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Monday, April 21, 2014

Music Monday! Your Rival, Pop Zeus, Gums & Antitune and More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Your Rival has a new EP on the way: Your Rival USA follows up last year's sterling Here's to Me full-length with four more songs of high-volume, power-pop goodness. Take a listen to opening track "Border Patrol," a two-minute starburst of melody and guitar. The EP is due out later this spring on Party Damage Records, and in the meantime Your Rival plays a free show at Rontoms this Sunday, April 27. (Disclosure, etc.: Your Rival's Mo Troper writes for the Mercury about bands that he is not in.)

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Pop Zeus is the alter ego of Mikey Hodges (bassist for Boom! and one-time drummer for the Memories), and the new Pop Zeus tape, the Tell Me So EP, is out now through Gnar. It's a pop wonder, featuring gorgeous songwriting and a breezy, AM-gold sound seeping from the lo-fi recordings. Here's the lovely title track, a song Todd Rundgren would've killed to get on Something/Anything? (EP track "The Longer I Wait" sports a more aggressive mien). Check some more of Pop Zeus out over at Bandcamp and let it be your ruling thundergod.
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Local hiphop duo Gums & Antitune have prepped their second album, a self-titled affair that's due out in May and follows up their first record, Theoretical Silence. Here's a taste of Gums & Antitune in the form of "Mucky Muck," a laidback, almost downtempo track with wordplay and plenty of mention of intoxicants. Gums & Antitune celebrate their record release with a show at Future Shock (1914 E Burnside) beginning at 5 pm on Friday, May 16.

More Music Monday after the jump!

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Portland band Cotton has a new record of straightforward rock tunes and honest balladry called The Silver Thread, and here's the catchy, friendly "The Divine Light of Love." The album was recorded last summer at Jackpot! Recording Studio with Larry Crane and John Vecchiarelli, and you can check the full thing out on Bandcamp. Meanwhile, Cotton play at the Waypost on Saturday, May 3.
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We'll end today with local modular synthesist William Selman, and a tune from his Equatorial Weight album that will be issued on limited-edition cassette by Chicago-based label Hausu Mountain (more info here). Selman used to perform as Warmdesk, but is currently making music under his own name right here in Portland. This excerpt wreathes astral pads with bouncing, hollow-sounding percussive hits for a marsh-like, ultraviolet sound.


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