The Dirty Nil based out of Ontario, Canada are raw as hell. This is a wonderful thing. Reminiscent of punks shows I attended as a teen, you get a sense of this rawness in their album, “Higher Power.” But you really feel its impact live. I was able to catch their show 05/27/16 at The Analog Theatre and I’m stoked I did. They seem to have this kinetic energy that draws you into their performance. They are a dynamic band that scale various rock styles and do it with such style you don’t seem to notice how ranged they are until after the show is over and you’re heading home satisfied but wanting more. The tracks are quick and hit you hard and fast. After the show I didn’t have enough Dirty Nil so I went home and quickly threw on their album. The Dirty Nil are currently on tour with THE SO SO GLOS. When they come back through Portland, I highly suggest you pay the price of admission to find out that Rock and Roll isn’t dead.
Last night at the Wonder Ballroom was an extraordinary lineup with Yeasayer and Young Magic. They are touring together to support both of their new albums that were released this year.
Young Magic was first up and they put on an excellent show full of mysterious beats and breathy vocals. The new album Still Life is one of my favorites so far. The new album is super lush and well produced, and they bring that lushness to stage as well. Definitely worth a listen and a ticket to see live.
Yeasayer closed out the night with their weird indie-pop tunes. Their latest one is called Amen & Goodbye. Another great release full of glistening pop hits and awesome harmonies. Their live performance sounded great, and was full of lights and cardboard cutouts with more lights.
Overall a great show at the Wonder Ballroom. Yeasayer is hitting Europe in June so be sure to check them out live.
After several months off we are back for good. We are so excited to finally share our video of this past years Treefort Music fest. The video includes some of our favorite bands like; Built To Spill, Summer Cannibals, !!!, Foxygen, Animals Eyes, Delicate Steve, and more. Stay tuned as we delve into the initial lineup announcement of Treefort Fest 2016.
Special thanks to Josh Pino for shooting video in Boise.
The middle of July brought the second installment of Project Pabst, a gathering of hipster Portlandians and nostalgic acts such as Weezer and Blondie headlining the event. Though it was a hot weekend for such an outdoor festival, spirits were high and the energy was good.
The first act we caught was The Velvet Teen. They have an emo-punk type of sound to their music. The Velvet Teen’s latest album is called All Is Illusory. They were pretty fun to watch.
Next was Against Me! Which was totally rad to see live. They played a lot of their newest album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues which was alright, but when they played the classic hits they got everyone moving around.
Thee Oh Sees were the next band to perform, and they just crushed it! It was crazy seeing two drummers so in sync, and lead man John Dwyer was so quirky and fun to watch.
After Thee Oh Sees was TV on the Radio. They had an outstanding performance even in the 100+ degree summer sun.
What is there to say about Run the Jewels? They absolutely destroyed Project Pabst. Even in a city that is extremely biased against hip hop, they delivered the most entertaining show out of the entire weekend.
The night finished off with 80s legend Blondie. Her performance was actually pretty good, way better than when we saw her at Pemberton last year.
The second day started off with Toronto’s Alvvays. It was my first time seeing them, and they kicked ass! Sounding a lot like the Canadian version of Best Coast, Alvvays has that guitar-pop blissful sound to them.
So if you don’t know The Both it is Aimee Mann and Ted Leo playing together in a band. So get familiar, because they rock and are adorable.
Passion Pit was up next and anyone who has seen or even listened to Passion Pit knows that they bring the energy every time. Though the heat weighed down most people, it wasn’t hard to dance to the funky beats Passion Pit was throwing down.
The classic punk sounds of Buzzcocks reigned over Portland for a solid hour, not sure if that’s a good or bad thing, but it did happen.
Finally! After 20+ years of Weezer, I have finally seen them live, and it was great! They played all the classic jams, and played their new ones too.
Overall Project Pabst was another huge success for music lovers and PBR fans. My only suggestion is to push back the festival until September when the temperature isn’t in triple digits.
Last week we went to see the latest Red Bull Sound Select show featuring Zola Jesus. The bill included two Portland acts, Magic Fades and Ghost Feet. The show overall was a fun time, even though it was poorly attended for one of these Red Bull shows.
First up was Ghost Feet a local Portland duo that make experimental electronic music. The mix is a little shoegaze with some chillwave. Very enjoyable to watch live as well.
Magic Fades went on after. They are another Portland duo, though they are on straight up R&B music. I’m not really into the music that they performed but it is well put together.
Zola Jesus was super awesome live. She has an awesome stage presence and her music is poppy and fun to dance to. Make sure to check her out.
(All photos by Aaron Rogosin)