‘Floating (Demo)’ by The Tamed West
The Tamed West is a fantastic underground Portland band came out of nowhere (as they often do). Live, they go for that uber-saturated tone that you get from turning EVERYTHING UP. They need to play bigger rooms pronto and I’m sure they will.
"It’s impossible to feel shitty when listening to Dana Buoy’s track “Preacher”. Fresh off a Summer tour with Sylvan Esso and releasing a new EP, the band is going to be a delight this Sunday at Rontoms with special guests Carroll (from Minneapolis) and Portland’s Just Lions. 8p, no cover.
Minneapolis’ Carroll (two R’s, two L’s) was born in late 2011 when frontman Brian Hurlow started composing melancholic pop songs that caught the ear of college classmate and drummer Charlie Rudoy. The lifelong musicians clicked and moved in together to a house on Carroll Avenue, coining the psychedelic, shoegazey-pop band’s name. After guitarist Max Kulicke and bassist Charles McClung came on board for the live show, Carroll started turning heads.
Since the release of their Needs EP, they’ve become a mainstay on The Current, the Twin Cities’s triple A NPR affiliate station, and were named Best New Band by the two biggest local arts publications. In February of 2014, the band escaped the frigid Minnesota winter to Philly’s Miner Street Recordings where they cut their debut full-length in 17 days with the expertise of engineer Jonathan Low, who’s produced albums for the National, (Mr.) Twin Sister, and Local Natives. With Brian’s subdued yet distinct vocals accompanied by punctual drums and alluring riff vignettes, Carroll’s self-titled debut will leave you bewitched.
Carroll has opened for bands like Dr. Dog, Pure Bathing Culture, Gardens & Villa, Electric Six and many more. Carroll embarks on a national tour this October in support of the release of their full-length debut ending with showcases at the CMJ Festival in New York City.
Tonight at Rontoms we have a bill featuring Seattle’s Kingdom of the Holy Sun opening for The Upsidedown.
Guido Anselmi started Kingdom of the Holy Sun, fusing the sounds of such 60’s bands as the Seeds, The Monks and Syd Barrett, with influences from such contemporaries as Black Angels and Brian Jonestown Massacre, with the intent of carving out their own niche in the new emerging neo-psychedelia movement. To date, KOTHS has released 4 albums and 3 EPs. Recently their song Thirteen Eyes was featured as KEXP’s Song of the Day and personally selected by DJ John Richards for the radio station’s podcast series Music That Matters.
Tonight at Rontoms:
9p Kingdom of the Sun (Seattle)
10p The Upsidedown