Check Out: LEO ISLO

By: Meghan Kearney

Some recommended listening for you all. For fans of artists like Tycho, Moderat; mellow electronic, you will enjoy this. LEO ISLO from Portland, Oregon is currently working on a new record coming off his first EP Modern Fiction. A solo project, LEO ISLO mixes soothing and catchy beats underneath gorgeous vocals, all of which are recorded, produced and mixed in his garage in the middle of the night. On top of the tunes, LEO ISLO masterfully creates his own graphic arts. Keep tabs LEO ISLO now as he continues to craft new tracks and a live set up.  Check out one of his newest tracks, “Atlantis,” below; if you like it, give him some follows.

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Hustle & Drone – Holyland

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2 Sept 2014
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By: Meghan Kearney

As a superfan of the Portland music scene, this has personally been one of my most anticipated releases of the past few months. Hustle & Drone have become a Portland staple, playing shows around the city and beyond, melting cheeks off with bass thumping synth tracks and neon light panels to play along. When they’ve not been shooting hoops with the Portland Trail Blazers or forefronting the very rad Red Bull Sound Select up and coming artist cohort, they’ve been molding their distinct and electro-powerhouse debut full length Holyland.

You may know the name of front man Ryan Neighbors, and if someone tells you about Hustle & Drone, they’ve probably told you where you should know him from. We’ve decided not to follow suit, as Holyland is a piece that proves no street cred needed; Hustle & Drone is a project of its own. The record opens with the title track, an honest reflection of growing up holy. It offers an easy transition into the record as it slowly breaks into eerie electronic sounds that highlight what Hustle & Drone is all about.

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Fanfarlo new record “Let’s Go Extinct,” Portland show 3/28

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With the release of their third full length record Let’s Go Extinct, London’s Fanfarlo are hitting the road across the U.S. beginning in San Diego on March 24th. Let’s Go Extinct is another chapter in the addictive multi-instrumental discography of Fanfarlo, delivering no less than the energy and delight so loved of the Londoners.

The band will pay a visit to the Portland, OR with a show at Dante’s on Saturday March 28th. As their live shows have typically been known for a busy but on-point replication of their recordings, what’s to come from Let’s Go Extinct is sure to be a must-see. The album sees more involved, less-electronic, compositions more closely resembling 2009’s predominantly folky Reservoir but with the same vivid production of their sophomore album Rooms Filled With Light.
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Win two tickets to see Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning in Portland!

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1 October 2013

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By: Meghan Kearney

Want to win 2 tickets to see Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning at Mississippi Studios on Monday Dec 2nd? Check out our review for his new record You Gots 2 Chill & note the details below!

Backed by over 20 years of indie street cred, Brendan Canning, best known for his role in Broken Social Scene, released his second full length solo record You Gots 2 Chill. Along the release of the new record, Canning is off on tour and will be gracing Portland, Oregon on December 2nd and Mississippi Studios and we’re giving away two tickets to the show!

You Gots 2 Chill is an exceptionally gentle, folky departure from Broken Social Scene, opening with the instrumental track “Post Fahey.” Mellow plucking and slide guitar provide a calming introduction to an album that follows suit. Brendan introduces vocals in the second track “However Long,” and they are as soothing as any ear could hope for.


“Plugged In” is one of the most beautiful tracks of the record offering haunting tones with soft and simple acoustic strings. Canning’s vocals are what really send this track home in the fashion of some kind of mountain lullaby. “Bullied Days” brings the gorgeous voice of Daniela Gesundheit of Snowblink giving a sweet, loving feel to the record.

Perhaps the best way to describe You Gots 2 Chill is a record that you want to have playing while laying under the stars. This is not coincidental to the track “Late Night Stars” which is another wonderfully ethereal duo belted with echoes along sullen strings. “Last Song For The Summer Hideaway” closes the album with tones sure to induce blissful daydreams or close out an evening with grace. If anything, this record does exactly what it requests. It’s a simplistic beauty and perfectly crafted production of acoustics, soft vocals, and earthy feels will you guide you through winter with a summery grin. I believe we are chill now, Mr. Canning.

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Frank Turner Live at the Wonder Ballroom, Portland, Oregon

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19 October 2013
Wonder Ballroom | Portland, Oregon

By Meghan Kearney

Frank Turner. What is there to say about Frank Turner? Well, the certain thing is that you don’t just go to the Frank Turner show. You are the Frank Turner show. This was inherently evident this past Saturday as Frank and The Sleeping Souls took the stage at Portland’s Wonder Ballroom.  Dressed in white button ups and black slacks, these five Englishmen might as well have been on the dance floor and let the crowd run the show. Though this sounds disparaging, if you’ve been to a Frank Turner show, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Right at the get-go, the opening track  “I Still Believe” wasted no time getting the crowd jumping, fisting the air, clapping.  “Hear ye, hear ye” beckoned Frank, almost positively addressing the crowd that he and his Souls were surely about to save ours.  Though this tour was promoting his newest record Tape Deck Heart, Frank did the unthinkable, opening up with three oldies, including “If I Ever Stray,” and “Try This At Home” before breaking into the new.

Frank Turner, Wonder Ballroom 026The opening vocals of “Plain Sailing Weather” sent the crowd to cheers, all mouths singing along. As the song came to its final breakdown, drums pounded through the crowd while Frank belted out the final painful words of the song. Somewhere in the crowd, a woman screamed “Wessex Boy!” just as the room fell silent. Within seconds Frank announced “this song’s called Wessex Boy” and threw his hands up in the air to clap, as the crowd joined. Was he subtly taking requests? Or did he somehow meld into the minds and spirits of the crowd, as they reciprocated. As he continued on, the whole song’s meaning changed. This song was no longer about Wessex, it was about Portland, and here – Frank was home.  

Frank Turner, Wonder Ballroom 054There was something about his charm and the energy of the Sleeping Souls that told the crowd they never wanted to leave us. “Seattle was pretty good at singing along last night, but we think you guys can do better.” Playful boos rang throughout the crowd. Frank laughed. “This is where we find out who hates who. Now – who knows how to do a jumping jack?” A short aerobics training session later, Frank casually transitioned into “blacking in and out in a strange flat in East London” to kick off the jumping-jack-demanding favorite “Recovery.” Next, the heart wrenching “Broken Piano” began, with Frank’s high and low mix of vocals, an empathetic sadness calmed the crowd down. Taking us just low enough to make the explosion into Nigel Powell’s murderous drumming seem like flying.

An encore included the most fabulous sing-a-longs of Tom Petty’s “American Girl,” a proper screaming version of Photosynthesis, and a final dance party closer of “Four Simple Words.” The whole show felt like a veteran punk rock show but with so much charm and happiness. It was an irony that only Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls could create. The happiness, the energy, the very feeling of being a sleeping soul – not just watching one.  

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Missed the show? Good news – Frank is coming right back to see us for the KINK FM Jingle Bell Jam on December 6th at the Roseland Theater with The Wild Feathers and The Head & the Heart. Tickets go on pre-sale Thursday morning for KINK community members, Friday for general public – so get yours here!