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OMG the new S.S. Cretins joint is killer

By Jakob Battick New Cretins record in the works Local fuzz-worshiping freaks, S.S. Cretins, were kind enough to float us an early mix of “Out On The Town,” one of the tunes from their forthcoming and as-of-yet untitled debut — and we already want more. The cobwebbed basement-stomp that made Bootlegs and The Worst Of so energizing is, thankfully, fully present and undiluted here, despite the fact that they’re tracking the record at Acadia Recording…

New Leaves Leaves track, and a reminder that Eldemur Krimm are still badass

Leaves LeavesNew Leaves It’s been a minute since we heard anything from Leaves Leaves, side project of local garage-rock act Great Western Plain. Turns out we just weren't looking hard enough. A new single and video turned up in early November and a LP is on its way. “Palice Malice” is a hazy, plodding jam with a lazy gait but plenty of references to the fast-paced world of horse racing. “Thoroughbred at the thoroughfare” croons…

Music at the museum, and The Psychologist drops a new mix

ArboreaNight at the Museum Last spring the Portland Museum of Art kicked off a new Thursday night music and event series called (hashtag trigger warning) #ThirdThursPMA. We finally got around to taking in a show last week, and we’re pleasantly surprised to find acclaimed Lewiston folk duo Arborea holding it down at the basement level of the venerable local arts institution. The husband-wife act of Buck and Shanti Curran brought a hushed brand of bluesy,…

Herbcraft are big in Japan, Grime Studios launches new fundraising effort

Big in JapanLocal psych-rock shaman Matt Lajoie earned some pan-Pacific love this week as his new Herbcraft “Push Thru The Veil” vinyl 7’’ hit #1 on Japan’s House music charts and #3 on the Alternative charts under Psych/Krautrock by Japan distribution giant Jet Set. If you’ve vibed out to some permutation of Herbcraft around town over the last couple years, you might scoff at the House music categorization, but Lajoie says nothing was lost in…

Kurt Baker, live in Wisconsin, and Grime Studios stays in the game

New Kurt Baker jointPop punks never die, they just spend all their time touring Europe. Portland’s favorite ex-pat: ex-Leftovers frontman Kurt Baker has been bouncing around the Mediterranean off and on for the past couple years now, making friends with lots of leather-clad continentals and staunchly sticking by his ethos of having a good time, all the time. Baker has released a couple solo albums since setting out on his own in 2010, and released…
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