Brainstorm + Soccer Babes

Hey everyone, got some more new music for your face holes today. Starting with Portland’s duo/ trio Brainstorm. Their new full length album, Heat Waves, came out yesterday. This is a great album from these guys/girl. Really catchy drum beats with jangly guitars and cool harmonization make up the sound, there is some tuba in there as well. Heat Waves is like listening to a hot island song that quickly melts an ice cold heart. I bet if you listen to it, you’ll find your new favorite song. Whether it’s “Flat Earth,” “Forms Without A Frame,” or “Maybe A Memory.” This is a really great album and you should buy it from our friends at Tender Loving Empire.

Next up is Eugene, OR post-punk trio, Soccer Babes. These guys have a really great sound, that gives a fresh take on post-punk pop. If you like Surfer Blood and Japandroids, you will like Soccer Babes. With great drumming skills and shredding guitars, it’s very hard not to head bang to their latest EP titled EP II. So take a minute to listen to them below. My favorite track is “Island Mana.”

Onuinu + The Raveonettes

A great debut full length album from one of the hottest bands here in Portland came out this week. I’m talking about the band Onuinu’s album Mirror Grazer. This is one of the better albums that I’ve heard this year. Mirror Grazer is a super groovy, booty shakin’ electro-boogie sounding record. I’ve been blasting it on repeat all week. Play it at a party and I guarantee it will have people dancing to it. Check it out below, my favorite tracks are “Always Akward,” “A Step In The Right Direction,” “Ice Palace,” and “Happy Home.”

Next up is the latest album from The Raveonettes called Observator. I’m really enjoying this album as well. They remind me of a noisier XX. The Raveonettes put out a really cool indie noise-rock album that sounds fresh with each track. I really like the variety that they offer throughout, it definitely doesn’t get repetitive which can happen with some noise-rock bands. Check it out below, it’s really good to listen to for the new fall season.

Band Of Horses + Seapony

Hi everyone, I got some new music to share with you all today. We’ll start it off with Seapony’s brand new album, Falling. This Seattle threesome is all about the dreamy indie pop-rock. I really enjoy this album, they have really catchy hooks and riffs that make you want to sway back and forth. My favorite tracks are “What You Wanted” and “No One Will Be.” Check it out below.

Next album I want to share with you is the brand new one from another Seattle band called Band Of Horses. This is their fourth full length album and it’s called, Mirage Rock. Another great album from these guys, they have such an incredible sound of indie rock, it’s hard not to like them. Mirage Rock sounds a little bit different than their previous efforts, it feels a little more intimate this time around. This is a really solid album that should be heard by all so check it out below. My favorites are “Shut-In Tourist” and “Heartbreak 101.”

Music Fest NW Night 4

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.

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New Animal Collective + Wild Nothing

Got some brand new music for you lovely people. First up is Animal Collective’s newest full length album Centipede Hz. I really enjoy this album a lot! I personally think Merriweather Post Pavilion was a little over-rated, still good, just over-rated. This new one though has a great sound, it’s like a nice mix between Strawberry Jam and Merriweather Post Pavilion, but totally new and exciting. There is some great vocal manipulations and brand new sounds that I’ve never heard before. Animal Collective has a great way to make pop music sound so fresh in a psychedelic way. I highly recommend this album check it out over at NPR’s site for a free stream, and watch the freaky new video for “Today’s Supernatural” below. My favorite tracks are “Applesauce” and “Monkey Riches.”

Next up is a more contemporary pop-rock band called Wild Nothing. Their second full length album comes out tomorrow the 28th and it’s called Nocturne. Wild Nothing has a really cooled out sound with relaxed drum beats and echoey guitars. The breathy vocals give a lot of texture to their sound as well. Digging into the same vain as The Cure, Wild Nothing has a care free type of music you can groove to. You can check out Nocturne streaming below. I like the title track and “Midnight Song.” This is an album definitely worth a full listen to.