As we start to see the end of February in sight, HillyTown.com brings you a string of events sure to keep you toasty. It all starts with a free show this Sunday night at Slainte that will get you dancing. Featuring Poingly (from Brooklyn, electro spazz-dance pop gems and jams), Eric Hnatow (from Northampton, MA, blip blip thwap pop boom – there’s no need to sing when you’ve got old school analog grooves like this), and of course Rotundo Sealeg (Belfast, ME, amazing full-band spazz pop radness, keytar included).
- Tonight the Port City Music Hall is giving their front lounge its first taste of live music all its own, as Keithmannzoom (Adam Kurtz and Keith Mann) take it over all night for an epic show of (mostly-acoustic) rock awesomeness.
- Another not-to-be-missed show this weekend is Saturday’s 48 Hour Music Fest at SPACE Gallery. Portland’s musical elite getting together to create new bands and sets of music over two days. Don’t miss it.
- One of my favorite bands, The Thermals, just announced their upcoming tour dates, which include a stop at SPACE Gallery in May. Yeah! That means I’ll get to chase them around Austin for a week (8 shows!) and then come home and see them again! Ok, sorry, I’m a little excited about that.
- Still making waves in the national scene, Ocean‘s new record got a great review on Pitchfork last week.
- There’s a new coffee shop in Portland. Must investigate.
- Brooklyn-based The Secret Life Of Sofia made a new digital ep available for free this week. Do yourself a favor and go get Empty Sleeves now.
- Indie On The Move, a website aimed at helping independent bands to book their own tours, launched this week.
- Superchunk announced a new EP due in March.
- A new Yeah Yeah Yeahs track, “Zero,” indicates that the band’s upcoming album has more gloss than grit, sounding like it owes more to 80’s synth pop than the no wavers that laid the groundwork for their earlier releases.
- Indie label Touch & Go is going to stop releasing new music and go catalog-only.
- $99 Music Videos made its debut, pairing up filmmakers and rising bands to complete music videos in 24 hours, with a (very) limited budget.
- Kurt Cobain would have turned 42 today. Spin guesses at “5 Bands Kurt Cobain Would Have Loved.” That’s a weird tribute.