UPCOMING SHOWS

Thu Feb

22

Holocene 1001 SE Morrison St PDX OR

$15 Adv.
Doors 9pm; 21+

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SAINT WKND

JERRY FOLK

ARTIST BIO

Deep in the hub of Germany, the raw sounds of 21 year old Maximilian Seethaler's tycoon SAINT WKND is fusing danceable mixture of deep, tech and house beats with a subtle tropical-like inspired round of evocative chilled indie sounds. In less then a year he reached an impressive 18 million unique Soundcloud plays and scored multiple #1 spots on the all acclaimed Hype Machine with remixes for Australian future-beat boss Chet Faker, indie group Saint Motel and his first solo release "Lost(Runaway)" feat. Inglsh. Inspired by artists such as Pharrell Williams, Daft Punk, Jay Z and with his love for underground music, the SAINT WKND phenomenon is nothing short of a future and unique musical experience, which will be hard to forget. With his bags fully packed and ready to go, SAINT WKND invites you to join his world of bass infused indie music and dance the night away.

Sat Mar

10

Star Theater 13 NW 6th Ave. PDX OR

$17 Adv.
Doors 8p; 21+

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MR. CARMACK (LIVE)

TSURUDA

ARTIST BIO

Mr. Carmack aka Aaron Carmack is a Hawaii-based producer blurring the distinction between Hip Hop and Dance Music in a progressive way that has even the most seasoned producers scratching their heads. His current rise to fame started with the self-released Bang, Vol 3 followed by the Life/Death EP, which both achieved the #1 best selling album on Bandcamp consecutively. In April 2013, he released “Birth Control” and “Hopscotch,” an eclectic mix of hand claps, squeaky beats, and Neptunesque synths, on our Jeffree’s imprint. Supported by the likes of RL Grime, GTA, Plastician, Djemba Djemba, S Type, Elair Fifi as well as appearances on BBC Radio 1, Mr. Carmack’s global domination has only just begun.

Fri Mar

16

Holocene 1001 SE Morrison St. PDX OR

$15 Adv.
Doors 9pm; 21+

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LANE 8

ATTLAS

ARTIST BIO

With his 'This Never Happened' concept becoming one of dance music's word-of-mouth success stories, Lane 8 aka Daniel Goldstein proudly announces his second artist album, ‘Little By Little’, on his own This Never Happened label. Due for release in January 2018, 'Little By Little’ distills Lane 8's unique flair for melodic, heart-warming electronics, traversing reflective electronica, instrumental club epics and left-field pop moments alike. The album tour will see Lane 8 DJ tracks from across the album and his rich discography - including new edits, club mixes and remixes. As This Never Happened shows, Lane 8 will again ask all in attendance to connect with each other and the music in the purest possible way. As such, no phone cameras or filming will be allowed on the dancefloor. Leave your phone. Experience the moment. This Never Happened.

