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This is a preview of the new Deli charts - we are working on finalizing them by the end of 2013.

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Mister Tang's Shakin' Bones

Ever get the feeling of impending invasion when a song starts playing? The newest single "Shakin' Bonesby Portland-based Mister Tang could be comparable to accidentally opening the door into a meth super-lab, and running away as fast as you can.  With it comes unraveling emotions of intimidation, disorientation and subtle aggression. Somehow, this song walks the fine line of echoing 1960s garage rock without crossing over to mimic it entirely. Tang's screeching "I wanted it all" over and over again brings the listener back to reality and away from the invasion. You're left realizing that we're all in this together.

- Colette Pomerleau


February Artist of the Month: Cambrian Explosion

After a rocking two week campaign, Cambrian Explosion and their bluesy waves of ethereal psych-rock have claimed victory in our latest Artist of the Month Poll. Their songs move like living organisms, crawling through vivid soundscapes built upon swelling guitar leads, crisp rhythms and textured organ drones. You can dance along with their psychedelic creations for yourself by listening  their latest release, The Sun EP on bandcamp. Congrats on winning the poll, Cambrian Explosion, we’re stoked to call you our February Artist of the Month. - Ben Toledo  


Maps & Atlases // And And And // The We Shared Milk // 3.4.14

Pardon the shameless self-promotion but on Tuesday March 4, my very own band The We Shared Milk will share the stage at the Doug Fir Lounge with local drunken-power-pop favorites And And And, and Chicago’s experimental-math-popsters Maps & Atlases who will have a new album out April 17th. The show is part of a Red Bull sponsored concert series, Sound Select Presents: Portland, and the night's lineup was curated by one of indy rock's finest acts and certainly one of he biggest bands to come out of Portland, Portugal. The Man

RSVP here for get into the show for $3. Doors at 8pm, but arrive early as the space will likely fill up quickly. – Travis Leipzig

March Fourth

MarchFourth Marching Band is, of course, named for the date they began. It was the last time Fat Tuesday fell on the date eleven years ago in 2003. After throwing their first Mardi Gras party full of romping beats and brass, burlesque and revamped vaudeville, the group of 15-20 members did march forth.

They have always been DIY, parading through small festival circuits with infectious funk, rock, and astounding energy. The players, performers, and audience quickly meld together in jubilee with a quad of saxophonists, trumpets, band-geek drums, and a few guitars. And oh yeah, stilt-walkers! March Fourth is a tiny community of various instrumentalists, dancers, and acrobats; their performance is an epic choreography. 
Back home after an extensive tour, this March 4th they rock their 11th anniversary with a Fat Tuesday spectacular at the Crystal Ballroom. There will be an all ages early show, followed by a night spectacle of  DJ's, body painting, beads, and stilt-walker love triangles. There will be lots, and lots of dancing. 
Laisser le bon temps rouler, Portland! - Brandy Crowe


Rio Grands Release A-Z

Use the Internet to your advantage while perusing new music and things get weird. Type in "Rio Grands" to find mostly extraneous information. Learn about that 1950s movie and the long river nowhere near the Pacific Northwest. After browsing menus from steakhouses and Mexican restaurants, the light at the end of the tunnel is gleaming so close you can feel it. That light translates well once the music starts. Rio Grands have already found a way to channel sunny and approachable vibes despite the conflicting surroundings. Close your eyes and imagine thriving beach parties. This Sunday, that party will take the form of the record release for A-Z at Rontoms, which has been two years in the making. Consider the build up and understand this is not something to be missed. - Colette Pomerleau


NTNT Release *And Then the Moon* 2.28.14

NTNT are gearing up for the release of their newest EP, And Then the Moon, this Friday at the Alhambra Theater. The EP has an epic and professional feel that sets it appart from previous releases. With a unique cadence and rhythm bathed in melody and rich sound, each track stands strong on their own. But it's the great care and thought evident in the lyrics that cause the entire EP to pop. Track three, 'Getchya So Good' is mellow like a warm spring day and serves as a great anchor to the more upbeat songs on the album. While NTNT have already made And Then the Moon available online, the EPs official release party is this Friday at Alhambra Theater featuring Rare Monk & Neighbors and is open to all ages. Doors open at 8:30, show starts at 9pm and tickets are $10 at the door, but if you buy two or more tickets in advance (by today, 2.27) they're only $5 a pop. - Cory Huennekens


Album Review: Future Runs Magnetic by Battleme

In 2009, singer-songwriter Matt Drenik made Portland his home. Along with, he brought a soulful voice that blends perfectly into blues based, alternative rock n roll. Matt did not waste anytime making music in this city and quickly formed Battleme, who are set to release their second album, Future Runs Magnetic on the newly formed label, El Camino Records.

The first, self-titled album is an electric form of its current identity with highly technical productions (produced by Thomas Turner of Ghostland Observatory) and featured a large variety of sounds throughout. The new album has been a work in the making as Matt brought in a team of musicians to form Battleme and evolve the sound into its cohesive alt-rock state.

Future Runs Magnetic starts off with the single, “Just Weight”, a the bass driven ballad with heavy drums that hammer bridges into the chorus and back to the verses. This dictates the pace for the rest of the album, it thrives on layering electric guitars and screeching vocals. The production is raw and clean to the point where you can imagine yourself standing in the studio, watching the recording. The song “We Get Out” starts out with a happy piano riff and then explodes into a rock anthem along the same lines as Andrew WK and you can feel the energy build the whole way through.

As with the first album, it’s Matt’s hollowing voice that ties each song and the entire album together. While the guitars give the sound a post-grunge edge, the vocals show tribute to a classic rock backbone that truly makes for an original sound. The Future Runs Magnetic album release party is taking place at Club 21 this Saturday so come out and see why Portland is lucky to have this band on its roster. - Colin Hudson


The Deli Portland Presents Hustle and Drone, Just Lions and Adam Brock 4 at Kelly's Olympian 3.1

The Deli Portland is back at Kelly's Olympian on March 1st with an delicious night of local music. Opening up the show is Adam Brock 4, who have taken a broad range of musical flavors to cook up a sound that is equal parts folk, indie rock and electronic with a dash of pop for good measure. After simmering in the Portland music scene they’ve cooked a unique sound that’s turning heads wherever they play. Next up is Just Lions, who will bring a tasty, jazz-tinted rock n’ roll jamboree that to leave your ear buds buzzing with excitement. Closing out the show is Hustle and Drone whose sweet, synthesized rhythms and electronic foundation support an undeniably soulful sound. Their live show is electrifying, and not to be missed. Doors open at 8:30 with the music starting up at 9, join the Deli crew at Kelly’s to see some of the bands that help to make Portland’s diverse and flavorful music scene. ¡Viva la musica!



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