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Drea. m. Releases New Music Video - Riptide

San Francisco based artist, Drea. m has released a brand new music video entitled, Riptide!

Drea. m commands the heart to listen. With soulful grit, haunting vocals, and entrancing live performances, this indie noir songstress entices the listener into a world of lush imagery and unveiled emotion. Reminiscent of Tori Amos, Fiona Apple, and Imogen Heap, what drives her music is a dark-edged honesty about what it means to feel vulnerable, powerful, and profoundly alive.

"Inspiration for the video: I was inspired to shoot most of the video in rural New Mexico because I wanted a world that reflected the one I was singing about--one of vastness, of solitude, of mystery...a world where time moves differently among the elements. Earlier in the video, you see me in a half-crumbled stone house with a window still intact, and later in the song I am in another dilapidated house with newspapered walls--newspapers from the 1940s!--and both of these structures were on the land where we shot, just waiting for us, perfectly representing perseverance through the long passing of time. Ultimately, though, the song is about inhabiting solitude, and all of the seeking and searching that tugs at our souls when we are truly enveloped by all that space...Inspiration for my music: What inspires me is the need to explore what lies beneath a particular emotion, a dark emotion, and the desire to tease out the story that surrounds that emotion. I get very stuck in rumination sometimes, and somewhere between my over-analytical mind and my emotionally-driven, heart-on-the-skin self, a song is born." - Drea M.

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We dig Softspot's new single 'Abalone' from upcoming LP, see them at Union Pool on 1/22

A gentle sweetness emerges within the deeply resonant female vocals on “Abalone,” the preview track (streaming below) from Brooklyn-based Softspot’s forthcoming album “Clearing.”  While open guitar chords provide counter-melody and the simple bass line drives its rhythmic center, a churning percussive track underneath parallels the same mysterious wonderment of penultimate Kate Bush/Hounds Of Love track “Running Up That Hill.”  Harmony vocals appear at crucial points within the emotional arc, dreamily elongating end of line words. At over five minutes in length, there is plenty of room for extended instrumental passages featuring bright guitar figures, deeper bass only transactions and swelling synths.  An extended outro features an angular time signature that ultimately gives way to a beat-less ambience. This is an outstanding track from a full album set for a February release on Arrowhawk Records.  The band will appear live at Union Pool on 1/22 as part of the (le) poisson rouge presents series with Alpenglow and Norwegian Arms. - Dave Cromwell

We added this song to The Deli's playlist of Best songs by emerging NYC artists - check it out!

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Girl Fest is Giving Us Life

A much needed celebration of female power, Girl Fest is back with a showcase of some of Portland's best female musicians of the moment. Hosted by the soulful Blossom, this year's installation of GF touches on a few different genres, including jazz, folk and hip hop, to me enjoyed by all ages.

Coco Columbia has been a local love we've grow to appreciate more and more, with her refreshingly modern and eclectic take on jazz. Her voice, along with her production, have become indicative of the variety of other music scenes the city provides.

Other upbeat offerings come from some of the only female rap artists in Portland's market right now, including Karma Rivera. Taking a beat and fully making it her own, Karma's rhymes give the best of relatable expression and fun quips. Building off of that, duo Neka & Kahlo mix angelic bedroom pop with hip hop that results in a trappy type R&B that we need much more of.

Courtney Noe could easily dominate the pop charts with her retro ballads and after the Fish Eye EP, we've been dying for more of Haley Heynderickx's acoustic folk.

Thankfully Girl Fest 2017 is still happening tonight at the Crystal Ballroom. It's an all ages show, including some performances from young artists involved with local youth music nonprofit My Voice Music, so bring all your loved ones out for a night of true female empowerment.

