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Soft Butch

Given that it’s officially October, I think it’s safe to declare that it is now Halloween season. As such, you may find yourself in search of some good tunes to fit your ghostly mood. Look no further than Soft Butch. The band is, without a doubt, spooky. The synth is otherworldly, playing over the subdued purring of the electric guitar. The band's lyrics are satirical and derisive, sometimes blasphemous. At the core of Soft Butch’s appeal is the glittery, infectious pop playing underneath the gothic overtones. Too many bands avoid using any sort of early-2000’s pop style in their music, and thus miss out on the delightful buoyancy it can inspire in the audience. “She’s Electric” especially stands out in regards to this. The ravenous growl of the song plays over a decidedly upbeat rhythm. T.S. (lead vocals) speaks in an exaggerated, at times near slurring, Valley Girl accent. Make sure you play it at your next Halloween party.

  By Avril Carrillo

   

Bitch’n Releases New Political Single

Bitch’n just released a single off their upcoming album Let's get Easy, motivated by the “collective feminine growl that is sounding across this country and world.” The song, “On the Edge” is packed with a taut anxiety that makes your back stiffen and your fists clench. Dissonant beats and jangling chords reproduce the pain and frustration left over from this past week's political turmoil. Chanting the lines in unison, the members present a forceful unified front. "On the Edge" is a battle cry made for screaming at the frontlines of this war.

Bitch'n will be at the High Water Mark Lounge along with Nasal Rod and Wild Powwers (Seattle). 

 

  By Avril Carrillo

   

Lose Yr Mind Fest 2018

Lose Yr Mind Fest is coming up on its 5th year, and this year’s festival looks like its gonna be a great one. Lose Yr Mind is a great celebration of music, as the festival cultivates a safe and creative space for both local and national acts. In doing so, they foster a strong community for local artists, and an opportunity for larger acts to experience the Portland music scene. This year’s headliners are the Jacuzzi Boys and L.A. Witch. Some great local bands will be playing as well, including Cat Hoch, Star Club, Melt, and Kulululu. You can see the rest of the lineup on their facebook page, or on their website.
 
Lose Yr Mind is this weekend, September 28th and 29th. You can swing by the Vitalidad Movement Arts & Event Center starting at 7 both nights. Tickets are only 15 dollars per night. 
 
Sadly, this year's show will not be all ages. Lose Yr Mind issued an apology, explaining “We tried really hard to make this event all ages, but we can't responsibly do so this year with our move into a new space.” However, they will do their best to ensure that future festivals are open to underage fans as well.

-By Avril Carrillo

   

Lindsay Clark: Crystalline

Folk artist Lindsay Clark is releasing a new album, Crystalline, tomorrow September 21st. The album maintains a nice balance between vulnerability and resiliency. Clark’s words are intimate and delicate. Her music is deeply grounded in a strong sense of self that permeates each song. Part of this stems from the religious aspects of her music. Like most folk music, the album deals with questions of faith and spirituality. In Crystalline, these questions are permeated with delightfully vibrant depictions of nature. In “Rosehips” Clark’s calm, steady voice bathes the song in a subtle sensuality. The song invites you to forget yourself within the evocative call of Clarke’s voice, and the vivid portraits she creates. Overall, the album envelops the listener like a warm blanket on a cool fall evening.

Lindsey Clark is playing tonight, September 20th, at the Holocene in honor of her upcoming album. The show will also feature Ezza Rose, Anna Hoone, Jacob Miller, and Malachi Graham.

By Avril Carrillo, Photo by Myles Katherine Photography

   

Ural Thomas Still Has That Magic Touch

Ural Thomas has a new album, The Right Time, coming out with his band Ural Thomas & The Pain, via Tender Loving Empire. Thomas is best known for opening for legends such as Otis Redding and the Rolling Stones. Now, at 80 years old, Thomas is releasing a brand new album. The album is a great one, proving that time can’t dull a talent and passion for making music. On “No Distance (Between You & Me),” his voice is fresh, bright, and full of a hopeful energy that is heartening to hear. On some slower songs, like “Gotta Say (I Love You),” Thomas’ crooning is incredibly tender and smooth. It easily rivals acts such as The Miracles. Yet, despite how rooted in 60’s R&B Thomas is, it doesn't mean his music isn’t for the modern day. Ural Thomas makes music that could soothe any heartbreak or put some fire in anybody's step, be it the 60s or 2018. While the album won't be out till September 28th, you can pre-order the album now, here. Ural Thomas & The Pain will also be playing the Aladdin Theater a day after the release, on Sep 29th.

 

  -By Avril Carrillo, Photo By Brud Giles