Revival Drum Shop + Revolver Studios Showcase @ Dante’s 8/29/2014

August 28th
9:15 am

If you haven’t heard, Revival Drum Shop, Portland’s purveyor of vintage and custom percussion, has reinvented itself by moving into one of the artistic spaces owned by Revolver Studios. The founders of each venture, Jose Medeles and Collin Hegna, fittingly head-up two of the most eclectic instrumental bands in town, and are coming together to celebrate their collaboration and share the stage for the the first time. Medeles creates secret agent soundtracks with cymbals and vibraphone as a part of duo 1939 Ensemble, while Collin Hegna plays homage to dusty spaghetti westerns with his band Federale. Both bands emit a somewhat dark and beguiling cinematic sound, with a focus on rhythm, meter, and experimentation. Also on the bill is brighter indie-pop band Donovan Breakwater, led by Revolver Studios co-founder Nalin Silva. Two premiere PDX companies, three bands, and a good time for drum enthusiasts and soundtrack nerds.

- Brandy Crowe

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MFNW 2014

August 23rd
9:40 am


Music festivals, for better or for worse largely come down to a few key factors: the music (obviously), the “vibe” and the navigability and ease of the festival’s layout and its economic goals. Musicfest NW absolutely had the first part down, having curated a wonderful lineup and late nights and scheduled the sets with a very deft touch, so that the momentum and excitement only grew as the crowd walked back and forth between the two stages. Having the stages and schedule set up in such a way that attendees could literally catch every minute of each set if they wanted to was very cool as well. These were the positives, and they are big ones.


However, there were some very glaring missteps with this new incarnation of the festival. Perhaps it was simply the growing pains of what is basically an all-new festival, having moved from a rock club format to the waterfront river park, or perhaps, as quite a few people have been mentioning, it was simple greed that caused some of the unfortunate issues. More on those later, for now let’s talk about all the fantastic music the weekend provided.

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Honda Civic Tour: Grouplove + Portugal. The Man @ Edgefield 8/11/2014

August 17th
12:29 am

(More photos and review after the jump)

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Show Preview: Murder City Devils @ Dante’s/Star Theater 8/17/2014

August 13th
5:12 pm

Murder City Devils, Deep Creep, Corey J. Brewer (*Constant Lovers instead of Deep Creep on the 18th)

Where: Dante’s & Star Theater

How Much: Priceless (unfortunately Sold Out for months, but maybe you can get lucky and grab tix for Monday’s show)!

When: Sunday, August 17 & Monday, August 18th

Why: Seattle-based Murder City Devils last released an album over ten years ago, and their organ-laced, gravel-mouthed rock n’ roll still packs the sort of punch that feels like a rarity. Think bar fights, whiskey drinks and bad tattoos with good stories, put a soundtrack to it, and you’re pretty damn close. The White Ghost Has Blood On Its Hands Again, the band’s latest, picks up where the Devils last left us wanting: grimy guitar dirges over vocalist Spencer Moody’s characteristic howl, echoing basslines, and plenty of old soul swagger to boot. These not-so-gentlemen have been playing music for nearly twenty years… we suggest you hop on the bandwagon before you get left in the dust.

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Recap: Pickathon 2014

Editorials ELEVEN
August 11th
3:36 pm

Perhaps the best word to describe Pickathon is magical. Taking place on the glorious 80 acres that is Pendarvis Farm, Pickathon offers impeccable billing, friendly crowds and some of the most talented children buskers this side of the Mississippi.

This year was our first year attending the fabled festival and it lived up to every expectation and then some. From sitting in the woods and having a conversation with the legendary X to singing a Coldplay cover with Mac Demarco, the weekend was filled with memorable surprises.

What is also impressive about Pickaton are the volunteers. Hundreds of smiling volunteers keep the event running smoothly as attendees meander on lit trails between stages. We’re still finding hay in our pockets, but we’re eagerly anticipating next year. Here are some of the highlights:

Destroyer greeted us at the Treeline Stage with a beautiful solo set at sunset.

One of our favorites, The Donkeys, wrapped up a month on the road with a killer set on the Woods Stage.

The War On Drugs played an incredible set at the Woods stage.

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Festival Preview: Pickathon 2014

July 29th
2:56 pm

Dust off your tent, Pickathon is here!

Entering its 15th year, the three day festival is known near and far as a kick ass time with a conscience. Taking place in Happy Valley at the stunning Pendarvis Farm, Pickathon is the only large festival that aims to reduce waste through the avoidance of plastic and single use dishware while providing an awesome stainless steel souvenir cup.

The largely volunteer driven weekend is not only environmentally friendly, but offers a great family experience. This year’s lineup lives up to Pickathon’s exceptional booking reputation of highlighting local, national and international acts.

Bands play not one set, but two, in order to assure that you never have to miss your favorite show. The genres are also diverse. You can find yourself shoving your neighbor at a punk show in a barn or sitting on a bale of hay listening to your favorite folk artist. The lineup is incredible from head to toe.

What do Parquet Courts, Courtney Barnett, Warpaint, The War On Drugs, Mac Demarco, Destroyer, Angel Olsen, Marco Benevento, Mikal Cronin, The Donkeys, and Quilt have in common? They’re eleven of ELEVEN’s must-see shows at Pickathon 2014!

