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Hot Curl take their psych pop to Alphaville tonight (04.17)

Hot Curl is a psychedelic surf rock outfit that nicely weaves together catchy, jangly guitars riffs in the style of bands like DIIV or Beach Fossils. They offer the kind of groovy instrumental template – round bass, two reverb soaked guitars, and tight, tom-heavy drums – that acts as sonic unit to be manipulated in a million different ways. In their debut EP 'Beached,' the band has a number of classic surfy formulae they tend to return to after forays into into the psychedelic unknown, and single "Walk Away" (streaming) perfectly examplifies that. The instruments work around a centered guitar hook, deviating into dissonance only to drive themselves home at just the right moments. Hot Curl will be performing at Alphaville tonight (April 17th). - Andrew Strader

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Weekend Warrior, April 14 - 16

Stinking Lizaveta commemorate their latest record, Journey to the Underworld (Translation Loss Records, with a release show this evening at Johnny Brenda’s. The well-oiled, musical machine of a trio reigns down on listeners with an adventurous heavy exactness. Under the shield of an ominous darkness, the band traverses the unknown obstacles that lie in its path. With a cold, calculated, white-hot laser tenacity, Stinking Lizaveta forge a route, trudging on the pace of the underlying heart-pumping instrumentation that is always ready to detonate. Sheena & Thee Nosebleeds and The Company Corvette will reinforce this hard-rocking, psych-tinged sonic stew.
 
 
Also, this Saturday evening, The Foundry hosts The MINKA Carnival. Insatiable, loose, funky grooves permeate from MINKA, it’s the type that dictates/demands one to slip subconsciously into the get down. Meanwhile, having recently uncorked their new EP New Age Psychedelic Experiment, The Mysteries implore a casual psych-pop framework, while the multi-genre-melding, seamless stream of beats from Attic Tapes, formerly known as Fishtown Beats, sets the night into motion. - Michael Colavita
 
Other places to be weird at this weekend…
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Stinking Lizaveta (Record Release),
Sheena & Thee Nosebleeds, The Company Corvette
 
The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) SAT The MINKA Carnival: Minka, The Mysteries, Attic Tapes
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) SAT The Donuts, Morning River Band, The Stammer
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI The Homophones, Pretty Girl/Dev79, Sideswipe/DJ Deejay, SAT Chris Sneade, Norton Scott Star Vehicle/DJ PHSH, DJ Royale, SUN Stroker, Deflector
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Cardinal Arms Tribute to the Artist: A Multi Media Show To Artist Todd Marrone: Bevan McShea, John Flagler, Craig & Olivia, Reggie Cointreau, Vessna Scheff, Luke Cleary, Pie-Eyed Preachers, The Retinas
 
TLA (334 South St.) SAT Horrendous
 
The Fillmore Philadelphia (1100 Canal St.) SAT G-Buck
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Joshua Bation, Keely Sibilia
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SAT (Upstairs) Fostina Dixon/(Downstairs) Phantom of the Paradise with DJ Robert Drake
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Seoul Machine, Bludborne, SAT Urban Shaman Attack, RootSetters
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Joy Riding, SAT Tarantino Night: The Whips
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI Lee Mayjahs?, DJ Everyday, SAT DJ Deejay
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT White Cheddar Boys, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Cthulhu Martini, Gibbous Moon, S.R. Frost & The Sanctuary Band, Fenris, SAT Somethin' Divine, Matt Kelly, Novyy Stil'
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St) FRI Chad Jenkins Band, Wolf Accent, SAT Ridge Summit, Bazmati Vice, Josh Nussbaum, Justin Kerecz
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI Box of Rain, Broken Arrow, SAT David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket
 
The Pharmacy (1300 S.18th St.) FRI The Snails, Skardians of the Skalaxy/Tall Friend, Teen Spaceship, Hello Shark, SAT Mauled By A Bear, Commencement/So Totally
 
HH Ranch (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Planned Parenthood Benefit: Power Animal, Son Step Impresssionist
 
Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Resilient, Burned Out, Still Glowing, Alright Junior
 
Baird Mansion Atrium (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Mattox, Hygo, RIP Eternal
 
Trash House (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Slaughter Beach Dog, John Galm, Mike Space, Sleepy Freak
 
The Storefront (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT No Thank You, Dark Mtns
 
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FIRST BASE - LIVE AT THE GARRISON!

First Base is a modest name for this band. They could be called Home Run...at least Third Base. They put together some excellent throwback pop punk tunes. They actually could be from the 70's or 80's and no one would ever know. "You've Got A Hold On Me" is perfect for if you wanna just rock out...or if you have a certain love interest and couldn't quite figure out the words to describe it. First Base will be playing the Garrison on April 18th! - Kris Gies

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Gritty Birds Celebrates 2 Year Anniversary

Gritty Birds, the local podcast and XRAY.fm radio show, is gearing up to celebrate its two year anniversary with a dance party and performances from some of Portland's best.

Ran by soulful singer, songwriter, producer and music writer Jeni Wren Stottrup, Gritty Birds is nearly 60 episodes deep into its collection personal conversations with artists, on the spot interviews at festivals and new music. Stottrup embodies a DIY approach to showing appreciation for Portland's music scene, always figuring out ways to keep the podcast and radio show relevant and fresh.

For the anniversary dance party and show, Skull Diver and Coco Columbia will be gracing the stage, with a secret headliner to close out the night. Festivities will be hosted by comedienne Kellie Irwin with hopefully a little bit of commentary from Stottrup herself.

Catch the Gritty Birds second anniversary party on Friday, May 12 at Kelly's Olympian. More details will be revealed closer to the show date.

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Paul Criscuolo's Fuzzy Millennial Angst

Paul Criscuolo’s heartbreaky indie rock is the kind of music that lends itself well to a sense of millennial angst unique to its generation. There’s a confusion all too familiar in “Pass Your House” that speaks to the sense of emotional amputation often felt after the loss of someone close. The track’s content doesn’t feel played out or tired though. It’s cheesy in just the right amount and in just the right places, making it feel effortless, reminiscent of the songwriting of Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo. The track is simple but compelling in its structure, offering synchronized vocal and guitar melodies that glide over a Pavement-style fuzz tone. He takes the same sense of angst in a different direction on “Psychosis”: a short acoustic track with a bouncy melodic bass line. What’s refreshing about his style is that he knows how to deliver a consistent emotional message while using a variety of sonic techniques. He won’t pigeonhole himself into any certain genre or aesthetic niche and there’s something refreshing about that. If these first tracks are any indication of what’s to come from Criscuolo, we’ve got a lot to look forward to.

-Andrew Strader

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