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Gold Casio Dive Deep with "Gold Mine"

 Gold Casio are the masters of local disco. Their live performances are engaging and visually stimulating, with their aesthetic falling somewhere in between disco royalty and yacht rock magic. Glitter, gold and a whole hell of a lot of dancing are always on the menu with Gold Casio, so when they teamed up with the ethereal jazziness of Coco Columbia an entirely new sonic aesthetic was created.

Coming off their latest the Fever Dreams EP, "Gold Mine" is appropriately named hit of electropop that you can't help but groove to. Gold Casio gave us some cosmic responses to a few questions about the track. Give them a read below, but make sure you're blasting "Gold Mine" as you do it.

What inspired "Gold Mine" thematically?

Sparkling harpsichord from another dimension, poolside sunsets from past lives, winter nights with too much smoke and too many mirrors, pretending you're on a beach anywhere else.

Why the choice of collaborating with Coco Columbia on the track? Were there other artists in the running?

Astrological tendencies, geographical convenience, and divine intervention. Our human vessels and their interconnections predate both musical projects, the song was born before the identity of either had made waves on the scene. 

How did fans initially react to the Coco/Casio pairing and the song in general?

Quite well!

Will we be seeing more features from other artists on GC tracks? What other projects does the band have in the works?

Many more collaborations coming down the line, some with artists you probably already love and some you'll love soon!

 





A Thong by Any Other Name Would Sound as Sweet

It's damn near impossible not to think of Sisqo's 1999 ode to whale tails and the cheeks that complete the look when the word "thong" is heard, or really just thought of. That's probably not the reaction local psych-surf act Thong were going for with their name, though "Thong Song" was definitely an anthem of sorts. Regardless, Thong recently announced that they're going to be changing their name, and that these last few shows of theirs were the final times to see them as the thongs that once were.

As far as what Thong's new name will be, that's something we'll all just have to learn at their name change reveal show this Sunday, with garage poppers Marcy's Band and Este dropping rhymes. Visuals will be provided by Grayson Bear and there will even be a little bit of stand up from George Jones. But we all can rest pretty easily knowing that just because the band is changing their name doesn't mean they're changing their beloved sound.

Head over to 5th Avenue Cinema this Sunday to catch Thong's last show as such.





Tumble on Down to Kelly's Olympian for a Night of Folk-Pop

Folk and Americana fans are some of the most dedicated around. Depending on the particular pace of the plucking, they know to react with either intriguingly pensive stares, a little more action via some head bobbing and toe tapping, or launching into full blown hip swinging. Those types of reactions, be them in the folk/americana realm or other, are what artists live for. Anyone looking to get into that kind of fun this weekend has the opportunity to Friday at Kelly's Olympian.

A delightful night of folk meets twangy indie pop, soulful folk group of transplants Kaiya On The Mountain will connect with Tumbledown's gritty honesty yet broodingly sweet styles most recently expressed on their debut EP In Between. The night ends with a headlining set from the rayLand Baxter inspired duo Hammerhead, rounding out the festivities perfectly.





Steel Chains Say Sayonara to Playing Shows

Maybe some of you knew it was coming and maybe some of you didn't. Either way, our punk scene is about to lose one of its active and integral collection of members. As of Friday, we'll be saying goodbye to local melodic punks Steel Chains.

They dropped their demo tracks just a little over two years ago and an EP not too long after, instantly making them favorites without fault. Steel Chains render a more harmonious version of traditional punk, using a post-like execution of catchy, quickly paced riffs. On top of their talent they were also just enjoyable to see perform overall, so it's really quite the bummer to see them go.

Join Steel Chains for their last performance Friday at The Know with Macho Boys, Mr. Wrong and Petite. Every bit of the show's $7 cover will be donated to the Trans Lifeline, so they're going out on a charitable bang to boot.





A Party for Sgt. Pepper's 50th Anniversary

 Whether you feel like they're overrated or not, it'd be hard to deny the influence the Beatles had and still has on music. Their career filled with the quintessential hits that define them, the Beatles were some of the "first" to bring pandemonium, romantic pop and the steady transition into drug life to the public eye. Seeing as the first day of June marks the 50th anniversary of their considerable opus Sgt. Pepper's The Lonely Hearts Club Band, of course a commemoration had to take place, and of course it would be in fun Portland fashion.

The Funhouse Lounge will house a tribute show as an ode to the band Thursday night, featuring local rock musicians and special guests, many of which are likely to be in some sort of Beatles-like garb. Advertised are The Toads, The Dark Backward and comedian/loud sound creator Tinn Itus and the Strobing Visions covering hits from all throughout the Beatles' extensive catalog. The 21 and over event is only $10, but those that come in costumes themselves only pay half price. Those in costume will also be automatically invited to partake in other Beatles' themed special activities, so a lot of fun is sure to be had.

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