Still looking for a New Year’s resolution? Why not listen to more amazing local music? This week’s Holocene showcase makes this easier than ever, featuring three incredible groups that should be on your playlist rotation right now. First, you have Gold Casio, a trippy disco group who are here to bring a little 70s flair to 2017. Next, you have Glasys, one of the best new acts to emerge out of Portland in quite some time. The brainchild of producer extraordinaire Gil Assayas, Glasys layers gorgeous keyboards on top of poppy, delicate vocals. Listening to these tracks is like watching a fragile orchid bloom in real time — it’s obvious that Glasys puts years of hard work behind his material, yet the result seems purely natural and ethereal.
This show brings both good news and bad news. The good news is that you’ll get to see a couple of Portland’s heaviest hitting groups all in one place. The bad news is that this is Febian Perez’s last local show with Eclisse before he moves to New York. You can help him celebrate the move and his birthday with a set of hard rock badassery. Joining them on the bill are the ultra talented instrumental rock aficionados Coastlands, who are always worth seeing in a live setting. Rounding out the gig is RADER, a creeptastic psych rock group who will blow your mind. Each of these bands couldn’t be more different, yet they all represent some of the best in their respective genres.
I’ll be honest, when I first heard Bitter Buddha, I wasn’t sure what to make of it. Quirky vocals, trippy, off-kilter beats and watery pedal effects made for a strange mix. Yet as the months wore on, I found myself going back again and again to this odd little group. Singer Schuyler Keenan’s voice is unlike any other in Portland, and he has no interest in changing to fit anyone else’s expectations. This band is pure personality and experimentation, and it’s something that is so refreshing to hear. In a town where psychedelic dream pop is the norm, Bitter Buddha dare to be different; they turn the genre entirely upside down. This is definitely a show you won’t want to miss.
Marissa Abruzzini is the music editor for mxdwn.com, a freelance journalist, guitarist, and professional music snob. She spends most of her time poking around backstage at Portland’s seediest music venues.
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