What’s Going On: 03/19 – 03/26

1. Genders w/ Still Caves & New Move
Where: Holocene
How Much: $6
When: Wednesday, March 19th – 9pm
Why: Come hang out and bid  Genders a fond farewell as they kickoff their Spring tour at Holocene! If you have yet to experience this up-and-coming Portland four piece live, you’re in for a treat! Still Caves and New Move open.

2. Skaters w/ Team Spirit & Settlers
Where: Mississippi Studios
How Much: $12
When: Friday, March 21st – 9pm
Why: After a slew of shows at SXSW, the Big Apple’s Skaters coast into town to play their brand of self-described “humblecore”. With influences like Pixies, Ramones, and The Clash how could you go wrong? Check out their debut album, Manhattan, and then check out the show!

3. Warm Soda w/ Big Tits
Where: Star Bar
How Much: Free!
When: Sunday, March 23rd – 9pm
Why: Matthew Melton is back in Portland to support the sophomore album from his latest outfit, Warm Soda. If you were a fan of Bare Wires, you’ll guzzle up the sugary power-pop tunes Melton has to offer. Plus, the show is free so no excuses!

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What’s Going On: 03/12 – 03/19

1. Minden w/ Hustle and Drone & Sex Life DJs
Where: Mississippi Studios
How Much: $8
When: Wednesday, March 12th – 9pm
Why: So you couldn’t make it down to Austin for SXSW, sunshine, and beer…but it’s going to be upwards of 66F with plentiful sunshine today, Mississippi Studios has a fine selection of beer, and some of your favorite Portland bands are here to keep you company.

2. Spookies w/ Bear and Moose & Glacier Palace
Where: The Firkin Tavern
How Much:
When: Saturday, March 15th – 9pm
Why: Just when your Saturday wasn’t looking so good, The Firkin Tavern comes to the rescue with Firkin Saturdays! Be sure to get there early and check out all the bands! Spookies, Bear and Moose, and Glacier Palace, oh my!

3. The Cry w/ Chanterelles & Verner Pantons
Where: Valentines
How Much: $5
When: Sunday, March 16th – 9pm
Why: Come celebrate with PDX rockers, The Cry!, as they perform their latest album, Dangerous Game. That’s not all folks, get there early and check out the post-punk, 60s influenced power-pop tunes of Verner Pantons! Plus a special performance by Chanterelles (featuring members of Modern Kin and Tiger House)!

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The We Shared Milk + And And And + Maps And Atlases @ Doug Fir Lounge 3/4/2014

 

Fat Tuesday and March’s edition of Red Bull’s Sound Select happened to fall on the same night this year, which means this: a great trio of bands, free drinks, a game played with giant dice, and a man wearing an elaborately decorated orchestra conductor’s hat dancing around with a fringed umbrella (while making it rain dollar bills onto the crowd). If that last part seems weird, then we’re definitely on the same page.

 

If you haven’t been following along, Sound Select is a monthly, country-wide music initiative put on by energy drink slingers themselves—Portland’s incarnation is hosted at the Doug Fir Lounge—with a rotating cast of curators and tastemakers. This month’s lineup was put together by partial Portland natives, Portugal. The Man, and featured local acts the We Shared Milk and And And And as well as out-of-towners Maps and Atlases.

 

Opening the late show, the We Shared Milk took the stage and instantly blazed into a trio of stunning songs. A local favorite, We Shared sound unbelievably big, arching guitar work and soulful, fuzzy vocals that bend in and out of distinction. Only ever having caught portions of their sets before and never a full show, I was thrilled to get to watch how engaging their performance is, even with the distractions of a large room full of mingling people, the band demanded attention.

 

It’s been since late summer when I last saw And And And play (their album release show, in fact) and they’ve been missed greatly for good reason: they know how to kill a show. Their particular brand of grungy rock is the sort that incites a brotherly fist shake and head bang, especially during songs that are easily infectious like “I Want More Alcohol (It Makes Me Sadder).” Though they’ve become seriously refined over the years, And And And still rock with a vibe that makes you take notice, the musical iteration of a sneer or snarl.

