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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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Malt Ball 2014 Brews in Review

I arrived at the Wonder Ballroom after work ready to enjoy the Friday edition of Malt Ball 2014. 24 brewers were on hand, 12 of which collaborated with the weekends bands to create a beer/band line-up. With friends I tasted each and every one of the beers. This year seemed IPA heavy, but all were delicious. 

Here were some favorites: 
Gigantic Brewing's "Emergency"- a Ameri-Belgian Barrel Sour, super dark and subtly tangy. Designed with Summer Cannibals in mind. 
Ambacht Brewing's "Matzobrau" -Dark, Sweet, and Holy Sh*t! Get this for Passover (not a collaboration brew with a local band). 
Lompoc Brewing's "Dry Hop Victory Dry Hopped Golden Ale" -Hoppy, Hoppy, Joy, Joy for Hot Victory.
And the winner is:  Claim 52 Brewing's "Run Wild Radler" - So this beer hits you hard--It's super light and smooth but then you get a punch of citrus and floral--floral like a glass full of peonies, floral. It was as I was tasting this when I realized the band it was made for, Thanks, was one the stage. They crooned with a display of deep soul vocals, rock, jazz, and as I heard many audience members say "..a HUGE guitarist". "Run Wild Radler" was a little untamed, and tasted like spring. It was great to compare the taste to the sound. 
Give your ears the taste of Thanks as well. - Brandy Crowe

Party Boyz Presentz: Ladiez Night

Hey Ladieeeez!

Along with She Shreds Magazine and Kill Rock Stars, Portland's Party Boyz have curated an event at Mississippi Studios to celebrate the guitar hoarding, keyboard slinging, howling vocals of Portland's fairer gender. Wait, fairer? Whatever, The Party Boyz turn gender on it's head. The pod-casting duo are actually two best girl-friends, Rachel Milbauer and Elizabeth Elder, who share laughs with all the local bands for an audience to hear. 
They are also putting together shows with a cause; part of ticket sales from Ladiez Night will assist musical non-profit Rock'n'Roll Camp For Girls. Speaking of Rock'n'Roll, this show is a fresh debut for Sallie Ford, who moved on from the boys at The Sound Outside to start a new all-girl band solely under her moniker. The local ladies that have joined her include members of Siren & The Sea, Viva Voce, and Point Juncture, WA. There will new songs to look forward to, and knowing Sallie, it's bound to get a little rowdy. 
The line-up includes dream-pop outfit Swansea, the intriguing Luz Elena Mendoza (Y La Bamba,Tiburones), and a founding female of indie-rock, Rebecca Gates. It's a celebration of the bad-ass, empowered women making music in PDX. Gurlz, boyz, ladiez and dudez - come one, come all. - Brandy Crowe

Austin 2014 issue (SXSW)
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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



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