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Jackson Boone Drops 'Organic Light Factory' Today

If you're a fan of trippy lo-fi folk rock much like that of, say, Kurt Vile or Kevin Morby, and you're NOT already listening to Portland's Jackson Boone, you're majorly missing out on some serious misty magic. A natural born songwriter, Jackson has been making music and playing festivals around the country since 2014. Today, he's releasing a new full length and gearing up to hit the road in support of it.

Organic Light Factory was inspired by the continual changes Jackson and his band the Ocean Ghosts experience as a result of their constant songwriting and touring. The songs are like a diary of their journey so far, showing personal transformation as well. "Don't" and "Mystic Winds (from the East)" are all we've heard on it so far, so you'll have to catch the rest of the tracks at the album release show/tour kickoff.

Head over to Mississippi Studios tonight at 9pm to hear the album performed live and in full, say goodbye the band and catch some sets from Cat Hoch, Sinless and Wave Action as well. 





New Russel the Leaf Album Available for Streaming & Download

Janitor Boy, the new EP from Evan M. Marré, a.k.a. Russel the Leaf, was recently released via Sleeper Records. Developing an intricate feathery instrumental foundation, while building sonic systems, whose parts retain no burden of weight, the sound is enriching, melodically layered yet refreshingly light. It takes an apt touch to explore the varying avenues, without jumbling up all the wires. Russel the Leaf is scheduled to appear alongside Boosegumps, It’s Cool, and Wilt on Monday, March 20 at The Waiting Room. (Photo by Katie Bennett)





PREMIERE: Ashley Xtina - "Gone"

Portland via Queens, NY songstress Ashley Xtina is veering from her usual piano ballad beat to try her hand at a more dancier genre, and the outcome is ripe for repeated play.

The Game is Ashley Xtina's electropop endeavor that's already given us the incredibly catchy "Frozen In Time," which has received much deserved attention from radio stations from here to Sweden. On this International Women's Day, she's dropping the second single from the album, titled "Gone," and the way its synthy '90s dance styles showcase her vocal ability is sure to make this one another hit to add to her list.

Give "Gone" a listen below, and be sure to catch Ashley Xtina's next performance at a Planned Parenthood fundraiser at Portland Saturday Market July 8-9. You could also meet Ashley at any of her #WCW (Woman Crush Wednesday) events, which are monthly showcases at the Jade Lounge that feature Portland's, and soon to be New York's and Nashville's, diverse and talented female musicians. 





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.

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