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Babes unveil "How Do You Make Love Stop" video from new album

Electro-pop darlings Babes are back with a new full-length album on Barsuk entitled Untitled (Five Tears). They just revealed a video for the track "How Do You Make Love Stop", a bright, mid-tempo stunner that continues their winning streak of lovestruck, leisurely ballads. 

Untitled (Five Tears) comes out on October 30th, which they'll be celebrating with an album release show at the Bootleg. 

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Artist to Watch: Babes

Quirky, irreverent, and aggressively sexual, the ethos of the band, Babes, seems to be making statements that are completely disconnected from the music itself. But that's what makes it work. They make sad indie pop music with a bedroom vibe. While the songs themselves are sometimes dreary and serious, the players themselves are no such thing. This understanding and self-awareness of what it means to be a band in the post-internet age makes what is already delightfully crafted throwback pop even more fun to listen to. Knowing they regularly traipse around in various states of undress while frontwoman Sarah Rayne sings delicate, personal tales in her self-described, "horny" sad songs, makes me laugh, smirk, and ultimately, keep listening. The band's debut EP, "Isn't It Love," sounds like a La Sera album drowning in a tub of its own tears while M. Ward stands over it crooning sympathetically. The album is due out May 27th on Harvest Records. Stream the full EP here and see them live at their EP release show May 28 at The Satellite. - Jacqueline Caruso

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Ice Balloons // Babes // Still Caves // Grapefruit // 5.17

This Saturday, Stellar Donkey boking brings a fantastic night of lo-fi garage psych jams to Portland’s noise-heads of the Northeast at the High Water Mark Lounge. Headlining the show, Brooklyn based glitch-psych super group, Ice Balloons (featuring members of TV On The Radio and Wild Yaks), are sure to blow your mind or leave you with temporary tinnitus. On tour with Ice Balloons are New Orleans rippers, Babes. Opening the night and representing Portland’s own noteworthy contributions to the current psych movement are some of my local favorites Still Caves and Grapefruit.

High Water Mark is located at 6800 NE MLK. Doors at 8pm, and there is a $7 cover.

Travis Leipzig

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