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Grouper – Vital

Grouper is Liz Harris, Portland, Oregon-based multi-instrumentalist and experimental folk artist with a penchant for echoes and ambience. The big, roomy, nearly atmospheric brand of folk is reminiscent of newer Bon Iver and Deerhunter. With eight albums in as many years, Liz Harris is one of the most consistent artists out right now. Plus, with widely recognized support from acts such as Animal Collective and Xiu Xiu, it’s going to be hard not to garner some attention. Be sure to check out the Grouper song “Vital” off her 2013 album The Man Who Died In His Boat below. Read More…

Portugal. The Man – Purple Yellow Red and Blue

Wasilla, Alaska natives Portugal. The Man are back with their ninth studio album, and seeing as they’ve only been around for seven years, that’s pretty impressive. Bringing a new sound with each record, the new album Evil Friends did not seek to break this trend. The most experimental album yet, it may not stack up to the previous album In the Mountain In the Cloud, but it earns its own merit with a complicated mix of influences ranging from The Beatles to Caspian. Plus it was produced by DangerMouse, shouldn’t that be enough for you? Check out the song “Purple Yellow Red and Blue” below. Read More…

Rare Monk – Death By Proxy

Rare Monk are a melting pot of indie rock. Combining all different types of rock including, but not limited to soul, garage, indie, folk, and electronic. Like a broken down, raw version of Atlas Genius, the Portland-based five-piece have only been in the scene for a couple years. Often getting into fits of experimental, psychedelic rage, Rare Monk could be described as a mix between Surfer Blood and The Killers. Check out the song “Death By Proxy” off their 2013 album Sleep/Attack below. Read More…

Ramona Falls – The Space Between Lightning and Thunder

Formerly a side project of Menomena co-creator Brent Knopf, Ramona Falls has become the indie stylist’s current mainstay. Named after a waterfall near Mt. Hood, Ramona Falls creates the same stir of emotion Menomena does, but with a deeper, fuller sound. It sounds like Brent Knopf took his Menomena sound and met up with some of the guys from As Tall As Lions. As ambient, moody, and quirky as ever, Ramona Falls swells and swirls evoking a sense of serenity akin to that of the ocean. Check out the track “The Space Between Lightning and Thunder” off their 2012 album Prophet below. Read More…

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