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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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Schoolyard Farms benefit hits Secret Society

The Secret Society will be taken over with melodically folky and dreamy synth sounds this Friday for the sake of agricultural education for kids with a benefit supporting an organization called Schoolyard Farms.

Schoolyard Farms is a program that utilizes spare space on school properties to build mini farms, intending to teach and give kids hands on experience with sustainability, farming, better eating habits and other tillage aspects.

Ezza Rose, Sandy Loam, DAN DAN and Banda Feahr will all be playing Friday's benefit show, with proceeds going towards the construction of the next Schoolyard Farms mini farm at alternative New Urban High School in Milwaukie, Or.

Providing some grand master emceeing and comedic relief to the show will Hutch Harris of the Thermals. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of but regardless what you pay, you're helping give children a great hands on, educational experience.


Saturday Night Sounds: Talkative - F Sharp Voice

It's been a minute since the last Saturday Night Sounds. All this unnecessarily debilitating heat does not a blog post make. Now that it's cooled down in the most bipolar way, let's get back to business.  While most of us have been lazing around sun drunk on Vitamin D and PBR, the boys of Talkative have been furiously busy at work. They've just gotten back from their European tour after playing some stints at Treefort, and they also dropped a new EP earlier this month.

F Sharp Voice offers the same subconscious joyride we love them for, heralding their upcoming full length due sometime this year or early next. It's perfect for this chill night, because Talkative is perfect for everything.

Give the four songs a peep below and get yourself ready what's coming up next.

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Speed up your pulse tomorrow at Holocene

 The next installment of Willamette Week's quarterly showcase, Pulse, is coming up tomorrow with a lineup that's set to liven things up. WW's Best New Artist Last Artful, Dodgr will be headlining the event with her lit, trappy beats and a tone of voice that brings even more intrigue to her flow.

Current Deli Portland Artist of the Month nominees Pleasure Curses will be mixing up the night with a bit of electronica just after the new musical project from Ripley Snell and Grape God, Wine+Coffee, opens up the night with their experimental hip hop outlet.

Pulse is a free, quarterly 21 and over event that's meant to feature some of Portland's best in the underappreciated hip hop and r&b scene. With lineup's like this and of Pulse's past, they're doing a damn good job at it.


Rare Diagram debut new live lineup

 Rare Diagram's latest release, Secret Shot, boasts an elevated sound from the band. Taking a more orchestral route to their already voluminous chamber-esque indie pop, Secret Shot shows Rare Diagram in their next phase.

To properly express their higher level, Rare Diagram's next show will be ramped up for proper execution. Their live set will now feature two additional backup singers and a trombone quartet, enhancing the beauty of the stage performance to match the album's grace.

Also on the June 8th Bunk Bar show bill is Astro Tan, who are dropping their new psych tinged r&b cut Whiskey + Water EP and Old Wave, who will be rounding out the night with their twee, Of Montreal like indie pop.

Come witness the new bloom of Rare Diagram, pick up a new tape and sway about.


PREMIERE: The Reverberations - "Mess Up Your Mind"

 The Reverberations make you take a trip back in time to rock's golden era of the 60's, with their keen ability to dial in to the classics without seeming forced or stale. They bring that element of lighthearted fun that made 60's era garage and psychedelia so alluring (well, fun and drugs).

Each member steadily grew and established their musical prowess in other bands like The CRY! and Sundaze, bringing each of their individual talents together in a way that doesn't sound like your standard fuzzed out band.

The Reverberations are gearing up to release their new LP Mess Up Your Mind. If the title track is any indication of how the rest of the album will sound, then we're all in for a tripped out treat.

Check out the premiere track "Mess Up Your Mind" below.


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