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Friday, February 7, 2014

Video Vriday! Blesst Chest, Urban Wildlife & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, Feb 7, 2014 at 1:19 PM

It's a vinter-veather Video Vriday!

Check out the first officially released track from Blesst Chest, the power-riffic band featuring Jake Morris (Jicks, Joggers), Jay Winebrenner (31Knots), and Darrell Bourque (Joggers). Winebrenner directed the video for "Raid, On..."—he's also helmed recent vids by Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks and Mattress—and it features the unsettling phenomenon of living dolls. Actually, there's a lot to be unsettled by in this video, plus some super great guitar rock that will have you banging the mask clean off your head. Blesst Chest play tonight (as in, TONIGHT!!!) at the (World Famous) Kenton Club with Coronation and Seance Crasher. That show is free and is timed perfectly to occur at the same time as your imminent snow-day cabin fever, giving you the Besst possible excuse to get out of the house.
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Urban Wildlife have a video for their song "For Ages," made by the Knock Bang Boom production house, some of whose members have been working on the film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's Wild. I doubt that Reese Witherspoon will be cradling a giant egg in that film, so feast your eyes on this, a weird wonderland of woodland creatures, oversized ova, and other symbols of motherhood. "For Ages" is the closing track from Urban Wildlife's recently released second album Strangers.

More Vriday after the jump!

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Here's one from Portland-area party band Con Bro Chill, who are what you get when you combine Rainbow Brite with Gwar. Their new video depicts a party bootcamp accompanied some aggressively festive electro-rock, and more or less speaks for itself. If this is your cup of (very sugary) tea, more power to you, but I hope I never have to sit next to you on a plane.
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We'll end today with queer, size-positive local rapper Rap Girl, whose video "Miss World Wide Web" depicts the kind of celebration that doesn't need to be manufactured; it stars Soren High, Portland's Stripper of the Year, and Jwl B of Yo Majesty. It's a song about the relatively recent phenomenon of online sexual expression, allowing for new avenues of empowerment for historically marginalized cultures. Rap Girl is releasing her debut EP, Dream Place at Rotture's queer dance night Blow Pony on February 22.

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