Soopah Eype

Soopah Eype

This last weekend at the White Owl Social Club, Portland via L.A. rapper, Soopah Eype (pronounced “Super Ape,” Soop for short) took the stage headlining the musical portion of the Drink and Draw night. Soop, one of the more talented and innovative lyricists you’ll come across, put his skill set on full display that night and it did not go unnoticed.

 

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Beloved Sacred Arts And Music Festival

  As our big red truck made the final descent west on Hwy 34, the sun was setting over the mountain and the outside smelled of fresh evergreen. We had missed the opening ceremony but that wasn't too much of a concern, as we were about to be home. The Beloved Sacred Arts and Music Festival is truly one of the most magical places you could be on Earth, and I had returned for my second year. Last years’ experience was one of overwhelming positivity and radiant beauty, so much so in fact that I still have last years’ wristband on.

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MFNW Day Two

MFNW Day Two

Next up was another band known for their crazy live performances. Tune Yards is a project of Merrill Garbus that relies heavily on layered drum loops infused with other instruments like ukulele and bass guitar. Garbus and her merry band of colorfully dressed ladies (plus one guy on bass) are an absolute pleasure to watch perform. The thrilling and imaginative performance featured hits like “Powa,” “Gangsta,” and “Bizness.” adding to what had already been a great day of music. 

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Against Me!, Creepoid, Venus De Mars @ WOW Hall

To give some context for the following review, Against Me! is hands down, my favorite band. For the last five years I have been pining over Laura Jane Grace’s writing, cut-throat vocals, and general approach to punk rock. After seeing them 5 times, I was finally granted the opportunity to photograph a band that has the most special place in my heart. This all being said, I will try to keep this review as neutral as possible, for the sake of good taste.

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MFNW Day One

MFNW Day One

There was a buzz in the air surrounding Tom McCall Waterfront Park on Saturday, and it wasn’t the Heineken that was everywhere, this buzz was more natural, pure, and released from within thousands of Portland’s music lovers. Musicfest NW had finally arrived, we were no longer staring at a date on a flier, the artists were all in town, the stages were set up, and the music was finally here. For the lucky few at any of the opening parties, MFNW was already in full swing, but for the general population—this was only the beginning.

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Opening Night Of MFNW With Killer Mike

Opening Night Of MFNW With Killer Mike

To some people, MusicFestNW is bigger than the Superbowl—those people are rightful to feel that way too, considering the constant stream of talent that MFNW has brought through our humble Portland. This year is different though, instead of a week-long free-for-all the festival has been compacted into two 6 hour days on the Waterfront. The festival will see the likes of seasoned MFNW headliner Girl Talk and local heroes Shy Girls sharing the same stage.  All of this has to begin somewhere though… That somewhere just happened to be the Doc Martens parking lot on August 15th.

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Like A Villain

Like A Villain

DIY minimalist musician Like A Villain, aka Holland Andrews, has spent a year-and-a-half fine tuning her latest release "Bast," a collection of echo-drenched canons that oscillate between realms of good and evil. On Saturday she released "Bast" online; on Sunday she threw an album-release show at Mississippi Studios.

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