A week into recording their fifth album Heart-Shaped Mountain, Ha Ha Tonka was forced to start over. A massive hardware crash at the studio deleted everything. Following a wave of shock, the band regrouped and refocused, trying different approaches to song structures that they otherwise wouldn't have, and made a resilient album of positivity and triumphant effervescence. After all, music has the power to overcome.
At its core, Heart-Shaped Mountain is an album about love and growth. At a time when divisiveness fills the headlines, Ha Ha Tonka is fighting the good fight and building narrative tributes to friends and loved ones, memories past, and prospects of the future. They five-part harmonize on intimate familiarities - the nascent stages of relationships, deep and lasting bonds, maturation, fear and loss. This is a call to pause and glance back, inhale inspiration, and forge ahead with renewed purpose.
On Heart-Shaped Mountain the quintet expands their creative palette. Once aptly summed as "indie-Americana, where Alabama meets Arcade Fire," Ha Ha Tonka unveils balanced, sublime, pop radio-accessible heights and an emotionally broader, post-punk songwriting range, a la early Delta Spirit or a less enigmatic Jónsi. This isn't a betrayal of their discography, though. Rather, Ha Ha Tonka treks to new vistas, crosses uncharted ridges, and unfurls their flag with the confidence and excitement that comes from exploration. Few craft ear-worming melodies like singer/guitarist Brian Roberts and guitarist/singer Brett Anderson. "The Party" is anchored with a bright, whistled hook and a lingering sequence of notes, reflecting the song's lament ("Why do we always seem to be the last ones here at the party").
The band's versatile recent additions of Hoots & Hellmouth drummer Mike Reilly and The Spring Standards multi-instrumentalist/singer James Cleare catalyzed the group to stretch simple themes into sonic dimensions with dynamic results. In "Everything," the intro and choruses are conspicuously optimistic, with a chest-expanding joy tailor-made for the opening credits of any Pixar movie ever made. The verses - replete with galloping snare and foggy keyboards - mingle landscapes from Tom Petty's earnest heartlands and Jeff Lynne's complex stratospheres.
Experiences and textures blend together and stack up like the pages of a book. If you take the analogy further, this is their autobiographical magnum opus. Ha Ha Tonka formed in 2004, when four friends from the Ozarks of Missouri started playing music together. They recorded four critically acclaimed albums, played Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits, and appeared on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations.
Through it all, the individuals made friends, found love, some members got married, some had kids. Especially now, there's a maturity in being able to assess life's scenery and look toward the future. And there's something altogether more powerful in making others want to feel the same exact way. After all, Heart-Shaped Mountain has the power to overcome.
In making his fourth album Wash It in the Water, Zach Deputy dreamed up a sunny and soulful new sound that fuses hip-hop, funk, and folky pop with the spirited rhythms of soca and calypso. With that sound embodied by the album's brightly melodic and richly textured title track, Wash It in the Water finds the Georgia-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist mining his Puerto Rican and Cruzan heritage for inspiration.
HIVE Dance Party following KONTROVOID
1045p - close
Star Theater: 13 NW 6th, Portland
elroy 'Junior' Reid originally came into prominence around 1983/84 as part of the Waterhouse crew, a dancehall singer collective who sported a signature style, which included Reid, Half Pint, and Yami Bolo, among others. He started on the Youthman Promotion sound system owned by the legendary Sugar Minott, and quickly gained fame in Jamaica and dancehalls abroad from such hits as "Original Foreign Mind", "Reggae Gone Cross the Border" and his take on Michael Jackson's "Human Nature".
Upon the departure of Michael Rose from the Grammy-award winning group Black Uhuru in 1985, Reid was chosen to fill the front-man's spot. Comparisons between Reid & Rose's styles occured quickly, and Reid was even considered a Rose imitator…due either to his performing old Uhuru hits or his adoption of the "tu-tu-tweng" style which was Rose's trademark. Nonetheless, Reid made his mark on two Uhuru albums, "Brutal" and "Positive", and continues to perform Uhuru material to this day.
He left Black Uhuru soon thereafter, and in 1990 he recorded an album and scored a hit with the same name which would be his anthem. "One Blood" defined Reid's solo identity and the name Junior "One Blood" Reid is known by every reggae fan worldwide.
Junior Reid was spotted in 2006 when he was featured on The Game's track "One Blood" from his sophomore album "The Doctor's Advocate". The hit song featured a sample from Junior Reid's "One Blood". The artist was also featured on the video and TRL performance. He has also scored a hit in the remix of rapper Mims' smash hit "This is Why We Hot" (2007).
Reid continues to tour the world and is enjoying a rebirth in the hip-hop world with his catchy yet raw dancehall vocals, remaining relevant in a tough, ever-changing business.
Other Hip-Hop tracks worthy of note are the Poor Righteous Teachers track "Dreadful Day", Wu-Tang Clans' "Jah World" and "One Blood Under Wu".
International Women's Day Party - Festa Della Donna - Международный Женский День
Celebrate the best spring holiday...
International Women's Day - European Style with European music, flowers, and dancing
Join the Italian-Slavic-American Party!
Live music with:
Italian band MBRASCATU
Slavic party band CHERVONA
VIDEO DISCOTEKA with DJ Zhenya spinning Best Еuropean hits of the past
Ghost Motor is the thunderstrike where punk rock and industrial meet. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Ghost Motor’s sound is an innovative blend of punk, dark wave and metal mixed with gothic, industrial and aggrotech. Their sound ranges from sweeping cinematic to a driving machine-like attack with lyrics confronting politics, philosophy and the human experience.
Apathy & Celph Titled - The Widow's Son Tour
W/ N.M.E. The Illest + Tour Support
Local Performances from
Triple Psychedelic Shoegaze Explosion at the Star Theater!
DEVOURED BY FLOWERS
Album release show and celebration!!
Followed by the otherworldly sounds of
and Seattle's Finest Shoegazers...
All followed by HIVE Dance Party!
8p at the Star Theater, 13 NW 6th, Portland