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July 2015
Overwatcher
"Metaphysics
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Do some stretches, because Nashville-based Overwatcher are bringing the melodic hardcore madness, and some soft moshing is imminent.

Although a relatively new band, the guys have come out swinging with red-blooded live shows and a victory in our Band of the Month competition. The release of their debut EP "Metaphysics" will undoubtedly add fuel to their face-melting fire.
 
With the ample sound you'd expect from a six-piece, the guys are bringing a new vitality to the melocore scene. "Metaphysics" features the melodic exploration and merciless pulse of predecessors like Touche Amore, mewithoutyou and Defeater, with the brutal lyrical honesty and self-awareness of post-grad punk kids.
 
Overwatcher has created an engaging and discerning debut EP that is just as dynamic (if not more so) live. During their most recent performance at The East Room, lead vocalist Alex MacWilliam, performing through a head-wound he earned early in the set, filled up every ounce of space he could get his hands on. Often on tables and chairs, level with the crowd, even lying down, MacWilliam lead his crew through an intense, energetic set. Whether the audience is of five or 5,000, the performance remains wholehearted, and there is definitely something to be said for that.
 
Overwatcher is putting a refreshing spin on melodic hardcore, and "Metaphysics" is a testament to their musical prowess and clear passion for the genre. And, I can only assume this is just the beginning.  -Caroline Bowman

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May 2016
Mo Troper
"Beloved
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 Yes, you've heard the name Mo Troper before. Possibly as a part of Sancho and Your Rival, or maybe as a founder of blowing up label Good Cheer Records. Regardless, his recent release, late April's Beloved, has already reached levels of critical acclaim in just its first few days of actual release. And I'm adding to the pile - Beloved is one of the best new records to come out of Portland so far this year, and it's our new Album of the Month.

With a witty tongue and a sneering outlook on many things in life, Troper blares through Beloved's 13 tracks like an emotional Facebook feed. He, like the rest us, has shitty friends, a distaste for most social situations ("Star Wars") and a rollercoaster relationship with dating ("Princess," "Somebody Special"). He bitingly belts out his lyrics as if he's reliving every situation that's inspired him, making for a brashly heartfelt stock.

Beloved has received heavy comparisons to certain Elvis Costello albums and while that's fair in its own right, isn't entirely the whole case. The album does play into a Costello-esque domination of word play, but it holds a cult like influence closer to that of, say, the Get Up Kids and Saves the Day.

For his first release on his own, Mo Troper has already established himself as a solid solo artist to follow. Beloved will inevitably be added to a list of "classics," and his next album is already baiting with anticipation.

Muscle and Marrow debut new track, announce 2nd album

 Muscle and Marrow barreled onto the scene with 2014's The Human Cry, with rave reviews. The pair, consisting of vocalist and guitarist Kira Clark and drummer and sampler Keith McGraw took their sound to various stages in support of the album last year, including a raving performance at the 2015 PDX Pop Now Festival as well as playing to a packed house with True Widow at White Owl. Whether you deem them as metal, experimental or some sort of dark folk, it's undeniable that their emotive sounds evoke a contradictive chaotic calm.

Lucky for us, Muscle and Marrow premiered a new track yesterday via She Shreds. Coming off their upcoming sophmore effort, Love, "Bereft Body" builds up with a quiet vocality from Clark, leading into a cacophonic spree of instrumental emotion that suddenly stops, leaving desire.

Love comes out May 27th on The Flenser. Dive into "Bereft Body" below.

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Saturday Night Sounds: Kool Stuff Katie - "You Found a Friend"

Back in March, Kool Stuff Katie dropped their indelible sophomore effort, It's Fine. The top notch follow up to their self titled debut holds as a true definitive of the duo's pleasant mashup of garage, pop and indie rock influences.

Saren Oliver's candy sweet vocals and drum pounding pleasantly pair with Shane Blem's chill shred and croon, to result in an infectiously catchy output of rock tinged pop. Their latest to drop off It's Fine, titled "You Found a Friend," premiered in video form yesterday afternoon. The cleanly shot video perfectly matches the song's theme, showing Blem and Oliver as friends just hangin out.

Kool Stuff Katie played tonight at Kelly's Olympian with Comanche Joey and Trick Sensei. Check out the video below to get your fix if you didn't make it to the show!


2nd NWPRC Showcase is here!

 Bringing the best in Portland's post-rock scene, the Northwest Post-Rock Collective is hosting their second showcase tomorrow at Holocene. Comprised of Compass & Knife, Long Hallways, Another Neighbor Disappeared, A Collective Subconscious and Deli Portland Artist of the Month Coastlands, the collective seeks to build and properly represent the northwest's post-rock community. Washington contributions to the collective's showcase this year include a performance from Tacoma's Compass & Knife and a co-sponsorship from Post Radio Records, based near the Auburn area.

If you've ever enjoyed Explosions in the Sky or Godspeed, you literally have no reason to not be at this showcase tomorrow. Come get lost in the dream-like instrumentation.


PREMIERE: the Zags - "Dada Plan"

The Zags are one of the city's hidden gems, straight up. Their pop sensibiliities may be a reminder of pop's past, but are more so an energized take on pop's present and future. Their powerpop indie meld is nearly impossible to not enjoy. 

That's why today, we're debuting the Zags' new video for "Dada Plan," the first track to come off their new Icy Red record. The video is a visual trip, much like the random feed you'd see late night on Adult Swim, except much more pleasant. 

Catch them this Saturday at the Kenton Club with Big Feelings and Whisperer. It's free! But until then, get sucked into their "Dada Plan" video below.

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