Catch Mic Capes this Thursday at The Liquor Store along with Seattle rappers OC Notes and DoNormaal. His 2016 album “Concrete Dreams” is essential listening for any Portland music fan.
1. The Death Set, WIN WIN, Breakfast Mountain, Serious Business
-How Much: $10 (All Ages)
-When: Saturday May 14th – 9pm
-Why: Producer/remixer Alex “XXXchange” Epton teams up with lifelong friend Chris Devlin and Brooklyn-based video collagist Ghostdad for a situational trio known as WIN WIN. Their self-titled release hints disco-tinged instrumentals along grinding electro-remix tracks. Below the surface the LP explores how staring into screens all day is isolating us from each other (like right now). However, this intense electronic music performance will involve actual human contact. You’ve been warned.
Scion A/V Remix: WIN WIN ft. Blaqstarr by ScionAV
1.5 A-TRAK w/ Kid Sister, The Gaslamp Killer
-How Much: $15 (21+)
-When: Friday May 13th – 9pm
-Why: Besides a stint as Kanye’s touring DJ, Alain Macklovitch (A-Trak) has spent the past several years proving his ability to produce and mix great beats. Now he splits his time overseeing the blossoming Fool’s Gold records (Chromeo, Crookers, Congorock, Kid Cudi, more) and dominating the ever-changing music business. “I’m just going to try and reach further wherever DJs don’t usually go.” – A-Trak
2. Jared Mees & The Grown Children (CD Release)
-Where: Backspace w/ Wild Ones and Your Rival
-How Much: $7 (All Ages)
-When: Sat May 14th – 6pm
-Where: Someday Lounge w/ Dirty Mittens and And And And
-How Much: $8 (21+)
-When: Sat May 14th – 9pm
-Why: Local DIY boutique/printer/record label Tender Loving Empire releases it’s 29th album to date in Only Good Thoughts Can Stay by Jared Mees & The Grown Children. Providing upbeat, dancy energy, Jared and the gang always know how to excite the crowd of swooning fun-lovers. For example, check this out:
3. Empty Space Orchestra (CD Release) w/ Brouhaha and Yeah Great Fine
-Where: Mississippi Studios
-How Much: $8 (21+)
-When: Wednesday May 10th – 9pm
-Why: Experimental gets thrown around a lot these days, but this quintet from Bend, OR explores the universe of sound between space rock, prog-metal, noir jazz, post-rock and afro-punk. ESO’s self-titled debut is available on May 10th, starting with their release party at Mississippi studios with Seattle’s Brouhaha and Portland’s Yeah Great Fine.