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Mercury Girls Opening for King Gizzard & The Lizard at Underground Arts May 15

Combine band members from Literature, Pet Milk, and Little Big League, and you get the chemically balanced musical element known as Mercury Girls. The assorted dream-pop group recently released its single "Ariana," which includes catchy hooks, smooth vocals, and harmonies that blend together in a near-perfect manner. Rhythmic cravings for more music from this band will soon be filled. The group is due to begin work on a full-length album with producer extraordinaire Jeff Zeigler (Kurt Vile, The War on Drugs, Nothing, just to name a few). If you're too anxious to wait for the completion of the album, then you can catch Mercury Girls opening for King Gizzard & The Lizard at Underground Arts tonight. Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St., 9pm, $14, 21+ - Gina Rullo

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Souvenir Driver bring their space pop to the Know tonight

Souvenir Driver have that power to mentally transport you through dream like dimensions, with a sound supported by both a down tempo chill wave and a hardened, reverb heavy nod to alternative pop. Souvenir Driver have only been getting stronger and stronger with each release and with their new album due out soon, excitement is teeming with the possibilities of it being their greatest and most full sounding release yet.

They're playing tonight at the Know with rock duo Leading Psychics and Seattle's Vibragun. Tickets are $7 and music starts around 9pm, so if you've got some energy left after dancing about at the St. Johns Bizarre go check them out!

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Sure Sure play at El Cid on 5.21

Sure Sure is a quartet who works a rich seam of splindly guitars with lush string arrangements. Songs like "New Biome" and "The Expert" are unique in how they hone art pop sensibilities, with smooth melodic contours and backwoods harmonies that faintly evoke bands like Grizzly Bear and Field Music. And do I hear some bossa nova chords embedded into the mix? Their measured style is an uncommon one, and all the better for it, seeing as their first singles exhibit an attention to songcraft that is smart, inventive, and undeniably catchy.

Sure Sure are playing at El Cid this coming Saturday, May 21st. Check out their two singles below. - Juan Rodríguez

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PREMIERE: We Are Parasols - "No Movement"

On this gloriously sunny Friday the 13th, the Deli would like to cloak the sun's bright rays with a new, darkwavey track from We Are Parasols. "No Movement" guides you through its aphotic tones, baiting you with low tempos and hauntingly angelic vocals. Brooding and moody, the track is both calming and chill while still provoking sonic interest.

The satisfyingly hypnotic video for "No Movement" is hard not to zone out to. Its black and white cyclical machine work visuals calls for a droned mental state. As the second single to come off We Are Parasol's upcoming debut Infrastructure, "No Movement" makes a lasting impression as an indicator of the band's potential output, and more than substantiates their place in Portland's darker scene.

Infrastructure comes out May 20th on the bands' No Movement Records. Check out the video for "No Movement" below.

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Deli Premiere: Notelle has confidence to spare on "No One Else Alive"

Sometimes you hear a song and know right away that it's going to follow you around for a while. "No One Else Alive" is the unshakably catchy new track from the unshakably talented Notelle, and it's got just the right kind of hook to dig itself in deep. The sound on display is big, in a perplexingly minimal way. "Anthemic" is an easy descriptor that comes to mind, but there's a measure of restraint in the actual execution that keeps the whole affair from becoming too bombastic. It's radio pop perfection, and you can catch the ear worm down in the stream below. -Austin Phy

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