Grapefruit has a new video for "Event Horizon," a winding, trippy piece of kosmische set atop insistent, almost tropical percussion. The video's a far-out collection of found footage—a lot of late-night hotline commercials, it looks like—with colors and shapes providing intriguing interference. Grapefruit, one of many projects for the prolific Charlie Salas Humara, is performing a show this Monday night, August 25, at Church (2600 NE Sandy), with Mattress also on the bill. "Event Horizon" comes from Grapefruit's new record, which Salas Humara will perform on Sunday. For a bigger drink of the new stuff, check out his Soundcloud.
Hustle & Drone are gearing up for the release of their first full-length, Holyland, and the promotional machine is going full-court press. Speaking of full-court press, they shot this video at the Moda Center, which features a slam-dunking luchadore and stacks of synths. Main hustler/droner Ryan Neighbors makes a valiant effort to disprove the golden rule of rockin'-out keyboardists always looking vaguely ridiculous (see also: Journey's "Separate Ways" video or this this very amusing performance of Sabrina Salerno's "Boys"). Holyland comes out September 2 via Red Bull, which apparently has a label now, and Hustle & Drone plays tomorrow at Church as part of the Summer Jam afternoon outdoor party, which sounds super fun. They also play at Bunk Bar on Tuesday, September 16.
Adventure Galley have this striking new video for "Marooned," which was chosen as a selection as part of the Portland Film Festival. It'll screen opening night, but you can check it out here before then: A science-fiction adventure done in '50s pastiche with loving black-and-white photography and lots of dreamy slo-mo, it has echoes of Dr. Strangelove, telling the tale of a rocket being launched into outer space. Paging Major Tom...
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Soul Minor's new video "Deja Vu" is a dark, stormy piece about what happens when shadows from the past rear their heads again. The local emcee describes it as a journey "into a dark world of addiction, isolation, and parasitic energy." As with most of Soul Minor's work, he finds a place of peace and growth after delving into the darkness. The song comes from his debut album Permission to Shine, and he's performing a show this Sunday afternoon at the Station (2703 NE Alberta). Theory Hazit is also on the bill, and it goes down from 4 to 6 pm.
Matthew Heller and the Clever recorded this live video on a barge in the Willamette River. This adds an exciting element of danger to the proceedings: Will they be splashed by errant cannonballers jumping off nearby docks? WIll a tidal surge travel up the river and wash them all away? Will the song's fiery guitar solo compel all the river's fish to leap through the air in a wild frenzy? 21 Bywater Productions shot this one; meanwhile, the studio version of "Tragedy Town"—also cut live—is from the EP of the same name and is up on Soundcloud.
"Positions," the new video from La Rivera, was directed by the band's namesake, singer/songwriter Joshua Rivera, and it's "a mix of characters weaving their minds and bodies through transitions." Part of it takes place at everyone's favorite place in Portland, the bus depot! And magical crystals are thrown into the river, never to be rubbed again. La Rivera plays a show this Tuesday, August 26, at the Alberta Street Pub with Steelhead.