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.
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.
(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.
(Photo credit: Killing Sasquatch)
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.
We have a very special premiere of the new remix from Manatee Commune. This is a track that has been on constant repeat from one of our favorite electronic artists, Odesza. It is called “Say My Name” which features Zyra on vocals. The Manatee Commune remix chills out the club feeling of the original and makes it a more intimate dance song. Manatee Commune’s music has that overall chill-wave vibe to it, but this track combines the power of one of the hottest electronic artists today in Odesza, with that cozy buoyant sound of Manatee Commune.
Manatee Commune will also be making his live debut in Portland, December 11th at the Doug Fir Lounge. His live performance is entrancing and should not be missed. Check out his other recent remix of Kairos’s “Cold Habits.”
The first Tuesday of March was not only Fat Tuesday, but also happened to be the latest installment of Red Bull Sound Select: Portland. This show featured local favorites And And And and The We Shared Milk. The headliners were Chicago indie pop musicians, Maps & Atlases.
The We Shared Milk played first and absolutely rocked the Doug Fir Lounge. With their fuzz jam-rock style of music, TWSM everyone started feeling warm and cozy.
Next up was And And And. These punks have got an ill-defined indie rock sound to their music. They are the perfect band to get drunk, head bang, and have a grand ol’ time to. This was one of And And And’s best shows that I’ve been to.
Last up was headliners Maps & Atlases. These guys I have not heard as much, but their sound was pretty good live. Pretty pop-y, with a little indie dance. Honestly it sounds like most of the “alternative” music that gets played on the radio too much. They had a good show though.
Saturday night was a night of rock and roll and lasers. I started the night out at Pioneer Square seeing local rock stars Starfucker. The guys were stoked to be playing at the square and their performance showed that. They played all the great hits like “German Love” and “Millions.” They have a bunch of shows throughout the year so check here to see if they are coming to you. You don’t want to miss them.
The next show I wanted to see was The We Shared Milk, but instead my car got a flat tire and I missed the entire show getting the spare on. So after that mishap I went over to Bunk Bar to see local Portland band Mission Spotlight. This five piece indie country rock band was a real treat to watch and drink a beer to. They have such a great sound with their slide guitar and blend of post-rock and country music. The slide guitar plays my heart strings and his voice sounds almost god-like. Check out their new album called Everything That Floats.
Next up at the Bunk Bar was Seattle duo, My Goodness. And my, did they rock so freaking hard! These guys might just be my new favorite band. They play an awesome blues-rock that reminds of early Black Keys. My Goodness is another reason why rock ‘n’ roll isn’t dead. Check out their bandpage here and watch the bad-ass video of their single “I’ve Got A Notion” below.
The last band that I caught was Sad Baby Wolf. Started by Marty Crandall and Neal Lanford, former The Shins/Flake Music members, this post-rock outfit totally rocked out the Doug Fir Lounge. Super high energy lo-fi post-rock mixed with catchy choruses and riffs, these guys are worth a listen to. They also had really cool finger lasers that were fun to play with. I’m really stoked to hear more from these rockers from Albuquerque, NM.