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Alt-folker Seldomo drops new release, "Probably Cool"

"When things seem hard Seldomo is there to remind you that things are probably cool and you'll be alright." So reads the blurb from Seldomo's Bandcamp page, and man, if there's something that we need to hear at the end of 2017, it's that even when it seems like the world is crashing down, in all likelihood, in the end, we can still find a way to make (most) things work. Alt-folk artist, Seldomo, aims to express just that sentiment in his latest album, Probably Cool. The release is no-fuss folk-inspired music that at times can feel lax in its execution, but perhaps that's one of the things that makes it so charming. Check out "Probably Cool" streaming below. - Olivia Sisinni

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Brother Roy releases piano soul-rock debut LP "Last Man Standing"

With a gruff voice that delivers storybook lyrics in the spirit of James Taylor and heavy piano-based arrangements that smack of Seventies songwriting greats like Elton or Billy, Brother Roy unleashes his debut LP Last Man Standing. Filled with soul and inspired by jazz and classical composers, the tracks on the album flow from driving rockers such as "Heartbreaker" to orchestral crooners such as "Sunshine Lady". Brother Roy has already released a few music videos from Last Man Standing, the latest being a B-movie clipshow set to the head-bopper "Brother Sam." Check it out below and don't miss the record release "extravaganza" at Rockwood Music Hall on December 10th. - Will Sisskind

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New A.M. Mills EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

We hope that you had a chance to enjoy your Thanksgiving vacation. And though, like us, you might not be quite ready to start the workweek, we do have some new tunes from A.M. Mills to help ease you back into reality. Led by the gentle croons of Drew Mills (formerly of Blood Feathers), you can now listen to the surprise six-song EP, Window Box, that was recently dropped by the band for your listening pleasure. Let the languid instrumentals wash over you in this AM, and catch Mills and the gang, performing next in Philly, on December 16 at Bourbon & Branch. (Photo by Serge Levin)

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Far Lands dives deep into minimalist pop

 A pretty strong departure from the heavily rocking tunes he's dished out for Sons of Anarchy and on his albums, Battleme's Matt Drenik has teamed up with Andy McFarlane and a couple other musicians to make minimalist but pretty pop music as Far Lands.

The supergroup of sorts also includes Ivan Howard of The Rosebuds and Howard Evans on bass and backup vocals, as well as Elliott Smith's old drummer Paul Pulvirenti. When these musical talents come together, the result is somewhat on a Beck-meets-Neil Young plane of congenial folk pop, especially on their newest album Oh, What an Honor/Oh, What a Drag.

There's an ardor that comes along with Far Lands tracks, particularly with the single "Hearts Like a Knife." McFarlane wrote the track while sitting at his kitchen table with his two daughters, who also happen to join in singing along with the song in the studio. The thought behind the song is cutely warm.

“I didn't know it then but when Trump won I looked to it as something close to a protest song," says McFarlane. "My little way of telling my girls (and myself) that all will be okay if we stick together and focus on each other instead of the noise.”

Head over to Bunk Bar on 11.30 for the release show for Oh, What an Honor/Oh, What a Drag, where Far Lands will also be playing with Howard Ivans. Until then, give "Hearts Like a Knife" and the rest of the album a listen below.

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A little relief for NorCal tonight

Northwest locals were devastated when fires took over the Columbia River Gorge over the summer. Seeing destruction of that magnitude happen to your hometown is simultaneously saddening and numbing, but does sort of strengthen the community. Bearing in mind that many of us moved here from another place anyway, it makes sense that we'd do what we can for those who've just experienced this in Northern California.

Last month Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, Butte and Solano counties were hit with a series of 21 wildfires that devastated wine country and surrounding NorCal terrain. This slew of fires included one of the most destructive in California wildfire history, the Tubbs Fire, so there's much about the area that needs to be rebuilt.

A few Portland bands are getting together shortly to help raise some funds, with some raffles taking place in-between sets. A few of the musicians playing tonight have called California (but more specifically, Northern California) their home at one point in time, so this benefit show is a bit more personal. Enjoy some harsh hardcore punk from Worws, Phantom Family and Dead Tropics, along with a bit of a bluegrass twang from the Lonesome Valley Pussyfooters. Art and other fun things from Green Noise Records, Scapegoat Tattoo, Grizzly Tattoo, Oddball Tattoo and Josh McQuary will be raffled away betwixt the bands, and all proceeds will be given to UndocuFund. Seeing as tons of undocumented families and workers have been affected by the fires and won't be receiving federal aid, they are some of the most vulnerable beings in cases like these. 

Music for tonight's NorCal relief benefit at Tonic Lounge starts at 9pm. Entry is $8 with larger donations being accepted, with raffle tickets running one for $3 or two for $5.

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