Wed Nov 1 2017

9:00 PM (Doors 8:00 PM)

Star Theater

13 NW Sixth Avenue Portland, OR 97209

$21.00

Ages 21+

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Cults made their name in black and white. A pair of film school dropouts who burst onto the New York scene with a perfect single and a darkly retro sound, the band's first two albums play like noirish documentaries on a lost girl group. Four years after Static, Cults returns with Offering, an exciting collection of songs bursting with heart, confidence, shimmering melody and buzzing life. The time off has given the band new energy and new ideas-Cults are working in Technicolor now. The core duo remains the same. Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion, both 28, still live in New York. They still finish each other's thoughts and still share a love of catchy music and black humor (this is a band that sampled cult leader Jim Jones on their first hit). 

Special offer! A digital download of Cult’s forthcoming album, Offering (available October 6, 2017), is included with every ticket you order for this show. You will receive an email with instructions on how to redeem this offer following your ticket purchase.

MONQUI and DAZE OF THE DEAD PRESENTS
CULTS w/ Cullen Omori and Hideout

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  • Cults

    Alternative Rock

  • Cullen Omir

    Cullen Omir

    Alternative

    Cullen Omori knows it's a false cliche to say there are no second acts in American lives, but after the 2014 breakup of his acclaimed band the Smith Westerns, living that cliche was his greatest fear. His solo debut New Misery, out March 18 on Sub Pop Records, is a direct challenge to that anxiety: an album that goes beyond the glam punch of the Smith Westerns to new sounds, new sources of inspiration, and greater self-awareness.

    "I had this overwhelming feeling that perhaps the apex of my life both as a musician and as an individual would be relegated to five years in my late teens/early 20s," says Omori, who was launched into the music industry when the Smith Westerns, who started in high school in Chicago, became fast-rising indie stars. "This fear really forced me to work hard as to not see the Smith Westerns as an end but as a point along a bigger trajectory."

    While New Misery grew out of a difficult personal and professional time for Omori, he says the title reflects "not so much the distress that comes with failure, but the troubles and complexities that come with any type of success. No matter what you get you're going to want more, you're going to want something different. That's the catch."

    The title track is a dreamy, resonant reflection on these feelings, but is also a guidepost for Omori's musical evolution. "The song starts slow and then builds with two solos," he says. "There's the guitar solo which is very much a Smith Westerns thing. The next solo is on the keyboard, which is a shift to a lot of what I'm trying to do." Synths play a much larger role in Omori's new music than in the Smith Westerns' guitar-fueled rock, as do a wide range of influences including Roxy Music, INXS, Spiritualized, Wilco, Garbage, Hall & Oates, Kate Bush, U2, and Sparks. There's also a more deliberate pop streak, inspired by the top-40 radio that would play while Omori worked at a medical supply company cleaning stretchers and wheelchairs.

    "There is so much dirt in hospitals and fuzz and lint and dried blood on these things. We'd clean them down, which in a way is kind of therapeutic, and listen to the radio. Then we'd go back to Adam's (Adam Gil, current live band member) house and record demos for what was to become the skeleton of New Misery. I can't sit down and say I'm going to write a Sam Smith or an Adele song or whatever. The closest I can get to that is making like this weird hybrid of what I think is a pop song." The strongest example of this is the new wave-tinged single "Cinnamon," which Omori describes as "dark pop-it's poppy, it's fast, but it also has all the colors and tones that are kind of dark. It's self-deprecating, which was kind of where I was at emotionally. That, you know, I could have this poppy song or whatever but I don't think I'm a pop star. I'm closer to thinking I'm a piece of shit than I am a pop star."

    Along with Omori, New Misery features additional bass and keyboards from Ryan Mattos, drums from Loren Humphrey, and James Richardson on guitar. But unlike with the more distributed roles within the Smith Westerns, Omori wrote, played, and oversaw nearly every part of the new album, beginning a true new chapter of his long-term creative growth.

    "People would be like, 'Oh man, your band is doing really well. I saw you on the internet.' But seeing you on the internet isn't equivalent with making hundreds let alone thousands of dollars or being really successful. When I was younger I believed that happiness came from success and now that I'm older, more seasoned I find myself believing that stability over a long time is also its own type of success. I came out of Smith Westerns at 25 with no real job experience, I only knew how to play music. Writing and recording these songs for myself was cathartic, and I didn't know my destination or future, but picking up my guitar and playing was the only way I knew I'd get close to figuring it out."         

  • Hideout

    Hideout

    Indie Pop

    HIDEOUT... is the moniker of Manhattan-based songwriter and longtime live member of indie-pop band Cults, Gabriel Rodriguez. His sophomore album "So Many Hoops/So Little Time" is out now via Small Plates.

