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Spend your Summer Listening to Plastic Weather

As temperatures rise, it’s hard to find music suitable for the antsy, feverish moods caused by hotter nights. Luckily for those living in Portland, Plastic Weather is around to provide the perfect outlet for that restlessness. A self-described “bratty synth punk” band, Plastic Weather makes dynamically angry synth-pop. Fast percussive stabs and short synth sustains make the music heavy, compelling, and great for dancing. The synth playing especially stands out, and introduces elements of prog-rock into their music. Without it, the band would not have the spacey 80's sci-fi soundscape that makes it so unique. The vocalist's echoing, disembodied vocals pair well with their melodramatic and abstract lyrics. Ultimately, Plastic Weather sounds like an angsty synth-pop band trapped in a feverish daydream but having a good time. - Avril Carrillo 
 
Plastic Weather’s next show will be June 10th with Planet Damn and GNäRDS at No Fun.

   

Get Angry, Stay Pissed with B.R.U.C.E.

Femme punk band B.R.U.C.E.’s first album Stay Pissed was just released. B.R.U.C.E. is comprised of Anna Janelle, Ryan Vail, David Thomas, and Gwen Shrieks. Together, they make music that is feral and blunt, exploring the ridiculous hypocrisy of the world. Each song on Stay Pissed is notable, but the two that really shine are “Succubus” and Tried.” Janelle’s vocals on “Succubus” are raw and angry, reminiscent of a huskier Kathleen Hanna. “Tried” alternates between a slower, more sultry pace, and jarring, crashing noise. It’s an excellent example of building and releasing an audience’s anticipation and letting the movement of the music turn into frenzied chaos. Next time you need to punch someone (like a Nazi) in the face, listen to B.R.U.C.E to pump yourself up beforehand.

B.R.U.C.E. will be playing at the Lombard Pub on June 9th, along with ISCH, Dead Coyote, and Jeff Smith. - By Avril Carrillo, Photo by Corbin Corbiin

   

Surfer Rosie June 30th at Black Water

Surfer Rosie, a slacker-rock garage band, has been gaining popularity in Portland for a number of reasons. The band’s members Gillian Brase, Gillian Avina, Laura Daegling, Noah Johanson have all cut their teeth in the DIY scene over the years, and that experience shows in Surfer Rosie’s music. Their first EP released last June, simply titled EP 1, is an excellent example of alt-pop done right. The band’s strength lies in their combination of emo-inspired lyricism with deceptively minimalistic guitar riffs and beats. Surfer Rosie’s latest single “Worms” came out this May. The track feels driven and focused, but still makes room for the band’s signature moodiness. Surfer Rosie's next show is June 30th at the Black Water Bar with Little Star, Alien Boy, and Vari Vice. - by Avril Carrillo, Photo by Natalie Eagan

   

New Al's Den Residency with Mitch Wilson begins tonight

McMenamins Al's Den has got a knack for picking artists to watch and using their residencies to showcase them. For this week in April, Al's Den is giving us the chance to see a different side of a very talented and familiar face, along with some special guests to play close at hand along the way. Starting tonight, we'll get a whole seven days to enjoy Mitch Wilson and his sundry sounds.

Many probably recognize Wilson from his time spent in indie rock bands around Portland, like the Deli favorite LiquidLight, but he's actually got a surprising amount of work under his belt. What many probably don't know is that on top of being a jazz drummer, he was also one of the founding members of the Taylor Momsen (remember Gossip Girl?) led rock band The Pretty Reckless. Even more than that, he's performed in the Sting-featuring Broadway show 'The Last Ship' and has contributed creatively to the Tony Award nominated Broadway musical 'A Night with Janis Joplin.'

With all of this artistic output behind him, Wilson has opened up the next music chapter of his life to share with us all. He'll be the headlining act each night of course, but joining him tonight will be Quiet Type, tomorrow 4.09 with a variety of local special guests for the On Broadway musical theater night, the jazz super group Trad Jazz on Tuesday 4.10, LiquidLight on Wednesday 4.11, Megan Diana on Thursday, Wil Kinky on Friday, and then ending on Saturday 4.14 with S.O.S., A Tribute to the Police. 

There's too much to miss, so be prepared to find your seat for the whole week at Al's Den.

   

Out From The Shadows Fest accompanied by new Songs From Under the Floorboard compilation

Dave Cantrell knows what's good when it comes to post-punk. As Portland's resident cognoscente of dark sounds, Cantrell has shared his knowledge regarding the peak of the genre's original years, from 1977 to 1983, as well as on present-day synthwave, darkwave and post-punk through his leading source of a radio show, Songs From Under the Floorboard. This weekly space has been turned into a compilation album, and it's coming out right in time to pair with the fourth year of Cantrell's curated festival Out From the Shadows.

Out on a split between local labels Accident Prone and Green Noise Records, the Songs From Under the Floorboard comp highlights just a few of the amazing artists Cantrell has discovered so far from around the globe, including Spain and Germany. The tracks on the compilation are rare and previously unreleased, the proceeds from what hopefully will be the first of many being donated to Planned Parenthood. As far as local representation is concerned, trio Vice Device are the only Portlanders on this volume of the comp, but there are quite a few named on the Out From the Shadows' bill.

Ritual Veil has been blowing up the scene lately and is expected to take the stage, along with the anarco-death rock of Over and the punk wave sounds of Arctic Flowers. Vibrissae's shoegazey synth sounds, some electro-industrial feels from Die Robot and some classic, gritty post-punk from Deathcharge

Out From the Shadows IV starts tomorrow. To purchase tickets and find more information on individual day's sets, view the Facebook event page. Songs From Under the Floorboard Vol. 1 drops on 4.06, but stream the compilation in full below.