Review: The New Mastersounds at The Wonder Ballroom, 10/8
Oct30

Review: The New Mastersounds at The Wonder Ballroom, 10/8

Review by Kara Wilbeck For a band with such a specific, dialed-in sound, The New Mastersounds sure do draw quite the diverse crowd. Last night at the Wonder Ballroom in Portland, seasoned Baby Boomer jazz heads in collared shirts boogied next to dreadlocked twenty-somethings in faded Phish tees. It’s safe to say that if you’re at a New Mastersounds show, you’re probably a pretty big music nerd- and you know what’s good.  The New Mastersounds bring a polished British sensibility to funk, and at times can lean more heavily into the genre of jazz. Drawing the obvious sound comparison to the Meters, their funk is tight and measured- which is not to say that it doesn’t, at times, let totally loose and straight up rage.  For this show, the band brought out their horns, which is a serious treat and gives their sound some extra body. The band’s ability to maneuver between masterful, clean funk and a dirty, dirty get down is exemplary of their talent. The New Mastersounds are the type of band that makes a musician want to go straight home and pick up their instrument. They appeal to the nerdiest of music lovers and party people alike. Their hype spreads mainly via word of mouth- and those who have seen them tend to talk about them a lot. Trust your friends who can’t stop raving about The New Mastersounds, and get yourself to a show.    ...

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Portland’s Hottest Halloween Shows
Oct20

Portland’s Hottest Halloween Shows

Too old for trick or treat? That doesn’t mean you have to be a hermit on Halloween! Portland loves a good dress up party, and there are lots of great options to choose from! Here are our picks for great Halloween weekend shows in the city: Friday, October 30: Crow and the Canyon and Polecat at Alberta Abbey: Love 90’s TV shows? This Halloween party features your favorite characters and theme songs! 9 p.m., $15/$20, 21+ Turkuaz and The Quick & Easy Boys at the Wonder Ballroom: If you like to get funky, this is the show for you. Brooklyn outfit Turkuaz and Portland favorites The Quick and Easy Boys will keep your booty shakin’ all night long!  9 p.m., $12/$15, 21+ Saturday, October 31: Fruition at Revolution Hall: Portland Americana rockers Fruition will bring a foot-stompin’ good time to Revolution Hall this Halloween! This show will be high energy and will not disappoint. 8 p.m., $20, 21+ Shafty at Star Theater: Portland Phish tribute band Shafty doesn’t need Halloween costumes! They’re well versed at playing spot-on versions of Phish tunes, and even putting their own spin on their shows. 9 p.m., $15, 21+ McTuff at the Goodfoot Pub & Lounge: High-caliber jazz/funk outfit McTuff will bring a serious, serious dance party to the Goodfoot on Halloween. This one is gonna be fun. w/InHalen. 10 p.m.,...

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