Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Wild Ones (4/24/18)

I’ve been following Portland’s Wild Ones for quite some time.  I remember they were supposed to be here back in 2014 but canceled the show. I was so disappointed.  So you can imagine I was thrilled to finally be able to catch them live - 4 years later.  They’ve since put out a new EP and album of all really good indie pop music.  The Beachland Tavern was a little slow on this Tuesday night, but fun was still had by all.

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I actually was there for the opening band, but out of respect for what it takes to get up on stage, I’m not going to mention their performance.

Article: The Music Modernization Act is a Good Solution For Songwriters. Don’t Combine It With Bad Copyright Bills

Some dense, but important stuff.

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"For the first time in six years, Congress is considering serious changes to copyright law. As you might imagine, those changes are a mixed bag for the public. One bill, the Music Modernization Act, would create a new system for compensating songwriters and music publishers when their songs are played on digital services. It solves a problem recognized by nearly everyone in the music space. And while the bill has some problematic text that needs fixing, it’s a good effort.

Unfortunately, the MMA has now been combined with a harmful bill, the ‘CLASSICS Act,’ which would create a new form of pseudo-copyright for recordings from before 1972, adding on new royalties and penalties without giving anything back to the public. And other dangerous bills could get added as amendments: the ‘CASE Act’ and the ‘Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act.’"

(Via The Music Modernization Act is a Good Solution For Songwriters. Don’t Combine It With Bad Copyright Bills. | Electronic Frontier Foundation.)

Monday, April 23, 2018

LAYNE (4/18/18)

Rounding out a trio of live pop shows, LAYNE performed at Mahalls.  Their sound translated much more rock than pop in a live setting - and the sound in Mahalls that night did the band no favors.  This was also the second show in a row that ended *before* 11pm.  Let’s keep that up!  ;-) 

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Cub Sport (4/17/18)

Cub Sport is a chill pop band from Brisbane, Australia.  I had really been liking their recorded sound, which translated very well live - smooth and polished, like his moves on stage.  :-) 

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Cub Sport  4 17 18

 

 

 

U.S. Girls (4/16/18)

I hadn’t heard of U.S. Girls before their newest album was released, which had been getting quite the attention online.  Turns out they have a pretty respectable lo-fi background, which makes the throwback pop sounds of this new album all the more intriguing.  A great band, with great songs = great show overall.

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Opening was Half An Animal, who describe themselves as "Synth pop, fort rock, cruise ship glam, prom pop with prizes.”  Whatever the description, their lead singer is a force of nature.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Fruition (4/14/18)

Day 4 in San Diego.  This would be the first of two shows on this night, first catching this Fruition show at their Music Box.  A nice venue, vertically spacious but not too large.  Headlining was Fruition, a folk rock band from Portland, Oregon.  I can’t say I was bowled over by all of their stuff, but they have a few songs that are superb (check out Northern Town, included in the video below).

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Opening was Brothers Gow.  Apparently a band warranting a dedicated local following.  Not my cup of tea, but I did like this shot of the venue.

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Alison Swing & MASHA (4/13/18)

Day 3 in San Diego.  This night was a tough choice between going back to the Kava Lounge for Alison Swing & Masha or a different club with some more traditional house music.  I stuck with Kava and was thrilled with the show.  Alison Swing and Masha brought the dance floor as part of this Bouquet dance party.

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Alison Swing  MASHA  4 13 18

Opening was Rosa, who I loved the minute they played Sylvester’s Do You Wanna Funk!

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Kate Nash (4/12/18)

Day 2 in San Diego.  I thought I’d try a larger venue and catch the Kate Nash show at the North Park Observatory.  A nice venue which I guess I’d put on the scale of our Agora.  I didn’t recognize Kate by name, but as soon as I heard Foundations, I recognized the song (I’m sure you will too).  I’d put her at a mix between Lily Allen and Jenny Lewis.  Despite a smaller crown this night, she was full energy on stage, even jumping off to sing with a super fan (catch it in the video below).  This may not have been the best show I attended this weekend - but her personality and performance made a fan out of me.

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Lief Hall (4/11/18)

Getting to see concerts in other cities is one of the benefits of a work trip, especially when it sends you to San Diego in April - especially this April.  My first night there I found this awesome little place called the Kava Lounge.  

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This night the headliner was Ahnnu, who I didn’t actually stay for (I’d been up over 18 hours).  Still, I really enjoyed seeing Leif Hall, who just had these crushing beats supporting this ethereal, light voice.

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Opening was Eras from L.A.  I’ll let his music describe itself...

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The poster bill.

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Combo Chimbita (4/4/18)

If anyone calls their sound "tropical futurism” I’ll be instantly intrigued, as I was with Combo Chimbita.  Hailing from New York City by way of Columbia, these guys are high energy and their music matches their description quite well.

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Combo Chimbita  4 4 18

Opening were The Admirables, a funk/soul band out of Akron, OH.  Check out that saxophone work!

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