Last night was the celebration of Holocene's 9th birthday. One of the best music and bar venues in Portland, Holocene put a great ticket together for their birthday. Houndstooth played first and had one of their best sets that I've seen, solidifying them as one of my favorite local bands to see live. They played a couple of new songs last night, so hopefully they will be putting some new recordings out soon.
Next up was the three piece band, Stay Calm. They have an awesome sound that includes heavy fuzz guitar, swirling keys, a dancing drum beat, and of course lovely female vocals. This band is definitely worth catching live, they will rock your socks off.
After Stay Calm performed more people piled in to see one of the best new bands in Portland, Pure Bathing Culture. This band is really good not only on record but to see live as well. It makes sense that Willamette Week has named them in the top 5 new bands in Portland. Their new EP is out now so make sure you pick up a copy.
The final band for the night was AU. Comprised of keyboardist and drummer, this experimental prog-rock band puts out a lot of great noise. They have a high degree of technical skills on their instruments as heard on their newest release Both Lights. They also have a trio that joined them on stage playing clarinet, saxophone, and trombone. Making their sound bolder and more robust and generally great.