Brainstorm and Social Studies at PALS Clubhouse, Fri May 3
Friday night felt like a summer of the past. Not only due to the unseasonably warm weather, but also because a modest residence in SE Portland played host to a house show. With a mass of people assembled in the backyard, on the porch, and on various staircases, the spirit of spontaneity and the inarguable sense of camaraderie felt like a throwback to years past, when house shows were the norm and not the exception. Four bands came to grace the outdoor stage, including local trio Brainstorm
and San Francisco's Social Studies
as the final two bands on the bill.
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The show served as a send-off for Brainstorm's Adam Baz before his departure into the wilds of Steens Mountain for the next several months for work. While an absurd scuffle did break out towards the end of their set involving a man opposed to headset mics, it was more comical than disquieting, and those involved quickly returned to merriment. Attendees were hoisted onto the shoulders of their friends, and there were calls for encores for both of the bands (a request which Social Studies ceded). And if Friday night was any indicator—with its attendance, vibes, bottles of wine, and biking contingent—it was the type of event that could very well bring back house shows.