If a space dragon got together with Sigur Ros' cousin, and they had a baby that liked to explore the emotional and cinematic dynamics of Stanley Kubrick's films while incredibly sleep deprived... then that baby might grow up to be a metaphor for the music of The Mercury Tree. This experimental Portland trio, formed in 2006, specialize in creative overuse of their effect pedals. Their latest material includes extensive live looping work, creating huge enveloping layers of sound. At best, they fuse the oddball rhythms and technicality of progressive music with a genuine sense of melody and emotion. Their newest album, Countenance, was released in September 2014.
DBST cultivates an unparalleled sound blending blues, rock, and funk grooves. With frontman Sam Pohl's high energy compositions and genuine lyrical style, DBST produces an energetically compelling sound. In its inception, Pohl, along with David Himlie, guitar, and Ben Darin, drums, worked rigorously to build a foundation upon which this group could grow. Desiring a more complex sound, the sophisticated stylings of Ryan Coughran on sax and Dave Van Zandt on guitar and bass were added. The final additions of trumpeter and vocalist Danielle Westbrook and percussionist Austin Cooper has completed the transformation of this former trio into a well-rounded musical genus that is sure to please the most discerning of tastes.
Fans have seen the band go from playing classic dives in Olympia to sharing stages with many beloved west coast artists including Joe Doria, Skerik's Bandalabra, Monophonics, Polyrythmics, Eldridge Gravy and the Court Supreme, Blue Lotus, Dirty Revival and the Scott Pemberton Trio.
The Portland-based band, Two-Planets joins five live instrumentalists with MC Dusty Fox. Meshing the conversational spontaneity of jazz with the hard-hitting force of lyrically compelling rap, this five man collective creates original compositions for intrepid travelers of multiple musical landscapes.
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