Sun Mar

18

Holocene 1001 SE Morrison St. PDX OR

$15 Adv.
Doors 9pm; 21+

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BONDAX

ARTIST BIO

"There's an old saying" says George Townsend, "that it takes years of work to be an overnight success." Wise words indeed, but startling too. Indeed, it's hard to believe that Bondax, the duo of George Townsend and Adam Kaye, have had the years to put into their work. After all, both are 18 years old and barely out of sixth form – surely theirs must just have been a lucky break, a couple of fluke big tunes that got spread on a wave of internet hype? Well no, they really have put the hours in to get where they are now. "We met properly in year 11" says Adam, "when we were doing our GCSEs. George had been producing for ages, I'd been in bands playing indie and stuff, and he asked me in to try and make some tunes. It was just fun at first, but the more we did it the more we realised... well, that we could make something quite decent!" So that's several years of George tinkering with computers and Adam learning his chops before they started working together, then another two years of learning to work as a duo before their tracks started gaining buzz online and being picked up by DJs and labels. When the first buzz began to explode George took the bold step of dropping out of his A-levels to dedicate himself full time to building connections and setting the stage, so that when Adam finished his exams, they'd be able to leap in to promotion and songwriting with both feet. Already they've played across Europe, rocked festivals and clubs and met some of their musical heroes, but they know it's only just begun. "We want to do this" George says. "I knew I had a choice, to do my exams and do what everyone else does, or take a chance on doing something I love, going to parties, maybe building a totally different life." And they're not just looking to the next dancefloor hit either, as Adam makes clear "we're really conscious of not wanting to repeat ourselves" he says, "and we want to do new things. We're only just writing our album now, but we're going to have songs, but songs treated differently so the structures aren't what you expect. It's got to keep the interest and not just be trying to do what's current." That's the same sense of perspective which George displayed in pointing out the work they needed to get where they are – and they both know there's a lot of work still to do. It's unusual to find any act who are so clear about what's needed to go where they want to be, let alone an act that's just out of school. But Bondax are a very unusual act, and one that's arrived just at the right time. Though they may have all the hallmarks of "bass music", the newest production techniques, tweaks and club rhythms, there's something deeper underlying all their tracks which gives them both pop appeal and the possibility of the longevity they clearly want. It's early days, of course, but there's every chance that in years to come, they won't be looked at alongside the hip club producers of the time, but in a category with Moby, Gorillaz, LCD Soundsystem and other such acts which have taken dance grooves to the biggest stages and the widest audiences.

Wed Mar

28

Holocene 1001 SE Morrison St. PDX OR

$15 Adv.
Doors 9pm; 21+

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BRASSTRACKS

ARTIST BIO

Brooklyn-based duo Brasstracks has delved deeper into the inclusion of brass instruments in electronic music. Made up of Ivan Jackson on trumpet and Conor Rayne on drums, Brasstracks emulate the current state of many musicians in their age bracket who are caught between their trained musicianship and their personal love of a multitude of musical sounds. Read more at https://earmilk.com/2016/09/06/brasstracks-on-live-music-and-the-success-of-their-debut-album/#3Kjss35whAsRM4s3.99

Sat Mar

31

Crystal Ballroom 1332 W Burnside St. PDX OR

$22 Adv.
Doors 6:30; All Ages

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EMANCIPATOR ENSEMBLE

LITTLE PEOPLE

ARTIST BIO

A sleeping giant of the electronic music world, Douglas Appling - more commonly known as Emancipator - has quietly established himself as a mainstay in the electronic music scene since the release of his debut album, Soon It Will Be Cold Enough in 2006. Classically-trained as a violinist from an early age, Appling's organic approach to electronic music production draws inspiration from a wide range of international cultures and musical genres, culminating in a refreshingly authentic brand of electronic music that has infiltrated global consciousness. 2017 has been a busy year of touring & music writing for Emancipator. Doug’s live band, Emancipator Ensemble, headlined Red Rocks Amphitheater for the first time and made appearances at many music festivals across the globe. November 2017 will also mark the release of the much-anticipated new Emancipator album, Baralku, via his own label, Loci Records. Inspired by the astral “island” some aboriginal societies believe to be our spiritual home after death, Baralku synthesizes downtempo hip-hop beats, world music elements, and field recordings, as well as jazz, folk, and classical influences into a transcendent hybrid of lush, nuanced, and ethereal compositions.   “Music takes me to places, and each song is a spirit island on which its soul lives infinitely,” says Emancipator of the album’s title and his inspiration. “To release a song is both a death and a birth at the same time,” he adds. “The sounds contained in each song have reached the end of their life process. The once shapeshifting collage of expression has been crystallized into a final form, no longer kinetic. Yet it exists in a state of permanent potential energy, waiting to be accessed in the form of music, just as the memory of a departed soul will always have the power to move us.” Following the release of Baralku, the Emancipator Ensemble will embark on a 25-date North American tour in early 2018.

