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This Week's Menu: The Deli Portland's Show Picks March 22-28

Portland's live scene is unbearably sopping with variety. House shows, the big venues, tiny clubs, secret bar shows -- any night of the week could potentially have a handful of shows that you want to go to, but you only have so much time to bike to all of them. We've got touring bands looking for a good time and the cornucopia of local talent lighting up stages around town! The Deli Portland can only hope to help by telling you what's on our plate for This Week's Menu. Here are the writers picks for what's on the menu for March 22-28:

Tuesday - KPSU Presents a night of indie friovolity: Music For Animals, The Foreign Resort and Wax Fingers @ Holocene $5, 21+

Wednesday - Cooing folky orchestral genius from What Hearts, Ah Holly Fam'ly, The Clampit Family Band @ Doug Fir $7, 21+

Thursday - Soft Tags, Autopilot is for Lovers, Shenandoah Davis, Benoit Pioulard @ Ella St. Social Club $6, 21+

Friday - Pop perfection and a lineup to make you lose it: Cloud Nothings, Toro Y Moi, and Braids @ Doug Fir  $12, 21+

Saturday - Throwback, indie, and psychedelic awesome: Monarques, Yours, Hosannas @ Slabtown $6, 21+

Sunday - Garage goodness: The Hugs, Rocky & The Proms, Charts @ Rontoms FREE, 21+




Otis Heat+ Caldecott + The Diamond Light @ Hotel Utah


After tomorrow night, Hotel Utah will be walking funny. With the uptown funky style of Otis Heat, southern country swagger of Caldecott, and gritty unforgiving sounds of The Diamond Light, San Francisco is in for a treat. All bands play clean, well rounded rock music that will knock your boots off and clear all the whiskey bottles off of the bar shelves. Hotel Utah, built in 1908, has a history for bringing in bandits, goldseekers and charlatans...a perfect venue for some good ol' Wednesday night fun and debauchery!

-Jenna Putnam 


Best of NYC #102: Mary Halvorson - touring Europe in April

We keep going through the 107 local artists that made our latest Best of NYC Emerging Artist Poll, here's on of the 3 that tied on 102nd position:

Many bands are about being brash, about sending a message with a single power chord - Mary Halvorson and her Trio (and occasionally Quintet) have chosen a much more subtle approach. There are no lyrics, long works and dramatic pauses. There are titles with numbers after them that seem to signify deep thoughts. Halvorson and her team leap across generic definitions, a baroque piece here, more experimental jazz there, and something that sounds like it came from 1930s radio off in the distance. What ties it together is superb control of the instruments and a deep trust in your fellow musician. And it works. - The band will be touring Europe for most of April. - allison levin


From the NYC open blog: Jay Kill & The Hustle Standard's video

The two boys of Jay Kill & The Hustle Standard (Jake Hill and Charley Hustle) are at it again. This time collaborating with filmmaker and creative force Robert Bailey (Rogue Wild Productions) in their latest music video, featuring the song "I Don't Share"; the third track on JK&HS's first EP New Men Old Boys. The EP is available for free on the group's website.- (as posted in The Deli's Open Blog - post your band's entries, videos, and Mp3s here).


Walking Sleep "Tarp Sessions" EP + April residency


Interlacing boy/girl vocals with upbeat 60's psych pop style, Walking Sleep has a lot in store for us this season. Compared to Belle and Sebastian and The Zombies, the 6 piece has released the first of three EPs leading up to their April residency at The Satellite. To escape the monotony of recording in a studio, the "Tarp Sessions" EPs were recorded out in the open air of Los Angeles, under a self-made musical fort made out of tarps. "Tarp Sessions: Volume 1" is currently streaming and ready to download free of charge. Wether you're in your room dancing around in your underwear, or out under the sun with a picnic blanket and a boombox, the fun, positive beats of Walking Sleep will put you in the springtime groove. 

Stay tuned for volumes 2 and 3 of "Tarp Sessions", leading up to their Monday night April residency at The Satellite

-Jenna Putnam


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