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…

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…

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…

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,…

Featured Show: God.Damn.Chan's Birthday Xxxtravaganza

TRVP NITE presents: God.Damn.Chan’s Birthday Xxxtravaganza God.Damn.Chan w/ Don Damiani and Che Ros Featuring MC Pensiiv and visuals from The Psychologist At Flask Lounge, Sunday, Feb 8 9 pm, 21+, FreeMost people in Portland will never see the inside of a crack house. Many of the drug dealers here are middle class kids pushing twenty bags to their friends. These are two reasons why having a Trap Night in a city like ours has always…

New digital order: Taillon and company unleash psychedelic soundscapes

Superorder might be the most ambitious band in Portland. When asked to provide a simple description of the band, head visionary and guitarist Zak Taillon explained the group’s music as “sonic explorations of metaphysical topics in the style of dream-pop, prog-rock, power-metal, melodic-jazz, and shoegaze song structures that juxtapose live performance against walls of electronic sound design akin to guided meditations, underwater levels in 16-bit video games, and soundtracks to cult films of the ’70s…

Featured show: Justin Townes Earle a new take on the outlaw country tradition

Who comes to Portland and sells so many tickets they can play two shows in a day? How often does that happen? Saturday, Justin Townes Earle, son of songwriting superstar and ex-convict Steve Earle, will play both a 4:30 and an 8pm show on the intimate stage at One Longfellow Square. There’s no better venue in town to catch an artist like Earle, middle-named after the late, great Townes Van Zandt and the second in…
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