Van Damme, it's Video Vriday!
It's the end of the world in this video for Radiation City
's "Zombies." Starring Cora Benesh and Hill Hudson and directed by Matthew Gamlen, it's a gorgeous, Instagram-filter impression of what the apocalypse might look like if it came to Portland. Two lovers huddle in a basement bunker and wait out the disaster (zombies? Ragnarok? Tsunami? The video plays it coy) and then there's that final payoff shot. Quick note: It's not exactly "Blurred Lines" but there's a super brief NSFW moment in there, just be advised. Members of Radiation City are DJ'ing Holocene's Aperitivo Happy Hour this afternoon starting at 5 pm, and they're playing at Ecotrust on Wednesday, July 31.
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Grapefruit's new video will scratch your brain's hard-to-reach places. It's one of many projects of Charlie Salas Humara—who's performing as Pinks Quieter tonight at Mississippi Studios as part of the Sometimes a Great Noton fest, and is also playing with Sun Angle at PDX Pop on Sunday. Starring Carl Sagan and a punch of trippy computer animation, "Wake Me in Time" is soothing synthesizers for a spiritual awakening. Become enlightened. The track is part of Grapefruit's upcoming album Stolen Highway
, which comes out in August.
More Vriday after the jump!
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A new Portland band called Us Lights
sent their video our way, and here it is, a live-in-the-studio performance of "Crown," a track from their upcoming debut album. The video was directed by Arkwagon, and the track was recorded by Victor Nash; it captures the band in a fine, stormy mood as the track smolders, burning slowly until the whole thing catches fire. Check out more of Us Lights' music here
; they play their first live show this Sunday at Rontoms with Grandparents.
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Here's the new video from Portland emcee Myke Bogan, called "Skunk Nugs." I think it's about horticulture? Watch for yourself, as Bogan and crew throw a yacht party, West Coast style. "Skunk Nugs" is on Bogan's new mixtape Pretty Hesh
, which drops on Tuesday; Bogan plays a release show at Backspace on Thursday, July 25. Happy summertime, y'all.