UPCOMING SHOWS

Thu May

4

Wonder Ballroom 128 NE Russell St PDX OR

$17 Adv.
Doors 8pm; All Ages

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CASHMERE CAT

KINGDOM

ARTIST BIO

The cat isn’t entirely out of the bag yet…but he’s getting there. Cashmere Cat has been happy to remain mostly behind the scenes, up to this point, focusing his efforts more on his collaborative work with some of the top names in pop, R&B and hip-hop rather than toot his own meow. But even that board work has threatened to make him a household name, at least among the kinds of households that obsessively scan Yeezy album credits. As Fader wrote, “The introverted producer—who’s lent beats to Kanye West, Ariana Grande, and Tinashe—is pop’s new not-so-secret weapon.” He’s about to get even less clandestine, with his first full-length album under his own nom deplume. It’s too soon for Cashmere Cat to reveal just which vocalists he’s enlisted for his feature debut, although you could make a good guessing game would naturally include some of the marquee names who’ve previously enlisted his producing efforts. But there’s already a significant cachet of fans who would sign up for pre-orders with or without featured artists. Cashmere Cat is a destination producer-DJ-writer-maestro. The artist formerly known as Magnus August Høiberg previously released a pair of allinstrumental EPs on cult labels Lucky Me (Hudson Mohawke, Lunice, TNGHT) and Pelican Fly (Sinjin Hawke, Lido), which were acclaimed for vast dynamic soundscapes that transcended any tropes associated with his dance music roots. Bringing in some big-name collaborators for his debut album was a welcome relief from his previous X-treme auteurism. “I was used to making music on my own, having to deal with my own thoughts and my own computer, and that was it,” he says. “Now there’s a spectrum of artists and emotions and places and times involved, and it’s a lot bigger than what I’m used to. But I don’t mind. It feels better. I prefer to have other people involved in my songs. It got boring and lonely to do music by myself. It’s kind of like playing a videogame alone. It can be awesome, but you can also feel like a loser, if you’re playing a game and it’s ‘Yeah! I fucking killed this game! And, I’m sitting alone, and I’ve also not had sex for three months.’” Collaborative game on! He took inspiration for his own full-length album debut from the work he did on Kanye West’s most recent album. “I feel like the music I did for him set the standard for what I want to do with my own music,” he says. “I’m the biggest Kanye fan in the world, and when they premiered ‘Wolves,’ it was one of the most exciting days of my life.” So exciting that Cashmere Cat instagrammed a photo of himself in his lawyer’s office, prostrate on the floor in grateful awe. “‘Wolves’ is really one of my favorite Kanye songs, and I can’t tell if it’s because I produced it or it’s because it’s actually good. But the way that record came out set the standard for what I want my own music to sound like. It was a new sound for me, and it made me feel like I can do really beautiful, weird music that sonically still fits within everything I’ve done, without it being just banging rap songs or even big-feeling pop music.” Any of this would have seemed like a pipe dream not that many years ago, when Høiberg was a fledgling DJ in his native Norway and began doing remixes for famous artists like Miguel and Lana Del Rey…many of them not officially authorized. His skills attracted an American audience that eventually grew to include multiplatinum super-producer Benny Blanco, a mentor who encouraged him to come to New York and took him under his wing. Their sensibilities meshed, with Blanco “bringing me in because he believed that the weirder shit I was doing could work in a more poppy sense.” At the beginning of 2014, the man now known as Cashmere Cat had his first solo production credit on Ludacris’ “Party Girls,” which also featured Wiz Khalifa and Jeremih. With Blanco, Cashmere Cat moved further away still from slamming hip-hop into quirky pop with their co-production of Ryn Weaver’s “Octahate.” With Stargate, he worked on Charli XCX’s “Break the Rules” and Tinashe’s “All Hands on Deck.” Ariana Grande not only used him on record but took him out on her tour as the opening act. Even when he was working on hiphop records, a critic at Resident Advisor found the production style he was developing to be “elegant and pristine,” His own two solo EPs (2012’s Mirror Maru and 2014’s Wedding Bells) also won the hearts of reviewers at outlets like Pitchfork, which enthused:. “Blending technical sensibility with pop playfulness, his debut EP communicates a fully realized artistic persona.” They haven’t heard anything yet. When the new album comes out in late 2016, — on Blanco’s Friends Keep Secrets label, in conjunction with Interscope — “a lot of my old sound will still be in there,” he promises, “but I think I’m influenced by a lot of different music that I wasn’t before— like, I’ve been listening to a lot of Arca” (the Venezuelan producer/DJ who’s worked with Bjork). “I hope and believe that I’m doing something that’s worthy of an album and not just something that will bang in the club.” Is he ready for a greater limelight? Cashmere Cat’s shyness was such that, even after his name became known, his gender was less so. “When I would play a show, there would be a picture of me DJ-ing with my head down and my hair in front of my face, and I would kind of look like a really weird-looking girl. And the music sounded really soft, too, so people would just automatically assume it was by a girl. But I don’t mind if people think there’s something feminine about it.” He eventually added to the mystique by covering up his face with his hand in photos. “When people would come up with cameras, because I’m awkward and shy, I would just start automatically covering my face. It wasn’t really an aesthetic choice and it’s not necessarily trying to be mysterious. And then it became a thing.” Such a thing, in fact, that now, when he’s approached by fans for selfies, “people put their hands in front of their faces to do the picture, too! But I’m not as scared anymore. There are pictures of me now where you can see the contours of my weird Norwegian face. I think that’s also part of me finding out what I actually want to do. I’m revealing more of myself.” That includes doing interviews, something he literally shied away from for a while. “I feel like I have stuff to talk about now, whereas before it was ‘Yes, I’m in my bedroom in Norway, and I’m trying to send beats over email to the guy who knows the guy who works at Roc Nation.’” No shortage of stories now: With a full dance card extending to having some of the world’s hottest artists eager to appear on his record, the cat no longer has his tongue. Even when it’s the biggest names in pop doing the literal singing, Cashmere Cat has found his voice.

