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Sunset

Sunset is Chris Broach of Braid and Steve Znavor of The Firebird Band. They are preparing to release their debut album, Turn Out The Lights, on April 7th via Broken World Media. The duo released a video for the album lead single, “National Monument”.

You can catch Sunset at Chop Shop on March 10th.

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Portland's Best New Indie Pop Acts to Enjoy this Year

Last year was a pretty good year in local music. We've seen many faces tackle few genres, battling it out for the top spot in all our rotation of shows we attend, merch we buy and band pages we like. Of all the Portlander crusaders in Indie Pop, Reptaliens won the yearly reader's poll for the category, but there are a handful of other bands that caught the eye of our jurors and voters. 

At the top of that list is Little Star (pictured), the Good Cheer Records band that pulls the best from 90's college radio indie and emo, giving a modern spin to the classics of sad pop. Spawned from the ashes of a romanticized detriment, as are some of the best contributions to music ever, Little Star's small but estimable discography models moments of tender affection and soft aggression sonically and lyrically as a well rounded product to share with the masses. 

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Next up we've got Mini Blinds, whose angelic twee pop quickly made them a favorite. Just in their first year of existence, their debut release Air Signs captures an innocence many long to hold on to.

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Newer to the Portland scene, synthpop duo My Body hauled their danceable beats across the country from New York to share their creations with us. We couldn't be more happy about it, or their Seven Wives EP, released yesterday.

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With one of the best guitarists in the city right now, Two Moons is an enigma of sorts. Their albums reflect a temperate delivery, but their live shows are a brute force to be reckoned with. They'll surprise you in all sorts of ways, but all of them pleasantly.

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We've can't forget to show some love to our Honorable Mentions Small Million, Plastic Cactus and Point Juncture, Wa as well! 

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Weekend Warrior, January 27 - 29

Lately, a general gloomy atmosphere has hovered overhead. However, amid these dreary conditions, an unexpected return has taken shape. Pet Milk is back (marking the group's first time on stage since 2013) with a show this Saturday at Everybody Hits. Not only will the band be exploring the sweet sincerity, searing space, and downhill assertions interconnecting twee, shoegazing, and punk into one, but they’ll also be doing so with a pairing of lead vocalists in Adriane Dalton and Sarah Schimeneck for the first time. Before heading into the studio with Jeff Zeigler next month to work on a full-length album, Callowhill will be bringing their rhythmically heavy thrust, which is complemented by jagged riffs and lush melodies. The quartet bridges the gap between the return of one band and the maiden voyage of another in Green Wolf, which is made up of Josh Agran (Paint It Black, Cassavetes), Deven Craige (Little Big League), and Joe Godino (The Menzingers). - Michael Colavita 
 

 
Other places to escape this first Twilight Zone week under a Trump administration…
 
Everybody Hits (529 W. Girard Ave.) SAT Pet Milk, Callowhill, Green Wolf
 
Johnny Brenda’s (1201 N. Frankford Ave.) FRI Mindboys, SAT DJ Emynd, Bo Bliz
 
Boot & Saddle (1131 S. Broad St.) FRI The Peace Creeps
 
Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) FRI John Dominy/Drones for Queens, Supine/Cruzko, Evan Riley, Gordon Bombay, Cliph, SAT Clamfight, Brain Candle, Decap Attak, SUN The Royal Noise, This Way to the Egress
 
PhilaMOCA (531 N. 12th St.) FRI Planning For Burial, A Virgin, Cemetery Flowers, SAT Bad Heaven
 
Underground Arts (1200 Callowhill St.) SAT Kiska, Shark Tape
 
Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St.) FRI Moor Mother
 
The Trocadero (1003 Arch St.)FRI Pig Iron Theatre’s Annual Benefit: This Town Ain’t Pig Enough For The Both Of Us
 
TLA (334 South St.) FRI Sinners Saints
 
The Fillmore Philly (1100 Canal St.) SAT Motionless In White
 
The Foundry (1000 Frankford Ave.) FRI Live At The Fillmore (Allman Brother Tribute)
 
Electric Factory (421 N. 7th St.) SAT G.Love & Special Sauce
 
World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) SUN (Upstairs) Tiffany Jones Quintet, V Shayne Frederick/(Downstairs) Philly Rising Showcase: Justin Angelo, Kate Dressed Up, Heart Harbor, Laela, The Art of Walking, Keely Sibilia, Seth Aaron, Sam Steffen, The Separators
 
