Soul-melting rock from Vancouver, BC duo
830 E. Burnside St.
Portland, OR, 97214
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Japandroids (JPNDRDS) is a two piece band from Vancouver, BC. This 'band' started in 2006 as a creative outlet for the post-teenage angst of Brian King and David Prowse. Originally intending to be a trio, the boys decided to forgo the logistical nightmare of having a 'lead singer' and do it themselves. As a consequence, Japandroids are 1 guitar, 1 set of drums, and 2 vocalizers. They call it garage rock. They don't care what you call it, as long as it's not minimal. Japandroids are maximal – a two piece band trying to sound like a five piece band.
Building on the buzz of 2008's Lullaby Death Jams and 2007's All Lies, Japandroids' debut full-length, Post-Nothing, was released in 2009 and immediately began garnering critical acclaim. Four months later, the record was named on numerous year-end lists—earning best-of-2009 honors from Pitchfork, Spin, Stereogum, NME, Exclaim and many, many more.
Tired of being forced to pick a label for their music, Brian (guitar) and Dave (drums) decided that their sound was simply "post-nothing." The album's nine gems confirm this: running the gauntlet of rock 'n roll sub-genres to the point that the boys are ripping off too many different bands to sound like any other duo making music right now.
In 2010, finding it difficult to record a full album while in the midst of a heavy touring schedule behind Post-Nothing, Japandroids devised a 7" series as a way to give something back to its fans.
Recorded during the duo's brief period of time off between tours, each two-song 7" in the five-part series (to be released throughout the year) will include an A-side of previously unreleased material written during the Post-Nothing sessions and a cover B-side.
2010 will also see the re-release of Japandroids' two pre-Post-Nothing EPs - Lullaby Death Jams and All Lies - compiled together as No Singles . The EPs have been out of print ever since the original pressings (500 copies each on CD-R) quickly sold out.
Gaining just as much positive press for its amazing live shows, Japandroids have already played more than 200 concerts across North America and Europe.
Supporting Japandroids gets you into heaven—no questions asked.
Cadence Weapon continues to firmly establish his legacy as a sonic pioneer while constantly pushing the rap and electronic music envelope. Following his critically acclaimed, Polaris Music Prize nominated albums Breaking Kayfabe and Afterparty Babies and a two year term as Edmonton’s Poet Laureate, he returns with a brand new album, Hope In Dirt City out on Upper Class Recordings on May 29th.
Roland Pemberton was born with hip hop in his DNA. His father, Teddy Pemberton, a Brooklyn native and the muse for Cadence Weapon's acclaimed sophomore album, Afterparty Babies, was a pioneering college radio DJ and in 2010 was inducted into the Hall Of Fame during Canada's National DJ Awards, the Stylus Awards. He’s credited for introducing hip-hop to Rollie’s hometown of Edmonton, Alberta through his show, The Black Experience In Sound on CJSR-FM.
Following in his father's groundbreaking footsteps, Rollie discovered he wanted to rap at the tender age of 13. Pemberton first gained massive grassroots support for his mixtape “Cadence Weapon Is The Black Hand”. He soon followed up with his explosive debut “Breaking Kayfabe” and the album yielded instant praise and notoriety culminating in nominations from the Polaris Music Prize, the Canadian Indie Awards and “Best Rap Album of 2006” at the Plug Independent Music Awards, and won the CBC Radio 3’s Bucky Award.
Pemberton has performed with Public Enemy, De La Soul, Mos Def, Questlove, Kool Keith and Lupe Fiasco and toured
extensively with acts as diverse as Jurassic 5, Final Fantasy, Islands and Buck 65. He’s played internationally renowned
festivals such as Glastonbury, Lollapalooza, Roskilde, Pitchfork Music Festival, Incubate and Germany’s Splash! Festival. He’s
remixed Grimes, Roots Manuva, Chad VanGaalen, Kid Sister, Busdriver, Disco D and Stars and made acclaimed bootleg mixes
of tracks by Ciara (“Oh”) and Rick Ross/Simian Mobile Disco (“Hustlin’ Hustler”). He inked deals with labels Epitaph and Big
Dada. Most impressively, this was before he reached age of majority.
Deemed by Dazed and Confused as "hip hop's saviour", Cadence Weapon is changing the
game. Hope In Dirt City is a clearly defined and emotionally mature statement of intent that
represents the culmination of these experiences. Pemberton applies an interesting approach to production using samples as a foundation for writing the album, then working with live instrumentalists to reconfigure his original compositions. Pemberton then turned the band-recorded tracks into samples for the album to “achieve a listenable, honest
approach to integrating a live band into his setup”. “I wanted to have a live feel, but I didn’t want to sound like the Arsenio Hall band,” Pemberton told Paste. “I wanted to make it
ambiguous between where the sample ends and the live band begins.” Referencing his album’s first single “Conditioning” Pemberton goes on to say, “Originally it was a drum
machine demo, I wanted it to be a Bo Diddley song. I basically have a band play it as a rock song, then when I took it home, I switched it into half time and turned it into a hybrid-blues
Composed of a unique hybrid of psychedelic soul, old school rap, IDM and mutant disco; Hope In Dirt City is a groundbreaking
achievement in hip-hop.