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Calling upon an era when pop songs and hooks had a secret cleverness about them, Hooray for Earth‘s “True Loves” incorporates a few tricks from 1980’s synth pop/new-wave playbook, while still sounding totally current. The hooks are molasses-y sweet and emotionally charged enough to make the cut of a John Hughes film ("Baby’s Day Out" notwithstanding), but can still throw their weight around on a playlist next to MGMT, Animal Collective, LCD Soundsystem or Passion Pit. Currently touring with Cymbal Eat Guitars in support of their sophomore album "True Loves" , the band will be abck in NYC with a show at the Bowery Ballroom on 10.27. – Read Chuck Davis interview with the band here.
This weekend is a clustercuss of amazing shows for both Portland bands and touring bands alike. Locals playing with the big boys, the big locals playing with little boys (not in a dirty way – for the most part). If you’re in town, here’s what should be on your plate:
UMO and Toro Y Moi at Branx – You will dance. You will sweat. Your brain will explode.
Cansei De Ser Sexy at The Wonder – Always a dance party. Maybe the last dance party of the summer, even though it’s already Autumn. Now that Lovefoxxx can call Portland her home, this tour kick off should be a dance party to remember.
It’s been a good month for Johnny Brenda’s as it celebrates its 5th anniversary as a music venue. Hell, let’s be honest. It’s been a damn good five years for JB’s and Philly. From the very beginning of its emergence onto the local music scene, it has been easy to use the term “game changer” when describing our beloved Fishtown music venue. Well, JB’s is wrapping up its celebratory festivities with tonight’s show with vintage rockers Blood Feathers, who will be supported by Like A Fox and Matthew O’Neill, and tomorrow night’s Victory Brewing Co. Pre-party with femme-fatale-fronted indie rockers East Hundred, who will be sharing the bill with Jenny Owen Youngs and She Keeps Bees. But before the parties start this weekend, we had a chance to catch up with JB’s recently appointed Venue Manager Chris Ward to discuss what has been behind the success of Johnny Brenda’s, how he became part of its family, what he dislikes most when receiving band pitches (artists take heed), and much more HERE.
Now you know we here at the Deli thinks Making Time is absolutely rad. And tonight’s installment at Voyeur is going to be no expectation. But it’s also super special too. And not because local psych-wave provocateurs Moon Women will jam out their raging, bombastic epic-ness in the Ruby Lounge or that Philly’s dirty disco-art punk racers Pink Skull will spin a DJ set in the Hypercage (if, for some reason—and it has to be serious—you miss this show, check out Pink Skull’s Psychic Welfare LP, which dropped digitally on Tuesday on RVNG). No. It’s special because it’s taken Dave P. over a year to put together. From the first fateful moments of listening to Factory Floor’s Lying EP in spring 2010, he knew he wanted the London trio Factory Floor to play Making Time. And after months and months of emails and failed attempts, he’s finally secured them to headline tonight’s show—the same weekend they’re playing All Tomorrow’s Parties in Jersey. Oh! And special factor no. 2: Making Time’s going on until 4 am, which means two more hours of dance party oblivion. Do I really need to tell you to get your booty out there tonight? Voyeur, 1221 St. James Pl., 9pm, $10-$12, 21+ -Annamarya Scaccia
See Not Blood, Paint play live, and you might find yourself falling for their quirky way of seeing the world. NBP don’t just re-arrange the stage for their engrossing performances, they inhabit the entire room filling the space up with anything from giant heads and mandatory facepaint, to choreographed guitar solos and random wardrobe malfunctions. After such an immersive experience, you’re left with a lot of questions and the only thing you can be sure of is that you want more. You don’t want to miss their Deli’s CMJ show at The Delancey on 10.22 with Yellow Ostrich, Sea of Bees, Monogold and more. – Read Mike Levine’s Q&A with Not Blood, Paint here.
When you’re the frontman of a ubiquitous band that’s the caliber of the Extraordinaires, it’s already established that you’re quite the character. But while Jay Purdy has proven that he certainly is one on every occasion, he’s taken it to a whole new level with his infectious side project Pyramid $keem. As con artist Todd Kessler, Purdy scams people into buying into his TKO Method, as he spits his vernacular with a dirty south rap drawl. Tonight at Danger Danger Gallery, Todd Kessler comes to life once Purdy performs with a full live band that should feature more of Punk Rock Payroll’s finest. They’ll be joined by Sammy Marion and Phil Cote’s electro acoustic mash up Hott Tubb. Danger Dange Gallery, 5013 Baltimore Ave., 9pm, $5-$10 Suggested Donation, All Ages –Bill McThrill
Grimace, a.k.a. “Belly,” has reemerged from the subterranean caverns of his underground Brooklyn laboratory with a fresh collection of dirty beats and dirtier words. Though halcyon Indy Hip Hop label Def Jux has passed on into the ether, their vibe resonates strongly in this release. Collaborations with L.A.-based Cassettes Won’t Listen and upstate NY Slobber-slanger Dezmatic are highlights to please your discerning ears, and the beats are crunchy and throbbing in the best possible ways. Whether you choose to believe him or not, Grimace’s “Whole Lies and Half Truths” should at least be given the benefit of the doubt. – BrokeMC
Indie rockers The Quelle Source have been hard at work with The French Rapture, their latest the 4-song EP follow-up to their full-length, Enjoy the Ridge. After extensive recording and mastering sessions at the Sweat Lodge, and a final mixing at MilkBoy Studios, the end result is their sharpest music to date. This digital album gives the band much to celebrate during their EP release show at Kung Fu Necktie tonight, and they’ll be doing so with two local acts to look out for. There’s Shorty Boy-Boy, who, from his extremely obscure YouTube videos to the supercharged live shows that start with Terminator homages and end with the protagonist crashing onto a mattress mid guitar solo, is one unexpected moment after another. And then there’s the entertaining newcomers Wendy, who, with their serendipitous boy-girl vocals, and effervescent melodies, are delighting local audiences. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 7:30pm, $8, 21+ (Photo by Chris K.) – Bill McThrill
I saw Sebastian the Crab playing his NORD keyboard in the subway tunnel and was immediately taken by the swelling harmonies reverberating throughout the expansive tile of the Canal Street station. The tone of his songs calls to mind images of robots drinking coffee, philosophizing over their distant origins at the hands of a fabled “human race.” Throughout "Hungry Heart," slightly blown-out keys and sparse electro drums titter and percolate, permeating your whole body with a warm buzz. There is an invigorating sense of inspiration teamed with a pinch of desolation in the way he plays comparable to Bibio and Mt. Eerie. For fans of lo-fi instrumentals, this Hungry Heart will leave you quite satiated. -=brokeMC
Photo by Jeff Gentner
The Kingston Springs have really taken America by the balls this year. They’ve already had phenomenal turnouts at Lollapalooza, SoundLand and Austin City Limits, and this weekend they’re heading to Atlanta’s Peachtree Music & Arts Festival (they play Saturday at 3:45 on the BMI stage if anyone fancies a daytrip). And we can hardly wait for the new record from our favorite southern indie blues twangers. The album is still untitled, but we’ve been told they’re wrapping up vocals in the next couple of weeks, and the album should be out early 2012. Listen to the teaser below and check out their ACL interview and private performance. See pics of the band with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. at Austin City Limits and with J. Roddy Walston & the Business in Memphis here.