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Show Recap: Real Estate at Port City Music Hall June 23, 2015

Real Estate @ Port City Music Hall – photo by Grace Hager

Real Estate @ Port City Music Hall – photo by Grace Hager

It would be hard to believe that Tuesday night’s show at Port City Music Hall was Real Estate’s first outing to the somehow-still-growing coastal city of Portland (when was the . . . → Read More: Show Recap: Real Estate at Port City Music Hall June 23, 2015

Mathew’s 4th Annual Rooftop Show Preview and set times

Every year an ominous specter of fried food, tweens and (somehow more) paintings of lighthouses completely shut down an entire city as Portland’s Old Port Festival beats it into our heads that yes, summer is fast approaching. And a plea that we have bands that can make a nice crossover hit or two.

This of . . . → Read More: Mathew’s 4th Annual Rooftop Show Preview and set times

Summer Show season in Portland kicks off with Downtown Boys, Beach House and more

In case you didn’t notice, summer is fast approaching — or maybe it should already be here? June 21st seems a bit away to be the first official day of summer.

And with that fast approach has come the annual rush of summer show announcements for Portland which kicked off in a somewhat grand way . . . → Read More: Summer Show season in Portland kicks off with Downtown Boys, Beach House and more

Leveret kick-off East Coast tour this Saturday at Bayside Bowl

While they’ve been busy record shopping with local music blogs; releasing one hell of an album with Action At A Distance and playing local music showcases; Portland’s Leveret have also been plotting a seven-stop East Coast tour that starts at your favorite bar-and-bowling combo spot in Portland, and wraps-up at what is apparently the . . . → Read More: Leveret kick-off East Coast tour this Saturday at Bayside Bowl

HillyTown Goes Record Shopping with Fur

Before Friday night’s show, and a few days before their debut dropped, Tara and Brian Cohen (2/3 of Fur — minus bassist Greg Bazinet) visited the Portland Middle Street location of our very own Bull Moose to check-out their ever-growing and eclectic vinyl selection. . . . → Read More: HillyTown Goes Record Shopping with Fur

State Theatre nabs The Decemberists and a game of dream double bills

It’s of course no surprise to anyone reading this that the State Theatre announced another member of the millennial indie rock’s graduating class (Neutral Milk Hotel, Death Cab For Cutie, Interpol et al.) with The Decemberists playing a show on July 29 at the theatre itself.

It’ll be a great show of course (this . . . → Read More: State Theatre nabs The Decemberists and a game of dream double bills

Fur drop a new video for “Bronze” and announce album release show

 

I’ve made it pretty clear by now that I’m a huge fan of everything that Greg Bazinet, Tara and Brian Cohen have been involved with musically. From their scrappy roots playing (for the most part) acoustic-tinged punk, to their all-out epic and final album under The Rattlesnakes banner, Spine..

But as some famous . . . → Read More: Fur drop a new video for “Bronze” and announce album release show

Sufjan Stevens is playing at Merrill Auditorium tomorrow, but you already knew that

This is a strange one for me – as I was lucky enough to catch Sufjan Stevens the last time he played in Portland, which was at Port City Music Hall in 2009 (seen in a clip above). It was during that period of dormancy following the immense aura and lore of Sufjan Stevens . . . → Read More: Sufjan Stevens is playing at Merrill Auditorium tomorrow, but you already knew that

Friday Roundup: RVIVR, Action Bronson, AFRAID and First Friday

Lady Lamb performing at Port City last month, openers Cuddle Magic will take the stage at SPACE next week. PHOTO: HillyTown/Andrew Foster

It’s true — I’m not Dylan Martin, your usual HillyTown weekly Friday rounder-uper. Dylan is currently working on a more involved story for HillyTown that will be up next week (or so . . . → Read More: Friday Roundup: RVIVR, Action Bronson, AFRAID and First Friday

Tal National makes the journey from West Africa to SPACE this weekend

A lot of things can be said about the effect of the Internet on music an it’s reach to potential audiences. Almost thirty years ago Paul Simon brought traditional Afropop music out of the incense heavy world of import clothing shops and thrust Graceland onto the main stage and record stores across the world . . . → Read More: Tal National makes the journey from West Africa to SPACE this weekend

Stop doing what you’re doing and listen to High Spirits

Okay, in all honesty sometimes we miss some pretty great local releases when they come out and just get to (hopefully) cover the subsequent touring following a release. Well, this is sort of like that — but sadly, not enough of the later.

I’m talking about High Spirits here — and specifically their most recent . . . → Read More: Stop doing what you’re doing and listen to High Spirits

Father John Misty makes the jump from Port City to The State

Hey, remember how totally great that Father John Misty show was back in 2013 at Port City Music Hall? Times were simpler then — and as recently announced — Father John Misty has hit the big time in the Portland market, supporting his newest album I Love You, Honeybear.

 

 

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Cuddle Magic goes from Lady Lamb opening to SPACE headliners

First of all, apologies for the lack of updates over here the ol’ HillyTown home — between the flu, SXSW, and multiple full-time jobs, things have been a bit busy at HQ. But no worries: we don’t want Hilly to fade into a Portland myth like The Taxis or Marie Stella.

Let’s start with one . . . → Read More: Cuddle Magic goes from Lady Lamb opening to SPACE headliners

Metal Feathers come out of hiding tonight at SPACE

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 . . . → Read More: Metal Feathers come out of hiding tonight at SPACE

AFRAID drops new album — playing Poland Street show on Friday

Poland Street

 

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