Sound Select: Zola Jesus

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.

Ghost Feet

Ghost Feet

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

Magic Fades

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

Zola Jesus

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)

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.

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(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
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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
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Live: Deafheaven

Tuesday night saw the return of Red Bull Sound Selects show here in Portland. This show was not for the faint of heart, featuring a lineup of metal music. The first act was local Portlanders, Usnea, who’s latest album Random Cosmic Violence just came out last month. Their style is super sludgey and doomy.

Usnea

Next was Seattle band, Lesbian. These guys have a similar style to Usnea, just more high energy and on the side black metal. They played a bunch of new material, which sounded really fresh and loud.

Lesbian

The headliner for the show was Deafheaven. We had their album Sunbather as number two in our Top 50 Albums of 2013. The live performance was riveting and intense. The lead singer is very intimate with the audience and really gets caught in the music. It was a fantastic show.

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All photos by Aaron Rogosin

Live: Blitzen Trapper

The 1st of July saw the return of Red Bull Sound Selects to Mississippi Studios. Once again it was a packed show featuring all Portland artists. First to play was Tiburones. A band that we have featured before. They have a great spicy rock sound to them, and though they don’t have anything recorded that I can share, check out the projects they worked on before becoming a band. Death Songs, Y La Bamba.

Tiburones

After Tiburones, Pony Village played next. With a sound that is something like Death Cab and Dinosaur Jr. with a little twang to it, makes for a quick likening. These guys are working on some new material that they are hoping to get recorded this summer so be on the lookout for that.

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The headliner for the show was Blitzen Trapper. They put on a pretty good show, though it kinda lost momentum towards the end. But these guys have a great neo-western rock sound.

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(All photos by Aaron Rogosin)

Live: Russian Circles + Witch Mountain

The first Tuesday of the month is when Red Bull Sound Select Portland takes over Mississippi Studios to bring some of the best underground artists around. This show featured Russian Circles from Chicago along with local Portland bands, Gaytheist and Witch Mountain. We were particularly excited for this performance, since it was the first metal show that Red Bull has put on in our lovely city.

First to play was Gaytheist, a budding speed metal band that has been putting out nothing but gold. Their latest release is a live album from Banana Stand Media.

Gaytheist
Photo Credit: Aaron Rogosin

After Gaytheist came Witch Mountain. Another local metal band, yet where Gaytheist is more speed, Witch Mountain is more doomy and stoney. They put on a fantastic show. The lead singer captivated the audience with her golden pipes.

Witch Mountain
Photo Credit: Aaron Rogosin

Last up was Russian Circles. If you haven’t heard of these guys then open up your earholes. Definitely one of the hardest post-rock bands that is in existence today. Their latest album, Memorial was one of our favorite albums last year. So listen to it.

Russian Circles
Photo Credit: Aaron Rogosin