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PET HEADS - "STRANGE SERENITY"

Pet Heads is the brainchild of Carlos Coronado. I wanna call it indie-soul. They have just released a video for the track "Strange Serenity". It's a dreamy tune with soulful synth and smooth vocals. The video features Mr.Coronado himself showing his best solo rhythmic steps which impressed the lady enough for her to help him finish it off. Cool and unique track with a video to match. See 'em Saturday May 6 at Handlebar in Kensington along with Yeomans, Champion Ski and The Drywall Heels. - Kris Gies

 

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Electro-Soul Artist on the rise: Ben Alessi

Though Ben Alessi has mostly made his name impressing audiences at some of NYC's medium-sized venues, his music is the kind you could imagine reverberating through crowds at Governor's Ball one day. This isn't just because his potent mix of electropop and r&b is catchy and inventive. It's also because his sound, mixing soulful vocals, euphoric hooks and groovy beats, is tailor-made for people looking for that elusive, heart-pumping mix of joy and sadness that only seems to surface when big music, like his, is performed to big crowds. You can listen to his latest single, "ONLY," below, and get a taste. - Henry Solotaroff-Webber

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Fresh Traxx: Rasheed Jamal - "Better Off $$$"

*photo by RoseLeon

Rasheed Jamal is one of the leading voices in Portland hip hop, flowing about relevant, thought provoking subject matter over bumpin' beats. Many flock to Jamal's tracks for insight, and he just dropped a new one with a bomb beat and some quick rhymes.

"Better Off $$$" could be a club banger. Jamal goes in expressively hard with his words over the trappy beat. It even landed its own spot on Vortex Music Magazine's 3rd anniversary collectible vinyl compilation.

Dive into it below.

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30 Best Places for Music in PDX? Let's see!

 Clickit Ticket, a ticket resale marketplace that specializes in helping customers find sold out or otherwise hard to get tickets, has taken the time to compile a list of the 30 best places to catch live music in Portland. For locals, some of the names on the list aren't surprising. Places like Mississippi Studios and Holocene are essentially household names and recurring weekend haunts at this point.

Where the gets interesting is with its featuring of certain less popular-to-the-masses spots. They're not all by any means venues but certain diamonds in the rough, like Spinella's Off the Wall or Andina Restaurant, where patrons can catch more varied arrays of music.

Part list for newscomers and tourists, part reminder of places that haven't closed down yet for locals, Clickit Ticket's list is fairly well rounded. Look at it in full and see all the ones you've been to HERE.

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Three great NYC artists play Union Pool on 05.02: Wilsen, Alpenglow and Hite

We feel like recommending this bill of NYC based artists playing Union Pool pm May 02. Wilsen is a band led by amazing songwriter Tamsin Wilson, they were featured on the cover of our magazine a few years ago. Alpenglow, hailing from New England but now full Brooklynites, play similarly ghostly folk rock, and they do it well. Hite, on the other hand, is a new face in the local scene, and a compelling one: the solo act's debut LP "Light of a Strange Day" is one of the most interesting releases we've heard this year, a sparse record filled with inspiring sonic ideas, edgy soul songwriting and a voice that's impressively controlled and expressive. Do not miss!

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