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January 15th, 2018

 

 
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FRUITION

On their fifth full-length, Watching It All Fall Apart, Fruition transform pain and heartache into something truly glorious. With their songwriting sharper and more nuanced than ever before—and their sonic palette more daringly expansive—the Portland, Oregon-based band’s full-hearted intensity ultimately gives the album a transcendent power.

In a departure from their usual DIY approach, Fruition teamed up with producer/mixer Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists, First Aid Kit, case/lang/veirs) to adorn their folk-rooted sound with delicately crafted elements of psychedelia and soul. Showcasing the sublime harmonies the band first discovered during an impromptu busking session in 2008, Watching It All Fall Apart also finds Fruition more fully embracing their rock-and-roll sensibilities and bringing a gritty vitality to each track. “We’ve been a band almost ten years now, and we’re at the point of being comfortable in our skin and unafraid to be whatever we want as time goes on,” Anderson notes.


DR. DEMENTO



Dr. Demento is a world-renowned radio broadcaster, record collector and music historian, whose lifelong passion for music of all kinds is reflected in his weekly selection of "rare records and outrageous tapes" for the Dr. Demento Show. The Dr. Demento Show is Internet radio's two-hour weekly festival of "mad music and crazy comedy."

The new release Dr. Demento Covered In Punk features over thirty different, never before released, all-new ‘punk’ cover versions of ‘mad music and crazy comedy’ songs famously heard on the airwaves of the legendary “Dr Demento Show”— intermixed with ‘wild card’ tracks showcasing some incredible, newly ‘demented’ versions of punk-rock classics! Joined by everyone from the Misfits, Joan Jett, Fred Schneider of the B52s, to “Weird Al” Yankovic, the late Adam “Batman” West (in one of his final performances), and Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner—(to name just a few). The Doctor is in…and he’s ‘Covered in Punk’!!




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GRANT BRETT & SVMVNTHV

Grant Brett is a 23 year old singer song writer from Portland Oregon. He has a unique style of music. His genre would be described as electro pop, and he writes in a very poetic way. Although his beats are upbeat Grant writes dark lyrics. In 2016 Grant released his first EP titled Recovery. Recovery is written about overcoming obstacles, whether that be relationship problems or substance abuse. Grants catchy hooks and powerful lyrics is what draws the listener in and his sound is easy to dance to. In February of 2017 Grant released his newest single Drive Away along with an edgy music video. The video shows Grant going through inner struggles and turning to drugs to make things better. He sings "Drive away, far away, everything will be okay". Metaphorically he shows himself driving but in reality the drugs are taking him to another place. Grant prides himself on being 100 percent honest in his lyrics. Everyone has an inner struggle and he wants people to connect with him on that level. Grant will have a full album out this year that he hopes will tell a story and captivate his audience.


DEMUN JONES

Georgia's Demun Jones is probably best known as the songwriting and singing replacement for Brooks Buford in the groundbreaking country and Southern rap duo Rehab. Born and raised in Jones County, which is located just north of Macon, Jones grew up absorbing all kinds of music, from country and Southern rock to Marvin Gaye and Motown, but it was discovering N.W.A. and rap when he was ten years old that really set him on his musical course. When Buford left Rehab, the other founding member, Danny Boone, kept the Rehab name and tabbed Jones to join him in a reconstituted version of the duo (which had actually grown into a quintet by this time), a spot Jones kept for the next ten years, contributing songs and vocals to 2005's Graffiti the World and 2010's Welcome Home.

The third solo album from Demun Jones, Jones In Ya Speaker, picks up where his other albums, Jones County and #BEAST left off. Jones shows his versatility with upbeat tracks, 'Paradise' and 'The Beard Song' and then taking, what sounds like, a haunting soundscape and making it a song about 'Feeling Good'. Demun Jones tops it off with a patriotic, almost Kid Rock'ish' anthem 'RedWhiteBlue' that reminds us, that even with current social and political tensions, that we are all still one team, equal and fortunate to live in the USA! Along with the collaborative masterpiece 'Campfire Cologne' featuring his close friend, Upchurch, this album is sure to push the boundaries of what is proving to be a budding genre that has no signs of easing up. Jones suggests " My albums are made to be turned up very loud, but I can't be responsible for speaker damage, hahaha". That's Jones In Ya Speaker Boy Ya Better Turn It Up!!


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shows around town...

Aladdin Theater: Valerie June, Julien Baker, Mountain Goats, Rufus Wainwright
Crystal Ballroom: The Lumineers, The War On Drugs, Weezer, Portugal. The Man
Doug Fir: Metz, The Domestics, Emily Wells, Jen Cloher, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Kyle Craft
Mississippi Studios: Thunder Pussy, Alex Lahey, Pedro The Lion, Sallie Ford, Filthy Friends
Revolution Hall: Blitzen Trapper, Badbadnotgood, Margo Price, Benjamin Clementine
The Roseland:Grizzly Bear, Drive-By Truckers, Amine, Lettuce, Miguel, Snarky Puppy
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