Van Damme, it's Video Vriday!
It's the end of the world in this video for Radiation City's "Zombies." Starring Cora Benesh and Hill Hudson and directed by Matthew Gamlen, it's a gorgeous, Instagram-filter impression of what the apocalypse might look like if it came to Portland. Two lovers huddle in a basement bunker and wait out the disaster (zombies? Ragnarok? Tsunami? The video plays it coy) and then there's that final payoff shot. Quick note: It's not exactly "Blurred Lines" but there's a super brief NSFW moment in there, just be advised. Members of Radiation City are DJ'ing Holocene's Aperitivo Happy Hour this afternoon starting at 5 pm, and they're playing at Ecotrust on Wednesday, July 31.
Grapefruit's new video will scratch your brain's hard-to-reach places. It's one of many projects of Charlie Salas Humara—who's performing as Pinks Quieter tonight at Mississippi Studios as part of the Sometimes a Great Noton fest, and is also playing with Sun Angle at PDX Pop on Sunday. Starring Carl Sagan and a punch of trippy computer animation, "Wake Me in Time" is soothing synthesizers for a spiritual awakening. Become enlightened. The track is part of Grapefruit's upcoming album Stolen Highway, which comes out in August.
More Vriday after the jump!
A new Portland band called Us Lights sent their video our way, and here it is, a live-in-the-studio performance of "Crown," a track from their upcoming debut album. The video was directed by Arkwagon, and the track was recorded by Victor Nash; it captures the band in a fine, stormy mood as the track smolders, burning slowly until the whole thing catches fire. Check out more of Us Lights' music here; they play their first live show this Sunday at Rontoms with Grandparents.
Here's the new video from Portland emcee Myke Bogan, called "Skunk Nugs." I think it's about horticulture? Watch for yourself, as Bogan and crew throw a yacht party, West Coast style. "Skunk Nugs" is on Bogan's new mixtape Pretty Hesh, which drops on Tuesday; Bogan plays a release show at Backspace on Thursday, July 25. Happy summertime, y'all.