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.
Our favorites, Summer Cannibals, had an amazing show as always.
The Ghost Ease
Another favorite Portland band The Ghost Ease straight killed it all weekend long.
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.
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/
Hey folks, We’re very proud to present to you this vid of our first house show with The Tara Novellas and The Cat Like Reflexes. It was a blast. Stay tuned for future awesomeness.
Check out this disc that dropped back in February. Five years in the making, it’s called THRU.U by White Rainbows. If you’re looking for a massive dose of sunshine–like enough to leave you with a little sunburn on your ears– then have a listen to THRU.U. The album starts off with Batman Palace, a starry-eyed number which vibrates with upbeat drum machines and distant reverb’d vocals saying “it feels alright.” It sure does. Cuban Egg is a funky super reprise which leads us into Killswitch, basically approaching the pinnacle of ambient EDM. More funky and psych vibes float through in Don’t Wait which take liberties that distinguish White Rainbows from other producers like Odesza or Shlohmo. The mood remains that of subdued elation, evoking the type of happiness that comes from anticipation. Trance, dance, trap, and fun. White Rainbows– get down.