Sat Apr

14

Star Theater 13 NW 6th Ave. PDX OR

$18 Adv.
Doors 8p; 21+

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CHROME SPARKS

MACHINEDRUM

ARTIST BIO

Chrome Sparks is the solo project of Jeremy Malvin, a Brooklyn transplant from Pittsburgh by way of Ann Arbor. In 2014, after having self released a small handful of singles and two EPs on Bandcamp, Malvin signed to the taste making Sydney based label Future Classic. Under the new label, he rereleased Sparks EP and released the Goddess EP. His next EP, Parallelism is slated to be released with Future Classic on November 6. Inspired by a background in classical percussion and an obsession with synthesizers, Malvin creates dazed, melodic beat-centric tunes that loosely hang between down-tempo head nodders and up-tempo club bangers. FADER has described his music as 'form-shifting beats [that] seem to resonate with spaced-out chillers and hyperactive party kids alike.' In 2012, while on Warped Tour as the drummer for Stepdad, Malvin released the slow burning, bass heavy single "Marijuana" on a Bandcamp compilation highlighting music from he and his friends in Ann Arbor. It quickly rocketed to #1 on Hype Machine and has since become an internet-stoner anthem. It has subsequently been rereleased by Future Classic and Kitsuné. His upcoming release, Parallelism, was made using sounds from three analog synthesizers, vocal samples from friends, and a tambourine.

Thu Apr

26

Holocene 1001 SE Morrison St. PDX OR

$12 Earlybird
Doors 9pm; 21+

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KASBO

BAYNK

ARTIST BIO

2015 marked the start of a breakout two years for Kasbo – the 22-year-old Gothernburg-based Swede also known as Carl Garsbo. The release of his own productions – a debut EP, “Umbrella Club”, and standout single ‘World Away’ released on ODESZA’s Foreign Family Collective – combined with a string of well received remixes for the likes of Vance Joy, Big Gigantic and Mutemath have seen him rack up over 50 million streams in that time alone. Continued support from the likes of Billboard, Stereogum, THUMP and Stoney Roads, and invitations to tour the US with Glass Animals and ODESZA have further signalled the rapid rise of this young producer. Kasbo’s new single, “Bleed It Out feat. Nea,” is released on 24th October 2017 via Foreign Family Collective x Counter Records. Before announcing a full Spring 2018 North American tour, Kasbo joins ODESZA on the road again this fall, and also plans to hit the road with Slow Magic and San Holo.

Thu May

3

45 East 315 SE 3rd Ave. PDX OR

$10 Adv.
Doors 10pm; 21+

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OPIUO

ARTIST BIO

Opiuo is Oscar Davey-Wraight. Born in the festival paddocks of rural New Zealand, he packed his bags and headed to Australia at the youthful age of 20 to find meaner, greener party pastures. Landing in the grimey, colourful streets of Melbourne, he built a emphatic fan base amongst club and festival goers across the great red land of Australia. Using his positivity as a catalyst for mighty musical enjoyment, he captivated audiences with his extremely unique funkadelic bass heavy creations. His 2010 debut album Slurp & Giggle spread like wildfire across the global underground music scene, earning him nominations for best album at the Australian Independent Music Awards. His follow up albums, Meraki in 2014 and Omniversal in 2016, were winners and finalists for the New Zealand Music Awards in the “Electronic Album Of The Year” category respectively, and continued by gaining millions of plays and downloads across all the major musical platforms. Since then Oscar has gone on to be specifically selected to support the most respected names in electronic music, including Bassnectar, Griz, Pretty Lights and more. He’s headlined the greatest venues in the world, including Colorado’s famous Red Rocks Amphitheater with his 5 piece live band juggernaut The Opiuo Band. He has also played every major North American, Australasian and European festival to rave reviews. His highly sought after remix works span artists far and wide, from Gwen Stefani to Kimbra, Griz to Pretty Lights, Koan Sound to Infected Mushroom, earning him respect as a truly versatile artist, with no specific genre box to restrict his musical endeavours. 2018 will see the release of a ton of new music, as well as playing some of the biggest headline shows of his career. This is down to the beautiful support of his die hard fans throughout the planet, who share in his vision of a positive, fun filled world of love, family, and supporting your friends. It’s not what we got, it’s what we give.

