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LIVE: Screaming Females, The Know, Portland, OR

By Cory Butcher

The Know was packed on a cold Portland night (seriously it has been so cold), as a throng of eager music fans crammed themselves into the intimate venue to see Screaming Females. Portland garage band The Ghost Ease were up first, playing a tight set that set the tone for the night. By the end of their performance, the crowd had grown, and they were very into it.

Next up was SoCal pop-punk act Upset, a new band fronted by former Best Coast/Vivian Girls drummer Ali Koehler, and featuring former Hole drummer Patty Schemel. Their sound was similar to Koehler’s previous bands, but more upbeat and melodic than Best Coast, more pop than punk.

By the time Screaming Females hit the stage, there was barely any room to stand in the venue (even moreso than usual at The Know). I craned my neck over the crowd from the back corner, and was rewarded with an amazing show. Marissa Paternoster was unstoppable, going from one song to the next, furiously shredding on her guitar, playing riff after riff. To be honest, the whole show was kind of a blur (beer is cheap at The Know), but I walked out a fan, and I fully encourage anyone who has the chance to go see Screaming Females as many times as possible.

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LIVE: Pop 1280, The Know, Portland, OR

Pop 1280Pop 1280 // Photo credit: Cory Butcher

By Cory Butcher

Sacred Bones’ art-noise-punk act Pop. 1280 played an intense show at The Know on a stormy Portland night. The wind wasn’t the only thing howling on Alberta street that evening, as the band played a loud, cacophonous set, blending elements of punk, no-wave, and dissonance into a maelstrom of strangely melodic noise. The band switched from a guitar and synth setup to dual synths, depending on the song, and vocalist Chris Bug’s throaty growl was reminiscent of Big Black-era Steve Albini. Near the end of their set, they played “Do the Anglerfish,” and trust me, if I had known how to do it, I would have. By the time they had finished the show, my ears were ringing, I wasn’t sure what I’d just seen, but I knew I wanted to see it again.

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