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Thursday February 27 2020
  7:00PM doors -- music at 7:30PM
$16 in advance / $18 at the door
Noise Pop Festival 2020 presents...
 (from Portland)
The Feelings Parade

-from Brooklyn, NY
-Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn has been creating incorruptible independent pop music since the late 1990’s.  She has released over a dozen solo and collaborative recordings on K Records, Kill Rock Stars and various domestic and foreign independent labels.

Defined by her graceful songwriting and adventuresome recordings, Pitchfork has praised her “incredible voice—a versatile coo that can flit from low, sultry tones to high, airy falsetto in one breath.”

Mirah has always sought the creative company of unique collaborators, from multi-media artists and orchestral composers to dj’s, Baltic music enthusiasts, and entomologists. A partial list of some of her collaborators includes Phil Elverum (The Microphones/Mount Eerie), Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs), Tara Jane O’Neil, Khaela Maricich (The Blow), Melanie Valera (Tender Forever), Jherek Bischoff, Lori Goldston, Britta Johnson and Ginger Brooks Takahashi.

Understanding, Mirah’s 6th full length solo record, is a conscientious return to her early unconventional recording process — an embrace of spirited imperfection and rawness inclusive of rough first takes, natural room sounds, and a fair amount of broken equipment. Bathed in the sparkles of disco ball light, Mirah recorded demos with vocals, guitar, organ, and percussion in a former army barracks gymnasium at The Headlands Center for the Arts, where she spent four weeks as an artist in residence.

Once home in Brooklyn, Mirah teamed up with her frequent co-producer Eli Crews (tUnE-yArDs, The Julie Ruin, Son Lux) and invited Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier to join them in the studio. The collaboration sparked new textures and ideas. Building on top of Mirah’s vibrant original tracks, they used midi to transform a marimba into a distorted farfisa melody, drastically lowered the pitch of vocals until they morphed into sub-bass lines, and added layers of distinct timbres from Crews’ extensive vintage synth collection, a mellotron, and an 80’s era Soviet drum machine.

Written and recorded in a time of political and personal upheaval — family illness and the death of a dear friend, all in the shadow of the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath — Understanding presents an even hand of political themes, love songs and introspective rallying cries. As Mirah explains, “We all have needs and we all have dreams. We want so much to feel love and to give to each other, to ourselves, to the world. But how does this fit in with the constant barrage of information and distraction, of truths and lies? How do we move through this rapidly fluctuating reality with a sense of resilience and empowerment?” One of the best lyricists of our indie rock generation, Mirah uses her sharp intellect, empathy, and a measure of levity to shine a light on the world around us and the ways of our own hearts, showing us that understanding is what we all need a little more of.
Understanding [KLP268] is Mirah's third release through her Absolute Magnitude Recordings.

-from Portland, OR
-Kill Rock Stars is announcing the signing of Portland band MAITA, led by Maria Maita-Keppeler 2019 has seen a massive shift for Kill Rock Stars. After a thirteen year hiatus, Slim Moon has returned to run the label he founded. The signing of MAITA is both previous label head Portia Sabin’s last act and the first initiative of Slim Moon in his second tenure as guiding light of KRS.

Of this inaugural signing, Moon offers the following statement. “Put simply, my love of MAITA and my belief in Maria's genius pulled me back into the record business. When I quit running KRS in 2006 it was super important to me that it become 100% Portia's baby. I never did any back seat driving and I never made any unsolicited suggestions about what artists I thought she should or shouldn't work with. But earlier this year Portia played MAITA’s music for me and asked me what I thought. I immediately thought it was really special and suddenly found myself breaking my own 13 year old rule - "you are right Portia, you just really have to work with this band." One thing led to another and before I knew it, we had agreed not only to sign them but that I would return to a limited role at KRS in order to be the label's liaison with them and to shepherd the whole project. It was months later that we learned Portia would be leaving to take over as CEO of The Music Business Association and that I’d be returning as president of the label as well.”

MAITA will announce album plans soon and will have new music out before the end of the year.

The Feelings Parade
-from San Francisco, CA
-It’s fitting that Morgan Bolender and Scott Ferreter of The Feelings Parade met at San Francisco’s ongoing mortality-focused gathering called “You’re Going to Die.” Their growing fanbase knows them for being musical truth-tellers who choose to speak and sing about things with a courageous honesty. They create a space for both the ache and the pleasure that come with being human, and their finely-crafted songs and stories speak to both with equal reverence. They’ve been asked on more than one occasion to make an entire album of their unscripted, often hilarious, and vulnerable onstage banter, which has become as big a part of the band’s reputation as the songs.

The Feelings Parade is as much a movement as it is a band -- people come as much for the skillful songwriting, tight harmonies, and rich textures as they do to drop into their own tender human hearts (on more than one occasion, fans have said that Feelings Parade shows are “better than therapy.”) The music they make has brought them everywhere from grand music halls to prisons--from yoga retreats to the bed sides of hospice patients--and has had them sharing stages with like-hearted musicians such as Glen Hansard, Josiah Johnson (The Head and The Heart), Ayla Nereo, John Craigie, MaMuse, and Mt. Eerie. Their current momentum is due, at least in part, to the unscripted and authentic way they lay it all out, both inside and outside of the songs.

-from Oakland, CA
-Bobby is an indie rock band from Oakland, California. Influenced by C86 & 90s indie pop bands, they strive to make honest and engaging guitar music.