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Castles are going on tour!

 That's right. The four dudes that redefined modern indie with a nostalgic twist are heading out for the next seven days, starting tomorrow with their tour kickoff show at Twilight Cafe. They'll be doing a show a night (including one in a mystery city on the 12th) in support of their Castles EP, which helped them become one last month's Deli poll winners. 

For a sneak peek at what you'll get to experience from them live, check out their performance of "Cooler Coast" on the Dan Cable Presents podcast below and go see the boys off in style tomorrow!


A Psychedelic Night of Prince

"When Prince died, I started crying at work. He's the only reason I picked up a guitar when I was younger and has always played a huge influence in the music my sister and I write for Skull Diver. We chose the songs we will do because The Beautiful Ones, Darling Nikki, I Would Die for You and Cream have actually inspired us during the writing process. He will always be our #1 inspiration musically." -Ally Payne, Skull Diver

"I always find inspiration through Prince. The music he plays, the actual notes, have such personality. Incredible individuality. And listening to that powerful uniqueness enables me to find inspiration in my own uniqueness. You forgive yourself when you listen to Prince. You love yourself.

We arranged a stripped down version of 'Little Red Corvette,' a clever spin on a classic. Then 'Pop Life' kicks up and gets the room movin' and shakin'. 'Diamonds and Pearls' was my first "OMG I need to binge Prince" moment, so I had to do it. We close our set with a lesser known track called 'Mountains.' 'There's nothing greater/Than you and me.'"  -Mitch Wilson, Formerly Known As 


I chose these songs because they're absolutely sexy and I like sexy songs. Prince's music is very sexy and in turn, inspired me to approach music more sensually... maybe with a glass of wine and some chocolate and or fog.” -Febian Perez, Eclisse


These are just a few words from some of the musicians involved in Princedelic: A Psych-Rock Tribute to Prince, on exactly what Prince means to them and why they chose the songs they're playing. It's a pretty obvious statement to say Prince has been an influential figure to damn near everyone in the entire world basically ever, but Princedelic goes even further to show how his music transpired genres to inspire. 


Presented by feminist non-profit Bitch Media and Veronica Booking, Princedelic will feature the Portland bands Skull Diver, Eclisse, Queen Chief, Murderbait and the Pining Hearts, as well as a supergroup of various musicians playing under the moniker Formerly Known As. Each will be playing 4-5 Prince tracks of their choice.


Tons of giveaways will be happening at Princedelic wiht the benefits going to Bitch Media. Some of the prizes include a local swag package with an over $1,000 value, gift certificates to Scapegoat Tattoo, Sizzle Pie and See See Motor Coffee, a night stay at Jupiter Hotel, a pair of Frends Headphones, ProCanna Cannabis accesssories and a Bitch Media subscription.


Princedelic will be held this Tuesday, August 9 at the Doug Fir Lounge. If you cop your tickets ahead of time, which can be found HERE, they're $7, but you'll be paying $10 if you buy at the door. A setlist of tracks can be found on the Princedelic Facebook event page


There will never be a time when Prince's legacy won't be celebrated, but it'll be amazing to see his songs transformed into a psychedelic freakout.

Saturday Night Sounds: Myke Bogan - "How We Do (ft. Blossom)"

Not all of us were able to make it to Pickathon this weekend. For those that are feeling that pain, tonight's Saturday Night Sounds is dedicated to you. Both Myke Bogan and Blossom had sets at this weekend's festival and we love it every time they collaborate on a track.

Myke Bogan is like Portland's Danny Brown and Action Bronson all wrapped up into one, with an extra dash of his own distinguished gusto. His lyrics both make you think and make you laugh and his voice is one of the more recognizable in the city. On "How We Do," he rhymes over a cool old school sounding beat with Blossom's saintly voice.

Enjoy tonight's Saturday Night Sounds and try not to be too bummed you're missing the Pickathon festivities.


Curl Up in drowse's Memory Bed

A sonic landscape blanketed with dark overtones and glum ambiance, drowse's Memory Bed EP streches slightly further from is previous works of incredibly reverb-laden drone by continuing to capture the essence of mental turmoil, only now through a more minimalistic lens.

Using just a microphone, acoustic guitar and laptop, Kyle Bates (the man behind drowse) recorded the EP directly succeeding his soon asleep album, with each release acting as the conflict and the resolution to Bates' story involving his descent into certain medications. Memory Bed is the elucidation of confusion, pain and lost intimacy expressed through processed clamor.

As drowse, Bates has made good with using female vocals as yet another instrument. On Memory Bed, Maya Stoner of Sabonis lends the serenity of her voice and personal experiences shared with Bates through lyrics in all three tracks.

Without a doubt, the Memory Bed EP is more than just an conceptual collection of songs, but it's an emotive art form.

drowse had his album release/welcome back show last night, is having a short in-store performance today at Music Millenium and will be playing again later this month as part of Festicide

Join the Secret Sea in celebrating "Army Of Souls" and his upcoming tour

A couple months ago, the Secret Sea dominated and won a round of the Deli Portland's Artist of the Month poll. We're now pleased to share the Secret Sea's newest single "Army Of Souls" and the release show in support of it, which happens to be kicking off his month long foray along the West Coast and beyond.

Relocating to Portland from Tel Aviv, Amit Erez, the Secret Sea's main vein, throws himself deeply into his songwriting with an uninhibited beatific expression. Each track finds the listener more closely connecting with Erez as an artist on an emotional level and "Army Of Souls" is no different.

First premiering on Next Northwest this last Thursday, "Army Of Souls" is yet another song showcasing Erez's ability to delicately tug at your internal strings with an Elliot Smith-ian sort of mastery. 

A single release show for "Army Of Souls" will be TONIGHT at the Turn! Turn! Turn! along with two Boston artists, Annabelle Lord-Patey and Matt Minigell, and fellow Portland solo artist GLASYS, who also provided keyboards on the Secret Sea's track.

Peep the Secret Sea's tour dates while you listen to "Army Of Souls" below.