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Cloud Nothings
Thekla – 16th March

The new Cloud Nothings record ‘Life Without Sound’ arrived like a fuzzy, miserable monster a few months back. That said, it also felt more fragile, introspective and honed than anything they’d delivered yet. You’d expect anything but a harrowing piano intro to get things underway, but then again they’ve always managed to surprise with each release.

With the band bringing their world tour to Thekla later this month, we can expect it to be a loud one – they actually mailed the the new album to Rise with earplugs included. Our Portland team also caught their show at The Doug Fir Lounge last month and have nothing but glowing words for the guys. Ultimately, their fifth album is the sound of a band who’ve hit maturity and total excellence at the same time. A date not to be missed, Cloud Nothings are one of the most important guitar bands around at the moment.

Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation
The Louisiana – 3rd March

Rocket Recordings spoil us yet again with this mighty (sold out) date. Josefin Öhrn hails from Stockholm and manages to push the boundaries in the world of psychedelic music. This is no easy achievement in a day when the genre has been taken in so many directions. You may have already been lucky enough to catch these guys in the flesh when they opened for Goat at their headline date in the city last year. Either way, it promises to be quite the spectacle, especially as the band pride themselves in “creating an alternate reality” for the listener.

Hamilton Leithauser
The Lantern – 9th March

Hamilton Leithauser dispatched one of our albums of the year in 2016, so this show at The Lantern feels like a true blessing. The record also featured Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij, who’s appearing on a few tour dates. The release itself packs multiple emotional punches with a flawless vocal delivery from the ex-Walkmen frontman. He draws upon various key points of his life, digging out memories of New York streets and old friends. Above all, it’s a stunning and emotionally intelligent record that simply has to be experienced in the live environment.

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