UPCOMING SHOWS

Thu Apr

26

Holocene 1001 SE Morrison St. PDX OR

$12 Earlybird
Doors 9pm; 21+

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KASBO

BAYNK

EVAN GIIA

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

SUBDOCTA

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+

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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

KAH-LO

LP GIOBBI

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

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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.

Wed Jun

27

Holocene 1001 SE Morrison St. PDX OR

$17 Adv.
Doors 9pm; 21+

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NEON INDIAN (DJ SET)

ARTIST BIO

Neon Indian (aka Alan Palomo) has announced the long awaited follow up to 2011’s Era Extraña and this year’s standalone single “Annie.” Slated for release via Mom + Pop on October 16, VEGA INTL. Night School was conceived during a period of aesthetic reinvention for Palomo, as he retooled the lo-fi and spontaneous writing style he’d developed as Neon Indian by incorporating elements of the cleaner production values and dance oriented approach of his previous recording moniker VEGA, ultimately merging the two into one fast lane. Developed over a four year period, the album brims with funk-centric guitar lines, pronounced Balearic rhythms, and the most elaborate songwriting of his career. Composed and recorded in a variety of locations including, but not limited to, the cabin aboard a cruise ship, DFA’s Plantain Studios in New York, Pure X’s practice space in Austin, Ben Allen’s studio in Atlanta, and mixed in Brooklyn with Alex Epton (XXXchange). Upon its completion, Alan noted “most of what I’ve learned about human nature in my twenties has happened after dark. People are just kind of more honest then. More deliberate. I like to call the places I go to Night Schools.” The new album single “Slumlord” arrives alongside an inventive relaunch of his website as Nightschool.biz The site features an hotline (+1-512-643-VEGA) to receive and send audio of the song and a special voice greeting about the album, in addition to newly announced US tour dates and an album-preorder that comes with instant grat tracks “Annie” and “Slumlord.”

Sun Sep

30

Holocene 1001 SE Morrison St. PDX OR

$18 Adv.
Doors 9pm; 21+

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THE MIDNIGHT

ARTIST BIO

There is a Japanese term: Mono no aware. It means basically, the sad beauty of seeing time pass -- the aching awareness of impermanence. These are the days that we will return to one day in the future only in memories. The Midnight consists of Tyler Lyle (a songwriter from the Deep South) and Tim McEwan (a producer from Denmark). Their latest release Nocturnal is available now.