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Merrily James brings her sensual electro-soul-pop to Rough Trade on 7/30

At first, Merrily James' music may strike listeners for the vulnerability the singer conveys to it.  However, upon a closer listen, the sexual metaphors introduced by the lyrics integrate that vulnerability with content that certainly adds an extra layer of intrigue and sensuality to the tracks. Her debut EP, Opia, produced by Tommy Eichmann (Alex Winston, Twin Wave) belongs squarely to the electro-soul-pop genre, yet it has a layer of rawness tinged with visceral, smooth vocals that separates it from the pack. In “Sticky Fingers” (streaming below) Merrily James sings, “I lick my sticky fingers/your sugar in my soul/I did everything I can/except to let you go,” exposing an endearing honesty and an anything-for-love attitude those "prudes" Hall and Oates would certainly disagree with. You can see Merrily James at Rough Trade on July 30th. - Madeleine Grossman

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Cumquat Tape Release Show at Titan House July 16

As public service to the Philly DIY scene, the merry folks at Titan House refuse to stop the rock, and will be hosting a show that will blast their neighbors with everything from heavy fuzz to electronic backbeats, laughter to tears, and cigarette smoke to loud, sanctimonious conversations with a strong socialist overtone. First on the lineup is Cemetery Flowers, whose swirling atmospherics, driven by repetitive black metal progressions and layered feedback over massive '80s-sounding electronic drums, creates the perfect Burzum-JAMC storm that’ll make your ears hum. Cumquat, a.k.a. Kevin Sullivan is an experimental electronic project that makes heavy use of samples and found sound, altering them into swelling, looping, danceable rhythms. The vocals steadily pursue a melody throughout the chaos of altered, erratic noise and rhythmic samples. He'll be celebrating the release of his new EP, Prickly Glazer, out now on cassette via Gambling Debt Records. QQQ follow up with his classic dystopia-electronica sound, which emphasizes a more smooth, cruising texture in composition. And finally, touring act Grave Pool will close out the night with their sweeping surreal sound that is derivative just as much from '80's dream pop as from early ‘10's chillwave. Synth sounds expand and disperse like jetstreams, while guitars swell and echo like the revisiting of an old memory. Titan House, (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.), 8pm, $5, All Ages. - Bryce Woodcock

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Sandflower to bring catchy, dance-rap to Pianos on 7/18

On her latest track "BUMP!," Brooklyn emcee Sandflower wants to see people do just as the song title suggests, bump and grind all night long. Considering the quality of her rapping and the Latin-inspired beat backing her, it's likely she'll see her wishes come true whenever this track is played.  The production is devilishly simple, comprised solely of staccato drum grooves, grimy synth patterns, and alarm-clock-like samples that are sure to tap into adrenaline reserves and get bodies in motion. Sandflower's monotone vocals, reminscent of Atlanta's rapper Father, make for a nice contrast with the raucousness of the beat, getting a boost when Migs Migster joins her own the track's simple hook. This now makes two quality tracks for the young Brooklyn emcee, the other being "Do Whatchu Wanna." You can see her live when she performs at Piano's on 7/18. — Henry Solotaroff-Webber

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Buzz Alert: Yoke Lore (ex Yellerkin) plays LA's The Echo tonight (07.13) + BK Rough Trade on 07.15

Adding to his many creative outlets, Brooklyn artist Adrian Galvin dropped his debut EP Far Shore under his new solo project Yoke Lore on May 6th. The EP bares some resemblance to Galvin's previous work with his band Yellerkin, with some notable departures from it as well. Both groups feature Galvin's distinct, Panda Bear-esque voice, but where Yellerkin's sound could be described as electronic folk-pop, in his solo project Galvin dials down the busy arrangements, acoustic instruments in particular, opting instead for a sparser atmosphere, which allows his sparkling voice to take a more prominent role in the song. After debuting his live show under Yoke Lore at the Northside Fest on June 8th, Galvin will be performing at LA's The Echo tonight (07.13) and then at Brooklyn's Rough Trade on Friday 07.15. — Henry Solotaroff-Webber

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

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A Much Needed Night in R&B

 It's more than obvious that with what is happening in the United States and really the entire world around us, that both as minorities and Americans alike, we need to band together. Race and sexuality shouldn't serve as another barrier that separates us and with an upcoming lineup of racially diverse and fluid artists, biases and hate need not apply in any way, shape to this night.

We've got Blossom, who offers one of the only vocal r&b representations in Portland. You've probably heard her popular "Black Magic Woman," and the EYRST vocalist will most definitely bring some black woman magic to the bill. There will be quite a few opportunities to see Blossom this year, including Pickathon at the end of the summer, which she'll be playing along with Chanti Darling.

Oh, Chanti, Chanti, Chanti! The range on this handsome honey is unlike what most vocalists are capable of pulling off nowadays. Chanti and his Darling team of swirvers, twirlers and musicians have been everywhere lately, and it couldn't be more well deserved. Blending funk, r&b, soul and love, Chanti Darling are running wild with that 'best new band title' sashaying their way into ruling our world. 

Hailing from Seattle, SassyBlack split from her partner Stas Irons in THEESatisfaction and has been making it quite well on her own with her jazzy stylings. This will be her first performance in Portland, so let's welcome her well.

This show is TOMORROW at Holocene. It's 21 and over and will have DJ Lamar LeRoy hyping the vibe in between sets. Spend $12, come stand together with us and just have a damn good time.

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