June's Portland Concert Recommendations

June's Portland Concert Recommendations

Well folks, it is now June - that was fast! After a jam packed May full of concerts, Sasquatch coverage, and interviews, we find ourselves in the busiest portion of the year for music - summer time! As artists focus on timing their releases perfectly around their summer tour plans, I'm here to help you with a list of what I deem to be pretty cool shows to check out in Portland for the month of June. This by no means covers all of it - but a good chunk is here! Let me know what ones you're planning on going to in the comments!

Day Wave - June 1 - Mississippi Studios - $13

Day Wave is fresh off debut album The Days We Had, featuring a slow, 80's style atmospheric pop, all focused around his dreamy guitar playing. Day Wave, whose name is Jackson Phillips, is from Oakland, CA, and is going to be a show for anyone who enjoys The Japanese House, Hippo Campus, or even COIN's slower tracks.


Mic Capes - June 4 - Kelly's Olympian - $10

Second on the list is North Portland's own Mic Capes, along with Gifted Gab (Seattle) and Jarv Dee (Seattle). It is sure to be a night full of Pacific Northwest pride, as well as a showcase of the emerging Hip Hop scene in the PNW.  If you're unfamiliar with his tunes, but are fans of the EYRST crew's Dodgr or Myke Bogan, you should have a hell of a time at this show.


Wavves & Kino Kimino - June 6 - Hawthorne Theatre - $20

June 6 features Nathan Williams' band Wavves along with Kino Kimino at Hawthorne Theatre. Wavves is fresh of the release of You're Welcome just a couple weeks ago, which fans of surfy, sunshine laden rock will really dig by the former hip-hop blogger. Kino Kimino is on the record label started by Nathan Williams (Ghost Ramp), and will be appreciated by fans of shoegaze with rhythmic guitar.

Marian Hill - June 8 - Crystal Ballroom - $25 (Close to Selling Out)

Marian Hill has been a favorite of mine since I saw them perform as the headliner at Wonder Ballroom with VERITE - one of my favorite new artists out there. Marian Hill is a duo composed of singer Samantha Gongol and producer Jeremy Lloyd. The match is made in heaven, as Samantha's vocal range and skills fit Jeremy's funky, experimental, and at times downright odd production perfectly. Listen to 'Down', 'Whisky', or 'Talk to Me' and you'll know exactly how well these two mesh. Fans of VERITE and Glass Animals will love this show. Hurry before tickets are gone!

Overcoats - June 12 - Doug Fir - $10

Overcoats is composed of Hana Rose Elion and JJ Mitchell, and are based in New York, and they were once college roomates at Wesleyan University - that chemistry shines through in their music, and their live shows. I had the pleasure of seeing them open up for Maggie Rogers back in March, and I enjoyed them just as much as Maggie that night. I'll be sitting down with Hana and JJ for an interview the night of this show, I can't wait for that! Fans of Sylvan Esso and The Wild Reeds should dig into their tunes!

Tei Shi - June 16 - Holocene - $15

Tei-Shi is a new artist, and one that has been on the radar of the likes of Beats 1 anchors Zane Lowe and Julie Adenuga for awhile now. Tei Shi is the music of Buenos Aires born and raised musician Valerie Teicher, and you may have heard her vocals featured on Glass Animals' track 'Holiest'. Her full length debut Crawl Space was just released in March 2017, and Tei Shi has proven that her unique electronic indie sound translates well among her fans. If you dig FKA Twigs, Grimes, or even Blood Orange, check her out!

Amy Shark - June 17 - Doug Fir - $

Amy Shark is the one of the latest who was boosted big time by Girls' lead actress Lena Dunham on twitter, after she expressed her love of Amy's music to her massive audience of 5.7 million plus fans. Her music would've blown up eventually regardless, but I don't believe you'll find Amy complaining! She features atmospheric indie pop full of angst that fans of Tash Sultana and Broods will dig. Her biggest track at the moment is 'Adore' - I highly recommend checking that one out from the Australian born musician.

Lo Moon - June 19 - Bunk Bar - $

Lo Moon has 2 songs out officially. That hasn't stopped them from building up a ravenous, demanding fan base along their short life as Lo Moon. Their first track 'Loveless' was featured by Elton John and others on Beats 1 Radio, and helped them book an opening gig on tour with MUNA. They are heading out now on a headline tour of their own off their solid live performances and the massive backing they have from fans. Fans of Day Wave, MUNA, and Lewis Del Mar should dive into their music.


!!! (Chk Chk Chk) - June 26 - Doug Fir - $18

!!! (Chk Chk Chk) was forwarded along to me via a new song submission, and from the moment 'Dancing Is the Best Revenge' came on, I knew it was meant to be. Their groove oriented punk pop tunes are infectious, and the 8-member band will be sure to rock the Doug Fir on June 26. Fans of groups like LCD Soundsystem and Hot Chip will be interested to dig deeper on this band from NY.

Animal Collective - June 30 - Roseland Theatre - $26

Animal Collective pride themselves on being genre-hoppers - and when you look up reviews, people compare their sound to everyone from The Flaming Lips to The Incredible String Band to Grizzly Bear. The group is a literal collective of longtime friends Avey Tare, Panda Bear, Deakin, and Geologist, all successful musicians in their own right. Animal Collective is to thank for one of Sonically Awkward's favorite Seattle musicians' name - Manatee Commune. 

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