Project Pabst

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 Velvet Teen


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.

Against Me!



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


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.

TV on the Radio



After Thee Oh Sees was TV on the Radio. They had an outstanding performance even in the 100+ degree summer sun.

Run the Jewels



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.

The Both

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


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.

Music Fest NW Night 1

Wednesday night was the first night of MusicFestNW. It was a great start to the end of the week leading into the weekend. I started the night off by going to the Crystal Ballroom to see LP open up for Passion Pit. LP was a great surprise for me, they have a great alt-rock sound fronted with a highly talented singer. This lady has golden pipes, it was incredible to hear her live. I highly recommend seeing them perform, they give off a great energy that is easy to get down to. Check out their live EP that came out earlier this year below. My favorite is the title track “Into The Wild.”

Passion Pit came on next to a full house at the Crystal. Talk about high energy, frontman Michael Angelakos knows how to get the whole city of Portland fired up and dancing. Though Passion Pit is a little more main stream pop oriented than what I usually cover, I had a blast at the show. They started it off with the new hit single “Take A Walk” from the newest album Gossamer. It was a great show so make sure you check here to see when they play near you.

The last stop I went was at Mississippi Studios to go see LA band Superhumanoids. Having never heard them before, I was in for a treat. They have a great heavy synth-pop sound that was very easy to get down to. These guys, and girl, have great song writing skills that makes listening to them a treat. Towards the end of their set they pulled out a cover of “I Wanna Be Sedated” and it was one of the best covers I have ever heard. Superhumanoids has great talent and I can’t wait to hear more from them.

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