Photo Review: Best New Band Showcase 2015 at Mississippi Studios, 5/15

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It was the best of polls, it was the worst of polls. This year's Best New Band issue contained multitudes. Our annual survey of Portland's local music connoisseurs produced a list with great bands, more hip-hop artists than ever before—and only a single woman. It's a gross aberration, given how well female artists have been represented in the past, but regrettable nonetheless. It's especially ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

9./10. Rasheed Jamal

2015 Best New Band Poll Finalist


Best New Band
POINTS: 33FORMED: Started performing in 2011.SOUNDS LIKE: A series of Southern-fried subreddits set to stark, minimalist beats.Rasheed Jamal is a rising figure in Portland hip-hop, but he says he’ll   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

9./10. Psychomagic

2015 Best New Band Poll Finalist


Best New Band
POINTS: 33FORMED: 2013.SOUNDS LIKE: A broken kaleidoscope designed to give flower children bad trips. Normally, when you ask a band, “How did you get together?” the answer is going to be pr   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 SHANNON GORMLEY

8. Eyelids

2015 Best New Band Poll Finalist


Best New Band
POINTS: 34.5FORMED: 2013.SOUNDS LIKE: Pacific Northwest indie rock steeped in Southern California psychedelia, with all of the vibes and none of the lethargy.Chris Slusarenko has lost his train of tho   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 TED JAMISON

6./7. Vinnie Dewayne

2015 Best New Band Poll Finalist


Best New Band
POINTS: 45FORMED: Started performing in 2009.SOUNDS LIKE: Kendrick Lamar’s cousin who really got into The Warm Up-era J. Cole but wanted more atmospheric beats.Vinnie Dewayne is feeling good. Drivin   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 PARKER HALL

6./7. Myke Bogan

2015 Best New Band Poll Finalist


Best New Band
POINTS: 45FORMED: Started performing in 2012.SOUNDS LIKE: Going one toke over the line and challenging your subconscious fears to a rap battle—and losing.Myke Bogan’s parents just don’t understa   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

4./5. Talkative

2015 Best New Band Poll Finalist


Best New Band
POINTS: 49FORMED: 2010SOUNDS LIKE: Martians hosting a psych-rock festival inside a funhouse.Most people who’ve been to Eugene know Sam Bond’s Garage. The small, rustic bar’s rickety old stage    More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 MARK STOCK

4./5. Sama Dams

2015 Best New Band Poll finalist


Best New Band
POINTS: 49FORMED: 2011SOUNDS LIKE: Stumbling into a dark industrial warehouse and hearing a warped jazz album playing somewhere in the shadows.When interviewing the members of Sama Dams, answers typ   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 KAITIE TODD

3. Máscaras

2015 Best New Band Poll Finalist


Best New Band
POINTS: 71.5FORMED: 2013SOUNDS LIKE: The house band for the end of the world playing the last basement party on Earth.On the patio of the Cement Building, the austere, gray rehearsal complex under t   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

2. The Domestics

2015 Best New Band Poll Runner-Up


Best New Band
POINTS: 77 FORMED:  2013 SOUNDS LIKE:  Two strangers in a bar at closing time, swapping stories of relationships gone bad until their voices conjoin in bittersweet harmony. A month be   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

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