When someone says EDM you might think of full-on 90’s techno glowstick raves but electronic music has come a long way in the decade taking catchy novel samples to the new new level of sophistication. Mr Carmack’s brew of dubstep style EDM and vapewave is highly danceable but modern and space-aged. If you appreciate getting down to some rugged trap but also like to get stoned and chill, this is your band.
Mr. Carmack comes to Portland’s Wonder Ballroom Saturday October 21st as part of Redbull Sound Select. It’s going to be a show with lots of vibes and a little bit of grime. Mija is another vapewave producer who brings the best of the chillstep sounds who will be there also.
On this track “Better” with Vindata you can hear the good stuff that happens when producers like Mija can bring an uplifting mood with bouncy rhythmns combined with playful samples and positive themes. Tracks like these are beautiful works of art and a welcomed subterfuge in today’s complex electronic society. We’re really excited to see what Knox Fortune and Vlad Sepetov have to bring too. See you Saturday Oct 21 at Wonder Ballroom.
While the crowds were away at Pickathon, half decade old favorites; Ah God, Candace and Orquestra Pacifico Tropical played Doug Fir Friday Aug 4. Ah God always gives a great show with focused deliberate sets full of just the perfect amount of lo-fi, pop, and psych.
This photo sums up their sound. Weird and retro up front with poppy guitars fading into the background.
Catch them again on Tuesday Aug 15th at Mississippi Studios with the Ghost Ease and Jo Passed.
Candace sounds like a sinuous floral Mucha painting.
Check out Candace live with The Wild Body, Monster Treasure, and Squishies on Friday Aug 25th at the Know. It’s going to be great.
Orquestra Pacifico Tropical shows are a journey through space and style. They are miracle workers, making psych music temptingly danceable. They’re playing again Sunday Sept 3 with Edna Vasquez at Mississippi Studios. Don’t miss it.
Major thanks to Chris Bigalke for organizing the lineup AND for supplying a long steady flow of superfresh show posters to cover the walls and streets.
Need some subdued tunes for hiding from the hot sun? Is/Is is your jam. Their cool shoegazey cosmic pop is a solar eclipse for your ears. The songs keep good rhythmic progressions and pleasant dreamy melodies which mix together and just sound great. The track “Rune” showcases Is/Is’s psych sensibilities, with a sound reminscent to My Bloody Valentine or early Besnard Lakes. The very next track “Sideways” shows more of an interest in garage rock with a nod to 90’s revivalism. This is what makes Is/Is successful, their seamless blending of everything we love. Their live shows are highly recommended. Lucky for you, Portlander, they’re playing Star Theater with Ancient River on July 9th, and Mississippi Studios with The Coathangers and Marriage and Cancer July 18th.
After a month long hiatus we are back with a vengeance and ready to rock! Let’s go ahead and finish out that Treefort Music Festival coverage that we have been sitting on for a while.
Part 2 of our series picks up on Friday with a butt load of bands.
Obscured by the Sun
Obscured by the Sun jumped right into their heavy post rock jams and didn’t stop. Their new album Outlaw is a great exploration of rhythm and you should check it out.
Got to see Finn Riggins play this song.
Holiday Friends were as vibrant and energetic as usual. They were handing out these Mini-Magic EPs which were very handy for the 7 hr drive home.
Lost Lander brought their A game of party pop to the El Korah.
Built To Spill
Buitl To Spill was the headliner for Friday night at the main stage. They played a lot of classics and a bunch of songs from the new album Untethered Moon.
These guys definitely killed it. Smokey Brights has such a rockin’ vibe to them, it is hard not to have the best time while watching them.
We caught the last couple of songs from ELEL, and they were just fantastic. Really groovy electro-pop sound from these guys.
Folks, Marriage + Cancer is some shit. Self termed Pissed Pop, the tunes from last year’s Start From an End come across with a strong dynamism and some underlying tension. There’s something lurking in the background here; some spooky organs and delicious hints of surf and doom. Their riffs are memorable and the reverb’d vocals are nicely harmonious. We saw them with Ghost Ease back in April, and it was one of those shows where you go get the album immediately afterwards. The album comes in cassette, and as the name suggests a perfect Start From an End as the tape flips and Marriage + Cancer continues an endless loop of righteous no-holds-barred and seriously catchy rock.
NOTE: You may know these guys as Nuclear Aminals. http://nucularaminals.bandcamp.com/