There are more than a few bands in Portland, I'm here to help you find the good stuff. Every Monday night I share my picks of local music on Anti-Apathy at 6pm. While it's great to share the bits from an album, there is something magical about live music. That Live Show on Mondays at 7pm features a live band performance in the studio and then get I get to chat with the band on-air. Want to share your music either the album or perform on air? Email me: Rachelle@kpsu.org
Sept 6th Doug Fir Bands for Beans//Geno Micheals & Soulcity//Norman Sylvester $20
Sept 6th Gemini Lounge When We Met//Echo Pearl Varsity//DJ Adapter FREE
Sept 6th Brekkens NoPo fest: 12 bands total. Nasal Rod, Manx and Pushy close out the night. FREE
Sept 7th Doug Fir Pickin Sundays: St. Even and Barry Brusseau FREE
Sep 8th Mississippi Studios Sun Angle//Animal Eyes//Talkative $8
Aug 25th Kelly's Olympian - Open mic night. Sign ups at 7:30pm Show at 8pm. Free
Aug 26th Kelly's Olympian - Killer DJ sets by DJ Dovin, DJ Motherwell and DJ Blaxe. Free Doors at 9pm.
Aug 26th Bunk Bar - Album release for Pocketknive with Wishyunu $7 Doors at 9pm
Aug 26th Goodfoot - Quick & Easy Boys//Excellent Gentleman. Free Doors at 8pm
Aug 27th Kelly's Olympian - The Finns//Cut Cut Paste//Hearts & Tigers $5 Doors at 9pm
Aug 28th Bunk Bar - Sama Dams//Zula//Hands In $8 Doors at 9pm
Aug 28-30th Couv Fest NW at Esther Short Park - over 30 bands playing from noon-9pm. Free and all ages.
Aug 29th Katie O'Brians Pub - Bubble Cats//Chantrelles//Dinosaur Heart $5 Doors at 9pm
Aug 30th Mississippi Pizza Pub - Midwestern//Nick Foltz. Free All Ages 6-8pm
Aug 30th Bunk Bar - Bike Thief Album Release with The Weather Machine and Ezza Rose. $7 doors at 9pm
Aug 30th Mississippi Studios - Tope//Stewart Villain//SOS $10 Doors at 8pm
Aug 31st Mississippi Studios - Magic Mouth//Ana Tijoux $15 Doors at 8pm
Aug 31st Holocene - Minden//New Move//Heatwarmer $6 Doors at 8pm
Aug 31st Rontoms - Free Sunday Sessions. It's always good, you don't need to know who is playing just show up, m'kay?
Anytime you listen to music without vocals the experience is less about storytelling and more about an emotional journey. The Listening Party EP is a worthwhile and gentle emotional ride that’s soft and upbeat. Pacific Patterns music is somewhere between Anamanaguchi and Radiation City. Ethereal vibe that dream pop/nu-gaze music is known for with the occasional chip tunes music influence.
I think of Radiation City as like laying on the front porch in the summer time: relaxing and hot. Pacific Patterns is similar but while lying on the porch you hear the wind chimes and ice cracking in a glass then decide to go Sauvie’s Island with friends. It starts relaxing and mellow then some bright chip tune music ups the vibe, followed up by a faster poppy tempo picked on a guitar and keys. Polyrhythmic drumming is soft but in a deep register.
It’s not quite dancey the way Anamanaguchi is but it’s a catchy tempo. Just like after everyone downs the six pack chilled in a river and starts playing chicken in the tide pools, isn’t a high energy dance party but still really fun. Listening Party is a fun listen that ends too quickly.
If you want to hear more check out Pacific Patterns at the Rose Bar (111 SW Ash downtown) tonight April 24th. Shows starts at 9pm and they go on around 11pm. You can also download the Listening Party EP at http://pacificpatterns.bandcamp.com/
Twins Jenni and Amanda Price have broken away from being back up singers for great bands such as Keegan Smith, Marv Ellis, and Pilar French to create their own unique sound. The release of "Electric Sol" encapsulates their decades long progress as musicians.
Soul, electronica, heavy rock, and so many other genres of music are hinted at or straight blasted into your ears from this unique album. Now a 5 piece band with their own sound Acoustic Minds have made a complete departure from acoustic only to fully embrace the electronic soul music on the new album.
During the Acoustic Minds interview on KPSU, Jenni Price summed the album up best "great female vocals with a heavy womp wom sound". Really the beautiful harmonies, Drum n Bass, and synth define this album.
Aaron Altemose's fancy DNB with infrared controller makes it danceable and fun to watch. Josh Lorenzen masterful synth work gives the music a fun 80s feel. Live Drumming by Josh Burns provides that slight nod heavy rock. The Price sisters amazing soulful vocal harmonies tie everything together. The music surrounds you like a hug, simultaneously makes you wanna dance like nobody is watching.
The album is available at local record stores, www.acousticmindsmusic.com and their reverb nation page: www.reverbnation.com/acousticminds
Check this video for a taste of their live sound. Taken during their set on KPSU.