 

Hailing from Chicago, Maps and Atlases play spunky, angular math-rock with the sort of up-tempo goodness that makes it hard to not want to move at least a little bit. There is something just familiar enough about the quartet’s songs that makes seeing them live a real treat—Dave Davidson’s voice squeaks, pips and croons in a charmingly distinct manor, a perfect offset against the warm, swelling, percussive landscape that makes up so much of the band’s catalogue.

This being their first show of 2014, Maps and Atlases’ played through a sweeping mix of songs from their discography, opening with 2010’s “Pigeon.” Most of it, however, revolving around jams from their last full-length (Beware and Be Grateful, 2012). “Fever” was particularly gorgeous sounding, and the fret-tapping in “Old Ash” sent the crowd into a swaying swarm of bodies.

 

Words by J. Fletcher

 

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What’s Going On: 03/05 – 03/12

1. La Luz w/ Heatwarmer & Llyod & Michael
Where: Mississippi Studios
How Much: $10
When: Thursday, March 6th – 9pm
Why: Passing through town on their way to a slew of shows at SXSW, Seattle’s darlings make a stop to show off their new bass player, Lena Simon. A sultry mix of surf, psych, and doo-wop, La Luz’s debut album, It’s Alive, was one of the best records out last year. These ladies are on fire and show no signs of slowing down!

2. Party Boyz Ladiez Night: Sallie Ford w/ Luz Elena Mendoza, Rebecca Gates & Swansea
Where: Mississippi Studios
How Much: $15
When: Friday, March 7th – 9pm
Why: Those crazy Party Boyz are at it again! This time it’s to showcase some of Portland’s amazing female talent. Featuring Sallie Ford with her brand new all-female band, Luz Elena Mendoza (of Y La Bamba), Rebecca Gates, and Swansea! It’s also International Women’s Day, so grab your favorite ladiez for one heck of a night!

2a. The Prids w/ J.C.Satàn, King Dude & Vice Device
Where: Foggy Notion
How Much:
When: Friday, March 7th – 8pm
Why: And as if you needed yet another option for Saturday, here’s one heck of a line-up that will be hard to pass up! Vice Device kicks off the night at 9pm sharp with King Dude (WA), and all the way from France, J.C.Satàn! And what’s that? The Prids are playing too? Have mercy!

3. A Happy Death w/ Just Lions & Bubble Cats
Where: The Firkin Tavern
How Much: $5
When: Saturday, March 8th – 9pm
Why: With only $5 at the door, you’ll have plenty of cash to enjoy some delicious brews while you’re enjoying some of your favorite Portland bands! A Happy Death with Just Lions and Bubble Cats! Fundraiser for PALS Fest 2014! Get thee to The Firkin!

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What’s Going On: 02/26 – 03/05

1. Moonface
Where: Mission Theater
How Much: $18
When: Wednesday, February 26th – 7pm
Why: Moonface is the moniker used by Spencer Krug (Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown) for his conceptual home recordings. On tour in support of his fourth release, Julia With Blue Jeans On, under Moonface, be prepared to experience a transcendation of space and time.

2. Together Pangea w/ Mozes and The Firstborn
Where: Bunk Bar
How Much: $8
When: Thursday, February 27th – 9pm
Why: The hypometer is off the charts for this show! Los Angeles-based rockers, Together Pangea are in town peddling Badillac, their third full-length album and first release on Harvest Records. If you like Black Lips or Iggy & The Stooges, you better get your butt to Bunk Bar Thursday night! Belgium garage-pop rockers Mozes and The Firstborn are not to be missed, so get there early!

