We've got the exclusive premiere of Sama Dams' latest video, a stunning live performance of their epic "Tiger," filmed at the Piano Fort last June. Were you there? You're probably in the video! (To find out if you were there, check out the closing credits.) Directed by Sebastian Rogers of Peripheral Vision PDX with audio by Tony Lash, this is remarkable footage of a galvanizing performance—something Sama Dams seem to do very naturally. The trio performs this coming Wednesday, May 21, at the Doug Fir with Radiation City and Wishyunu, and their upcoming second full-length album is on track to come out later in the year. Can't wait for that one.
Here's the striking new video from Magic Mouth, for the romantic, downbeat "Mother Lode" from last year's Devil May Care EP. Directors Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher shot the band at Embers, emblematic gay bar that is reportedly closing next year after 45 years in downtown Portland. Palmieri and Mosher say, "We sincerely hope that people remember Magic Mouth as the band that made glitter sad."
For this video for "Burnin'," NE Portland hiphop duo Load B got together some friends and a whole bunch of fire. Emcees Brill and Milc take turns spitting over a tightly wound beat, in Milc's without the hindrance of a pesky shirt. The logo for Mac's Radiator makes a cameo. "Burnin'" comes from Load B's latest release, The Scumbag Tape, which you can check out on Bandcamp.
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John Value is a recent Portland transplant from Chicago, and he comes bearing the video for his new "Cereal Song," in which a young protagonist is forced to choose between his girlfriend or his delicious cereal—an agonizing decision. Just remember, John: Love can get soggy and turn milk all sorts of weird colors, but cereal lasts forever. (I think I have that the right way around.) "Cereal Song" is the opening track on his upcoming EP, Keep Me Hangin' On, and Value is currently in the middle of a monthlong residency at the Firkin Tavern, where he's playing every Saturday in May at 5 pm.
The Weather Machine recently filmed this live-in-the-studio clip for the Rose City Collective series. "Little Surrender" is a jaunty shuffle that has some power behind it; the studio version appears on the Weather Machine's self-titled album from last year. The band is performing at the Doug Fir for the first time on Thursday, May 29, on a bill with Bike Thief and Rook and the Ravens.
I'll end today with the latest from Morning Ritual, the collaboration between keyboardist Ben Darwish and vocalists Katelyn and Laurie Shook. "So Cold" will appear on an upcoming EP, and fittingly, the video finds a snowbound location on Mt. Hood where the Shook Twins can spread their wings. That's not a metaphor. Morning Ritual are scheduled to perform at the Oregon Country Fair in July, and at N Portland's Columbia Park on July 15; they're also playing Music on Main Street on August 6.