Friday the 17th of June the Killing Sasquatch crew went out to Troutdale, OR at the legendary venue Edgefield. To catch some well established acts in Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. We got there right before PHJB took the stage.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Started off the Friday night right by catching the swinging jazz band from New Orleans. Preservation Hall Jazz Band played a bunch of classic jazz standards along with a bunch of tunes from their newest album called That’s It!. It was so much fun to see a classic jazz band riff different solos during each song.
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
The headliner for the night was Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. It was my first time seeing them live and it was such a fun time. Front man, Alex Ebert, was the definition of cool hipster. I wanted to hate how hip he was, but there was an air of coolness around him that I just couldn’t. They are in support of their latest album, PersonA which came out in April. So they played a bunch of songs from there, but also some old ones and a cover of Velvet Underground’s “Who Loves the Sun”.
It was a great Friday night that will not be forgotten as quickly as some others!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.