The Fire (412 W. Girard Ave.) FRI Sure Juror, The Retinas, SAT AdotWAKE, E. Grizzly, Slaughter Rico, SUN Elk Embassy, Twin Sister, Moma, p.pyhill
 
MilkBoy Philly (1100 Chestnut St.) FRI Tucker Hill (Release Show), Kingfisher, SAT Attic Tapes
 
Ortlieb’s Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) FRI Sparrow Steeple, Mark Feehan, Kiel Everett, SAT The Tisburys (EP Release), Darlingtyn, Mother Moses, Dweller/Suburban Living (DJ Set)
 
Silk City (435 Spring Garden St.) FRI DJ Royale, Francisco Collazo, SAT DJ Deejay
 
Fergie’s (1214 Sansom St.) SAT The John Venezia Project, Hambone Relay, The Phonies, SUN Rusty Cadillac
 
Tin Angel (20 S. 2nd St.) SAT Kenn Kweder and the Men from WaWa
 
Connie’s Ric Rac (1132 S. 9th St.) FRI Fenris, Dear Forbidden, SAT The Stone Eye, Inner Temple, The Lizard People
 
The Grape Room (105 Grape St.) FRI Montoj, The Strange Heat, Baffle The Cat, SAT Kenny Price & Friends, xPresidents, Boy Wonder, Keely Sibilia
 
Bourbon & Branch (705 N. 2nd St.) FRI Bryant Eugene Vazquez, Matt Kelly, Katie Jo Knaub, Todd Fausnacht, SAT The Chris Paterno Band, Momma Hankton
 
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E. Lancaster Ave.) FRI An All Star Tribute to the 30th Anniversary of Paul Simon’s Graceland: Ryan Tennis, Aaron Parnell Brown, Zach Djanikian, No Good Sister, Griz, A Fistful Of Sugar, The End of America, SAT Splintered Sunlight, SUN Whiskeyhickon Boys, Ladybird/Bill Jolly’s Hard Drive All-Stars
 
The Pharmacy (1300 S. 18th St.) SAT Cottontail, Maxwell Stern, Spot Collins/Cacciato Disappearances, Caffeine, SUN Janelle, Whaler
 
Tralfamadore (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) FRI Doggo, Kelsey Cork & the Swigs, Blushed
 
LAVA Space (Please contact one of the acts or venue for more info.) SAT Anili Mars, Kahlil Ali, Ronnie Vega, Madam Data, Pinkwash
 
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Active Bird Community tours the east coast after release of 'Stick Around' LP

It must be said that Brooklyn slack rockers Active Bird Community - a band we've been covering since 2013, when they submitted their music for coverage through our digital submission page - belongs to the "Spotify 1 percent." Don't worry, there's nothing wrong with that, not at all! It just means that they have at least one song with over one million plays on everybody's least-favorite-but-unavoidable-music-streaming-platform-that-underpays-musicians. The guys actually have two songs above that numeric landmark, with "Pick Me Apart" ticking just above two millions! To impress our readers, we are streaming them both below, together with latest single 'Dead Legs' from their brand new album 'Stick Around' - trickle down sonics!!! Perhaps their popularity is due, at least in part, to the fact that these guys have been perfecting their sound since they were 11 years old - there's nothing like the bond and chemistry of friendship to keep a rock band united through the years! If you dig their '90s influenced sound, you may want to get tickets now for their show at Asbury Park's The Saint on February 23rd, before they sell out. - Jocelyn Huggler

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Indie rockers Deal Casino land Arlene's Grocery residency

It's the end of January, and if you're like most people, the enthusiasm behind those New Year's resolutions are slowy starting to melt away. Though we can't help you with that new gym membership losing its initial allure, if "seeing more live music" happened to chart on your New Year to-do list, you're in luck. Deal Casino, a hard-working, indie rock four-piece from industrious Asbury Park, is coming to a venue near you, and we totally recommend catching them live. The band utilizies a mixture of minimalist sounds and hard-hitting riffs to create grooves that are as infectious as they are instantlly compelling. Their latest release, The Cannonball EP, features tunes like "Panama Papers," a timely state of the nation track, and "Purple," a wistful song that seems to capture the general, 20-something maliase. Catch the band live at theire Arlene's Grocery residency (playing alongside Gillian on 01.31) and stream single 'Panama Papers below. - Olivia Sisinni

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