Soul'd Out Proudly Present
October 17, 2020 9:00 pm PDT
Rich with bold brass and hypnotic percussion, Polyrhythmics' last album, Caldera, showcases the instrumental eight-piece's impossibly tight grooves and virtuosic musicianship as they tear through a singular blend of funk, soul, psychedelic rock, R&B, progressive jazz, and Afrobeat. Calling to mind everything from Antibalas and the Dap-Kings to The Meters and Fela Kuti, it's without a doubt their strongest work to date, merging the infectious power of their live show with a sleek and nuanced studio sophistication.
Named for the smoldering crater left after a volcanic eruption, Caldera was written during a band retreat to rural Oregon, where Polyrhythmics embraced truly collaborative songwriting for the first time during a marathon session in the shadow of Mt. Hood (itself an active volcano). The resulting album is a blistering declaration from a band that's progressed beyond the sum of its influences to come fully into its own. From the downtempo, Afrobeat trance of "Stargazer" to the triumphantly anthemic, high-octane pump-up funk of "Marshmallow Man," Caldera is instrumental music at its best: emotional, evocative, mesmerizing. On "Cactus Blossoms," Polyrhythmics craft an eerie, retro gem straight out of a 70's film score, while the trippy effects and wah-wah guitar of "Goldie's Road" suggest a psychedelic journey (or perhaps a bad trip), and the shuffling "Vodka For My Goat" draws on Stax soul while hinting at BB King's merger of the blues and jazz. It's an eclectic collection, tied together by the melding of eight distinct musical voices coming together as a cohesive whole.
Wyrd War Presents
October 31, 2020 8:00 pm PDT
Raise the dead this Halloween with death metal legends AUTOPSY! Formed in 1987 in Concord, California by founding members Chris Reifert (drums & vocals) and Eric Cutler (guitar & vocals), AUTOPSY pioneered death metal as it is known today. Together with Danny Coralles (guitar), who joined the band in 1988, and Joe Trevisano (bass), formerly of cult US black metal group VON, the band has eschewed the thrashing tendencies of their Bay Area peers and instead forged a doom laden path illuminated by the influence of Black Sabbath, Trouble and Motörhead. Since their acclaimed early demos, they have gone on to release 10 full-length albums and 8 singles and travelled the world delivering horrific heaviness to the masses since their 2009 reunion at Maryland Death Fest. This exclusive Pacific Northwest appearance marks the band's first Portland concert since 2012, and their second Portland show ever. AUTOPSY is DEATH METAL!
IMPURE was formed in 2017 by Horned Father of Desecreation (vocals, drums & percussion) and Satyrannical Lord of Assault (guitars and bass), IMPURE's merciless, arcane, Christ-crushing dirges embody the essence of true underground black metal. This exclusive Halloween ritual marks their triumphant return to Portland following 2019's unveiling, on the heels of their 2020 EP on Portland's own Wyrd War Records. Plus special guests TBA!
November 20, 2020 9:00 pm PST
Every ticket purchased for this show includes one (1) CD copy or one (1) digital download of Hinds' forthcoming album, 'The Prettiest Curse' (available April 3, 2020). You will receive an additional email with instructions on how to redeem your album approximately 7 days after your purchase. U.S. / Canadian residents only. Offer not valid on any resale tickets.
Pre-Sale begins on Thursday, February 6 at 10am
General on-sale begins Friday, February 7 at 10am
Soul'd Out Proudly Presents
November 7, 2021 9:00 pm PST
SATSANG A Sanskrit word meaning "in the company of truth." It's a beautiful moment when music from the heart and poetry from the soul truly connects with its intended audience. For Satsang lead singer and songwriter Drew McManus, that moment occurred on a 2018 tour through the Midwest, Northeast and Pacific Coast in which two-thirds of the band's dates sold out. That's when the truth hits home for McManus that his soulful, reggae-infused blend of folk-rock and melodic hip hop and its message of strength, growth and resilience is his testimony to the world - and the world is finally listening.
Satsang, in its few short years, has headlined or shared the stage with the likes of Michael Franti & Spearhead, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Trevor Hall, Wookiefoot and many more. The quartet is currently enjoying the success of its 2019 release, Kulture, a collection of songs representing the culmination of all the band's influences.
"In Kulture, you can hear influences from Motown to 90's hip hop to Tom Petty, but none of it was really intentional," McManus says. "It was just me finally finding my sound. It's authentic. It's the first thing we've made that feels 100 percent like us."
McManus spent most of his life trying to distance himself from his troubled upbringing in Des Moines and Chicago and its cycle of violence, abuse and addiction. McManus, though, would find his peace amid family in the Beartooth Mountains of Montana, an oasis that allows him a warm hearth to recharge from the rigors of the road and practice his other passions - painting, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and social activism.
"Home is my heart," McManus says. "When I'm not on tour, I'm a stay-at-home dad with four kids - one of them a baby. My music is the self-reflection of that and the touring is the mirror."
During a month-long backpacking trip in the Himalaya Mountains in 2015, McManus realizes that as part of his recovery from addiction, he must share his life journey in poetry and song to help other lost souls. Songs of surrender, vulnerability and perseverance pour out of him, forming the foundation of Satsang's 2016 debut, The Story of You, highlighted by "I Am", a fan-favorite hymn of self-love that has surpassed two million listens on Spotify.
Satsang's follow up, 2017's Pyramid(s), quickly hit #1 on the Billboard reggae charts and #2 on the iTunes charts, while In Between Another Blink, a six-song EP released in late 2017, also cracked the iTune Top 20 chart. Much of the music on both were written as Satsang toured non-stop in 2016, sometimes before sparse audiences. The songs became a testament to the struggle of sticking to a purpose and believing in the result.
"Pyramid(s) is about building a foundation and not rushing through the difficult parts of growth, accepting that you must learn from all the lessons between the start and finish of the race," McManus says. "It helped that a lot of my friends who were doing well-playing music during this time kept saying, 'You got this, man, you got this.' "
And then, all those shows sold out
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