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Rigsketball Musicfest 2016: Where Music and Basketball Meet

Rigsketball is notorious out here for a reason. Starting back in 2011 by everyone's favorite mohawked musician and talented And And And drummer Bim Ditson, Rigsketball pins 32 local bands against each other in numerous rounds of basketball narrowing each down until an obvious winner prevails. 

The last rounds of the Rigsketball tournament are tomorrow starting at 2pm with a world record setting (Guiness Book of World Records officials will be there to prove this) game of H-O-R-S-E and the final game round starts at 7pm. Accompanying the heated game rounds will be performances by nine Portland artists.

Music begins at 4:20pm (hah!) with two different stages. The Rigsketball Musicfest 2016 is free, all-ages and sure to be a damn good time. Peep the lineup times below and be sure to come on down and chill outside of Water Ave. Bunk Bar to watch all the action.

4:20pm - Ali Muhareb's Mujahedeen

5:00pm - Laura Palmer's DEATH PARADE

5:40pm - FOG FATHER

6:20pm - Ah God

7:00pm - Rigsketball 2016 FINALS

8:20pm - The Lower 48

9:00pm - Chugger

9:40pm - Mic Capes

10:20pm - Aan

11:00pm - Magic Sword





Teen Suicide opens for Elvis Depressedly at Strange Matter on 8.05

From 2009 until 2013, Teen Suicide existed as the solo project of Sam Ray, who self-released all of the project's lo-fi bedroom recordings on Bandcamp. The band recently announced their return with a permanent lineup, and signed to Boston label Run For Cover Records, under whose umbrella they released a collection of new songs, entitled It's the Big Joyous Celebration, Let's Stir the Honeypot. This is a daunting 69 minute album that consists of 26 tracks featuring a variety of different sounds. The album's most accessible moments feature almost flower pop sensibility with orchestral flourishes (hear opener Living Proof), while tracks like “Alex” seem to reference at once folk, prog and slacker rock influences. To make things even more complicated, the album unravels even more unexpected moments featuring experimental electronic and psychedelic influences. Teen Suicide will be supporting fellow lo-fi rockers and labelmates Elvis Depressedly at Strange Matter on August 5th. - John Honan





Rabbits to Riches Go for Broke at The Pharmacy July 27

The rousing rumble of power-pop trio Rabbits to Riches enters The Pharmacy this evening. With a sleek yet slightly sinister, bass-steered edge, Brigitte Benecke’s vocal delivery intimates action in a monologue-confessional approach. Instrumentally, that close range sound can sit at a gentle, rolled-over pace or be accelerated, creating pressure amid limited space within the tonal-tunnel. Despite those confines, there’s an insistent, rhythmic energy that infilitrates. Emotively splashed vocals meet the consistent backend push in the rock of Birthday Boy, while the local lo-fi, garage-pop of Line Leader and the smooth smacking grunge-pop of Tennessee tandem Sad Baxter, whose new record Weirdy will be released on July 29, round this lineup into form. The Pharmacy, 1300/02 S. 18th St., 7pm, $6, All Ages (Photo by Rita Benecke) - Michal Colavita





From the NYC submissions: Sheen Marina's bizarre surf rock

Alternating between swirling, lawless sea swells of sound and spacey-lounge jazz, Brooklyn-based band Sheen Marina is as unpredictable as a rogue wave. Sounding every bit Mars Volta as lo-fi sunshine-y surf rock, the band's chill-beach tendencies are punctuated by a looming chaotic (and math-y at once) madness that threatens to take charge at any given moment. Despite this, the band comes off as tight, raw and endlessly interesting - leaving the listener picking up new song elements with every pass. Sheen Marina's sound was made for summer (with a twist), so check out their recently dropped single, a rather irrecognizable cover of "Gettin' Hungry" by the Beach Boys, and their first EP, Coda Arms, here. - Olivia Sisinni 

This artist submitted music for coverage here.





New Track: "Georgia+Mass" - Moor Mother

Here is a new expansive track from experimental artist Moor Mother (formerly Moor Mother Goddess), a.k.a. Camae Ayewa, called "Georgia+Mass". It features samples from the Georgia Mass Choir's "Come in the Room," along with Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders. Ayewa shared that the composition is about “investigating alternative methods of healing.” You will be able to find it on Moor Mother's upcoming debut full-length album, Fetish Bones, due out in September via Don Giovanni Records, and she'll be performing live this Sunday, July 31 on a bus touring through Philly as part of the Double Decker Music Series.

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