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Metal Feathers come out of hiding tonight at SPACE

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Metal Feather’s performing at 2011’s HillyTown Party Barge

We hope you’ll forgive us for forgetting momentarily about Portland’s Metal Feathers — but we are quick to forgive lapses in activity for anything that we know has a proven track record in Portland over here at HillyTown.

So yes, the fact is that it’s been over two years since they released an album with Handful of Fog through New Hampshire DIY label Teenarena Records — which we still think is a great record, despite what others thought of it at the time.

But now, the Lobley boys are taking Metal Feathers out of hibernation for their first show in…we aren’t totally sure, perhaps as far back as November 2013? (Edit: Our slightly ongoing investigation also brought us to last year at Empire with Leveret and Foam Castles) Tonight at SPACE with No Joy, and Grooms.

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AFRAID drops new album — playing Poland Street show on Friday

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Oh no — is HillyTowncore becoming a thing again? We’ll slow down that descent soon and promise that we’ll be expanding our coverage as the winter hibernation of Portland starts to shake-off and new releases come our way.

For example, check out the new Haru Bangs Mixtape; or dare we consider . . . → Read More: AFRAID drops new album — playing Poland Street show on Friday

Friday Roundup: Blue is back, Mouth Washington, HI-DEF VIDZ and more

Spencer Albee and Walter Craven of 6gig in a recent video by Knack Factory.

By Dylan Martin

Spencer Albee and Walter Craven of 6gig in a HI-DEF VID by Knack Factory.

I’m writing this roundup from my grown-up desk at my grown-up job, but I will assure you all that it’s just a facade. The true and only reason I have a job is so I can take . . . → Read More: Friday Roundup: Blue is back, Mouth Washington, HI-DEF VIDZ and more

Mouth Washington album release show and tour starts tomorrow night at SPACE

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Maybe you’ve noticed that one our featured albums for the last week has been Don’t Mean, the newest release from the Portland Dirigimus Cooperative noise-onslaught of Zach and Max Hansen, alongside Ian Gierhan and Sam Landry — better known as the four piece Mouth Washington.

Don’t Mean is everything you’ve come to expect . . . → Read More: Mouth Washington album release show and tour starts tomorrow night at SPACE

AFRAID kicks off East Coast Tour to support debut LP

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AFRAID – SINISTER VIBES

 

Honesty time — we’re huge fans of (nearly) everything that comes out of Jakob Battick’s mind (some of the later Jakob Battick and Friends albums still seem a bit too down still). And the AFRAID trio of Ryan Cutler, James Marcel and Battick isn’t any different with their upcoming . . . → Read More: AFRAID kicks off East Coast Tour to support debut LP

Interview: OLS Live And Local Spring 2015 Season

Things have changed a lot over the past few years at One Longfellow Square. The non-profit arts venue in downtown Portland has transformed from a respected but often low-key listening room to a vibrant stop on the ever-growing Portland nightlife scene. Looking at their calendar, one thing sticks out as a clear indicator of the newer directions in their schedule: for the past year, The Live And Local has been bringing local musicians who we may be more used to seeing at other rooms in town to the venue every Tuesday night for the low price of $5 . . . → Read More: Interview: OLS Live And Local Spring 2015 Season

Recap: Lady Lamb / Cuddle Magic / Henry Jamison @ PCMH [3.13.2015]

Lady Lamb photo by Andrew Foster

Words by Jeff Beam / Photos by Andrew Foster

Lady Lamb @ Port City Music Hall – 3.13.15 – photo by Andrew Foster

On Friday the 13th, Port City Music Hall hosted Portland ex-pat Lady Lamb (RIP “the Beekeeper”) for her highly-anticipated record release show (we went record shopping with her the night before . . . → Read More: Recap: Lady Lamb / Cuddle Magic / Henry Jamison @ PCMH [3.13.2015]

Portland’s Fur finalizing their debut LP

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Tara and Brian Cohen — maybe you remember them from The Rattlesnakes (RIP) — just dropped a bit of an exclusive for us at HillyTown about their new(ish) band, Fur. . . . → Read More: Portland’s Fur finalizing their debut LP

HillyTown Goes Record Shopping with Lady Lamb

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Welcome to HillyTown Goes Record Shopping — our regular feature where one of our staff members visits one of the many record shops around the city of Portland with musicians to find out just where their eclectic and personal tastes come from. This week we visited the Portland Bull Moose location with the one and only Aly Spaltro aka Lady Lamb — who will be playing a welcome home show at Port City Music Hall tonight starting at 8 p.m. . . . → Read More: HillyTown Goes Record Shopping with Lady Lamb

Friday Roundup: Lady Lamb, GWP, HOME, Mama’s, and more!

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By Dylan Martin. Welcome to the first edition of Hilly Town’s Friday Roundup, as written by a recovering local music journalist who’s looking to get back into the game for some reason. So I’m a little out-of-touch, but I think this roundup can help give you an idea of what’s happened in the past week, between the daily posts by Kevin Steeves here and articles written elsewhere on the interwebs. . . . → Read More: Friday Roundup: Lady Lamb, GWP, HOME, Mama’s, and more!

Portland Downtown Boys date announced — wait, Portland Downtown Boys date announced?!

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Pardon our excitement, but it’s been over two years since Rhode Island’s Downtown Boys came to Portland. The group (which features members of the What Cheer? Brigade) played an extremely intimate show at Flask with Rattlesnakes side-project Fur, and the (currently dormant) trio The Outfits.

. . . → Read More: Portland Downtown Boys date announced — wait, Portland Downtown Boys date announced?!

Pretty Purgatory release a new 7-inch with Jacob Augustine and Bad Braids today

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Yes, that’s a brand-spanking-new music video for “Salvation” from the seemingly boundless mind of Portland’s Jacob Augustine — which means just one thing — brand new music. . . . → Read More: Pretty Purgatory release a new 7-inch with Jacob Augustine and Bad Braids today

The HillyTown Portland National Preview

Yes — the past few weeks have been filled with an onslaught of announcements of national acts coming to Portland (thanks to Lauren at the State Theatre and other bookers). Here are a few national acts coming to our city this spring and summer that we think you should checkout — unless it’s a sold-out show (looking at you, Neutral Milk Hotel). . . . → Read More: The HillyTown Portland National Preview

Sunset Hearts are back in action tonight

 

True — it’s only been a month since they last played live (then they were supporting Leveret for their album release party for Action At A Distance). But, it looks like the winter hibernation for the neon and synth-filled world of Sunset Hearts is finally starting to is finally ending.

. . . → Read More: Sunset Hearts are back in action tonight

HillyTown Goes Record Shopping With Leveret

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HillyTown is happy to introduce a new regular feature where one of our staff members visits one of the many record shops around the city of Portland with local musicians to find out just where their eclectic and personal tastes come from. Introducing HillyTown Goes Record Shopping — and we couldn’t think of a better place to start than with Leveret. . . . → Read More: HillyTown Goes Record Shopping With Leveret