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Mope Grooves: The Waves

Mope Grooves released their third LP, The Waves, this past week. Listening to The Waves, you can’t help but feel as if you’re listening to the sort of Christmas music that would get made in a post-apocalyptic underground bunker. Which is to say, the music is disjointed and eerie, but still oddly cheerful. The album’s blend of new wave, lo-fi, and drone rock results in some delightfully gloomy, subtly jazzy tunes. “Repulsive Music”, one of the more upbeat songs, is the best example of this. The steady pace of the drums helps lead along the mellow notes emanating from the synth. Each word sung feels as if it is being teased out of the lead vocals. It's ideal for the slow and rainy days we have coming up ahead. 

The Waves can be purchased for 10 dollars on the band's Bandcamp, and 7 dollars if you are low-income, disabled, or not a cis white male. You can catch Mope Grooves next on November 6th at Polaris Hall, along with The Goon Sax and Honey Bucket

  -By Avril Carrillo

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NW Noggin Fest

The second annual Noggin Fest is coming up next week, taking place Friday, October 19th and Saturday, October 20th. Put together by NW Noggin: Neuroscience Outreach Group, the festival will have live music, art workshops, and scientific demonstrations. Noggin aims to unite artists, scientists, and students and celebrate all forms of imagination and exploration. Some of the Deli’s favorite artists will be playing the festival, including but not limited to: Karma Rivera, Shannon Entropy, Internet Beef, and B.R.U.C.E.

The festival is taking place at Watershed PDX. On Friday it will be running from 6PM to 11PM. On Saturday it will be running from 12PM to 12AM. It’s all ages, so the whole family can come. Make sure you check out the full-lineup on the facebook page here, and the outreach group here.

-By Avril Carrillo





No Kind of Rider Tour

No Kind of Rider is embarking on a tour of the West Coast later this month, only a few months after the debut of their full-length album Savage Coast. The album is tender and contemplative, with emotion so earnestly raw at times it makes your heart ache. The band’s mix of gutsy indie rock, jazzy electronic, and moody surf creates music oddly evocative of cold, gray days on the beach. It’s crisp, cool tones hit you like a refreshing fall wind. The slower, moodier elements ground you in a more somber place, without losing any of the music’s more sentimental moments.

No Kind of Rider next Portland show will be October 21st. In the band's own words, "When booking a tour, always remember to include the hometown crowd." They will be playing one of Rontoms Sunday Sessions, along with Pool Boys and Wave Action.

-By Avril Carrillo 

 





Chanti Darling at the Holocene

Chanti Darling, the disco prodigy of Portland, released his much-acclaimed debut album RNB Vol.1 this past August. If you’re one of the many people who’s been waiting with anticipation to see it live, boy do I have good news for you. Chanti Darling is going to be at the Holocene October 11th, this Thursday. Don’t miss this chance to dance the night away to Darling’s wonderfully hypnotic rhythms.

You can read The Deli’s previous coverage of RNB Vol.1  here.

  -By Nick Hartman





Soft Butch

Given that it’s officially October, I think it’s safe to declare that it is now Halloween season. As such, you may find yourself in search of some good tunes to fit your ghostly mood. Look no further than Soft Butch. The band is, without a doubt, spooky. The synth is otherworldly, playing over the subdued purring of the electric guitar. The band's lyrics are satirical and derisive, sometimes blasphemous. At the core of Soft Butch’s appeal is the glittery, infectious pop playing underneath the gothic overtones. Too many bands avoid using any sort of early-2000’s pop style in their music, and thus miss out on the delightful buoyancy it can inspire in the audience. “She’s Electric” especially stands out in regards to this. The ravenous growl of the song plays over a decidedly upbeat rhythm. T.S. (lead vocals) speaks in an exaggerated, at times near slurring, Valley Girl accent. Make sure you play it at your next Halloween party.

  By Avril Carrillo

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