Words [mostly] by Liz Elder
Photo: Tim LaBarge

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ELEVEN PDX x Pickathon x Mississippi Studios: The Donkeys, The Moondoggies and Old Age

July 23rd
12:38 pm


Thursday 7/24, ELEVEN PDX x Pickathon x Mississippi Studios will be hosting a co-headline show: The Donkeys and The Moondoggies w/ opener Old Age, only $11 – Click below for the event page or get tix directly here:


The Donkeys: Scissor Me Cigs

The Moondoggies: Red Eye

Old Age: Wildfire (Album)

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A Sunny Day In Glasgow Interview + @ Mississippi Studios 7/13/2014

July 16th
5:36 pm

I showed up very early, around 7:20, at Mississippi Studios for my assignment. I had some beers  with my friend and photographer Ric and chatted until about 8:45, when we went in for what was going to end up being quite a fine show. Over the years, I’ve had some great times at Mississippi  Studios—granted, the crowd doesn’t usually dance, but this venue is the perfect example of how a small city like Portland can make itself into a hub for some of the best music and culture through sheer good taste and entrepreneurship.

Tender Age brought the night off to a good start: shimmering open chords and percussion, pretty background projections, and dancing, lots of dancing. One thing that entertained me a lot about this set was the fact that Tender Age invited a few of their friends to come onstage and dance for the first and last songs. Tender Age give off a very relaxed stage presence,  and their music has a dreamy languor that may be familiar to fans of fellow Portlander Valet.

Golden Retriever, one of my all-time favorite Portland bands, brought the house down with a semi-improvised set. A bass clarinet and synth duo, I daresay they are quite different from the two blurry-sounding pop groups they were sandwiched between! However, they brought an equal crowd of fans, playing in the center of the room rather than on the Mississippi stage. Golden Retriever are a powerhouse experimental outfit, towards the end of the set, Jonathan Sielaff’s booming notes were literally sending tremors through the crowd. As mentioned, they gave a semi-improvised set based on some composing done in their down-time—what is really special about this band is that whenever I have seen them, they have always tried to give a performance that was somehow unique to that setting. If you can, check out their newest album Seer, one of the best of the year in any genre.

Finally, A Sunny Day in Glasgow took the stage, beginning the set with the masterful “In Love with Useless (The Timeless Geometry In The Tradition Of Passing)” and the enormously catchy “ByeBye, Big Ocean (The End)”. As a live act, they kick up a cloud of beautiful noise like great dream pop and shoegazing bands should. It’s really in the live setting that you come to appreciate the strength of the melodies in this band’s songs, the interplay between vocalists Jen Goma and Annie Fredrickson was very graceful. At no point in their glittering set did their energy seem to lag, and vocalist Goma danced the whole night long. I was particularly impressed with the performance of their rather underrated bassist, Adam Herndon. His lines had an anchoring presence in the live setting that I had not noticed on record in the past. Interestingly, group leader Ben Daniels preferred to keep himself tucked in the back, out of the spotlight.

Most of their material came from Sea When Absent, but they occasionally reached into their catalogue for fine songs like “Drink Drank Drunk” and “Shy”. They dipped back onstage for one encore, leaving an adoring audience in the wake. A Sunny Day in Glasgow are a really fun live show, it was a great night of musical bliss and almost non-stop dancing. Check Sea When Absent out soon, another sleeper classic to-be from this year.


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What’s Going On: 07/02 – 07/09

July 2nd
6:34 pm

1. The Notwist, Jel
Where: Wonder Ballroom
How Much: $18/20
When: Thursday, July 3rd – 8pm
Why: After disappearing for years, German-based The Notwist is making a rare Portland stop backing their latest album, Close To The Glass. The long awaited tunes are up to snuff with their “old” electronic indie dance-grooves.

2. 4th of July aka Freedom Day
Where: Everywhere
How Much: $FREE
When: Friday, July 4th
Why: Because AMERICA!

2b. Free Shows Independence Day & Eve
Where: Dig A Pony
How Much: $FREE
When: Thursday, July 3 – Friday, July 4th
Why: (Thurs) Aan, Thanks, New Move, Strange Babes. (Fri) Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Summer Cannibals, Eyelids, Freaky Outty & Maxx Bass. You know why.

3. Phox, Joseph
Where: Mississippi Studios
How Much: $10/12
When: Saturday, July 5th – 9pm
Why: Phox’s sound, in the words of ELEVEN’s Eric Evans, “… can juxtapose dixieland with folk with heavy rock grooves. It careens from sound to sound, somehow balancing Mumfordy rock-folk elements, whistling, handclap percussion, and hints of ‘70s sitcom themes in harmony with Monica Martin’s breathy yet soulful vocals, which themselves flirt with comparison with everyone from Alison Krauss to Roberta Flack. This description might make it seem like a mess, but what they do sounds effortless, organic, singular, and new.

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Neon Trees + Smallpools @ Roseland Theater 6/9/2014

June 12th
1:09 pm



Photos by Kimberly Lawson. More photos from the Pop Psychology Tour available on Flickr.

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