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March 2014
Ryley Walker
"All Kinds Of You
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The debut album, All Kinds of You, from Ryley Walker is impressive in its thoughtful restraint and intimate sounds and lyrics. Walker has spent years in Chicago's noise scene, but this album is a near folk masterpiece. Walker shows skill in guitar playing, singing, and writing though the album. The album opens with the track that Walker is currently known for "The West Wind". It is a solemn journey that Walker present in a video last Fall. The production value of the album shines through on a track like "Twin Oaks pt. 1" where the sounds builds into a lush down home party complete with drums, strips, and guitar picking. All Kinds of You (Tompkins Square, April 15th) presents and old soul, a journeyman in the form of this talented 24 year old singer/songwriter.


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Album Review: And Now... by The Moonshine

In their debut album, And Now.., The Moonshine have crafted eight songs reminiscent of a trip across country, capturing the beauty of traditional sounds with banjos, fiddles and harmonizing vocal chords. Opening with banjo, stomps and hand claps, “Never Know” starts the album off on an uplifting note; the interplay between the calling vocals leave the listener needing to sing along. This energy moves and transforms to fit into range of folk-inspired song structures, changing in an almost cinematic way. “Hard Times” comes off with an undercurrent of noir, “Shadow Song” as a bluesy and poetic confessional and the powerful closer, “Enough” has enough emotional punch to give you chills. And Now… is an example of the folk genre at its most dynamic, the nostalgic sounds within balanced by a crystal clear production. The next time you’re getting ready for a trip out of town be sure that you have this album to keep you company. - Benjamin Toledo  

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She's Not Dead Win The Deli Portland's Best of 2013 Readers' Poll

After two weeks of promotion and bringing in nearly 500 votes, She’s Not Dead have been chosen as the reader’s pick in our best of 2013 poll. Influences of hard rock, pop punk and alternative music shaped their style and have brought them through a year filled with energetic shows, explosive songs and an ever-expanding fan base. Congratulations on your victory, She’s Not Dead, here’s hoping your next year is even more exciting than your last. - Benjamin Toledo  

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Just Lions Take Second Place in The Deli Portland's Best of 2013 Readers' Poll

Just Lions have brought in a ton support from fans in their second Deli poll (they were our Artist of the Month way back at the beginning of 2013) and have taken silver in the Best of 2013 readers’ choice poll. Their rocking, at times anthemic compositions have worked their way through most every venue in town over the past year and garnered them attention for their dynamic hooks and tight arrangement. Listen to their music below and be sure to keep an eye on them this year; it’s bound to be an exciting one for Just Lions. - Benjamin Toledo

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Adam Brock Takes 3rd Place in The Deli Portland's Best of 2013 Readers' Poll

Taking third place in the readers’ choice segment of our year end poll is Adam Brock, who you may recognize as the winner of this year’s open submissions segment. His tasteful blending of indie pop, folk and electronic elements combined with the pristine production of his recordings have brought him support from the Portland music scene (as well as few choice Deli editors across the country) that continues to grow. The creativity contained within his songs may only be exceeded by his passion for the music in general, which has shown through every interaction I’ve ever had with him. Congrats, Adam, may 2014 be your most successful year yet. - Benjamin Toledo

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Modern Kin at Rontoms 1.26

Modern Kin plays Rontoms on the 26th and promises quite the show. Having trimmed from a four to a three-piece in 2012, the group took time to re-orient sonic priorities and spit out a raucous self-titled debut in late 2013 off their own label, Amigo/Amiga. Drummer Jeremiah Hayden claims this was “a record of growth” in which they “wanted to introduce more rhythm and movement in the drums and the bass.” Mission accomplished. Each song is a call to arms, a lesson in combustion, a manifesto to the mundane. In songs like “Unannounced”, singer Drew Grow shout-sings with Win Butler-like vibrato while in “Wicked Crush”, the vocals seep and seethe paired with sinister (yet still catchy) instrumentals. In “Abandon”, Grow wails, “Our desperation isn’t beautiful, but here it is, so let’s say it is.” An apt summary for Modern Kin’s frenzied rock that hits like welcomed pummels to the eardrums. - Ted Jamison

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Magic Mouth and Minden at White Owl Social Club 1.24

If two Portland bands were born to play shows together, it would be these two. And not because they sound like twin lineups, rather their matching energy and pazazz that pair alongside both bands’ strong, soulful undertones that can give any righteous hipster something to smile about. Minden will start off the night as their soft keyboard, smooth rhythm section, and harmonious back and forth vocals come together with an intriguing complexity that always ends on the right note. Following this, is the root driven rock stars, Magic Mouth. They play funk music with punk attitude and screeching soul-filled vocals with an ability to speak to a crowd through their high energy, fun-filled songs. Both Magic Mouth and Minden are set to have huge years in 2014 plus they both start with “m” so that’s kinda rad too. - Colin Hudson

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Urban Wildlife Record Release at the Secret Society 1.24

After nearly a year of developing and growing as a band, Urban Wildlife is ready to release the latest incarnation of their fluorescent indie-folk stylings, a record by the name of Strangers. The eight tracks within carry an emotional depth portrayed through poetic lyricism, swelling instrumentation and Emily Logan’s unwavering vocal melodies. Songs like “Alchemy” and “Salton Sea” descend upon the listener like a fog, with an ethereal air that surrounds their dynamic arrangements. Warm and tranquil sounds produced by “Witchcraft” and the melodic builds of “The Merchant” show the range of Urban Wildlife’s style, which seems to run parallel the range of a human experience. The extremes on either side of their musical spectrum are stitched together by various undefined and unique shades of gray. Urban Wildlife will be celebrating the release of Strangers at the Secret Society on Friday, January 24th, get over to the show to see them at their best. - Benjamin Toledo

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Big Ass Boombox Portland 1.24-25

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired of waiting for summer to catch loads of rad live music? Beat your boredom this winter busting a move at Big Ass Boombox Portland, which is back with it’s third bringing of bodacious bands and brainy wordsters. This free, two-day festival takes place at five venues downtown (including two all ages venues) and features 40 local bands and 15 litterateurs.

As always, young Jedi, you must choose your own adventure, but here is my tentative agenda for the weekend.

Friday, January 24

Start at the Ash Street Saloon for Hands In at 10:30 pm followed by The Autonomics, then split over to Dante’s to catch some of The No Tomorrow Boys all killer no filler antics at 11:30 pm. Next I’ll either stick around Dante’s for Adventure Galley or head back to Ash Street for Psychomagic, depending on how the substances of the evening grab a hold of me.

Saturday, January 25

This night will get a little weird. Start out at Slabtown (all ages) with The Century at 9:30. Next I’ll head to Ash Street for Coma Serfs at 10:45 pm, then stroll to Kelly’s Olympian for Summer Cannibals at 11:30 pm. For the highlight of the night, I’ll make my way back to Ash Street to watch Old Age at 12:15 am.

Your journey through Big Ass Boom Box may be entirely different than mine. Take a look at the schedule of shenanigans to decide for yourself how you plan to spend the weekend. But don’t be a dummy and not go out, after this it’s back to waiting for summer. - Travis Leipzig

 

 

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