UPCOMING SHOWS

Sun May

29

Euphoria 315 SE 3rd Ave PDX, OR

$20 Adv.
10pm; 21+

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KAYTRANADA

LOU PHELPS

ARTIST BIO

Born in Haiti and raised in the city of Montreal, Canadian artist Kaytranada has experienced an explosive rise in the past couple of years with his irresistible production and live sets, but the hard work and success did not happen over night. Before touring the globe and amassing millions of hits online with his series of beloved tracks and mixes, the young man came up as a true disciple, absorbing hip hop and RnB culture since his childhood and finding ways to make the music his own. Since the age of fourteen, when he first began to DJ and the following year when his brother introduced him to music production software, his output has been relentless. As he explains, “after he showed me the basics, from that day on I couldn’t stop making beats,” pumping out a beat a day for the next couple of years and soon after self-releasing a series of EPs and beat tapes that quickly began to expand his reach. Official releases on HW&W and Jakarta Records soon spread his name like wildfire and some instant-classic remixes by the likes of Missy Elliot, Janet Jackson, TLC, Danny Brown and others have cemented his reputation and his sound; an undeniable swing of the drums comparable to Dilla’s, a signature soulful touch in the melodies, and a healthy dose of funky bass lines. In the past year, he was approached by Brodinski to drop the single “Free Things In Life” on the hotly-tipped French label Bromance, has headlined tours in Europe, Australia and North America, and released his newest single and video “At All” which has already conquered dance floors worldwide and introduced his face to the world with an unforgettable video. Now, as he continues to bridge the gap between the dance world and hip hop/RnB, he is prepping a solo album for 2014 and a series of high profile collaborations that will confirm his position as one of the most important producers in today’s musical landscape.

Mon May

30

Holocene 1001 SE Morrison St. PDX, OR

$15 Adv.
9pm; 21+

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TORO Y MOI (DJ)

NOSAJ THING (DJ)

NATHAN DETROIT

ARTIST BIO

Opening to the scream of F1’s speeding around a racetrack, and maintaining that intensity with booming guitar riffs and psychedelic effects throughout, the forthcoming album from Toro Y Moi is definitely making a statement. Or maybe a few statements. But Chaz Bundick, the frontman and songwriter, is leaving it up to you to figure out what they are. While it is obvious that each song is crafted around a personally meaningful experience, Chaz seems to purposefully leave the lyrics just vague enough to let each listener mold it into something unique. Chaz presents you with a few themes: love, beauty, nature; and gently lets go of your hand so you can wander off on your own. A feeling of searching for something threads its way through every song on the album, which is aptly named What For? It feels contradictory in a very human way, like Chaz is swinging between waiting for something and not being able to wait anymore. But the swinging isn’t panicked or frustrated, it’s just a situation that he’s reflecting on. The songs are heavy with nostalgia, too, for simpler times, better music, more fulfilling relationships. Chaz references Weezer to warn you that “there is no one to destroy your sweater” and, in another song, recalls Big Star to declare that “rock and roll is here to stay.” It feels like he misses everything (even things he wasn’t around for yet), but is somehow excited for what comes next. What For? is a glimpse into the life of a guy trying to figure out what it all means. The music is influenced by bands like Big Star, Talking Heads, Tim Maia, Todd Rundgren, but it doesn’t quite sound like any of them in particular. And it isn’t trying to. It has that special something that Chaz imbues in every Toro Y Moi album, his personal filter on the world he experiences. So whatever message you take from the album, don’t forget that it’s good. As Chaz himself so candidly believes, “Good is good. Good finds its own audience.”