3. AgesandAges w/ Fanno Creek & US Lights
Where: Mississippi Studios
How Much: $12
When: Saturday, March 1st – 9pm
Why: AgesandAges are back from across the pond with a brand spankin’ new album hot off the press! Local bands Fanno Creek and US Lights are on the bill to help celebrate the release so come show your support and pick up with new album, Divisionary!

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What’s Going On: 02/12 – 02/19

1. Prefort! Treefort Music Fest Kick-Off Party!
Where: Holocene
How Much: $8
When: Wednesday, February 12th – 9pm
Why: Eleven PDX Magazine and Holocene team up for our quarterly party showcasing our favorite local artists. This month’s edition is gearing up for Boise, ID’s amazing TREEFORT MUSIC FEST!
We will be giving away concert tickets to upcoming PDX shows and a 4-day pass to TREEFORT! Plus local favs Brainstorm, Thanks!, and Holiday Friends!

2. Honey Bucket w/ Fine Pets & Land Lines
Where: The Firkin Tavern
How Much: Free
When: Saturday, February 15th – 9pm
Why: Forget your crappy Valentine’s day and come celebrate the Aquarius/Pisces cusp with a trifecta of super rad Portland bands. The show is free, the beer is tasty, and Honey Bucket, Fine Pets, and Land Lines will have you rockin and rollin to their deliciously lo-fi tunes!

3. The Ghost Ease w/ Cambrian Explosion
Where: Rontoms
How Much: Free
When: Sunday, February 16th, 9pm
Why: Yet another awesome free show! If you have yet to see The Ghost Ease perform live, you are definitely missing out! The all-female trio plays loud and proud – and that just happens to be the best way to experience them. Joining them are Cambrian Explosion, an experimental drony psych band that’s sure to send you to another dimension.

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PREFORT!: Treefort Music Fest Kick-Off

 

Eleven Magazine and Holocene team up for our quarterly party showcasing our favorite local artists. This month’s edition is gearing up for Boise, ID’s amazing TREEFORT MUSIC FEST!

Featuring live music performances by BRAINSTORM, THANKS, and HOLIDAY FRIENDS.

Be one of the first 100 people in the door (starting at 8:30pm) to receive a raffle ticket. We’re giving away a 4-day pass to TREEFORT, a pair of tix to Amos Lee at the Schnitz and more!

Buy tix here: http://bit.ly/1jgW5dw

RSVP to the Facebook event: http://on.fb.me/1iviqBi

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Modern Kin + Genders + The Helio Sequence @ Doug Fir Lounge 2/4/2014

 

 

Now in its sixth month, PDX Sound Select—a reoccurring monthly showcase put on by Red Bull and curated by Banana Stand Media—has become well-oiled, well-attended high point in the landscape of Portland’s rotating events. Though large, sponsor-heavy events such as these oftentimes have the heady feeling of oversaturation or inauthenticity, Sound Select has found a happy marriage between branding and using it’s resources to put together memorable showcases. With past lineups touting bands such as Portugal. The Man, Pickwick, and Washed Out, February’s roster featuring locals Modern Kin, Genders and The Helio Sequence fell in highly-acclaimed alignment, a grade-A worthy lineup for the frosty Tuesday evening.

Much to my disappointment a late start to the evening resulted in missing much of Modern Kin’s set, but their last few songs filled the Doug Fir with the warm buzz of grimy, bluesy-tinged thudding bass and staccato drumming. The room was already packed, drinks being sipped, and the pace of the night was set with an engaging, big sounding opener. (more…)

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The Devil Makes Three @ Crystal Ballroom 1/31/14

Photo Credit: Piper Ferguson

 

The trio that is the Devil Makes Three took the stage Friday night to an eager sold out crowd. They eased the crowd in with the single I’m a Stranger Here which has a little less energy than expected. It seemed as they were kind of getting their engine started for the long list of songs to come, but it seemed a little uninspired. The spring loaded floor didn’t really receive a good stomping until the 3rd song in, Bullet, as Pete Bernhard sang “Drink ’til I don’t know the meaning of alone / ‘Til that bullet flies to carry me home”. They kept the energy going with a lively, twangy version of Hallelu, and then the crowd really got into Spinning Like A Top off the new release with the catchy refrain “The Years are Going by Like Days”. Then they did a complete 180 to the somber Goodbye Old Friend to end the set, possibly to give the crowd a break from dancing.

