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Arc in Round Not Afraid of Violens at JB’s Feb. 3

This may make absolutely no sense to those living outside of my head, but when I listen to Arc in Round - the local “dark-pop” four-piece of Mikele Edwards, Chris Coello, Matt Ricchini, and producer/engineer Jeff Zeigler (Kurt Vile, The War on Drugs, Lymbyc Systym) - I envision a nomadic ghost among boisterous souls. As all-encompassing live as it is on their recently released debut EP, Diagonal Fields, their wall of sound is layer upon layer of starry-eyed vocal echoes and hazy blasts of drifting cadence. And tonight at Johnny Brenda’s, where they’ll open for New York’s psych-noise three-piece Violens, Arc in Round will debut their single “Slow Ceiling” from Diagonal Fields (it’s available on iTunes and Bandcamp, with the Bandcamp version offering the Pink Skull Remix of “Spirit” as a bonus track). Featuring Philly wunderkind Kurt Vile on trumpet and Man Antlers’ Pete Angevine on percussion (both of whom helped on the EP and impending LP), the five-minute instrumental is a creeping build-up of dizzying musical notes and swirling ambience - a kind of mystic display of technical prowess that’s bound to blow your mind live. Follow that with the mysterious shoegaze guitar-pop adventures of local six-piece Nothing, and it’s aces. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave, 8pm, $10, 21+ - Annamarya Scaccia
 

Slow Ceiling by Arc in Round 

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NYC Artists on the rise: For Every Story Untold - Live at Arlene's on 05.02

Shoegazer/Ambient Queens, NY duo For Every Story Untold demonstrate the wherewithal to compose hauntingly beautiful music as indicated on the tandem’s four-song EP HIDEOUT. With discernible influence coming from the likes of Portishead and Cocteau Twins, this group provides a lush background of cymbal crashes and whispering synths while an ethereal female vocal delicately weaves in and out of the multi-layered instrumental presentation (“From Under Paris”). Commandeering a balance between serenity and majesty, For Every Story Untold successfully fuses heart-wrenching shoegaze properties with ambient alternative rock to create a captivating strand of music with a cosmically enhanced cinematic scope perfect for escaping the world by (“Hideout”). -Mike SOS

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And And And the winner of The Deli's Best of Portland Emerging Artist of 2010 is...

Precious Readers of The Deli Portland,

The results in their total grandeur have landed (see list at the bottom), fans, jurors, writers, and all! Congratulations to the fine fellows of And And And for winning Best Portland Emerging Artist of 2010!

1. And And And

If we base it simply on number of albums produced, it's no surprise that &&& raked in the title of Best Emerging Artist. It doesn't hurt that they're amazing either. Self-releasing four EPs and/or albums in the past year, And And And has that old fashioned tenacity wrapped up with a sound that is unbearably Portland. Cacophonous and somehow precise, a scream-along-sing-along ride that you can kick up some dust to while still kicking back, they walk the line (or run down it, rather) of garage band or perhaps the next big thing to escape from our fair city. They’ve new album(s) in the works (surprise, surprise), so keep your eyes and ears open lest you miss an album or two

2. The Angry Orts

I'm not completely sure what an ort is, but The Angry Orts bring to mind anything but anger. Channeling something a little more serious than your average pop band, The Angry Orts are definitely something to keep an eye on, their music swinging from the grungiest you can get behind the precise vocals of Sara Hernandez, down to sentimental moments that speak something in the tune of She & Him

3. Monarques

The new old sound of Monarques is something to be reckoned with. You might think to find it spinning from an old 45, but it's brand new and ready for your dancing pleasure. I stick to my most recent words: the new seven-piece bounces out irrefutable pop from a bygone era that sure as all get out shouldn’t be gone. It’s part sock hop, part garage band, picking up echoes of all your favourite Motown and hints of The Beach Boys. Songs like “Angel Eyes” bring to mind the golden age of dancing grandparents (when they were still young, that is).