Thu May

4

Holocene 1001 SE Morrison St. PDX OR

SOLD OUT
Doors 9pm; 21+

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COM TRUISE

CLARK

QUARRY

ARTIST BIO

Wave 1 is the first new transmission the world has received from producer Seth Haley since his gloriously futuristic debut album Galactic Melt. That album cataloged the genesis and evolution of Haley’s alter ego Com Truise — the world’s first synthetic/robotic astronaut, as Haley described him — and this EP continues the character’s journey into the outer reaches of the musical multiverse. In the process, it also builds on Haley’s signature production style, one that’s rooted in classic sci-fi sounds and analogue textures but nevertheless manages to sound utterly contemporary. The EP takes its name from the newly discovered galaxy to which the intrepid astronaut’s voyages take him, and there certainly seems to be a narrative structure to its sequencing. Opening track “Wasat” sets the scene, providing a brief, atmospheric prelude that quickly settles into an uptempo, hypercolor groove. “Mind” is an exercise in dramatic tension, its beats constantly threatening to explode into a full-fledged four-to-the-floor stomp, but never quite doing so. “Declination,” which features guest vocals from Joel Ford (Airbird, Ejecta, Ford & Lopatin), glides into your headphones like a starship slipping down out of hyperspace — it’s the EP’s most melodic moment, and perhaps the most straightforwardly melodic tune in the Com Truise oeuvre to date. “Subsonic” is full of dramatic grandeur, marking the moment at which the EP’s initial rush of energy subsides into the sort of dramatic, slow-building textures that should really be soundtracking the birth of new stars. The track evolves through several movements, and is full of evocative electronic textures (along with one hell of a squelchy bass sound). “Valis Called (Control)” maintains the reflective mood, while “Meserere Mei” is all fractured beats and jagged textures. The title track brings the record to a close with an air of serenity, the melody line drifting away into the distance on washes of sci-fi synth sounds. Haley described Galactic Melt as a “sort of film score…from the mind,” and Wave 1 works the same way, evoking the latest stage in the intergalactic journey of Com Truise — and leaving you wondering what corner of the cosmos he’ll visit next.

Wed May

10

Holocene 1001 SE Morrison St PDX OR

$15 Adv.
Doors 9pm; 21+

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POMO

HARRISON BROME

ARTIST BIO

Pomo is a Canadian multi-instrumentalist and producer based in Vancouver who makes electronic beats influenced by hip hop, house, 70s and 80s funk music. He grew up in Port Moody, British Colombia and cultivated his tastes and sound through the Vancouver electronic music scene before moving for a time to Montreal and joining the likes of Kaytranada, Ta-Ku, and Stwo on the HW&W roster. Since then, Pomo hit his stride in the electronic dance music market, garnering millions of listens online with his multifaceted productions on handful of original songs and a battery of remixes for some of dance music's biggest players. With that hype has come recognition from renowned music outlets like BBC Radio 1, the Fader, Complex, Vice's THUMP and Noisey publications, Triple J, Earmilk, Majestic Casual and many more. Of late, Pomo has brought his live show on the road, traveling around Europe and The States alongside Disclosure, and bringing his unique grooves to gigs all over the world in places like London, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, Sydney and even Bangkok. Most recently, his debut EP, The Other Day won a Juno Award for Electronic Album of the Year. New music and new album on the way

