Monthly Archives: September 2014

10.4.14: The Eric Lovre Band Album Release with Orchards

10694363_382306225250356_2623200332876988016_o (1)THE ERIC LOVRE BAND // ORCHARDS

Guitarist for the legendary Dharma Bums, Eric has been rocking the Northwest since before you moved here. Eric is a fourth-generation Oregonian, born and raised in the Willamette Valley. As a boy, Eric used to build crazy things out of parts from his grandpa’s garage: crystal radios, little one-stage tube amplifiers, and even an eavesdropping device so he could listen to people in the living room while he was in the bedroom.

Eric’s interest in music started around the same time. “I just love to play music. I can’t live without it. It’s like air and water to me. I was born to do it. It was a calling. My entire life, I never figured I would do anything else, ever. I never ever considered doing anything but rock and roll. That and electronics.”

He also records music in his all-vintage-analog studio, producing and engineering projects for, among others, John Fahey, the Minus 5, Perhapst, Kalaloch, and Michael Davis (MC5), as well as his current group, the Eric Lovre Band. “I’ve never liked the sound of digital very much, although it’s improved over the years,” says Eric. “The energy and the whole vibe of the record is better when people give a performance. That’s what separates a great record from an OK record — a great human performance — because no technology can do that. Technology just does what you tell it to do.”

The Eric Lovre Band will present material from their brand new album.

The darkwave sounds created by Orchards’ members Jacob Zeigler, Daniel Remington, Kelly Kippel, Alex Geiszler, and Patrick O’Driscoll are spectacularly haunting. The Salem band releases its first EP this fall titled DIVISION//LOSS.

9.19.14: Tonya Gilmore, Elvicious Cash, Nate Hagen & Michael Taylor

1939987_375623509251961_2648818132396529758_o@Level B Theater PuB
Doors@8PM, Music@9PM
$5 at the door
all ages+bar w/i.d.

text LEVELB to 24587 for updates & giveaways!

A host of solo performers will have their turn spinning songs in their most singular and pure form, that of the acoustic singer-songwriter! Four of the area’s top players will perform several standby songs and probably even some new material!

Tonya Gilmore: Portland singer-songwriter Tonya Gilmore is a master of musical suspense.10592913_887883014574225_6829892031660402806_n In her debut album, Phantoms Fill the Sky, she engages the power of the pop song to haunt, to float and whisper, to draw you up close before she goes in for the kill. The album is musically playful and many of her songs are so infectiously catchy they have a tendency to stick in your ear, where they can subconsciously reprogram your woozy mind. But the singability of her hooks only serves as a contrast to the dark depth of her lyrical vision. It is the sound of a single light bulb beaming incandescent light, swinging metronomically over half-lit faces.

Elvicious Cash: This local performer has been involved in several performance projects all of which carry his character and witticism to their fullest. Certainly the most intimate of these incarnations is Elvicious Cash solo. He prides himself on acoustic stories and song.

His new CD “seven” will be available to purchase!

Michael Taylor: Michael Hamlin Taylor has been writing songs for over 20 years now. Like many musicians, he tried on what was popular during current musical culture, but always retained his approach; writing from the heart, regardless of what was popular at the time.

Nate Hagen: Nate is a local guitarist, harp guitarist, teacher and performer here in Salem and is quite versatile in his
experience and training. Witness his well-trained hands move between several instruments.

9.12.14: Wampire | Miss Massive Snowflake | Coronation | Thomas Mudrick

10632659_363619940452318_729247975663791713_nFRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12th
Doors@8PM, Music@9PM
$10 adv./$15 at the door
all ages+bar w/i.d.

text LEVELB to 24587 for updates & giveaways!

A Live Concert Showcase featuring Wampire (off-kilter alluring sonic pop), Thomas Mudrick (funk-infused psychedelic pop), Coronation (synth-pop), Miss Massive Snowflake (avante-garde pop rocks)!

After forming Wampire, Rocky Tinder and Eric Phipps steadily began to make a name for themselves in the same Portland, OR, scene that has produced labelmates STRFKR as well as Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

Now having toured the world and expanded to a five-piece live band, Wampire’s disarmingly off-kilter pop is imbued with tinges of paranoia and surrealism (both lyrically and musically) and continually offers listeners a variety of unexpected and alluring sonic flavors.

Miss Massive Snowflake:
The charismatic and playful band, Miss Massive Snowflake, produce curious and clever progressive pop songs. The band marries traditional familiarities and edgy concepts with catchy energetic rock, crafting deceptively intricate songs. The drums and bass drive while horns punch into screwed groove guitar riffs producing beautiful, moving, and intellectually satisfying rock music.

Coronation is a duo consisting of long time Northwest musicians, Joshua Blanchard and Andy Brown. Andy Brown cut his teeth with many bands, including Seattle space rock pioneers, Jessamine, and Southern Lord/Kranky recording artists Fontanelle. Joshua Blanchard played with Synth-punks Point Line Plane and psychedelic folksters, Plants. The band brings together elements of Synth pop, Italian disco and up tempo New Romantic crooning into a tasty aural blend that’s both fresh and familiar. While most dance music lives in the thrill of the moment, Coronation explores what happens the day after the party and divulges autobiographical tales of broken relationships, hangovers, and burning the candle at both ends.

Thomas Mudrick:
Through his varied work with the TDRCO crew, Mudrick has proven himself to be a true musical chameleon, multi-talented and as versatile as a Swiss Army Knife. Furthering and emboldening this stylistic doppelganglery, (((boing)))’s twelve lush and verdant tracks see Mudrick laying bare the variegated depths of his metronomic heart, hewn of one part acid-folk manifesto, one part comedic interlude, and one large dollop of rock solid, root down groove. And make no doubt about it, this album brings it in a way that would likely make Beyoncé or Kanye sit up and take notice if they weren’t so busy admiring their bling or whatever it is they do with their time. To put it in the parlance of the people,(((boing))) jams in the truest sense, with every track its own insular ecosystem replete with the appropriate flora and fauna, at times surprisingly different from the track before it. Still, at the end of the day all the scattershot pieces manage to fall perfectly into aesthetic lockstep, a type of traveling musical circus humming on down the road to the next township.

World touring groups Wampire and Miss Massive Snowflake bookend this incredible show of pop music in every color. From electronic to funk, you’re sure to get your feet scooting to these purveyors of well-structured and disarming pop!