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New Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells Single Available for Streaming & Download

“Folding/Smokestack Lightnin',” the latest single from Meddlesome Meddlesome Meddlesome Bells, was released via Bells Recording Company. Channeling a quicksilver-psych groove, cavernous vocals filter through the domain, before rapturous guitar riffs take the reins. Then, the band unleashes their hazy, stampeding take on the Howlin’ Wolf classic and Grateful Dead favorite, stirring the dust off them bones in the process.





Gritty Birds Celebrates 2 Year Anniversary

Gritty Birds, the local podcast and XRAY.fm radio show, is gearing up to celebrate its two year anniversary with a dance party and performances from some of Portland's best.

Ran by soulful singer, songwriter, producer and music writer Jeni Wren Stottrup, Gritty Birds is nearly 60 episodes deep into its collection personal conversations with artists, on the spot interviews at festivals and new music. Stottrup embodies a DIY approach to showing appreciation for Portland's music scene, always figuring out ways to keep the podcast and radio show relevant and fresh.

For the anniversary dance party and show, Skull Diver and Coco Columbia will be gracing the stage, with a secret headliner to close out the night. Festivities will be hosted by comedienne Kellie Irwin with hopefully a little bit of commentary from Stottrup herself.

Catch the Gritty Birds second anniversary party on Friday, May 12 at Kelly's Olympian. More details will be revealed closer to the show date.





Record of the Month: Mom and Dad's "I am, Therefore, I Is"

Mom and Dad’s brand of art punk has typically resided within the harder, heavier, fuzzier realms of Nashville’s garage rock and punk scene. As a group, they’ve been largely content to hone their skills as a noisy rendition of the quintessential DIY basement rock band. With all this in mind, I am, Therefore I is, is the group’s most accessible work yet. The album consists mostly of simple, pop oriented tunes that glide through the ears with an ease usually reserved for indie pop. The band describes their latest release as a “a very tender record” and indeed it blows over the listener like a sudden refreshing breeze on a humid summer day. There’s a certain sentimentality that makes itself evident on tracks like “Winchester, TN” an acoustic narrative about a rural Tennessee location close to the group’s heart. If the new album represents anything in Mom and Dad’s career arch, it proves just how capable the band is of making intimate music that emotionally resonates with listeners.

-Andrew Strader





R.LUM.R's Soulful Transparency

R.LUM.R is offering the kind of electronic chops that don’t come often to Nashville. His Frank Ocean-style vocals perfectly compliment the R&B sound and aesthetic that characterizes his work. His lyrics are soulful, frustrated tails of internal emotional chaos, love lost, and existential confusion. “Frustrated” serves as a perfect example of the kind of poetic lyricism central to his work, “You give me your kaleidoscope in monochrome / so unlike the way you color me at home / some days it’s so vivid / but mostly I would rather be blind”. The irony of this lyric is that, of course, he isn’t blind, but facing heartbreaking loss and confusion head-on. R.LUM.R’s work is categorically bold not only because of its unique sonic makeup but because the lyrical content refuses to leave anything in the dark. Be sure to catch his show tonight at Mercy Lounge with BIYO.

-Andrew Strader





Diet Cig Unveils New Music Video for "Maid of the Mist"

Diet Cig's first full length is a collection of bubbly indie pop tunes that tow the line between being cute and substantial in their social relevance. The duo's newest music video for "Maid of the Mist" is no exception. "I am bigger than the outside shell of my body / and if you touch it without asking then you'll be sorry," Alex Luciano belts in a verse, sharply adopting an outspoken feminist message that offers an assertive contrast to the tune's cutesie synth hook. The track, though pop-oriented enough for the tamest listener, captures a kind of punk energy that compliments its lyrics. Luciano's fuzzy guitars soar over Noah Bowman's bouncy, driving rhythms. Diet Cig seems to be able to take the most stereotypical young adult issues and imbue them with a deeper sense of social and political purpose. When you look at the outfit's young audience, you begin to understand the duo's true genius. In a way, they've domesticated feminist punk for a much younger, milder audience that might never otherwise be exposed. This, however, doesn't obliterate the genre's core message, but rather, deepens and widens it. - Andrew Strader

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