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Pilot Cloud Slowly Rockin’ at North Star Bar Aug. 4

Hometown shoegazers Pilot Cloud are making their way to the North Star Bar tonight before they head out to the Mid-West. The band announced that they would be going on a break soon so this is sure to be one of the last shows for a while. While the window to see these guys may be small, the sound they produce is anything but. I hear more post-rock ala Maserati or My Dad vs Yours in their sound with ferocious drums, slithering guitar lines and monstrous build ups and climaxes with atmospheric samples thrown in for shits and giggles. They do have vocals, but they sound more like an additional instrument instead of melodic/narrative lead. The duo released Halcyon this year to follow up their debut effort 2008’s In Transition. With them is fellow “experimental indie rockers” (post-rock to the max) Controlled Storms. They seem to groove a bit more than other post-rock staples but they definitely fit nicely into the genre. I can imagine this show will consist of extended jams, mood lighting and more than enough slow head banging. North Star Bar, 2639 Poplar St., 9pm, 21+ - Adam G.
 

 

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From our Open Blog: The Limousines

The last time we posted about The Limousines they were playing last years Treasure Island Music Fest. This week they've dropped us a line via our Open Blog to warn us that Rock n' Roll zombies are in the imminent future [see below]. Their debut album Get Sharp released last week.

You can also spare us from catastrophe and organ eating entities by posting about your band in our open blog HERE.

-Nicole Leigh

If you like MGMT you will love this group! The Limousines was born when Eric Victorino of Strata and Giovanni Giusti AKA Nozebleed made sweet love in the SF Bay Area underground. Catchy lyrics, dance worthy beats, electro-pop at its finest. They just released there first full length album, Get Sharp which you can download on itunes and pick up in local Bay Area music Stores. Topping charts on XM radio, local radio, and itunes. Their album is already gaining popularity in international markets and has a tight hold on the Bay Area's hipster scene.Mark my words, The Limo's won't be hitting the breaks anytime soon.

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Patrolled By Radar @ The LA Zoo August 6th

LA Band Patrolled By Radar

Lions, tigers, and bands? Oh my! Patrolled By Radar (formally 50 Cent Haircut) will be joined by a number of special friends at the LA Zoo on August 6th. A bit down tempo alt-country, there is enough twang to keep a smile on your face.

If the furry animals don't keep your attention, The Happy Hollows, Voxhaul Broadcast, Useless Keys, The Lonely Wild, Walking Sleep, and Slang Chickens will.

More info and tickets are available here.

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Scattered...Picccctuuurreesss - PDX Pop Now! Through the Lens of Someone Who Kept Forgetting to Take Pictures

Fortunately for our faithful Deli Portland readership, your humble Associate Editor did not snap thousands of photos of this year's weekend mega-pop fest at Rotture. Truth be told, he prefers to let the camera do most of the work anyway. His skills are, on the high end, derivative of the cogs employed within the black plastics and gears of his lady-friend's Nikon D-40.

It's with that kind of frame of mind that he took real, actual photos of only four or so acts. Well, to be fair, he did take more, but he didn't know how to use this goddamn digi-monstrosity (he prefers the FX Camera app for his Smartphone above all other technological profundity), and consequently his indoor stage shots looked like Ansel Adams had been taking snifters of Jonestown Kool-Aid.

So here is what we do have:

 

O Bruxo live on Saturday, July 31, providing a much needed Latin-rock shuffle to the purveying masses of over-easy dance and experimental hoopla.

 

A personal favorite, Da'Rel Junior, along with his DJ Dr. Adam, regaled stories of nerd-dom against heady beats to an appreciative afternoon crowd on Saturday. Hip-hoppers take note: Da'Rel brings it with more than an ample dose of humility slathering his potent rhymes.


 

Mike D and the rest of I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House pretty much scared the shit out of every person in attendance who hadn't seen them before, despite their god-fearing sentimentalism and appropriately Care Bear-esque dispositions. The band only had time enough to blaze through five songs or so before the weight of their bar-room cow punk would take a bow. If I find more worthwhile shots, I'll post them here for sure.

You're welcome...

- Ryan J. Prado

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Bite-sized Reviews: Rollerball at PDX Pop Now!

 

The experimental three-piece Rollerball molded tight melodies into somewhat funky drones. For a band 15 years down the line, I shit myself to ask, where was I?

The female-fronted trio flirted with chamber-pop sounds before being fully deconstructed into energetic, effect-laden bursts of noise that shone perfectly under Rotture's blue-stage lights.

- Nick Walker

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