Lo Fi Rocker from Top Down

From the moment this tune hit, it felt like it was falling off the proverbial tracks; the recording has this live mentality that many of us pine for in our listening. You’ll even find a layer of pop sensibility placed within the ringing guitars and bobbing bass grooves. Through it all, Top Down manage to keep this tenacious rock vibe, perfect in its little imperfections…emphasized by the little “whoa ohs” that burst through your speakers. They’ll be releasing their album Rough Roads on March 17th via Voodoo Doughnut Recordings.

Stream New Haste Track

hasteThere’s few scenes that rival my home town, but it seems Portland is one of those perennial rivals…and deservedly so. I just caught wind of Haste, offering up their dreamy new single for the world. Honestly, the vocals are almost just monosyllabic words drifting atop guitars, but in doing that, there’s lots of empty space for the guitar to fill out…and it’s done so magnificently. You can easily just count the vocals as an added instrument, and when executed this well, it leaves great promise for the album that’s coming out soon. Keep your eyes and ears pinned back for this!

Throwback Rock From Blowout

unnamedI don’t know about everyone else, but I’m struggling to make it through what has turned into a longer week than it needed to be. My spirits are lifted a bit though as I listen to this new single “Green Couch” from Portland based pop group Blowout. This one is seriously reminding me of my days with ATX based group Cruiserweight with the strong female vocals and pop punk sounding music driving the song. I’ve long been a fan of music like this and you can consider me a fan of this song.

Blowout will drop No Beer, No Dad on August 5th via Lauren Records.

Lo-Fi Pop from Reptaliens

reptalienIn my mind, lo-fi music is meant to sound intimate and personal, but the sounds coming from Portland’s Reptaliens is quite a bit more. Musically, you get the feeling it was recorded on the floor of the bedroom, filled in perhaps with some studio help, but the central theme of the song runs behind the calming delivery of singer Bambi. It’s the perfect blend of dream-pop aesthetics with an other-worldly recording, elevating the song to a certified hit; this song’s perfect for any time of day. Look for more from the band as they solidify the project in 2016.

Power Pop from Mr. Bones

mrbonesThere’s something about a solid piece of power pop or guitar popthat just settles the soul. That something is present in the newest track from Mr. Bones, giving us a hint of what we’ll hear on Bites, their upcoming LP. It has sort of a slacker quality to it, though I don’t mean that to diminish the track by any means; it sounds so relaxed and spot on that it seems effortless. I’m hooked on the way the guitar sounds in particular…it’s nothing new, but something I hold dear to my heart. Look for their effort at the end of the month via Good Cheer Records.

SXSW Interview: Summer Cannibals

lede_summercannibalsHard to believe that SXSW is just one more short week away right?  Believe it or not, it’s all about to go down.  We are of course not done with our pre-festival coverage and have more interviews, spotlights, and lists coming your way.  Today I’m pleased to share with you a SXSW interview with Portland based group Summer Cannibals.  This band is on my short list of acts to see during the week and I recommend that they make your list as well.  Follow the jump for more.

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SXSW Interview: Melville

IMG_7489Hard to believe that SXSW is drawing ever near as the weeks seem to be flying by in anticipation.  Today we bring you even more coverage with an interview from Portland based indie group Melville.  As I’ve been doing, these are just some questions to build press for upcoming bands, get their feel for SXSW, and see what they think about our great city.  Follow the jump for responses.

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Spirited Pop from Summer Cannibals

unnamedI’ve really been enjoying the tunes I’ve heard from the new effort from Portland’s Summer Cannibals.  They’ve got this entangling bit of rock n’ roll, but there’s this sultry draw that comes from Jessica Bourdreaux that really drives home an extra special hook.  But, don’t think that things are all bright and sunny, as they break this song down with a crunchy guitar edge to round out the softness on the track. It’s the title track from their forthcoming album, Show Us Your Mind, which will pop up on New Moss Records on March 3rd.

Introducing Dogheart

unnamed-5It’s always good to hear from your friends and discover their new discoveries.  Seems like Portland’s Dogheart have something going, despite only being a fairly new band (formed in 2014).  They’ve got this catchy hook they rock right away in this song, and the sound of the vocals is pretty appealing.  It’s a casual song in a sense, honing in on the group’s ability to ply their trade at great pop songwriting. This song is definitely promising, so I’ll be interested to hear their debut What Burns the Best when it’s release in a few weeks (Feb 17th).

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