Alaskan/Californian band Port O'Brien
sing with a gusto and bold honesty that glimmers in times populated by neofolk/freak folk pretention enthusiasts. It is an unfeigned appeal, a raw punch of energy and emotion in acoustic powered anthems with measured splash or unreserved energy, stories told in minutes, in highlighted bursts, songs that are bound to be shots to the head. It seems fitting that the recordings for their new album, threadbare
(to be released October 6th), happened in two settings that reflect their songs: the intimate living room recording studio of a member of Papercuts, and then for the fuller, more involved songs, at an open studio in LA. The effect of the west coast is hardly noticeable here, though. This is authentic and gritty and beautiful in the way that only certain folk-pop songs could be. Catch the band on their tour, across Europe in August and across the US in the fall with Sea Wolf. Dates are listed below. - Laura Yan
Port O'Brien on Tour
8/14 - Haldern Pop Festival - Haldern, Germany
8/16 - Summer Sundae Weekender - Leicester, England
8/17 - Night and Day Cafe - Manchester
8/18 - Borderline - London
8/20 - Pukkelpop Festival - Kiewet, Blegium
8/21 - Highfield Festival - Erfurt, Germany
8/22 - Frequency Festival - St Polten, Austria
8/24 - Noorderzon Festival - Groningen, Holland
8/25 - Tivoli - Utrecht, Holland
9/18 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, Oregon
9/22 - The Media Club - Vancouver, British Columbia
9/23 - Sunset Tavern - Seattle, Washington
9/25 - In The Venue - Salt Lake City, Utah
9/26 - Hi Dive - Denver, Colorado
9/28 - The Slowdown - Omaha, Nebraska
9/29 - 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, Minnesota
9/30 - Mad Planet - Milwaukee, Wisconsin
10/1 - Schubas - Chicago, Illinois
10/2 - The Billeken Club - St. Louis, Missouri
10/3 - Radio Radio - Indianapolis, Indiana
10/4 - Southgate House - Cincinnati, Ohio
10/7 - Wexner Center for the Arts - Columbus, Ohio
10/9 - Sneaky Dee's - Toronto, Ontario
10/13 - Paradise Rock Club - Boston, Massachusetts
10/14 - Mercury Lounge - New York, New York
10/16 - Union Hall - Brooklyn, New York
10/17 - North Star Bar - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
10/18 - The Talking Head Club - Baltimore, Maryland
10/19 - DC9 - Obama, Washington DC
10/21 - Nightlight Bar and Clubv - Chapel Hill, North Carolina
10/23 - The Earl - Atlanta, Georgia
10/24 - Exit In - Nashville, Tennessee
10/27 - The Cavern - Dallas, Texas
10/28 - Emo's Jr - Austin, Texas
10/30 - Modified Arts - Phoenix, Arizona
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