Boy Gorilla Records is small, to be sure, but the Portland label has an impressive roster of groups that share and swap members, creating a collective of sorts whose records feel more like handwritten notes passed between friends. Boy Gorilla is throwing a party at Holocene tonight, and there will be sets from the likes of Ghosties, El Comé Homé, What Can Skulls Tell Us, and Jordan Bagnall (of Typhoon and Doubledutch). Meanwhile, Gary Burns will be reading poetry and Adam Zeek will be on hand to sell a tape of live material recorded by Viking Moses, Karl Blau and many others. Furthermore, Tyler Ferrin and Dylan Reed will be DJ'ing in between sets.
Jordan Bagnall is a shiveringly good singer, with a crystalline voice that is the highlight of her recent Doubledutch project. What Can Skulls Tell Us is the nom de gorilla of Darren Bridenbeck, and his solo acoustic songs often jump the rails into a variety of loose-limbed musical exorcism. Ghosties, meanwhile, is the work of Devin Gallagher, who has a left-field approach to pop music, using simple ingredients to create weird, heartfelt tunes with tribal elements and a hazy ambience.
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