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Aisha Badru readies full length

Aisha Badru's songs are oddly fit for background tracks. They seem tailored for small, sentimental moments that stick to the back of your subconscious. In fact, you might recognize her music from a recent Volkswagen commerical in which it's used in this exact context. Her voice, piercing through a warm current of acoustic instrumentation, delivers the shiver of intense nostalgia you might feel after visiting your childhood's neighborhood. It's a return to a place without its identifiers, a place teeming with the ghostly, ephemeral nature of memory. Aisha recently announced on her Facebook profile that she is negotiating a record deal and has a full length record on its way. - Andrew Strader





MOGO Fest Pick 1: The Fur Coats, KING WHO and Enjoy Things at Alberta Street Pub

 In just its second year, MOGO Fest is beginning to make a name for itself in Portland's fairly large market of music festivals big and small. For the next two days, cleverly curated shows will be taking place around town spanning genres from jazz to psych and indie rock, so we'll be picking out a couple shows at the top of our list. Be sure to check out ALL of MOGO Fest's happenings over at their website, since there's something for everyone!

Our first choice is curated by Rola Music, who has taken care of booking all the indie and pop styles for the fest. Soulful r&b psych will be coming from our readers' poll winners for Best of 2017 The Fur Coats. This is their second to last show before they leave on their European tour, so they'll be sharing some new songs as they prep for the road.

Playing with them is the dreamy sludgepop of KING WHO (formally Us Lights), fit with brooding synths and layered soundscapes that help the mind escape. Along with the high energy heaviness of Enjoy Things and this show is surely something to enjoy.

This 21+ show starts at 9pm at Alberta Street Pub, with tickets running $7 a piece.





New Track: "High Gear" - Elegant Animals

If you're searching for some slinky, soulful funk to get you hyped for this weekend, Elegant Animals is ready to take you there. Slip into seductive groove of “High Gear,” which can be found on the freshly released Warm Blood Pt. 1. We're thinking The Purple One was on his mine for this one. Really making us feel good this morning!





The Deli's Best Emerging Philly Alt Rock Artist: Curtis Cooper!

We are nearing the end of this year's Deli Philly Best Emerging Artists Poll. After compiling the jurors', readers'/fans' and writers' votes for the Alt Rock category, congrats go out to Curtis Cooper! The Philly songwriter caught our attention towards the end of 2015, and then truly emerged on the local music scene last year with the release of his debut Laughing In Line. The album begins in a more radio-friendly manner, but as you delve deeper into the cuts, it becomes apparent that gifted artist has a much more diverse musical palette that we predict will only expand as time goes on. BTW: We absolutely flipped over the video of his powerful performance of the previously unreleased single "2016," which you can view below.  

 

And coming in a very close race for second and third are the good time boys of Mumblr and the pot-lovin', rockin' ladies of Marge. We'll also be back very soon with our final Readers'/Fans' Poll for the categories of Hip Hop/Funk/Electronica, so stay tuned! 





New Track: "Have You Ever" - Kerin Maguire

21 year-old Kerin Maguire sticks to a folk frame of simplicity on her single “Have You Ever”. Featured on her forthcoming debut album Self-Titled, the song unfolds as a reminder of pleasures and pitfalls of personal relationships. Remembering the low moments, the narrative circles back to a hopeful outlook despite the momentary melancholy. Vocally, she maintains a level albeit confessional tone, which peaks at key ending points in exclamatory fashion. Maguire is slated to perform at The Barbary on Thursday, March 23, along with Dirty Purple, Beard, and The Year End.

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