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On August 10, 2018 Hop Along was in town at the Wonder Ballroom touring on the success of their critically acclaimed release, Bark Your Head Off, Dog, via Saddle Creek Records. After an expectedly long line and security checkpoint routine that one has become accustomed to at the Wonder Ballroom, I was able to catch show openers Thin Lips.
Shea Diamond’s soulful debut EP, Seen It All, is full of depth and biting commentary — but it’s sexy too. Diamond walks the line between fun, dark, and wise with a skill that can only come as an extension of her authentic lived experience. Seen It All contains anthems that make you think but don’t preach, pop songs that make you dance but aren’t contrived, and a refreshing breath of air from a songwriter telling her story without self-consciousness.
Photo of Trapped Under Ice by Harper King / Sick Snaps
On August 9, Trapped Under Ice, Firewalker, Odd Man Out, and Cutting Through dropped by the Hawthorne Theater in Portland. Portland band Cutting Through opened the show, providing nothing short of an energetic and exciting set full of crowd and onstage activity. Following shortly after was Odd Man Out. Coming from Seattle and bringing plenty of energy to Portland, OMO gave everyone a great show. With a quickly filling room, Firewalker took the stage. The Boston band’s set got the entire crowd moving. Featuring guest vocalists and high energy from all members, Firewalker gave Portland one hell of a show. The crowd soon began moving for highly anticipated, Trapped Under Ice. Jumping between stage and barrier, vocalist Justice Tripp, gave the crowd plenty of interaction. By the end of the show, everyone in the room was moving. All in all, each band added a great set to the bill and truly made this a show to remember.
Most of the albums that have come out this summer have caught me by surprise in one way or another as you’ll notice in this post, but hey, no complaints here. Artists can keep surpassing my wildest expectations all they want to deliver these spectacular albums. Here are some releases from June, July, and early August that I’ve loved. Hope you find something new to check out or give another spin!