Shady Cove
Shady Cove courtesy of Shady Cove and Park the Van Records

There’s so much exciting news this week! In addition to the Pickathon 2022 lineup announcement, a new single from Shady Cove’s forthcoming debut album dropped, and we're seeing an increasing number of local shows you should not miss! Here's what we want you to hear in Portland:

Two can’t miss upcoming shows.

Sunbathe, Phone Voice, Horse Pills

This show at venue/record shop Turn! Turn! Turn! is also a birthday show for Maggie Morris (of bands like Youth and Genders), whose solo project Sunbathe will perform with a full band for the first time in almost a year. Support for the night’s bill comes from bedroom/lo-fi/indie rock act Phone Voice, fronted by multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Chitra Subrahmanyam—who’ll no-doubt be playing tracks from their 2021 project Cradle Tape. Also expect rowdy outlaw country tunes from four-piece Horse Pills, fronted by vocalist Hailey Holden. The event will provides an opportunity to check out how the TTT venue has improved under its recent new ownership, and concert-goers can get a taste of the gathering space’s new food options, like rice and black bean bowls.
(Thurs April 21, 8 pm, Turn! Turn! Turn!, 8 NE Killingsworth, $5-10)

Daemones album release

Portland psych rockers Daemones are throwing an album release show this Saturday, April 16 at St. John's venue, The Fixin’ To, in celebration of their forthcoming album Petrichords (dropping the day prior, April 15). The four-piece band—which dabbles in everything from garage rock to space rock and psychedelia—will no-doubt take several of their nine tracks into the live setting, showcasing their new project’s dynamism and quality FX with songs like the energizing, fever dream of a lead single “Lamplighter,” and the slow-burning “Occult.” Two other Portland-based four-pieces back up the bill, also specializing in psych/post-punk/shoegaze: Ten Million Lights and True Primitives.
(Sat April 16, 8 pm, The Fixin' To, 8218 N Lombard, $10, w/ Ten Million Lights, True Primitives, tickets here)

Rose Tinted: Fountaine

The latest installment of Rose Tinted’s monthly residency at Holocene presents Portland-based hip-hop artist Fountaine, dishing out a slew of classic tunes and collaborating with local DJs, beat-makers, MCs, and R&B artists. Whether he’s hosting, DJing, producing, rapping about anime, or singing irresistibly groovy, danceable soul tunes, witnessing Fountaine’s live act is always a fun, invigorating experience. Fans can hope to hear the multi-talented artist play and/or perform tracks from his 2021 projects South of Nowhere and Blue? II, like the radio-ready “Lil B,” and “Finessin.”
(Thurs April 28, 9 pm, Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, $10, tickets here)

One great new release from locally relevant artists.

"Summer Days," Shady Cove

Oregon duo Shady Cove—Sarah Rose and Sarah Nienaber, formerly of the dream-pop trio Candace—just released a new pre-summer track, “Summer Days,”. It's the first single from their forthcoming self-titled debut, which will drop via Park the Van Records later this year. Clocking just under three minutes, the song starts out slow and subdued: “Made believe I was somebody/ walking through the empty city/ passing streets where you might find me/ yesterday is right behind me.” Then it builds into a bellow but determined: "Won’t forget it/ I can feel those summer days/ wanting to be your favorite/ take me back to summer days/I see you on the rooftop.”


Some upcoming music buzz to put on your radar.

Robert Plant and Allison Krauss on Tour

Last summer, English rock singer-songwriter Robert Plant and bluegrass singer Allison Krauss announced a follow-up to their certified platinum, Grammy award-winning collab, Raising Sand, from 2007. The new album, Raise the Roof, dropped in November and received universal acclaim, so it’s no surprise the two are embarking on their first international tour together in more than a decade. This August, the duo brings their live act to the stunning “Concerts On the Lawn'' stage at McMenamins Edgefield, also making a stop at Bend’s Hayden Homes Amphitheater. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, April 15 at 10 am.
(Sat Aug 27, 6:30 pm, Edgefield Amphitheater, $79.50 and up, tickets here)