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Coast Narcs: A Philadelphian’s guide to finding Portland’s venue with no joke perfect sound (not to mention the Lower 48 and Future Historians)

Between 2/26 and March 7, two Narcs were out vacationing working on a piece on Portland’s and San Francisco’s music scene. This first of three parts finds our young adventurers wandering the bearded streets of Portland in search of a venue with spellbinding sound.

There are many thing that a Philadelphian will find familiar about Portland. The beer scene. The unpretentious vibe. The bikes. The universal signposts of hipster culture, the universal denial of said hipster culture. That choosing a spot for jazz on a Saturday night based solely based on the beer (Rogue Brewery) is an idea that will meet its end four minutes after the 30 minute wait is announced. But what befuddle a Philadelphian as unfamiliar? The looming presence of Mount Hood? The quiet but extroverted PacNW friendliness? All those Philadelphians you used to know who have checked out of the Illadelph and are now even MORE bearded? Sure. But what about an indie rock venue with perfect sound? That, my fine Philadelphian friend, is a Portland site for sore ears.

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Coast Narcs: Noise Narcs Checks out Portland and San Fran’s Music Scene. Plus: New Sonny and the Sunsets

Phew. Blogging’s hard work. Typing. While sitting. With headphones on. Sure makes one’s bones tired. So to relieve the strain, two of the Narcs (Billy L and myself) will be taking off for the West Coast tomorrow. But because blogging is already a vacation, we’ll be “working”: checking out two of Philly’s musical sister cities, Portland and San Francisco. Our other contributors will do sporadic regular posting, and we’ll occasionally throw up a post form the road. Expect a full report the week of March 7.

To launch the feature, tomorrow on Monday we’ll be posting a long-form interview with Jeremy Barnes from A Hawk and a Hacksaw (and formerly of Neutral Milk Hotel). Jeremy’s from Alberquerque, but he’ll be playing in San Francisco on March 3rd at Cafe du Nord [Buy Tickets].

But, since San Francisco’s Sonny and the Sunsets just announced a new album and released a track, we’ll have to pre-launch the feature now. Hard to believe that their sophomore is already here given the number of side projects that frontman Sonny Smith has been working on. But this is welcome news, and a tasty tease of San Francisco’s wonderful garage scene. Hit After Hit will sees a April 12 release from Fat Possum.

Sonny and the Sunsets, “I Wanna Do It”

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