Sat May

13

45 East 315 SE 3rd Ave. PDX OR

$15 Adv.
Doors 10pm; 21+

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WHAT SO NOT

ARTIST BIO

What So Not has been spearheading Australia’s latest electronica revival with boundary-pushing bass since 2011. Hailing from Sydney, What So Not dominated the city’s club circuit with his dancefloor-ready heaters, including a window-shattering remix of Major Lazer’s ‘Get Free’, which became omnipresent at festivals around the world, since then, What So Not been streamed 100’s of millions of times, releasing records through Sweat It Out and Skrillex’s OWSLA. The Australian-gone-global star has now appeared on the world’s grandest stages & was given a hero’s welcome when he returned Down Under with A-Trak for his biggest headline shows to date and for a legendary performance at Splendour In The Grass. He then stormed the stage at Splendour In The Grass, with his set featuring surprise appearances from George Maple and Tkay Maidza. All three parties also collaborated alongside Baauer on the gritty banger ‘Ghost’. Recently, What So Not also remixed fellow Australian breakthrough stars RÜFÜS on ‘Innerbloom’, resulting in a tastefully heavy reinterpretation of the nonchalant house track that has been described as “a masterpiece of a masterpiece”. His latest original single ‘Buried’ displays similar maturity and sonic restraint, again featuring George Maple as well as Atlanta rapper Rome Fortune. Arriving with a cinematic video premiered by international tastemakers Pitchfork, the ambitious track is indicative of the great strides that What So Not has taken in his young career. ‘Buried’ is just a taste of his upcoming Divide & Conquer EP, a culmination of knowledge and collection of sounds gained throughout his travels. The release sees What So Not further discarding genres while employing a consistent narrative, resulting in his most thematic work to date. Divide & Conquer will be displayed with full force in the live arena, with What So Not touring the project throughout the United States on a colossal tour across September and October. He will then travel to Australia and welcome in the new year.

Fri May

19

The Cuthbert 601 Day Island Rd. Eugene OR

SOLD OUT
Doors 7pm; 16+

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ODESZA

ARTIST BIO

In 2012, a striking new voice emerged from the wider surge of electronic music in the U.S. ODESZA’s Summer’s Gone stood out from the crowd; it was a collection of songs, not just beats; and its irresistible, startling dreaminess, addictive drums and fathoms-deep bass set it apart from the by-the-numbers brutality of EDM’s also-rans. In an age of manufactured internet buzz and carefully plotted hype, ODESZA’s story was refreshingly authentic: A brilliant new duo unveiled their music on the internet, and the world paid attention. Released September 9th 2014, In Return has more than just delivered on the promise of ODESZA’s previous work. A record with a precocious maturity and coherence, it’s a start-to-finish stunner of pop-infused, electronic wonder, littered with infectious hooks and potent atmosphere. Vocal performances from Zyra, Py and Shy Girls accompany that of Madelyn Grant on ͞Sun Models,͟ expertly worked into ODESZA’s trademark, mood-altering uplift. ODESZA developed a new live performance to accompany In Return, ensuring that the shows do full justice to the album. Their work ethic and constant evolution has resulted in sold out headline tours of North America, Europe and Australia, in the biggest venues they’ve headlined to date. Never ones to settle, ODESZA’s ambitious live production continues to expand, with ground-breaking visuals and live instrumentation.

Thu May

25

45 East 315 SE 3rd Ave. PDX OR

$10 Adv
Doors 10pm - 21+

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SAM GELLAITRY

ARTIST BIO

Sam Gellaitry is an 18 year old producer from Stirling, Scotland. He began working on creating tracks when he was 12 after hearing his older brother and friends creating sounds using Acid Pro. Sam continued to experiment with making music on his computer at home in Stirling and decided to leave school at 16 in order to focus more intently on it. This decision was supported by his family who recognised his talent, enthusiasm and commitment to composing his own music. Sam attended a music course at college for a short time and there gained more insight into the music business and how it works. Sam has been working exclusively on creating music and playing shows since then. He has toured widely within Europe performing in Paris, Milan, Vienna, Basel, Bern, Brussels, Stuttgart, Freiberg, Bordeaux, Amsterdam and London. Sam has wide ranging tastes in music and is influenced by a variety of different genres. He has created a range of different tracks with his signature sound embedded in each and has over 100,000 followers on Soundcloud. Sam’s debut EP “Short Stories” was released in February 2015 on Soulection. The EP was well received by all of Sam’s fans, as well as acquiring great reviews from many industry publications/blogs, including thissongissick who wrote: : “Gellaitry’s progressive sound is displayed in his debut Short Stories EP as his hard hitting bass sits perfectly alongside dreamy, atmospheric melodies to create his unique contrasting sound that is truly genre-defying. Each song on this project takes many unexpected turns as the producer constantly surprises with the shifting of a variety of instrumental layers.”

