The return of electro-pop performance art from former PDXer
830 E. Burnside St.
Portland, OR, 97214
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
The Blow is a pop music duo comprised of Melissa Dyne and Khaela Maricich. They are touring the West Coast with a new performance called "Unplugged." In the "Unplugged" show Dyne and Maricich play live instruments, together, on stage, rendering songs from the extended Blow catalog. This is something The Blow has never done before.* The instruments played by the two in this new set up in fact employ a fair number of plugs, as well as a good amount of electricity. A lot of plugging and unplugging will be happening. The duo performs live with the same rig which they use to produce and record, an interwoven assemblage of analog electronics and modular synthesizers. There will be, however, no plugging in of laptops, video projectors, smoke machines, animatronic singing dolls, or acid effect liquid light shows. There will be two women standing across from each other creating waves of frequency and sensation that pulse back and forth between them. Viewers are welcome to plug themselves into this circuit and feel it.
The Blow created a new website, www.WOMANPRODUCER.com, which is being debuted in conjunction with the West Coast dates. The site is a slowly growing catalog of woman music producers of past, present and future.
The radical space-muse Anna Oxygen will be performing the west coast shows.
*Full disclosure: The Blow first performed "Unplugged" in October 2014 in NYC, and made a small tour of the set throughout the Eastern U.S. After this tour The Blow spent a month in New Mexico writing and recording material for a new album. The West Coast shows will be a development upon the previous performances.
Kisses is a Los Angeles-based pop project featuring Jesse Kivel and Zinzi Edmundson.
The band's sophomore release, Kids In LA, is a departure from the luminosity of their first album, focusing instead on the starker wintertime in Southern California. While The Heart of the Nightlife took listeners on a neon-hued journey through Palm Springs at peak vacation season, Kids In LA inverts that thematic motif, opting to explore the empty and slightly-haunted off-season of the vacation world.
Kids In LA was recorded over a year and a half and produced by Saint Etienne's Pete Wiggs and Tim Laracombe. Driven by crisp and thudding drum machines, the record is riddled with the evocative rhythms of late 80s freestyle (Debbie Deb, Lisa Lisa). Paired with lightly-effected guitars and warm analog keyboards, the mood is distinct: cold and anxious, yet rich, inviting, and melodic.
"The sunny but sad dance music from this LA duo suggests Bernard Sumner jamming with Belle and Sebastian. ... Just behind Gorillaz, Foals and RJD2 in a list of the most blogged-about current acts, according to the Hype Machine, are Kisses, a new duo from Los Angeles who specialise in a sort of dreamy, wistful disco with a hint of 70s Guilty Pleasures about it – think Oh Lori by Alessi Brothers worked up into a high gloss by Gino Soccio. The name is revealing – Kisses. It's a reminder that, while funk was about sweat and sex, disco was about yearning and romance, ie ripe for the C86 treatment." --Guardian UK