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Monday, March 31, 2014

Music Monday! EMA, Tender Age, Stoneburner & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 12:59 PM

EMA premiered another new song from her upcoming album The Future's Void, which comes out next week on Matador. "3Jane" is a downcast, slow-moving ballad that's being called the lyrical centerpiece of the record. Erika M Anderson herself talks about the track a bit, and the sense of losing her grasp on her own image, here. No EMA show in her Portland sometime-hometown has been announced yet, but stay tuned.
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Local dreamy shoegazers/star-searchers Tender Age have their first official release on the way, a 7-inch coming out later this week on Track and Field Records. Take a listen to the A-side, "Anything," a vast, feather-soft, rolling-wave ocean of delectable sound. Tender Age plays the release show this Saturday, April 5, at the Lovecraft Bar.
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We premiered Stoneburner's "Some Can" a couple weeks ago; here's "An Apology to a Friend in Need," another track from their upcoming second album Life Drawing. The band says it's one of their favorite songs to play live, in part due to the contrasting sections. Life Drawing comes out April 15 on Neurot Recordings, and Stoneburner are on a bill with Crescent City sludgers Eyehategod, playing Branx on Thursday, April 24.

More Music Monday—with Liz Vice, Møtrik, Pacific Mean Time, and the Woolen Men—after the jump!

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The Oregonian has a story about local "gospel" label Deeper Well, centered around the Door of Hope church. Liz Vice's album There's a Light (released back in January) has devotional overtones, to be sure, but if Aretha made soul music, then this is soul music—plain and simple. If you haven't yet, check out album opener "Abide," a tune written by Josh White (formerly of Telecast) and with Blitzen Trapper's Eric Earley on guitar, Ozarks' Robbie Augspurger on bass, and Frank Ocean keyboardist Josiah Sherman on keys. You can hear the rest of There's a Light over on Deeper Well's site. It's great stuff. Vice performs this Friday, April 4, at the Secret Society.
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Local krautrock four-piece Møtrik is aptly named—one look at their moniker and you can be sure you're getting some driving, relentless motorik music. "Autolok" begins with a repetitive rhythmic synth loop, and the band locks into a rigid beat behind it, delving into the type of mechanized, hypnotic atmosphere pioneered by Germans in the '70s. Get lost in the propulsion, man. Møtrik is releasing their debut album next week at a show on Friday, April 11 at Rotture.
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Portland pop band Little Beirut has changed its name to Pacific Mean Time, and here's "Minutes to Midnight," from their upcoming self-titled debut, out May 27. There's not a remarkable shift in structure, but the louder, poppier elements are toned down in favor of Pacific Mean Time's noticeably subtler sound—the change is meant to evoke influences like Sparklehorse, REM, and the Smiths.
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We'll end today with a new EP from the prolific Woolen Men, whose new one is called Quick Trips and is a quick, lip-smacking four tunes worth of fuzzy, nuggety, Wipers-esque pop. The new one's on Loglady Records (pick it up on 7-inch vinyl here); the Woolen Men play this Saturday, April 5 at Bunk Bar. That's a release show for another Woolen Men record, their split EP with Eyelids (more on that here).

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