Sat May

27

45 East 315 SE 3rd Ave. PDX OR

$10 Adv.
Doors 10pm; 21+

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KILL PARIS

XIE

VIRTU

ARTIST BIO

The grooves are the guru no matter what the style Kill Paris can sweep the listener from guitar-driven blues moves to downtempo-tronica without, so to speak, skipping a beat. Kill Paris kills with equal aplomb through instrumental hypnosis and vocally endowed songcraft. Kill Paris’ versatility allows for a multi-faceted, kaleidoscopic exploration of groove-giving. This artist has more ways to use hooks than all the lonely-couple-in-a-car urban legends combined could hope to muster. “My sound is constantly evolving,” he says. “I really dislike falling in a niche and doing what is easy. The more I challenge myself, the more prosperous my music becomes.” And yet Kill Paris’ central personality is never lost in the shuffle. Focus remains no matter how far Kill Paris ranges in the quest to find fresh ways to make heads bob and unite bodies and rhythm into oneness. Now, Kill Paris is a serious music-making well of creation. - See more at: http://www.bonnarootipsblog.com/artist/kill%20paris.html#sthash.LeeQRXs6.dpuf

Sat Jun

3

45 East 315 SE 3rd Ave PDX OR

$30
Doors 10pm; 21+

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CLAUDE VONSTROKE

ARTIST BIO

In this day and age of music cross-polination, Claude VonStroke sits at the forefront of all that is good, proper and most importantly, fun. VonStroke is just as relaxed in his home studio building beats as he is dropping massive underground records in a room filled by thousands. DJ-wise, his relentless touring of every major city, festival and basement after-party around the world has only enriched his unique perspective on music. As the owner of the record label, DIRTYBIRD, Claude also built an impeccable A&R roster signing acts like Justin Martin, Julio Bashmore, Catz n Dogz, Riva Starr, Tim Green, Breach, Eats Everything, Shadow Child and Shiba San, well before they broke out of their hometown scenes. (And even naming a few of these artists.) Today, DIRTYBIRD continues to surprise and innovate in the underground dance scene, releasing an enigmatic combination of house, funk, dirty-bass and electronica. Sonically, VonStroke has released three original artist albums, a remix album and several high profile mix and remix compilations. Highlights include working with and on records for Bootsy Collins, Rihanna, Disclosure and Green Velvet as well as a few number #1 & #2 hits on Beatport. Most importantly, VonStroke has kept it original, fun and funky. A lot of his success can be attributed to a good attitude. Claude does not scowl and look mean while he DJs. He does not pretend to know everything and he truly loves his fans. He is grateful to be curating, creating and performing music for a living and he knows that the reason people go to parties is to shake their booty and have fun. Catch him play at numerous festivals, clubs or even better at his legendary DIRTYBIRD BBQ series of outdoor events.

Wed Jun

7

Star Theater 13 NW 6th Ave. PDX OR

$18 Adv.
Doors 8pm; 21+

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MOUNT KIMBIE

ASH KOOSHA

TIRZAH

ARTIST BIO

Mount Kimbie is an English electronic music duo consisting of Dominic Maker and Kai Campos. They formed the group in London in 2008 and released their debut album Crooks & Lovers in 2010 to critical acclaim. The band released their second album, Cold Spring Fault Less Youth, in 2013 through Warp Records.