    It's been two years since the release of Hideout's debut album "Rookie", and in that time many things have changed for Rodriguez. Most tragically, the passing of his brother. So Many Hoops / So Little Time deals with grief in different spectrums -- the album ranges both sonically & lyrically from whimsical space-pop to crushing acoustic vulnerability. There isn't a singular concept or message, but the deeper you delve into Hideout's world the more you feel nostalgia and a sense of loss.

    Hideout began as a recording project. The majority of Rookie was recorded while on the road with Cults. Rodriguez took advantage of the downtime by tracking songs in hotel rooms or at friends' homes. Fast-forward to the forthcoming So Many Hoops. . . -- mixed by Loren Humphrey (Nice As Fuck, Guards, Adam Green) at Stockholm Syndrome Sound Studio in Bushwick, NY -- the recording process was far more linear than Rookie. The album evolved predominantly at Rodriguez's apartment while the surrounding turmoil of loss sunk in. Emotionally charged, he turned to the art of songwriting & storytelling to help navigate through the many answerless questions. Now a fully realized band, Hideout has been performing live with a rotating cast of New York musicians over the past year. It's just the beginning.

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    contributing musicians: Scarlett Connolly, Cory Stier, Will Mclaren, John Fredericks, Tyler McKusick, Max Kamins, Ben Flesch, Conor Meads, Tommy Garcia, Jayme Ralph, Andy Breihan and others.

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    press / quotes: "I don't believe it / I must be dreaming," goes the chorus, as Rodriguez deals with the initial denial that came along with the message on his phone. But in such sobering times, Hideout's music shines through the clouds. 'I Got Your Message' is a gorgeous little homemade pop song, clicking jaunty hooks and overlapping vocals together with comforting ease."- Billboard

    "Hideout's sophomore release is a promising one--the product of a musically knowledgeable pop enthusiast. Although Gabriel Rodriguez's work is intelligently referential, it seems to exist under a certain guise. Somewhere beneath Hideout's veil of influence lies a natural authenticity. The band's sought-after sound briefly surfaces on top-notch openers "I Got Your Message" and "Doctor," making for a comparatively top-heavy release. Despite its drawbacks, So Many Hoops/So Little Time is unmistakably natural, produced on pure instinct and without reserve."- Treble Zine

    "Lead single 'Doctor' demonstrated Hideout's knack for packaging inspired lyricism in zippy hooks; meanwhile 'I Got Your Message' proved they could slow the tempo down for something a bit more syrupy, with a video-game menu-music guitar riff poking holes in a ballooning cloud of puffy art-rock. The entire album is full of such delightfully left-of-center songwriting." - Stereogum

    "'I Got Your Message' captures the senses that accompany disbelief. Its airy and energized pop looks at the loss that follows a distressing phone message and the acknowledgement of being unable to comprehend or act on a feeling."- The Grey Estates

    "Rodriguez is an ace pop songwriter, and most of his compositions here are upbeat and catchy, even when he's exposing his wounds... From a pure songwriting standpoint, Hideout has made great strides since their debut. At just a half-hour long, So Many Hoops doesn't wear out its welcome, but in that short span it combines catharsis, celebration, grief, joy and pain. For a relatively short album, So Many Hoops covers an impressive amount of ground." - SD City Beat

    "Hideout makes the kind of glam pop that you could image selling millions of records if people still actually bought records."- Free Williamsburg

     "'See You Around' does give you an almost immediate sense that you're listening to a person who has recently had to handle a lot of life in a relatively short amount of time. Fortunately, in the hands of such a skilled songwriter as Gabriel Rodriguez, that experience has been expertly mined into a tight, and deeply catchy pop song."- KCRW        

MONQUI and DAZE OF THE DEAD PRESENTS

CULTS w/ Cullen Omori and Hideout

Wed Nov 1 2017 9:00 PM

(Doors 8:00 PM)

Star Theater Portland OR
CULTS w/ Cullen Omori and Hideout
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$21.00 Ages 21+

Cults made their name in black and white. A pair of film school dropouts who burst onto the New York scene with a perfect single and a darkly retro sound, the band's first two albums play like noirish documentaries on a lost girl group. Four years after Static, Cults returns with Offering, an exciting collection of songs bursting with heart, confidence, shimmering melody and buzzing life. The time off has given the band new energy and new ideas-Cults are working in Technicolor now. The core duo remains the same. Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion, both 28, still live in New York. They still finish each other's thoughts and still share a love of catchy music and black humor (this is a band that sampled cult leader Jim Jones on their first hit). 

Special offer! A digital download of Cult’s forthcoming album, Offering (available October 6, 2017), is included with every ticket you order for this show. You will receive an email with instructions on how to redeem this offer following your ticket purchase.