Posts Tagged ‘Purity Ring’

A-Trak, Purity Ring, Gramatik, Pantyraid and RJD2 headlining 2013 What The Festival

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

The second What The Festival — a gathering of electronic and bass-heavy artists, plus camping, pool parties, visual art and other summer-in-the-High-Desert fun times — is going down July 26-28 at the Wolf Run Ranch up near Dufur, about two hours north of Bend.

This morning, WTF organizers made an initial lineup announcement … or at least they posted this image on their website.


There are lots of odd names I’ve never heard before (Goth-Trad, Nit Grit, Pumpkin, Lushbunny), a handful of artists that Bend folks should be familiar with (Eliot Lipp, An-Ten-Nae, Lynx, Saqi, Medium Troy), some mid-sized national acts (Yacht, XXYYXX, Machinedrum, Starkey, Shigeto) and everything in between. With more to come, as you can see at the bottom there.

Plus, RJD2 is a respected alt-hip-hop producer, Pantyraid is a popular duo (MartyParty + Ooah) that makes melodic dance music, and Gramatik is a digital freedom activist and Pretty Lights Music affiliate with an affinity for wicked, glitchy soulstep.

But the big names on that image are big for a reason: A-Trak is one of the world’s biggest DJs who made his name winning every turntablist contest there is and then shot to fame when he became the personal DJ for Kanye West. And Purity Ring is a Canadian duo that combines deep, dark beats and bass with indie-pop melodies. Their set at MusicfestNW 2011 was probably the best I saw all weekend.

Tickets to the event go on sale Thursday. I’m sure you’ll be able to find much more info at the WTF website or on Facebook.

Near/Far 2011: The “Bonus Disc”

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

In case you missed it: Near/Far is The Bulletin’s free, legal, two-disc compilation of some of the best songs of the year. The 2011 version — all 36 tracks of it, including Fleet Foxes, Yuck, Washed Out, Other Lives, The War on Drugs, Shabazz Palaces, Larry and His Flask, Laurel Brauns, Empty Space Orchestra, Erin Cole-Baker, Anastacia and more — can be downloaded by clicking here.

We’ve been doing Near/Far annually for the past five years, and you can still grab 2007 and 2008 here and 2009 here and 2010 here. That’s 174 awesome songs … for free. Get ’em.

But that’s not enough! Each year, there are inevitably tracks I can’t use on the official Near/Far, either because I run out of space, or I can’t get permission to use them. So I’ve put together a “bonus disc” of great songs that didn’t make it onto the 2011 comp, and by “bonus disc” I mean YouTube playlist for super easy streaming.

Click here to listen. (Please note that some tracks — and one band name — may include coarse language.)

Here are the artists in this mix: The Decemberists, Frank Ocean, Wilco, Patrick Stump, The Vaccines, Big K.R.I.T., Robin Pecknold, F–ked Up, Givers, Kendrick Lamar, Pistol Annies, Clams Casino, Wavves, Purity Ring, Purling Hiss, Archers, Peaking Lights and Jovontaes. Again, you can hear all this right here.

Also, sorry if you run into an advertisement. I tried to avoid them. Ditched Foo Fighters, Beyonce, Lady Gaga and more because of ’em. But they’re sneaky little dudes.

2011 MusicfestNW: Day 1 (One Month Later)

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

(Thanks to a busy schedule, it’s been a month since MusicfestNW took over Portland and I still haven’t published daily recaps of my experience. My bad. Still, I think seeing 20 of the coolest bands going over three days is worth documenting, even belatedly. So below, you’ll find Day 1, and be sure to look for Day 2 on Sunday and Day 3 Monday. And if you’d like to read my overview of the festival’s highlights that ran in print, click here.)

I spent several days prepping for my fifth consecutive MusicfestNW: perusing the schedule, listening to bands, sketching out a plan for each hour of each night. I tracked down details on all the free day parties and the live sessions for KEXP and OPB and used Microsoft Excel to create a customized schedule for three days (Sept. 8-10) at the third largest indoor music festival in the country.

But when you put that kind of effort into planning, it’s also a good idea to be ready to adapt to changing circumstances.

My first scheduling casualty came exactly 30 minutes after I checked into my hotel in downtown Portland when I decided to skip a chance to watch Blitzen Trapper tape a live set for OPB and instead grab a couple of pork tacos from the La Jarochita food cart. Blitzen Trapper is a fine band but they’ve gotten a bit predictable in recent years, and the tacos were terrific, so I feel comfortable with my decision.


With a belly full of carnitas, I hopped in my car and headed to the Aladdin Theater, a venue I had never visited during MusicfestNW. (This would become a theme.) There, a night of old-school soul was planned, starting with Portland’s Monarques, followed by legendary Motown guitarist Dennis Coffey and this year’s R&B comeback story, Charles Bradley.

Monarques — who I discovered at MFNW ’09 — were sharp as usual, all oohs and aahs and bouncy ’60s vibe. This is such a fantastic band that sounds authentically vintage but totally cool. If Portland bands like Typhoon and Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside are playing David Letterman’s show, Monarques should be too. Let’s hope that in a year or so, they are.