Hot off the release of the breathtaking Omoiyari, Kishi Bashi and company delivered an equally breathtaking performance at an intimate 300-capacity church in Portland.
In the modern music era, most new releases come saddled with histories we’re supposed to believe in, recycled narratives, and increasingly thirsty marketing “hooks.” Which is what makes Rose City Band’s self-titled debut such a unicorn of an album.
There are only two things that we know for sure about this band:
1) Ripley Johnson (Moon Duo, Wooden Shjips) produced it.
2) It jams.
Refreshing AF, right?
Special guest Jonathan Hart (Brokedown Pod) joins us to discuss why Rose City Band is destined to be the soundtrack of your Summer, the resurgence of “jam band” music in the mainstream, and more.
On her latest LP Goners, Laura Gibson is taking on grief and the joy that can be found through grieving, and the result is her strongest record yet. Lush, adventurous, and human AF, Goners drags the listener down to the bottom, where it may be dark, but at least you’ve got good company.
PLUS: Maryjo Mattea is in pretty much ALL of the bands in Washington, D.C., and on her new single she’s being joined by good friend Cody Valentine (Allthebestkids) for a potent tale of personal empowerment and the joys that are out there waiting for us when we set ourselves free.
A love song told on a countryside porch as the sun’s coming down
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE:
Henry Jamison isn’t a newcomer to the music world, but this debut EP will no doubt leave a great first impression on folk music fans. Conceived on a 8-track recorder, The Rains EP came to fruition after a few solo recording attempts and two years of touring with other musicians.
In a world where being “Portland” is starting to mean more and more, MusicfestNW, Portland’s long-running, mostly in-door music festival started as a joint venture between Portland’s alternative publication fixture The Willamette Week and SXSW (it is now just operated by the Willamette Week), is becoming more and more of a definitive Portland experience. This year’s line-up, probably the most diverse in memories past, featured a slew of artists splattered across all of Portland’s indoor music venues as well as the three main headlining shows in the “Backyard of Portland” Pioneer Courthouse.
Going to a festival curated by a newspaper devoted to Portland ensures a type of all-encompassing experience spread out over the now five-day festival. Special food trucks occupy the main stage shows and microbreweries bring out their best odd-ball creations to show off all festival long. This year, the festival expanded to include TechfestNW, a daytime series of lectures and talks on technology .