Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Thursday Scenester Pick: Portland's Radiation City at Replay

Portland's The Head and the Heart packed the Granada on Sunday (or so we heard), but surely that means they're too popular to be hip anymore, so perhaps you should consider Portland's Radiation City at the Replay on Thursday (like every other band in America, they're en route to SXSW next week).

Let's see what the ApesTapes cassette label out of Portland says:

"For the savvy music nerds here in the city, you like already have a copy of the [upcoming] album sitting among your cassette collection (the band has already released it via Apes Tapes) and have already fallen in love with their dreamy combination of bossa nova, soul and pop from the ’60s and modern electronics."

Indeed, the band lists Joao Gilberto, Astrud Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Serge Gainsbourg as major influences, so we predict this show will be a little more sexy than many of the sounds one might normally encounter at the Replay around 1:00 am.

Dig this tune called "The Things You Tell Us" via Bandcamp

Daytrotter says of the band's recording session:

"We feel like begging beasts, as if we’re barking for the things that we’ll never get at — that white illumination that will continue to remain fleeting and ambivalent, or slippery."

What the hell this has to do with the band's sound is beyond us.

Opening acts for the show are listed as Heartscape Landbreak (read the recent I Heart Local Music piece here ) and Jordan Geiger (we're still waiting for that dude to come to PBR Book Club with us!!).

Radiation City tour poster (click to enlarge):

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