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A jazzy sendoff for Coco Columbia tonight

Portland is losing another one to the brighter skies of Los Angeles, and that one happens to be chaotic pop songstress Coco Columbia.

Since her debut in 2014, Coco Columbia quickly won over hearts with her perfectly crafted concoction of dreamy indie, jazz and electronic pop. It's why she was voted one of our top artists back in 2015 and has continued to end up on numerous lists as considerably one of the more eclectic artists in town. 

Those that have grown used to catching Coco Columbia's sets locally will be a bit blue at the news that tonight, she and her current band are playing their last Portland show before her big relocation to LA. Playing alongside Coco at Mississippi Studios will be one of the Deli Portland's other "best" acts LiquidLight and Childspeak, coming up from Eugene. There's no doubt that she'll be back for more sets in the future, but be sure to come out to get enough of her poppy jazz fix to tide you over.

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Buzz Alert: Torres' video of "Skim" makes The Guardian's Best of 2017 List

Torres' musical path could be used as an ideal example of what should happen to a musician who dares to move from Nashville to NYC - something she did in 2015, soon after releasing her sophomore album Sprinter. Her 2017 follow up, Three Futures, reveals a more daring artist with an uber-edgy sound that makes abundant use of synths and guitar pedals. The tracks share a claustrophobic atmosphere that seems like an unavoidable by-product of the transition from the big spaces of Music City to the "coziness" of the Big Apple. The labels took notice (the album was out on legendary 4AD), the critics applauded (Three Futures is one of the top-ranked albums on Metacritic.com with a score of 79) and the fans multiplied. And more recently, the UK newspaper The Guardian included the video for Skin (streaming below) in its Best of 2017 list. Since the release, Torres has been gigging non-stop in the US, Canada and Europe.

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Record of the Month: Standing on the Corner - Red Burns

It’s hard to place a firm finger on Standing on the Corner’s latest album, a 60 minute, two-track release entitled Red Burns, but the record - which opens with warm crackling, synth-y harp strums, and omnipotent narration treated with the kind of vocal distortion that sounds as if your cassette’s brown tapes have melted - is wildly innovative, and strangely mesmerizing. The project, headed by Gio Escobar and Jasper Marsalis, a Crown Heights based duo armed with a jazz background and an interest in rap and electronica, is a response to recent political and nationwide events, chronicling them with the distinctive viewpoint of those facing direct oppression, but expressing them through a medium that is widely freeform and experimental. (Olivia Sisinni)

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Sur Back unveils single "Valentino" + plays The Knit tonight (01.09)

Sur Back is the solo project of avant-pop NYC based artist Caroline Sans. Walking the line between orchestral and electronic, her new single Valentino (streaming below) showcases an artist able to synthesise complexity, structure and melody into music that's relevant and current. Lovers of other deliciously edgy female fronted acts like Bjork, Portishead and St. Vincent should definitely lend an ear to Sur Back's debut EP and look out for the upcoming sophomore entitled KITSCH II, bound to drop on February 2.rd. Sur Back will be performing live at The Knitting Factory tonight, January 9th.

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Experimental duo Mellodrone emerge with compelling debut EP

Fresh to Boston from Puerto Rico, Mellodrone duo Ian Vidal and vocalist Laura Calderón have released a compelling debut EP that channels the melodically ambient atmosphere of French noir and avant-pop. The three track EP is a breeze of fresh, but stoic pop music, reminiscent of the cultured, academic backbone of bands like Stereolab and Broadcast. As they prepare for their splash into the Boston music scene, get familiar with the new wave stylings of Mellodrone below. -Charley Ruddell   

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