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Arbor Daze makes the sounds of the season

 It's been quite nice moderately transitioning from devil's dick level heat to the gloomy frigid weather Portland is typically known for. While there's many a sad album signifying our respective feelings on this transition, none really does more justice than Arbor Daze's ambient despondence.

Our eyes have been on Aspen Koch's solo project since she tied on one of our Artist of the Month polls a little while back. She's been quite busy since then putting the finishing touches on last month's release, Four Months. Her work as Arbor Daze is fairly minimalistic in instruments wielded yet maximal in its impact on the listener - using just a guitar, a loop pedal and her voice to sonically capture the brood - though she collaborated  with others on Four Months.

Thankfully we're not the only ones to take notice of Koch's efforts (and Sarah Lane's of the Late Great, for that matter!), as there's a show tomorrow displaying a bit of appreciation. 

It's just about the time for the Jade Lounge's October #WCW (Woman Crush Wednesday, just in case you somehow didn't know) Showcase and Arbor Daze, along with Sarah Lane, Jen Deale of Santiam and soulful jazz guitarist Angelica Pray will be performing. Come experience the haze of Arbor Daze in person tomorrow as you fall for the other lovely ladies as well!

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Cereus Bright's heartfelt video for Silver Lining after tragedy

After finishing up a tour across the states with Ages and Ages, promoting their debut album Excuses, Nashville's uplifting folk-pop five-piece band Cereus Bright found their rehearsal room and home burnt down and destroyed. In the midst of this dreadfully dark circumstance, Cereus Bright filmed a video performing the track Silver Lining in their once beautiful space, thanking everyone for their support and showing us what hope, modesty, and courage really looks like. Listening to "Silver Lining", one can't help but feel an overwhelming strength in the group's sweet, soothing vocals, as well as a passionate perserverence in each delicate pluck of a string. Watch the heartfelt video down below and get a dose of inspiration. - Ashley Muniz

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New Hezekiah Jones EP Available for Streaming

The musical troupe of Hezekiah Jones, led by Raph Cutrufello, has released a new collection of tunes. The EP Har! Har! Har! is partitioned into three tracks, “Yeshe & Horus,” “Between a Sea & a Soft Place,” and “Sylvia North”. The triad of songs is saturated in the seductive lure of vocal harmonies, while a wandering synth lingers in the background. It’s inherently inviting as it teeters in a mystical realm. There will also be five extra covers hidden on the band's upcoming CD release. Hezekiah Jones is scheduled to join Mason Porter and The End of America on Saturday, December 10 at Ardmore Music Hall. (Photo by Lisa Schaffer)

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THE PLAIN STEEL - NEW LP!

They call themselves "folk n' roll" which is a fairly accurate description. The Plain Steel have been around the Hamilton scene for many years now and they are getting ready to release their second full length album. The record is titled "Slow Day In A One Horse Town" which can sometimes be the feelings you get in Hamilton. The folks there know how to party when there is something going on though. This Friday The Plain Steel are throwing their release party at the Casbah. Have a listen to their single "Living Memory" which delicately unveils their folk n' roll sounds complete with a soothing cello and nice guitar licks. Joining them will be the Beach Bats, Local Haunts and Will Gillespie. 5 bucks and doors at 8. - Kris Gies

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Explode Into Colors' Beneficial Reunion

Portland was an entirely different place back in 2008. The music community was still an actual community not divided, nor were the skylines divided by the rooftops of newly built condos and startups. On top of all this, Explode Into Colors basically exploded into the scene, offering a sound unlike the typical "I'm sad and everyone knows it" vibe Portland was used to.

Though they never actually made it to releasing a full album, their legacy of haunted noise punk lives on as does their advocacy for all-ages spaces. Drummer Claudia Meza, who like many of us and especially ones that didn't necessarily grow up in Portland, grew up absorbing the influence of live performances. All-ages venues were once an important facet for developing creative youth and are, for the sake of Explode Into Colors dual reunion sets today, something still deserving of the music community's attention.

"It's crazy to me that Portland, which boasts such a vibrant music scene, doesn't have a proper all ages space where up and coming bands are able to grow and play," says Meza. "Every city needs an all ages space, it creates community, totally makes better musicians, and it fosters a more inclusive and varied music scene. Every adult in every local music community should feel a personal responsibility to help make all ages spaces a reality."

That's why Explode Into Colors will be playing two sets tonight at Mississippi Studios. The first one is open to everyone with Hugo Berlin and Wampire also on the bill, starting at 6pm. It's a benefit for Friends of Noise, an organization dedicated to providing a safe all-ages space and all-ages shows in Portland's various neighborhoods. 

Explode Into Colors' 9pm set with Lithics and the Ghost Ease is 21+ and sold out, with proceeds going to keeping LA's the Smell open for its diverse masses.

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