1) Things have been looking up for Genders. The local band performed on the main stage on Day 1 of PDX Pop Now! and then posted this video revealing the exciting news that they will be touring with Built to Spill this fall.
2) Quasi released an interesting music video for their song, "You Can Stay But You Gotta Go." Who doesn't like drummers with horse heads?
3) In another relatively new video, Phoenix's Thomas Mars shows off some pretty cool ping-pong and bird-conjuring skills in the band's video for "Trying To Be Cool."
4) Sombear, the solo project of Brad Hale (drummer of the Minneapolis based band Now, Now), just released a debut LP, Love You In The Dark. Sombear is signed to Trans Records, a label founded by Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Chris Walla. Walla's take on the album? "There are so many goddamn bullshit alt-pop posers, and Sombear just isn't one of them. This record is f**king great." Take a listen to the LP's title track below.
5) Speaking of Chris Walla, he recently performed the first official guitar smash at the new School of Rock location. R.I.P. guitar (ukulele).
Look, here's a preview of Sombear playing with Chris Walla for an in-studio session with MPR's The Current:
Watch Sombear and Chris Walla perform "Incredibly Still" for the in-studio session with The Current: