last night saw the return of Red Bull Sound Select showcase here in Portland. It was another amazing show with a killer lineup featuring a couple artists that we love, Slow Magic and Manatee Commune.

The night started off with local electro DJ, Quarry. His recordings sound different than his live show, but what is important is his style of beat making. I really enjoy his work, whether it’s a beautiful melody that can put you to sleep, or an abrasive dance beat that gets all your body parts moving.

Quarry
(Photo credit: Aaron Rogosin)

Next was an artist that we have featured many times here, and for good reason, it was Manatee Commune. For his second time in Portland, Manatee Commune just absolutely destroyed the Doug Fir Lounge. The crowd was grooving and grinding to the chillwave beats.

Manatee Commune
(Photo credit: Killing Sasquatch)

The headliner for the night was Slow Magic. An incredible anonymous electronic artist, that wears a glowing mask and drums on two toms like a wild child. The live show is so fun, he is a must see act.

Slow Magic
(Photo credit: Aaron Rogosin)

THEESatisfaction

THEESatisfaction is a hip-hop duo from Seattle, WA, and their brand new album is called EarthEE. But the music is something more than just hip-hop. There is a lot of soul to the new album, along with incredibly smooth beats. THEESatisfaction has some serious sexy music, with their vocals ranging between sultry breathiness to crooning choruses. It’s hard to pinpoint my favorite song on EarthEE because the album is solid gold through and through. Ishmael Butler from Shabazz Palaces makes an appearance on a couple of songs “Blandlands” and “EarthEE”. THEESatisfaction has made one of the best albums this year already with EarthEE so make sure to listen to it.