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Human Ottoman is taking over

Human Ottoman is quite the trio.

Utilizing a couple instruments not usually employed by the typical makeup of a band, the amalgamation of Human Ottoman's vibraphone-cello-drum production caught our eye back in February of last year when we premiered their video for "YDKWH." Their vibrance even captured the attention of the bookers over at Treefort Music Fest, of which they played earlier this year and all of you voted as one of the best Portland acts there. 

As for what they've got going on currently, Human Ottoman were on the bands selected to be featured at tonight's Northwest Post-Rock Collective showcase. See their greatness, along with Volcanic Pinnacles, Long Hallways, A Collective Subconscious and Seattle's You May Die In The Desert, later today at the Tonic Lounge.





Headsplit Records serves up fresh death metal with Extraneous

Portland is getting a new death metal band and tonight, they'll be celebrated with a well-backed release show.

Coming out on Portland's extreme underground metal label Headsplit Records, Extraneous are dropping their demo cassette tonight. What started as some shreddy rough cuts from guitarist/vocalist Alex Stanley in late summer of last year has flourished into a fully formed lineup, their expertise quickly noticed. A short shuffle through Stanley's YouTube profile, where Extraneous' few tracks live for now, but provide enough insight into the band's capacity for gruesome sounds.

Pick up a copy of Extraneous' demo tonight at the High Water Mark, where there's also the chance to catch fellow Headsplit act Blood Freak and other new death metal act Septic Tank. This bill is guaranteed to split some heads... or at least, some ears.





Long Hallways celebrate new album & video at NWPRC showcase

Post-rock appreciators have waited years, four to be exact, to experience the followup album to local outfit Long Hallways' debut Live From Dystopia. Tonight, fans will get the jazzy, experimental rock answer they've been waiting for performed right before their eyes.

Long Hallways shared a taste of their newest instrumental narratives with "Crystal Forest," the first to come off of The Way Home. Seeing Long Hallways live is even more of a wanderous experience than what's given through headphones, which is why debuting their new tracks and first official music video (for their son "March of Knives") at the third installment of the Northwest Post Rock Collective Showcase (NWPRC) is perfect.

Take a journey with Long Hallways, their new songs, and the rest of the NWPRC showcase bands tonight at the Tonic Lounge, but give The Way Home a streamed listen below first.





We're not going down, Not Without a Fight II

As the first 100 days of our terrible president's time in office comes to a close, our country's woke citizens are still trying to figure out coping mechanisms for the awe that will undoubtedly overwhelm us for the years to come. Trump has already destroyed much of the progress our country has made in so many ways and if there's one thing us here in the Pacific Northwest can do about it, it's put on a damn good show in support of the programs he's trying to nix.

Tonight begins the second round of Not Without A Fight, one of our city's music-based options at dealing with the decisions of this administration thus far. On tonight's bill, different factions of punk meet, with a bit of glam coming from Sweeping Exits, some indie/alternative from Beach Party and hints of melody from Mala Fides, rounded out by a bit of grunge-gaze from Seattle's Bod

Proceeds from this year's Not Without A Fight are being donated to local health and social services nonprofit Outside In, as well as drug safety and harm reduction volunteer organization Portland People's Outreach Project (PPOP). Tickets for nights one and two are only $7. 





Val Bauer returns with first show of the season

Val Bauer makes the type of tunes that take us back to the good ol' days.

His style of songwriting is fully expressive and filled with emotion, calling back to a sonic execution like that of alt-Americana Ryan Adams and OG emo kids Saves the Day. His nostaligia rock even includes elements of pop punk, as heard on his most recent EP Malaise. Since Bauer's songs are heavily rife with strong feelings, it's just the kind of sound we need to ease us through this painfully slow change in weather.

See Val Bauer performing songs off Malaise and more tonight at the Firkin Tavern with Fire Nuns and Black Fruit. The show starts at 7pm, for free!

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