Tue Jun

7

Euphoria 315 SE 3rd Ave. PDX, OR

$15 Adv.
10pm; 21+

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THE OPIUO BAND

ARTIST BIO

For New Zealand native Opiuo, making music has been an undeniable passion that encapsulates his every moment. His incredibly original, against the grain style is often referred to simply as “funkadelic bass music”, a term he supports wholeheartedly. The producer who now calls Australia home first gained international recognition in 2010 with his single “Robo Booty” from his debut album “Slurp and Giggle”, which was a finalist for Best Dance/Electro Release at the Australian Independent Music Awards that year. His music has since reached the #1 position on the iTunes, Hype Machine, Beatport & Addictech charts. Racking up 5 million plays on his Soundcloud page, Opiuo swept the 2013 UK Glitch-Hop Awards with 5 wins. His latest full-length album “Meraki” was a finalist for the Best Electronica Album at the New Zealand Music Awards 2014. Opiuo’s unique take on electronic music has captured the attention of music lovers around the entire globe, with sets at Coachella (USA), Glastonbury (UK), Shambhala (Canada), Lightning In A Bottle (USA), Boomtown Fair (UK) as well as headlining tours across Australia, New Zealand, N. America, Europe, Asia, Israel and India. He’s shared the stage with some of music’s elite including Bassnectar, Moby, Pete Tong, Bonobo, & The Glitch Mob to name a few. Whether he’s equipped with his solo setup of various drum machines and synths, or performing 100% live as The Opiuo Band, his explosive live shows never disappoint. As a remixer Opiuo’s credits span far & wide, from Gwen Stefani to Kimbra, Pretty Lights to Infected Mushroom, KOAN Sound to Shapeshifter and many more. With such a grand scope its no wonder Opiuo’s musical meanderings are heard the world over.

Fri Jun

10

Euphoria 315 SE 3rd Ave. PDX, OR

$15 Adv.
10pm; 21+

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PANTyRAiD

ARTIST BIO

pantyraid is the product of two music producers that met on the West Coast of the United States and share the same appreciation for well produced electronic dance music. Martin Folb (aka MartyParty) and Josh Mayer (aka Ooah) have always loved the art of songwriting instead of the typical club track production. They set off to write melodic, musical journeys within the electronic genre. Each song has its own character, its own intention, and often crosses over many genres of electronic and traditional music. One thing is consistent in all PANTyRAiD production, attention to detail, not found in typical electronic production. Constant variation in the beat, and an almost overwhelming palette of instrumentation and audio tricks and techniques. The combination of MartyParty and Ooah has started a movement back towards the power of the melody and instrumental composition. Together they have invented a formula for producing intense club songs that pull together gorgeous and modern electronic sounds with hard hitting beats, brining the best of hip-hop, dubstep and other forms of experimental electronic music. The music is a new flavor of urban beat, a fresh new sexy sound that draws those that love to dance.

Tue Aug

2

Wonder Ballroom 128 NE Russel St PDX, OR

$20 Adv.
All Ages

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AlunaGeorge

ARTIST BIO

AlunaGeorge is George Reid and Aluna Francis. They met on the internet - while both working on separate projects - and united musically when George remixed 'Sweetheart', a song featuring Aluna's vocals. The track went on to gain love from the likes of Rob Da Bank at Radio 1. George's busy electronic production and Aluna's signature sweet vocals met physically at George's home studio in Hampton Court, after endless ideas being sent back and forth via email. The first song to be born was 'Make No Mistake', which was originally intended for use by a different band - but Aluna and George were so keen on it, they decided to keep it for themselves. AlunaGeorge had arrived. Together - with influences ranging from Flying Lotus, Hudson Mohawke and Chris Clark to the more late 90s US RnB pastures of Aaliyah, Destiny's Child and Mariah Carey (the first CD Aluna ever owned) - they'd honed the precise art of creating a new brand of pop music. They began to combine glitchy, wonky sounds, blinding hooks and throbbing basslines into a traditional pop structure. Take a listen to pick apart the elements; the unusual megamix of house-style build-ups, vocals that could easily have been the beating heart of of UK garage's poppiest moments and intonations from the finest RnB singers of the '90s. With these facets and the addition of some great big choruses, AlunaGeorge's songs sound fresh and ever-demanding of the repeat button. 'We Are Chosen' mixes two-step and dulcet RnB vibes, bringing memories crashing back to T2, Tina Moore and Shanks & Bigfoot, while the infectious hooks and dancefloor-pop basslines on 'Make No Mistake' aren't easy to ignore; 'Bad Idea' combines sleek hip-hop with rhythmic pizzazz and an in-your-face refrain, and there's plenty more twisted pop to come.