Live: Orquestra Pacifico Tropical / Candace / Ah God

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.

Is/Is

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.

Treefort Music Fest Pt 2

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.

Obscured by the Sun (photo: Keith Chaloux)

Finn Riggins

Got to see Finn Riggins play this song.

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Holiday Friends

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.

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Lost Lander

Lost Lander brought their A game of party pop to the El Korah.

Lost Lander (photo: Jeff Hoffman)

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.

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Smokey Brights

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.

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ELEL

We caught the last couple of songs from ELEL, and they were just fantastic. Really groovy electro-pop sound from these guys.

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Summer Cannibals

Our favorites, Summer Cannibals, had an amazing show as always.

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The Ghost Ease

Another favorite Portland band The Ghost Ease straight killed it all weekend long.

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Delicate Steve

To end the night we caught Delicate Steve. I’ve been a huge advocate for Delicate Steve and they did not disappoint in the slightest.

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Marriage + Cancer

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/