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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

WTF! What the Festival Announces 2014 Lineup

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 2:45 PM

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Now in its third year, What the Festival (WTF) has announced the lineup for this year's festival, taking place at Wolf Run Ranch in Dufur, Oregon, located south of the Dalles, just under two hours' drive from Portland. Once again, the festival is oriented on electronic music, and the organizers tout all kinds of amenities like a hookah lounge (you had me at hoo!), relaxation huts (so much nicer than those get-angry huts you see at so many festivals), the largest disco ball on the West Coast (unreliable sources inform us it is full of chocolate), and a huge wading pool for you to splash in (seriously, guys, no peeing).

This year's performers include the Glitch Mob, Washed Out, Nightmares on Wax, RL Grime, Natasha Kmeto, and many more. It takes place June 19-22, and tickets start at $200 plus fees and parking. VIP packages and nicer camping are available as well. Take a look at the festival lineup after the jump. WTF!

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Seattle Soul Band Down North Comes Down South

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 2:17 PM


Seattle's been having a little soul revival of its own over the past couple years, and tonight one of the scene's more promising bands hits Portland. This song, "Heartbreaker," is all I've heard from Down North, but it tells me plenty: With a machine-gun funk guitar riff, marauding organ, and a jazzy electric piano break, the band has ample fire to burn. But the twin pillars of the band seem to be frontman/dancer Anthony “RenaGade” Briscoe, whose talents—judging by this video—need no further marketing, and drummer Conrad Real, who won Guitar Center's "Drum Off" regional competition. Soul and funk are hard genres to pull off with any sort of authenticity in the year 2014, but Down North seem to have it... down. And they've opened for Lee Fields, a sign of genuine credibility; they're carrying the Wheedle's Groove torch of Seattle soul high.

Down North play at 9 pm tonight at the Goodfoot, opening for a Sacramento jam band called ZuhG. But that shouldn't dissuade you—Down North appear to have the skills capable of pulling off a killer dance party all by themselves; I bet they'll make the $7 cover worthwhile.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Unknown Mortal Orchestra Plays Tonight! Plus, New Lindstrøm Remix

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, Apr 5, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Just in time for tonight's show at the Aladdin Theater, here's a new remix of an Unknown Mortal Orchestra song.

Norwegian producer Lindstrøm took apart UMO's excellent track "Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark)" and turned into a dizzying dance track that turns Ruban Nielson's tight songwriting into something expansive. The nine-minute track locks into an established groove for the first half, then starts toying with the boundaries, turning down corners and following intriguing threads. You won't hear much Unknown Mortal Orchestra in here, to be honest, but that's just fine. You can get all the Unknown Mortal Orchestra you need at tonight's show at the Aladdin, which is going to be a doozy.

For more on UMO—with a very revealing interview with Nielson—check out this week's story.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Fundraiser for Local DJ BennyRox

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 at 2:33 PM

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Gregorio Benedicto Sanchez Aguirre—just call him BennyRox—is a longtime established DJ both locally and throughout the Northwest, often spinning with partner Nathaniel Knows as the American Girls duo. Despite living in the US for years, BennyRox has landed himself in immigration jail with the very real threat of deportation. His friends and supporters are hosting a fundraiser tonight at Whiskey Bar (31 NW 1st), where BennyRox typically DJs, to raise money for legal fees and hopefully to get him out on bond.

An online fundraising site has also been set up for BennyRox, to which you can donate here. And there's lots more information about the show tonight at the Facebook event page.

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Friday, November 9, 2012

The Miracles Club's New EP

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, Nov 9, 2012 at 10:53 AM

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The Miracles Club—those Portland purveyors of mint-condition classic house music—have a new EP that came out just a few days ago. U&ME EP includes the title track and "Ocean Song," with a clutch of remixes to round out the release. You can hear the Nile Delta remix of the title track below.

LISTEN:

The Miracles Club - "U&Me" (Nile Delta Remix) [DOWNLOAD MP3 HERE]

U&ME EP is out on 12-inch vinyl—click the jump to see the label—on Cut Copy's Cutters Records label (available here) and a digital release as well with a couple extra remixes (here). They're still accepting fan submissions for their new video for "U&Me," as we mentioned earlier. The Miracles Club perform a DJ set tomorrow night (Sat Nov 10) at Groove Suite—more info about that here.

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Friday, March 2, 2012

The Miracles Club Needs Dancers

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, Mar 2, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Hey dancin' machine, this could be your big break. The Miracles Club needs dancers for their video of "U&ME," and you are invited. They're making the video out of user submissions, so check out the beat and dust off your finest moves.

You can get the lowdown on their Youtube or Soundcloud pages. Good luck, dancin' fool.

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