Cooper McBean put down the guitar and broke out the Banjo to start the second set with North Carolina right into a hard picking version of Statesboro Blues. At this point, the loyal followers of DM3 really started shaking the room. It’s amazing how a three piece string band can produce even more energy than a full band at times. Proof that they don’t really need a drummer, Lucia Turino provides enough rhythm slapping her upright bass. They continued with another new song, Forty Days, which lacked the ragtime brass that you hear on the album. They transitioned nicely into Gracefully Facedown, and the crowd responded, singing along to one of the many hard-drinking themed songs.

A definite highlight of the night was “A Moments Rest” when a guest fiddler joined in and gave a great performance. This is arguably Pete Bernhard’s best written songs, and the crowd felt it, waving lighters in the air. They followed with Old Number Seven much to the crowd’s delight, as they stomped and jumped to the signature song, with Cooper McBean added a killer guitar solo.

Towards the end of the show, Pete engaged the crowd a bit, thanking us for attending his show instead of the raging 80s dance party downstairs. He got a huge laugh and then carried on with the last set, playing rousing versions of A Dead Body Moving and Black Irish, testing the limits of the floor. An encore was demanded, and DM3 rewarded the audience with 2  one of which was Bangor Mash with the lines “Yes, I know we all die at the end of the road/Ain’t nothin’ round here you can hold.” Which is why it’s nice to keep performances like this in the old memory bank.

 

Words by Scott McHale

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Interview: Kye Kye

Photo Credit: Shaun Mendiola

After moving to the Pacific Northwest from Estonia at a young age, the Yagolnikov siblings gained a huge online following with recordings based from their Camas, Washington residence. They have largely drifted under Portland’s indie radar, but have released two albums of electronic tracks fronted by sister Olga, brothers Tim and Alex on keys and guitar, and eventually Olga’s beau Tommy providing live drums.

Their music has well placed layers, it’s soft enough to dance and work to, and yet the symphonics, electronic melodies, and Olga’s echoing poetry are hypnotizing. Songs embed themselves into the mind,  causing  incessant humming of the tracks throughout the day.   The band named themselves Kye Kye,  which is symbolic of higher powers and the greek letter “chi” or “X”. Their most recent album, this month’s release of Fantasize, was partially mixed by four- time Grammy winner Michael Brauer; and currently has them touring abroad, visiting The Parachute Festival in New Zealand and making waves with their haunting electronic pop.
The first single from Fantasize, “Honest Affection”, features a beautiful video full of cinematic beauty and reels from WWII, a vague drama that features a girl with a trinket from the past in modern-day Japan, the rest of the story is explained in crisp shots of a man with his sword in the forest, and touches on decisions of love and honor. Olga is a shadow narrating in a red room, and one thing is for sure, the trill of her voice as the Kamikaze spirals downward, is dead-on.

Fantasize offers texture in each track. There are heavy beats, misty synths, and clear vocals that crawl and soar. Standout tracks include “People”(which mirrors the disco of Blondie or perhaps Reflektor), the cascading “Dreams (2AM)”, the goose-bump inducing orchestration of title track “Fantasize”, and the spacy, heavier swirl of “Her” .

Oh, and there’s this cover of U2′s “With Or Without You”, recorded at home:

Eleven got a chance to catch up with Kye Kye’s Olga and Tommy just before their January 21st release of Fantasize:

11: So this is a family affair? 

KK: Yes it is! We are all family. It started off with Olga, and Tim and then, Alex (brother) came in a little later on. That’s when our first project formed and out of that came Kye Kye.

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