FULL RESULTS

 
Artist
J
F

OS

TOTAL
 
1
And And And
7
0.014
0.75
7.764
2
The Angry Orts
6
0.032
 
6.032
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3
Monarques
5
0.021
 
5.021
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4
Archers
2
2
0.5
4.5
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5
Ages and Ages
3
0.004
0.75
3.754
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6
Chervona
 
3
0.75
3.75
icon
7
Wax Fingers
3
0.018
0.5
3.518
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8
Redwood Son
3
0.5
 
3.5
icon
9
Parson Red Heads
3
0.033
 
3.033
icon
10
Ten Million Lights
3
0.005
 
3.005
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11
Lara Michell
3
0
 
3
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12
The Ascetic Junkies
1
1.5
 
2.5
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13

Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside
2
0.031
 
2.031
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14
Aan
2
0.024
 
2.024
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15
The Upsidedown
2
0.013
 
2.013
icon
16
Typhoon
2
0.011
 
2.011
icon
17
Tyler Stenson
2
0.01
 
2.01
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18 
Soft Tags
2
0.006
 
2.006
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19
Pancake Breakfast
2
0.004
 
2.004
icon
 
Y La Bamba
2
0.004
 
2.004
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21
Soft Metals
2
0.002
 
2.002
icon
22
Radiation City
 
1
1
2
icon
23
Housefire
1
0.031
0.5
1.531
icon
24
Hello Electric
1
0.039
 
1.039
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25
Quiet Life
1
0.015
 
1.015
icon
26
Pegasus Dream
1
0.008
 
1.008
icon
27
Jordan Harris
1
0.003
 
1.003
icon
 
The Woodlands
 
0.003
1
1.003
icon
29
Old Light
1
0.002
 
1.002
icon
30
A Simple Colony
1
0.001
 
1.001
icon
 
Lookbook
1
0.001
 
1.001
icon
 
Nucular Aminals
1
0.001
 
1.001
icon
 
Ohioan
1
0.001
 
1.001
icon
34
Priory
 
0.5
0.5
1
icon
35
Crown Point
 
0.043
0.75
0.793
icon
36
Deklun and Pace
 
0.035
0.5
0.535
icon
37
Guantanamo Baywatch
 
0.006
0.5
0.506
icon
38
Black Prairie
 
0.003
0.5
0.503
icon
39
Harlowe & the Great North
 
0
0.5
0.5
icon
 
Reverse Dotty  
 
 
0.5
0.5
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Legend: J = Jury - OS = Open Submissions - F = Fans

The Deli's Staff

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EP Review: Foolproof Four Three Song Sampler

San Francisco band Foolproof Four have released a Three Song Sampler just in time for their performance at this Friday’s SF IndieFest. They will be playing alongside four other Bay Area acts: Los Shimmy Shakers, Taxes, Shit Outta Luck, Thief and Nervous, at the TwentyFifty, which is located on Bryant Street.

This is the second annual SF Winter Music Festival and it will begin tomorrow and continue through the 17th. There are eight showcases with two stages and over forty bands. Their website exclaims: “The best punk, metal, ska, swing, rockabilly and indie rock from around the Bay and beyond!” All shows are 21 and up.

Foolproof Four is lead by guitarist, songwriter and vocalist Noah Grant, with Dan Brennan on drums and vocals. The two are often accompanied by Nate Harris to round out their sound. These three tracks, available on the bands MySpace and Facebook pages, as well as for sale at shows, showcase the variety the band is known for. This summer they played alongside Maria Taylor and Morgan Nagler at the Bottom of the Hill, and they have been keeping busy since—recording songs for their first full-length release. Keep an eye out for a fun new music video as well, shot in San Francisco.

The three songs—“Post-Industrial”, “Lady Valia Stood Her Ground” and “We’re All for Sale” almost sound as if they are by three different bands. This does not create a lack of coherence in their overall sound, but instead let fans know that these boys will always have some new trick up their sleeves. Although they sure know how to have fun with certain songs onstage, many of their songs are quite thoughtful too. Grant wrote “Lady Valia” about his admiration for the nonviolent protesters at UC Berkeley, and as a statement of solidarity to those who on faced such violence and did not let it break them.

Grant describes their new set of songs as “a swung folk/rock tune, an a cappella tune, and a straight ahead rock tune.” If you like the sound of that, be sure to make it out to their show Friday night!

 

-Shauna C. Keddy

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Money Making Jam Boys Mixtape Drops Today for FREE Download

Just wanted to let you know that the Money Making Jam Boys’ (The RootsBlack Thought, STS, Truck North, and Dice Raw) mixtape titled The Prestige: Jam Boy Magic drops today. You can download it for FREE via 10Deep. Check out the videos below where Black Thought and Dice Raw talk about the MMJB mixtape project. Enjoy! - The Deli Staff
 

BLACK THOUGHT / Money Making Jam Boys from 10 Deep


DICE RAW / Money Making Jam Boys from 10 Deep

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