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Farewell von Trapps


After fifteen years performing together around the world and carrying on the family’s musical traditions, The von Trapps; Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and August, are closing this chapter in their lives as full-time musicians to pursue individual dreams and interests.

The von Trapps are the great-grandchildren of the family depicted in the musical, The Sound of Music. Their extensive career has taken them everywhere from the Sydney Opera House to Beijing’s Forbidden City to Carnegie Hall; they have performed with Wayne Newton, Rufus Wainwright and many major symphonies across the globe. The most meaningful highlights of their career together have been their time teaching music in Rwanda, singing to Colo the gorilla with Jack Hanna, and creating Dream a Little Dream, their 2014 collaborative album with Pink Martini & Thomas Lauderdale.

While in the studio with Pink Martini, the four siblings began to write original material. In 2015, they released Dancing in Gold, an EP of original songs inspired by their travels as young adults.

In a celebration of new beginnings the The von Trapps will be throwing a final farewell concert at Star Theater on May 3rd (cake-lover Melanie von Trapp’s birthday) in their hometown, Portland Oregon.

“Our family story as been shared in nearly every corner of the world.  It has been a surreal honor to continue this musical tradition and be a part of such a hopeful message to the world for these last 15 years. We want to thank our family and friends who have supported and encouraged us throughout all of these adventures.”

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New Music: Typhoon – “Young Fathers”

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Last month, we introduced you to Typhoon and their song, “Dreams of Cannibalism.” Now, the band is excited to premiere the first single “Young Fathers” from their anticipated new album White Lighter.

White Lighter – out August 20th – is the follow up to the band’s EP A New Kind Of House that caught the attention of countless music critics and listeners for its inspiring hybrid of literate lyrics and wide ranging pop music.

Typhoon will head out on a North America headlining tour beginning September 5th in their hometown of Portland, OR. This six-week tour will include performances at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, Pop Montreal and Music Fest NW, along with stops in New York, Los Angeles and Vancouver.

What makes these songs so great is the sense of borrowed time and urgency. A series of events suffered from a bug bite – failed organs, life spared thanks to modern medicine and a kidney given to him by his father – Kyle Morton, the band’s lead singer and songwriter, channeled his emotions into songwriting to create this big-hearted sound that bursts with a raw emotion and energy. The end result is a remarkably powerful and beautiful collection of songs.

“When we started working on White Lighter, I had reason to believe that it would be the last thing I ever did,” says Kyle. “It is now six months since we finished. I’m still here and there’s still work to be done.”

Listen: Typhoon – “Young Fathers”

Typhoon Tour Dates (more to be announced) *Cdn dates are bolded:

September 5-6            Music Fest NW                                   Portland, OR

September 9         The Rickshaw Theatre         Vancouver, BC

September 10              The Crocodile Café                           Seattle, WA

September 12              El Korah Shrine                                  Boise, ID

September 13              Urban Lounge                                     Salt Lake City, UT

September 14              Hi-Dive                                                  Denver, CO

September 16              The Waiting Room                            Omaha, NE

September 17              The Old Rock House                         St. Louis, MO

September 19              Cedar Cultural Center                     Minneapolis, MN

September 20              Schubas                                                Chicago, IL

September 21              Beachland Tavern                             Cleveland, OH

September 22              Wexner Center                                  Columbus, OH

September 25       Pop! Montreal                        Montreal, QC

September 26              Higher Ground                                   South Burlington, VT

September 27              The Iron Horse                                  Northampton, MA

September 28              Littlefield                                             Brooklyn, NY

September 29              Brighton Music Hall                         Boston, MA

September 30              Le Poisson Rouge                             New York, NY

October 1                      Johnny Brenda’s                                Philadelphia, PA

October 2                      The Rock ‘n Roll Hotel                     Washington, DC

October 6 & 13            Austin City Limits Festival             Austin, TX

October 17                    The Satellite                                        Los Angeles, CA

October 18                    The Independent                              San Francisco, CA

October 19                    WOW Hall                                            Eugene, OR

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Free Download: Radiation City – “Foreign Bodies”


Portland’s Radiation City will release their second full-length album Animals In The Median, May 21, 2013 via Tender Loving Empire. From their use of modern electronic sounds and the restraint of classic bossa records, to the urgency and harmony of northern soul, the band has codified seemingly disparate ideas into a sound and ethos that is at once refreshing and classic

Effortlessly bending genres, Animals In The Median takes you on a journey through time. “So Long” turns Motown inside out with funky bass lines, catchy church organs and vintage vocal arrangements. The suspenseful lush orchestration of “Wash of Noise” soothes the musical palette. “Zombies” dabbles in doo-wop, flawlessly adorned with swinging handclaps and melodies.

“Foreign Bodies” makes you want to snap your fingers to sweet and simple guitar rhythms that dance side by side with cascading flute melodies over a strong even beat. Listen and download it below!


Listen/download: Radiation City – “Foreign Bodies”

Radiation City just wrapped up a national tour, sharing stages with Pickwick, Caveman, YACHT, The Walkmen, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and more.

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