Coming off of recent shows at Coachella, James Blake headed up to Portland Wednesday night for a sold out show at the Wonder Ballroom. The 24 year old Londoner had a minimalistic stage set up: a few white circle backdrops with a pseudo candle like flame/light brightly lit in front of them. Blake was joined by a live guitarist and drummer that rounded out his sound. It was a pleasure to listen to James sing acapella at times and to be soothed by his mature voice. The new album is definitely more attuned to vocals and sends the listener on a nice trip through the songs. The young kids were all nestled together for slow grinding action to the electronic, soul, dubstep jam session.
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Toro y Moi. Bull and me. Ethereal music and me. Mind blowing instrumentals and me. Awesome light show and me. This was my Thursday evening at a sold out Wonder Ballroom. Wise, young man, Chazwick Bundick, from South Carolina, graced Portland with his presence and genius musical skills; which I have no problem using the word genius on any musician that blows my mind with the sounds they create. Chaz et al is out and about showing off his new material from just released album Anything In Return.
This entry was written by Live and tagged Chaz Bundick, Chazwick Bundick, Chillwave, Eleven, Eleven Magazine, ELEVEN MAGAZINE PDX, ELEVEN MUSIC, ELEVEN PDX, Eleven PDX Magazine, ELEVENPDX, Kelly Kovl, Kimberly Lawson, Portland, Review, Show, Show Review, Toro Y Moi, Wonder Ballroom. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink., posted on March 2, 2013 at 1:01 am, filed under
My autonomous sensory meridian response was off the charts Thursday night as I witnessed about two hours of guilty rock music from San Diego’s Pinback at Wonder Ballroom. It starts with the way Rob Crow moves his head while singing (and his voice in general,) then it moves to the way Zach Smith’s bass and additional vocals coexist flawlessly alongside Crow and drummer Chris Prescott, and as per usual it ends wanting release from a progression of chords that leaves you drenched in full body…something. This state of euphoria was briefly interrupted by failure of video graphics. Support visuals dropped out about half way through, momentarily distracting the crowd and eventually staying off for the remainder of the show.
The perfect remedy for this 60 degree weather is checking out Jujuba for free on a Tuesday night at The Goodfoot during the month of June. The 11 member band can heat things up so fast and high that the rain coming down outside will be a relief after the show. After spending a few minutes figuring out their sound and realizing how badass it is, you’ll find yourself moving in some way to the drums, bass, saxes, guitar, trumpet, trombone, and keyboards…
DJ motherfuckin’ Shadow, aka Josh Davis, seized the trip hop scene by building up steam through the earlier years of the 90’s to unleash his mastery in ’96 with Endtroducing. His 20+ year career took him to the Wonder Ballroom Thursday night, where he continued to channel the music that has always flowed through him, and audibly undressed a full house. He’s been on tour for a while now promoting his latest album, The Less You Know, The Better (2011), which involves playing inside a white Shadowsphere that can rotate.
This entry was written by Live and tagged DJ Shadow, ELEVEN PDX, Endtroducing, Josh Davis, Kelly Kovl, Live Music, PDX Music, Portland Music, Shadowsphere, The Less You Know The Better, Trip Hop, Wonder Ballroom. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink., posted on April 27, 2012 at 11:11 pm, filed under
I meant to ask London resident Jeremy Jay why he picked Portland as the first stop on the 2012 tour to promote his new album, Dream Diary. It might have been because he lived here for three and half years (a long time ago), or because of his love for Dots Café or House of Vintage…the list goes on. Regardless, it was Holocene’s pleasure to host him Thursday night, along with openers Ghost Animal and Seapony.
This entry was written by Live and tagged Eleven, ELEVEN PDX, Ghost Animal, Holocene, Jeremy Jay, Kelly Kovl, Live Music, Portland Music, Ryan Dornfeld, Seapony. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink., posted on February 11, 2012 at 11:11 am, filed under
It’s hard telling when full size cardboard boxes are going to be happily pushed around above the crowd like a beach ball at a local show. But last night at Branx it did happen at Mike Simonetti’s (of the Italians Do It Better label) Sweet Sixteen Party bonanza featuring Portland bred Desire, Chromatics and Glass Candy.
This entry was written by Live and tagged Branx, Chromatics, Desire, Eleven, ELEVEN PDX, Glassy Candy, Italians Do It Better, Kelly Kovl, Live Music, Mike Simonetti's Sweet Sixteen Party, Portland Music, Rotture. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink., posted on January 19, 2012 at 9:59 am, filed under