Get those earphones on! The hotly anticipated new albums from two of Portland's best and brightest are now available for listening online. Blitzen Trapper's new American Goldwing is streaming at the Paste magazine site, continuing their impressive string of rootsy space rock. That album comes out September 13 on Sub Pop, but you can check it out online for the next two weeks. Blitzen Trapper headlines the Crystal Ballroom show on Friday, September 9 as part of MusicfestNW.
Meanwhile, Blind Pilot's eagerly awaited sophomore effort We Are the Tide can also be heard over at NPR. While the band has played as a sextet for quite some time, this is the first recording that features them as such (Blind Pilot's 2008 debut Three Rounds and a Sound was largely the duo of Israel Nebeker and Ryan Dobrowski, with guests). We Are the Tide also comes out September 13; listen here. Blind Pilot also plays a Crystal Ballroom show for MusicfestNW, on Saturday, September 10.