Out of Dodge (formerly known as Northern Currents) is a lyrically driven indie-rock/Americana quintet revolving around the songwriting of Bryant Alama. The band was formed in Portland Oregon in 2012 upon the reunion of childhood friends from Minnesota with a mutual goal of creating some hard-hitting, passionate Rock & Roll in the vein of artists such as The Rolling Stones, Ryan Adams, Conor Oberst, Bob Dylan, and The Replacements.
“The thing that struck me… was really the extreme, let me say, transparency of your words, and that is able to make an immediate connection with the people, with the audience…” (Riccardo Lancioni, Orme Radio)
The music that swirls around Noah Kite’s words is ‘chamber pop folk rock’: the more popular and striking elements of classical music are tuned to the emotive capacity of folk, and when necessary, willing to intensify in a way only rock can grasp.
That transparency, though, is more than this collage of genres. To know the music of Noah Kite is to spend a year in France teaching english to Parisian children, run through the gardens of Versailles as autumn leaves become winter’s snow, and watch Charlie Hebdo unfold uncomfortably close to both your home and your heart. To listen to Kite’s melodic shame and curious angst is to build a multigenerational community out in the woods of Welches, with Oregon’s own Outdoor School, and witness sixth graders discover worlds they could have never imagined. To watch Kite’s face contort with the kind of catharsis that only follows great agony is to walk in the graveyards of Berlin, sneak into the practice rooms in the basement of Portland State University between psych classes to make music, lose another lover in the same way as the last one, or participate in traveling French carnivals in Budapest.
red steppes is the primary sonic vehicle for musician and visual artist Nika Aila States. Often mathy, mostly folky, and anchored in a lyricism rich enough to touch, it shares its overarching themes with her photographic practice – particularly in its conception of land as savior, destroyer, illuminator. States wields a curious and colorful approach to fingerstyle guitar, and an expressive voice grown from a lifetime of reverence for exquisite performances (among them the honey gold of Nat King Cole, the hunger of Jeff Buckley, and the bright integrity of Emmylou Harris). A Mouth May Grow, the first full-length from red steppes, is slated for release in 2016.