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Weekend Warrior, January 13 - 15

After releasing their latest EP Five Years at the tail end of 2016, Square Peg Round Hole steps into the New Year with a show this evening at Johnny Brenda’s. An eye-and-ear-opening sonic landscape unveils itself, while the percussive-anchored trio fleshes out flourishes of futuristic accessible instrumental ambiance, pushing the perimeter without disregarding the origin. Tonight, they’ll be joined by fellow local sonic experimenters Grimace Federation and the electro-percussive bursts and blasts of Ian Chang (of Son Lux).  
 
 
Cabin fever may take hold as the winter comes into fruition. However, the resounding, wood-burning resolve of storytelling laid over fresh strings complimented by the force of folky Americana and endearing harmony, that’s what’s on tap this Saturday at Boot & Saddle, where Black Horse Motel will celebrate the arrival of their new EP Parable. The album is available via Single Batch Records. - Michael Colavita
 
More music to catch this weekend…

Johnny Brenda’s
 (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Square Peg Round Hole, Grimace Federation, SAT HIRS, Pinkwash
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI Flat Mary Road (Record Release), Cave People, Liz de Lise, SAT Black Horse Motel (Record Release), Sparkle Pony
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI The Magnificent Shit Hawks, Earthmouth, Buzzherd/DJ Deejay, SAT Tinmouth, Tombo Crush/Fame Lust, SUN Pneumagon, Wormhole Superette
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Darlingtyn, SAT The Upticks, Ton-Taun, The Bigness, SUN Chelsea Pagano
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.) FRI (Balcony) Prince Alexander (Release Party), SAT Madame Jones, The Famous & Fallen, Clarabell
 
The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) FRI Circa Survive, mewithoutYou
 
The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SAT CRUISR, SUN DJ Aktive and Matthew Law
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT A Night of Stardust: Johnny Showcase, Richard Bush, SUN (Upstairs) Star Bird)
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI E-Dubble, Waxx, Teef & Associates, SAT (5pm) The Aluminiums, The Lizard People/(9pm) Carl Kavorkian, Bumsweat, Bergs and Vndl, SUN Hendrix in the Fire: Rodney Anonymous, Stinking Lizaveta, Jo-Ann Rogan, Shawn Kilroy, Melvin C Mcknight, GhettoSongBird, Rachel Radick, Dena Miranda and the Mellowton3s
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Cookie Rabinowitz, SAT Pawnshop Roses, Pete Donnelly Trio, Travel Lanes, SUN Victoria Watts, Carrie Brzezinski
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Joy Riding, Night Windows, SAT False Tracks, Telepathic, SUN New Speedway, Gravers Lane 
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Lee Mayjahs?, DJ Everyday, SAT DJ Deejay
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT Dave Steel Blues Band, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) FRI Marah, SAT Grey Eye Glances, SUN CubiZm
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Bunny Savage & The Plibmen, Sweet Eureka, Dirty Soap Blues Band, Will Stakk$, Kingsound Vibration, Endless Taile
 
Voltage Lounge (421 N. 7th St.) SAT Gravers Lane 
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI The Tisburys, Slomo Sapiens, Local Smokes,Whackbat, SAT Razor Boomarang, Buttless Pants, Bruce Torres, Harlowe Jones
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) SAT Splintered Sunlight
 
Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Planned Parenthood Fundraiser: Busy Bee, Julia Rainer, The Stammer, City Love, Amanda Silberling
 
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New Track: "Do Worry" - Marry Lattimore

Mary Lattimore tweeted yesterday, "Made a new kinda corny song today, very rough draft, very imperfect but from the heart. I'll prob hate it tomorrow!" Whether this is a demo or something that Lattimore becomes more comfortable with today as the final result, "Do Worry," which sounds like an ominous warning in this current, turbulent social/political climate, is juxtaposed by the serene composition that actually instills feelings of hope towards its conclusion. Or maybe that's just how we're interpreting it because we could use a bit of hope these days. Whatever it may be, it certainly doesn't sound corny to us. Mary Lattimore will be performing next in Philly on Tuesday, January 31 at Union Transfer supporting Parquet Courts.

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