Tue May

15

Star Theater 13 NW 6th Ave. PDX OR

$17 Adv.
Doors 8pm; 21+

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MOUNT KIMBIE

SMERZ

ARTIST BIO

Love What Survives is the third studio album from Mount Kimbie. It is a melodic yet robust electronic record for driving with the windows down and a distillation of their career to date, mixing multiple singing voices and musical personalities, flirting with freeform experimentation, pop tropes and an expansive sonic palette. As the title suggests the record is the product of three years of intense creative development, continually honed by the duo writing and rewriting their ideas to form something wholly idiosyncratic and personal. It brings together the voices of their close friends and collaborators - who together represent a corner of the UK’s young artistic talent - James Blake, Micachu and King Krule, within the immersive, unique atmosphere of a Mount Kimbie album. It’s the most confident statement of intent from the boundary-pushing duo yet, and an embodiment of their career-long musical progression. Making this album, says Kai Campos – who along with Dominic Maker is Mount Kimbie - “was about taking away everything that had been successful for us before.” Love What Survives was made mostly on just two vintage synths, a Korg MS-20, and a Korg Delta. Both instruments have what Kai describes a “punk and janky, Robert Wyatt quality”. With an industrial character and a direct playing style, these synths pushed Mount Kimbie toward their bold new sound. The record’s more expansive aura is also indebted to the fact it was made between London and Los Angeles. After Maker moved to the West Coast in 2016 the duo would travel back and forth to work together, cultivating ideas in intensive sessions. For Maker, putting down roots in a foreign city with its cultural differences and geographical vastness was alienating at first but it gave fresh perspective and inspiration, disrupting some creative stagnation he was starting to feel from living in the UK. “I found it really helpful”, Maker says now. As a result of this free-form composition process and their extensive live performances over the last few years, Love What Survives is a looser, more ambitious record than Mount Kimbie have ever made before. Elastic melodies and rough-edged instrumentation give it a warm energy: the pre-Midi groove of ‘Delta’ locking with simple, direct chord progressions; ‘Poison’ showing a delicate, introspective side; ‘Audition’ suggesting a Krautrock influence, with “drum machines that sound like they were played by humans and acoustic instruments that sound like they were played by machines.” As well as experimenting with new instrumentation the band embraced collaboration to take their sound to new levels. ‘Marilyn’, a soft-focus, bubbling duet with Micachu, builds to a sun-flecked brassy climax, whereas the motorik rhythm section of ‘Blue Train Lines’ gives King Krule a fast lane on which to deliver his jagged vocal bursts. ‘You Look Certain (I’m Not So Sure)’, is sung by the band’s live member Andrea Balency and shows Campos experimenting with scrappy guitar riffs. Meanwhile, Maker describes ‘T.A.M.E.D’, sung by himself, as “our version of a pop song — a really deranged pop song”. The album reveals a freer, warmer and more confident Mount Kimbie. “Having more people involved has really helped let go of a bit of control,” Dom Maker explains. “The memory of this record is very different from the last one. This one feels very bright, and the last one feels really dark. I guess that comes from having it be something that’s shared with friends.” Another source of this influence of new personalities in defining the direction of the record was the series of NTS Radio shows the pair curated in 2015 and 2017. The eclectic shows featured album contributors James Blake, Micachu and King Krule, plus guests Actress, William Basinski, Savages, Connan Mockasin, Warpaint and Julia Holter, giving the band a fresh ear for what they wanted to create themselves. As Maker puts it: “The variety of the shows definitely pushed us to explore new areas, new pieces of kit, new sounds.” Looking back from these “new areas” at this point in their career it’s worth considering the ground the duo have already navigated. Since releasing their debut Crooks & Lovers in 2010, a kaleidoscopic classic that redefined the possibilities of UK electronic music, they have constantly evolved. The follow-up, 2013’s critically acclaimed Cold Spring Fault Less Youth, was a bold move into songwriting and live instrumentation. They recruited King Krule to vocal on two tracks, and sang on record themselves for the first time on the tape-hiss house anthem ‘Made To Stray’, creating a new world of introspection and melancholy, fleeting between electronic programming, synthesized sound and acoustic production. Their continual forward motion has positioned them as one of the UK’s most progressive and respected artists. Their central role in the birthing of the so-called “post-dubstep” sound initially inspired a generation of electronic producers around the turn of the decade, and has more recently crossed over to some of the biggest US artists. Their Crooks & Lovers standout ‘Adriatic’ found new life in Chance the Rapper and Justin Bieber’s 2016 song ‘Juke Jam’, while Dom worked with James Blake on production for multiple tracks on JAY-Z’s forthcoming album, as well as further productions on currently unannounced projects. Despite the weight of this influence, the band are still far from categorizable. Love What Survives only adds to their reputation, proving the band are as vital as ever and offering no clues as to where their thrilling evolution might visit next.

