Portland, Oregon is a peculiar place… but is it? Nah, but it’s a city that has gained a lot of attention in the last ten years but one band that wants to show you what being a Portlander is all about are called Grandhorse
. “Short Drive With A Kidnapper” sounds like the kind of song that would scare parents and kids alike, but it’s nothing more than a song from their Portraiturefolio
album, a title which is peculiar in itself and… okay, maybe Portland is a peculiar place but it’s a wonderful place to be. Grandhorse are a wonderful band, but don’t tell them about it.
The group will be doing a small handful of shows in the spring, if you are in the following cities and states, you may drive, scoot, bicycle, walk, or like this music video shows, run to these venues and rock out with Grandhorse.
March 25… Portland Oregon (Kenton Club) @ #
March 28… Billings Montana (The Railyard) @
March 29… Denver Colorado (Illegal Petes) @
March 31… Boise Idaho (a House Show) ^
@ = w/ Rubedo
# = w/ Khan Heir
^ = w/ Sun Blood Stories
Their Portraiturefolio, released last summer, can be downloaded for free with no obligation to you.
These guys sound live and sleazy, and that’s not a Village People reference. Ugly Winner may be ugly (they said it, not me) but their music is definitely winning to me with the kind of raw grit that I like from a garage band that cuts the bullshit and gets straight to the point. The song is from their 20 Sided Records album called Inside Your Wave. Want to see how they pull it off in a live setting? Here you go.
If the performance has motivated you, you’re able to see Ugly Winner on tour throughout August, and they’ll be playing with a wide range of different bands throughout:
August 1- Chico, Ca @La Salles w/ West By Swan and Star Thistle Wall
August 2- Eugene, OR @Wandering Goat w/ Halos of Golden Dust
August 3- Portland, OR @The Record Room w/ The Happening and TBA
August 4- Portland, OR @Kelly’s Olympian w/ Here Come Dots, The Cat From Hue and Pony Village
August 5- Seattle, WA @The Rat & Raven (5-9pm show) w/ Darto, Sea Cave and Can The Boy Tell Time
August 6- Spokane, WA @Baby Bar w/ Myth Ship and Duck Duck Sucker Punch
August 7- Boise, ID @Neurolux w/ Mynabirds and Deep Time
August 8- Salt Lake City, UT @Bar Deluxe w/ Holy Water Buffalo and Shadow Puppet
August 9- Denver, CO @Unit E w/ Rubedo and Holophase
August 10- Durango, CO @American Legion w/ Sunlight Compass, Whey of Light and Frequency
August 11- Albuquerque, NM @TBA
August 12- Sante Fe, NM @El Pasio Bar & Grill w/ Gypsys & Thieves and Treemotel
August 13- El Paso, TX @Palomino Bar w/ Bitch Face and Attacks
August 14- Tempe, AZ @Long Wong’s
August 15- Phoenix, AZ @TBA
August 16- San Diego, CA @Tin Can Ale House w/ Thy Squid and TBA
August 17- Los Angeles, CA @Origami Vinyl w/ Tygers of Wrath (day show); Warehouse party (night show)
August 18- Apple Valley, CA @House Party
August 30- San Francisco, CA @Hemlock Tavern w/ Hazel’s Wart and Big Mittens (SF record release)
Massa Confusa (20 Sided) is the new album by Denver’s Rubedo, and they’re a trio who are ready to tear down some walls, including their own, with their music. “40 Day And Night” is just part of the process, and you are able to take a listen to the track and/or download it for free. If you like it, feel free to check out the album, out now.