The Veteran’s Day weekend promises some solid shows in Portland and, really, there’s something for everybody.
Over at the Sun Tiki Studios, they’ve got the Rhythm & Babes showcase. This pop bill features Sydney The Singer, Hannah Harleen, Brit Martin.
Sydney the Singer is the stage name for Sydney Choate, from Richmond, ME. She’s been getting a lot of press and radio play lately and is racking up the plays over on Spotify.
Portland’s Harleen’s got a background in jazz, and she’s starting to get more attention from listeners , as well. The opening act is vocalist Brit Martin , who’s done shows with Sydney in the past.
One Longfellow Square has Eleanor Buckland and Louisa Stancioff.
Buckland, who was born and raised in Maine and plays with the Boston-based folkrock trio Lula Wiles, is headlining a show that will feature tunes from her solo release You Don’t Have to Know.
Buckland told the Portland Phoenix that she thinks of the release as a, “break-up record,” and while Buckland’s background is firmly rooted in folk music, the new release does more than nod to the pop sound.
Stancioff, whose Bandcamp page says she’s originally from Chesterfield, ME, opens the show. She dropped some new material last week on Bandcamp Friday. It’s a good bet that her set will feature tunes from that release, Tape Recordings, which is, her Bandcamp page says, a “small compilation of tape recordings I made last winter on a Teac Tascam 144 Portastudio. It is raw and unedited and has many a crackle throughout.”
Sounds right up our alley.
Pound for pound, though, your best rock buy has got to be over at Geno’s, where you can catch five bands for 10 bucks: What Makes Sense, Sunday Morning, The Long Year, Turner and Hate the Thought.
What Makes Sense, out of Poughkeepsie, NY, has carved out a rep as a rising star in the pop-punk genre; Alternative Press recently named them one of the 10 Next-Gen Pop Punk Bands Who Will Transport You Back To The 2000s – which could be either good or bad, depending on your perspective.
Vancouver’s Sunday Morning may nod to the Velvet Underground with their name, but they characterize their sound as “darkwave” that ranges, “from rock and roll to lush dream pop … .”
The Long Year is Portland power trio, and if the material that’s available on their Bandcamp page, their sound is blend of metal, punk and power pop. They were recently featured on Punky’s Mix Tape, which is a show that’s growing in popularity over on Twitch. You’ll wanna catch these guys now in a small venue so you can say you saw ’em when.
Turner characterizes their sound as, “post-hardcore.” Check out the video they dropped back in January, and decide for yourself.
Hate The Thought is and emo and pop punk influenced rock outfit out of southern Maine. You can check ’em out on their Bandcamp page.
It’s all happening in Portland, folks.
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