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Crush Club drops single and plays Rough Trade tonight (09.09)

8 seconds into "Get Me Off" and Crush Club erupts into a groove so infectious, it's impossible to not be hooked. Utilizing spacey synths, the funkiest bass lines, and addictive disco beats, the NYC-based duo lays down extremely danceable tracks that are only heightened by the group's gorgeous falsetto vocals. All things considered, Crush Club's latest single is definitely gives us something to swoon over. If you want to start your Friday night dance party off right, check them tonight (September 9th) at Rough Trade opening up for Bright Light Bright Light, and in the meantime, check out their single below.-Olivia Sisinni





Sylk 130 Reunion at the TLA Sept. 4

The TLA is set to burn down tonight. Not by malice, not by terrorists, not by pyromaniacs, and no, Great White is not playing. King Britt will be reuniting Sylk 130 to perform When the Funk Hits the Fan, his classic release, along with selections from Re-member's Only. When the Funk changed Philly, and left techno, house, dance, and remix producers with their jaws dropped, like an artfully placed break. Also joining King Britt on stage this evening are former collaborators and friends Ursula Rucker, Lady Alma, Tanja Dixon, Vicki Miles, Alison Crockette, Capitol A, Chuck Treece, Tim Motzer, Anthony Tidd, Damon Bennett, Japhar Barron, Elliot Levin and more than likely, many more surprise and special guests. Boy Blake will be hosting this memorable event. TLA, 330 South St., 8:30pm, $20, All Ages (Photo by Gary Dan) - Keith Kelley
 

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August 2016
Coco Columbia
"When the Birds Begin to Walk
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 Jazz tends to get a bad name among the younger crowd. Its association as the musical preference of parents, teachers and basically anyone that may be considered "lame" can deter a welcomed reception, but Coco Columbia has rebranded the genre in a way that's easily accessible for even the most stubborn of ears.

A force that first began with her 2014 debut, The Weight, Coco's newest release When the Birds Begin to Walk packs the same punch. "Weight on Limb," the first track to come off the album that premiered on The Deli Portland back in March, opens up the album in a way that you can't even keep up with. The track spurts and spats about as Coco's voice exquisitely flutters about the track's duration, setting the tone for what's left to come.

"Coveted Creatures" teases a hint of harder sound in the beginning before bringing it back to the funky jazz she does best. "9 Steps" stands out sonically from the rest of the album employing more rock elements and incredible shred work by Grant Sayler. Interesting key playing creates somewhat of an "under the sea" atmosphere on "Radiant in My Abyss," which contrasts a more barreled drum beat.

Her bold and unexpected cover of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill" climbs to the top of the list of Kate Bush covers. Coco took what was one of Bush's biggest and most influential hits and made it her own in a way that satisfies diehard Bushians and Coco fans.

When the Birds Begin to Walk holds up as a more than animated sophomore effort on the Coco Columbia front. The songs offered varied range while still holding up to her established jazzy ways and if anything, decrees Coco Columbia's voice as an instrumental force itself.





A Much Needed Night in R&B

 It's more than obvious that with what is happening in the United States and really the entire world around us, that both as minorities and Americans alike, we need to band together. Race and sexuality shouldn't serve as another barrier that separates us and with an upcoming lineup of racially diverse and fluid artists, biases and hate need not apply in any way, shape to this night.

We've got Blossom, who offers one of the only vocal r&b representations in Portland. You've probably heard her popular "Black Magic Woman," and the EYRST vocalist will most definitely bring some black woman magic to the bill. There will be quite a few opportunities to see Blossom this year, including Pickathon at the end of the summer, which she'll be playing along with Chanti Darling.

Oh, Chanti, Chanti, Chanti! The range on this handsome honey is unlike what most vocalists are capable of pulling off nowadays. Chanti and his Darling team of swirvers, twirlers and musicians have been everywhere lately, and it couldn't be more well deserved. Blending funk, r&b, soul and love, Chanti Darling are running wild with that 'best new band title' sashaying their way into ruling our world. 

Hailing from Seattle, SassyBlack split from her partner Stas Irons in THEESatisfaction and has been making it quite well on her own with her jazzy stylings. This will be her first performance in Portland, so let's welcome her well.

This show is TOMORROW at Holocene. It's 21 and over and will have DJ Lamar LeRoy hyping the vibe in between sets. Spend $12, come stand together with us and just have a damn good time.





Kodiak Park Got That Rock 'n' Soul Thang at KFN July 13

Kodiak Park has got that rock 'n' soul thang goin' on. In the group's debut singles, you'll hear a band building on a sound that could bring them to larger rooms. With frontman Jon Panasak's charismatic vocals and a suave-sounding backing unit, Kodiak Park is hinting that radio-friendly psych-pop is alive and well in Philly. They've already teased that a new single, "Holy Ghost," will be unveiled this evening at Kung Fu Necktie. You'll also find Miami's Heavy Drag (who I definitely am feelin'), Brooklyn's Such Hounds, and Philly's own R.R. Perkins in the mix. Kung Fu Necktie, 1250 N. Front St., 8pm, $6, +21 - H.M. Kauffman

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