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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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Come hang with Strange Wool and Daisy Deaths this Thursday!

Thursdays are a lot like Fridays now, when it comes to having a grip of cool things happening around town. This Thursday, New York's the Numerators are touring through town and they've got two Portland delights bringing the local flavor to the show.

Both Strange Wool and Daisy Deaths have been coming up hot in the local scene and as former Deli Portland poll participants, we enjoy everything they both do. 

We're excited to learn that Daisy Deaths is working on a heavier sounding follow up to their awesome Black and White EP, which will feature a whole new talented lineup. 

Strange Wool have also seen some adjustments in lineup, but that hasn't stopped them from playing a grip of shows around town and just being overall chill dudes.

The show is coming up this Thursday at the Know, so come out and enjoy some live tunes to ease you into the weekend.


PREMIERE: The Toads - "I'm a Toad"

*photo by Todd Young 

Coming out onto the scene with a fervent drive to dominate the pop punk world with excitable power, The Toads have done a lot with themselves in their first year as a band. Since their formation early last year, they've recorded a full length, performed upwards of 60 shows and have a couple music videos to tout. Today, we're presenting you with another one.

With shots filmed around the Pearl, "I'm a Toad" is a fun video showing the three toadies, guitarist Matt Kane, bassist Matt Dinaro and drummer Mitch Gonzales run somewhat of a muck through Saturday Market, donning all white a la Andrew W.K. Their color performance scenes were filmed at the Khao San restaurant, with the restaurant owner Bud funding the video and even making a guest appearance chauffeuring the trio around in a Tuk Tuk.

The Toads have got a show coming up on the 28th with Daisy Deaths and Lord Becky at the Turn Turn Turn. "I'm a Toad" is both the kind of song and video that makes you want to jump up, act crazy and freak a few people out. Give it a watch below.

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Catch Roselit Bone while you can!

Just in case you haven't heard, country music is alive and well in Portland. We're not talking about that American Idol mess your mother probably listens to. We're talking the dusty steel, brooding Americana that keeps the genre a contender for space on your playlist.

Both Roselit Bone and Jenny Don't & the Spurs can turn even the most stubborn anti-country music fan into an appreciator of that twang. The two just release a split a couple weeks ago and while Jenny Don't & the Spurs have already hit the road for tour, you've still got a couple chances to see Roselit Bone before they leave for theirs in August. 

They've got a show coming up tomorrow at Bunk Bar with Abronia and Tucson's Ohioan. You really can't miss it, since that second chance won't be coming up until right before they hit the dusty trails.


Saturday Night Sounds: Small Million - "Sleep Long"

Sleep is a cool mistress, forever beckoning you to disregard all plans and responsibilities with her seduction of comfort. The latest track from Small Million, titled "Sleep Long," premiered earlier this week on The Wild Honey Pie and is coming off their upcoming June 4th debut, the Before the Fall EP. Malachi Graham's varied harmonies atop Ryan Linder's cleanly produced instrumentation make it perfect for a Saturday night spent cuddled up in bed with you know who.

Their album release party will also be on June 4th at the Secret Society with Leo Islo and Mothertapes, but if you're really itching for some of them you can preorder Before the Fall on their Bandcamp page for $5. 

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Friends of Noise seek to create a permanent all ages haven

 The lack of all ages spaces in Portland is an obvious problem. Sure, we've got Anarres Infoshop and the select house show venues that will host an all ages show every once in awhile, but with the wealth of youth seeking to engage in the city's music community the present options just aren't enough. That's why Friends of Noise, a group of music community members with all sorts of knowledge and experience in the music game, are acting to change that.

The group was built by a collection of non-profits and leaders in the music community, including participation from the likes of Music in the Schools, PDX Pop Now!, XRAY.FM, KBOO and My Voice Music to name a few, with growing support. Members are collaborating all efforts in attempts to maintain Portland's ecclectic and special artistic community through finding opportunities to integrate youth into producing, performing and being able to safely gather at music and art spaces and events.

In the quest to create a permanent space, Friends of Noise will be hosting four satellite shows held in each sector of the city. The first one, on Sunday, May 22nd at Los Prados Event Hall in St. Johns, is a hip hop show with some of Portland's finest underlying acts. Gem Dynasty, Drex Porter, Neo G Yo and the Doo Doo Funk All Stars will all be playing the kick off event. Tickets are $5 for youths (or $8 for two young'ns) and $10 for adults, with music beginning at 6:30pm.

Friends of Noise recognizes the kids in this town are the only hope we have of keeping our creativity alive and by trying their best to make sure arts and music can thrive despite the changing atmosphere in Portland, we just may have hope. 


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