Sun May

20

Roseland Theater 8 NW 6th Ave. PDX OR


Doors 7p; 18+

ON SALE
Feb 23

THE GLITCH MOB

ELOHIM

ANOMALIE

ARTIST BIO

The Glitch Mob – the Los Angeles-based trio comprising Justin Boreta, Ed Ma, and Joshua Mayer – continues their forward movement into 2018. Boreta, edIT, and Ooah came together around 2006, passing through various members until settling on this core trio of musicians. Together, they combined their different skills and aesthetics into the compellingly collaged whole that has become one of the most beloved live electronic acts, and distinctive recording artists, working today.

Mon May

21

Wonder Ballroom 128 NE Russell St. PDX OR

$17 Adv.
Doors 8pm; All Ages

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SOFI TUKKER

ARTIST BIO

SOFI TUKKER’s success was anything but planned. The band’s very existence happened haphazardly after Sophie Hawley-Weld met Tucker Halpern during an art show at Brown University, where they both happened to be performing. It only took a couple of months before the NYC-based duo penned their viral track “Drinkee,” which has since racked up over 40 million Spotify streams and received a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording. The song was the first they ever wrote, and became the backbone of their wildly successful EP, Soft Animals. It also took them around the world, with their high-energy live show packing venues on five continents and lighting up prestigious festivals such as Coachella and Lollapalooza. In late 2017 the band scored their biggest Apple ad to date, when the company chose their unreleased track “Best Friend” to soundtrack the launch of their flagship iPhone X. The heat generated from the ad launched the song at radio worldwide; It is now steadily propelling up the US Pop and Alternative Radio charts and is perched in the upper echelons of the iTunes Singles and Shazam charts across the globe. Having already gotten as close to cultural world domination as a young act can get, SOFI TUKKER’s future is looking brighter than ever. Sofi Tukker has partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket sold on their US dates will go to support Planned Parenthood and their work delivering vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people in the US and worldwide (www.plannedparenthood.org). In Canada, the dollar will go to Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights and their work advancing and upholding sexual and reproductive health and rights in Canada and worldwide (www.actioncanadashr.org).

Fri Jun

8

Wonder Ballroom 128 NE Russell St. PDX OR

$20 Adv.
Doors 8p; All Ages

ON SALE
Feb 23

NIGHTMARES ON WAX

ARTIST BIO

Iconic Warp mainstay Nightmares on Wax is announcing his long-anticipated return with new album Shape The Future. The marriage of soul, hip-hop, dub and timeless club sounds that N.O.W. has been mutating and perfecting for years finds perhaps its most fluid form yet on Shape The Future. Energized by globetrotting runs of studio sessions and DJ sets, this latest salvo is a masterpiece of contemporary and classic genre-blending that solidifies Nightmares On Wax’s place as an inspirational electronic music figurehead. This includes the shamanistic vocals of recent single Back To Nature, and in particular the arresting voices of Mozez alongside Kanye West and Flume collaborator Allan Kingdom, as featured on brand new cut Citizen Kane. Nightmares on Wax is one of the most influential artists of a generation, his music has inspired many musicians and producers across the globe over his quarter decade career. As Warp’s longest serving active artist, he has broadened the sound of the label and paved the way for artists such as Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke and Mount Kimbie.