Wed Jun

28

Edgefield 2126 S.W. Halsey St. Troutdale OR

$39.50 Adv.
Doors 5pm; AA

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TYCHO

TODD TERJE & THE OLSENS

JAGA JAZZIST

ARTIST BIO

As Tycho, Scott Hansen blends swirling melodies into vaguely triumphant arcs that crisscross between stuttering beats and vocal samples, creating rolling sonic landscapes that extend into the horizon. Known in the design world as ISO50, the San Francisco-based artist is famed for his warm, textured design style, which serves as a backdrop and mirror for his musical output. Hansen began releasing music over 10 years ago with The Science of Patterns EP. His first full-length, Sunrise Projector, came out in 2004, and as the critical acclaim continued in 2006 with the release of Past Is Prologue. He eventually met Ghostly and, like everybody else, we simply had to work with him. It was around 2008 that URBmagazine noted Tycho as one of the Next 100 artists to watch, and Hansen continued to release singles and experiment with more live instrumentation. In 2011, his meticulous process saw the release of Dive, his debut full-length for Ghostly International. Tranquil, nostalgic and melodic, the record established him beyond the realm of IDM and ambient. Now with Awake, Tychos second Ghostly LP, the project returns as a true three-piece band comprised of Zac Brown (guitar, bass) and Rory O’Connor (live drums). Lengthy touring for Dive brought Tycho to its full potential, and in efforts to capture the energy on the road Hansen invited Brown and O’Connor in to the creative process. Both the sound and artwork of Awake capture Hansens stylistic shift, conjuring a more kintetic and percussive sensory experience.

Sat Jul

15

Roseland Theater 8 NW 6th Ave. PDX OR

$25 Adv.
8pm; 21+

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DJ SHADOW

ARTIST BIO

Josh “DJ Shadow” Davis had already been experimenting with making beats and breaks on a four-track recorder while he was in high school in the Nor-Cal college town of Davis, but it was during university that he co-founded his own Solesides label as an outlet for his original tracks. Hooking up with Davis’ few b-boys (including eventual Solesides artists Blackalicious and Lyrics Born) through the college radio station, Shadow began releasing the Hip-Hop Reconstruction mix tapes in 1991, eventually catching the attention of The Source magazine and Dave Funkenklein.  Shadow was featured in the magazine’s “Unsigned Hype” column in 1991, and Klein signed him to a production deal with Hollywood BASIC records.  Concurrently, Shadow provided beats and scratches for Bay Area rapper Paris and was featured on his second album.  In 1993, Shadow pressed his 17-minute beat-head symphony “Entropy.” His tracks spread widely through the DJ-strong hip-hop underground, eventually reaching James Lavelle of Mo’ Wax. Shadow’s first full-length, Endtroducing….., was released on the label in late 1996 to immense critical acclaim in Britain and America.  The album has frequently been lauded as one of the most important works of the last 50 years, landing on countless “Best Of The ‘90s” lists and polls, including Rolling Stone and NME.  Preemptive Strike, a compilation of early singles, followed in early 1998. Later that year, Shadow produced tracks for the debut album by U.N.K.L.E., a long-time Mo’ Wax production team that gained superstar guests including Thom Yorke (of Radiohead), Richard Ashcroft (of the Verve), Mike D (of the Beastie Boys), and others. Nearly six years after his debut production album, the proper follow-up, The Private Press, was released in June 2002, again to considerable acclaim.  In 2006 he released another long awaited full-length album The Outsider, which featured rising Bay Area Hyphy rappers including Keak Da Sneak and E-40. The Outsider also featured a single with Q-Tip (of A Tribe Called Quest), which led to Shadow’s first appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. 2010 and 2011 saw a tour throughout Europe and North America entitled “Live From The Shadowsphere.”  Hailed for its visual innovations, the tour was cited by Beatport as one of the top 10 DJ shows of all time, and was capped off by two memorable performances at the Coachella Festival, one of which featured a surprise cameo by Zack De La Rocha. In 2011, DJ Shadow released The Less You Know, The Better, purportedly his last full-length album to prominently feature samples. 2012 included Total Breakdown, Hidden Transmissions From The MPC Era (1992-1996), an archival project; and Reconstructed: The Best of DJ Shadow, a greatest hits album. 2012 saw a shift in Shadow’s live persona…at the request of trendsetting LA club night Low End Theory, he returned to playing traditional, contemporary DJ sets, often eschewing his own music for that of peers.  Simultaneously, the restless DJ began releasing music by himself and his contemporaries on the self-funded Liquid Amber label, garnering strong critical and fan support across over a dozen releases to date. 2016 is shaping up to be another action-packed year for the DJ, as he prepares to unveil a brand new album, embark on a supporting tour, and…tantalizingly…celebrate the 20-year anniversary of his seminal masterpiece, Endtroducing.  Spending 7 months crafting his latest full-length LP, Shadow promises a dense album full of surprises.  “I’ve loved every record I’ve made, but this one is special to me.  It’s a culmination of everything I’ve learned, and everything I love about music.”  Featuring guests ranging from Run The Jewels and Nils Frahm to UK jazz artist Matthew Halsall, The Mountain Will Fall was released June 24th, 2016 on Mass Appeal Records. Listen / purchase here: https://djshadow.lnk.to/TMWF