Thursday, June 28 Cat Hoch, The Horrors at Wonder Ballroom
The Horrors is an English Indie rock, post-punk revival, shoegazing, gothic rock, garage rock, garage punk band founded in 2005 in Southend-on-Sea. Check out the Conan Mockasin remix of their 2011 song Still Life.
Thursday, June 28 Negative Gemini, George Clanton at Doug Fir
Negative Gemini is American songwriter, singer, and producer Lindsey French known for her contemporary take on electronic indie and her experimentation between genres.
Friday, June 29 BOYTOY, Deathlist at Bunk Bar
“BOYTOY is a summer-time strut down a New York City sidewalk as the sun slips behind the horizon where cement meets the shore and waves crash on pavement. Their sound ebbs and flows between natural harmony and destruction—embodying the bright grooves of the 1960’s with heavy guitar riffs snatched from the Lower East Side of the 1970’s. Their newest LP, Night Leaf, was released Spring 2018.”
“DEATHLIST is the band that plays at the prom in the 1980’s Winona Ryder movie (read: super angsty, dark and brooding) of your dreams”
Friday, June 29 Middle Kids, Duncan Fellows, Lola Kirke at Mississippi Studios
“A complex Indie Rock trio from Sydney, Australia with massive hooks, Middle Kids know how to craft classic riffs that tangle up in your brain like taffy and choruses that linger long after the song has faded. And they’ve bonded over a greater sense of what their music should accomplish.”
“We are obsessive about music, but we don’t see music as the end point. We see it as an amazing force of connection,” Joy says. “We’re really committed to each other as people first, and then the music comes out of that place.”
Friday, June 29 The Shivas, Here Lies Man, Blackwater Holylight at Star Theater
Read about Blackwater Holylight in this Merc article – it says it all. Blackwater Holylight is Allison Faris (of Grandparents), Laura Hopkins (of Laura Palmer’s Death Parade), Sarah McKenna (of Dan Dan), and Cat Hoch, whose solo work and collaborations stand all on their own.
The Shivas is a Portland Rock’n’Roll band.
Saturday, June 30 Belle & Sebastian, Japanese Breakfast at Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre
“Belle and Sebastian: The best pop groups want to change the world. They want to leave an imprint that no one forgets, to do more than check out as a minor statistic in the Guinness Book of Hit Singles. They want to change the world of pop, and to engage with the politics of pop. Belle & Sebastian have re-invented the pop festival; they signed to a tiny independent label but still beat Steps to a BRIT, before sweeping into the Top 40, then the Top 20. They’ve brought their lost sixties heroine, Evie Sands, over to play a show in Glasgow. They’ve sold out a concert at the Hollywood Bowl. And, in 2014, they cut an album – their ninth – called Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, that blends electro-glide, baroque balladry, and giant-sized Europop hooks. They deserve several accolades, each of which are rare for any band in 2017 – Belle & Sebastian are unique, unpredictable, and fiercely loved.”
“Japanese Breakfast: A solo moniker for Philadelphia musician Michelle Zauner, Japanese Breakfast began as a monthlong, song-a-day writing challenge during a break from her indie rock band Little Big League. That resulted in 2013’s June, an intimate set of melodic, electric guitar-accompanied lo-fi tunes issued on cassette by Ranch Records. She continued to write solo and with her band, with Japanese Breakfast’s self-released Where Is My Great Big Feeling? and the Seagreen Records cassette American Sound both following in the summer of 2014 before Little Big League’s Tropical Jinx arrived that October. With a varied palette including markedly bigger, synth-boosted sounds that bridged lo-fi and indie pop, Japanese Breakfast’s Yellow K Records debut, Psychopomp, was released in the spring of 2016.”
Belle & Sebastian, Japanese Breakfast at Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre
Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre
4001 SW Canyon Road, Portland
Sat, June 30th
7 pm | $35-95
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