Well, I can’t believe I’m saying this but it’s already mid-summer! So now is the time to make some damn plans for the summer if you haven’t already. With Pickathon and Lose Yr Mind coming soon, as well as the new Knot Springs concert series, there’s still time to put some summer music events on the calendar. This week we also talk about new releases from rapper Milc and R&B artist Zyah Belle, and a show at Kelly’s Olympian to celebrate AAPI artists.
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Two cannot be missed at the next shows.
Five up-and-coming pop artists will head to Kelly’s Olympian’s small showroom this Friday for Pop Fever, aka a night of live music celebrating Asian or Pacific Island artists from the Portland area. The headliner is the excellent fluid pop singer Alana Rich, right after singer-songwriter Rain Ezra, who will no doubt perform songs from her recent debut album, Responsibility. Hip-hop artist Victoria Yabut, who just released an EP called Late, along with rappers Jai Baby and Jayme Fortune will provide solid reinforcements for the bill. Come for the super amazing live tunes, stay for the best-than-average chicken strips.
(Friday July 29, 8pm, Kelly’s Olympian, 426 SW Washington, $ 10 adv, $ 15 door, tickets here)
Presented by Lose Yr Mind Fest, which officially kicks off on September 2 at venues like Vitalidad, Bunk Bar, The Getdown and Lollipop Shoppe (FKA Dig A Pony), this event offers a tease of rock music festival energy with a midsummer show at the Holocene. The night features New York-based punk band Bodega as headliners, who continue to tour in support of their 2022 EP Broken Equipment. Portland Wave Action punk rockers will also perform, along with Portland artistic four-piece punk Buddy Wynkoop. Note: Vaccination proof or negative COVID test required for all Holocene shows.
(Mon August 8, 9:00 pm, Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, $ 13, tickets here)
Two fantastic new releases from local prominent artists.
Portland rapper Milc has been on the move for the past couple of years, releasing quality album after album, including that of 2021. Milc Tiger and 2022 Mr. Blanco’s Opus with the producer OPVS Sound. On July 21, Milc passed away Windbreaker XLan extended version of his other 2022 project Windbreaker, made in collaboration with beatmaker Andy Savoie and featuring many guest stars. The deluxe version adds five new tracks, taking the tracklist from eight to 13. Among the newly added music, highlights include “992’s” with Portland artist Soop Dread and C’est La, as well as “37th and Killingsworth” with Devin “Brill” Boss (part of Load B with Milc) Listen to the full extended version below.
Last week I spent a lot of energy holding back from writing Zyah Belle’s new single and I hated every minute of it. Zyah has offered a catchy slew of music in recent times, including her 2021 EP Who is listening anyway and house music “DND”, from his next album Yam Grier. Her latest single, “Not the One” is a collaboration with pop artist Tempest, and sees Belle deliver a new, intensely electronic sound than we’re used to hearing from her.
Released via Guin Records, the song packs an eerie, crisp production that will fit well into any Halloween playlist this fall. The two artists let it be known that they are bad whores and worthy of fear and with which not to be screwed. “I’ve been a bad bitch since the day I was born,” begins the song. Zyah also posted an episode on YouTube called “The Road to Yam Grier”; watch it below.
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Some music coming up to put on your radar.
Knot Springs, the spa and wellness-themed social club that shares a building with the Yard Luxury Apartments (better known as “Death Star” in East Burnside), has launched a new summer concert series. The somewhat exclusive shows will take place on the outdoor patio every Wednesday in August from 18:00 to 20:00 at the adjacent swimming pools. The show schedule includes folk rock artist Ben Larson, ethereal indie rock project AC Sapphire, musician / composer Ron Artis II (who plays everything from blues, rock, jazz and soul to flamenco), neo -soul of Portland Blossom and DJ Nature. While Knot Springs members will automatically have access to the shows, there’s also a limited number of tickets available to the public for a whopping $ 79 a pop … but! A ticket also gives you access to the spa, so there you have it. Guests can watch the show from the pools or patio while enjoying views of the Willamette River, the Portland skyline and the West Hills. It all sounds very swanky and dreamy! Even better: Ten percent of all sales will benefit the Jeremy Wilson Foundation, a relief organization that supports working musicians.
(Wednesday: Aug 3, Aug 10, Aug 17, Aug 24 and Aug 31, 6pm, Knot Springs, 33 NE 3rd Ave Suite 365, $ 79, tickets here)