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Growing up with the beach as his backyard, in a home that was constantly filled with music, it's no wonder where Sam got his laid-back yet musically sophisticated, easy-to-listen-to vibe that is apparent in both his albums--'Songs for Someone... Read more

Growing up with the beach as his backyard, in a home that was constantly filled with music, it's no wonder where Sam got his laid-back yet musically sophisticated, easy-to-listen-to vibe that is apparent in both his albums--'Songs for Someone' and 'Every Time I'm Home'. A multi-instrumentalist Sam plays guitar, drums, piano and sings on his most recent album, 'Every Time I'm Home'.

His latest songs aren't aligned with any one genre, but they do have a common theme of the ocean, family and love flowing through them--things Sam says he tends to write about. "These are the things that are closest to me. And because I write about those things, most of my songs send out a positive message. My casual personality is channeled through the music I write, which has a pretty chill vibe to it, but it's hard to put a label on it. You hear elements of rock, pop, folk, country and blues throughout all of my tunes. I suppose it speaks to the influences I've had over the years," he said.

Sam has been playing music from an early age when he started as a drummer in his family's band, The Gathering, and also in his brother's band, The Matt Chase Group. After graduating from Berklee College of Music and discovering his knack for writing songs, Sam set his eyes towards the singer-songwriter path and didn't look back. "There's something about the guitar and something intimate and real about someone belting their heart out over an acoustic guitar. If I hear someone playing one, I have to go check it out and I think once I started writing a few of my own songs, I just got the bug," he said.

Sam's earliest influences include Dave Matthews,Tom Petty, Sting and James Taylor, the latter of who Sam has been consistently compared to. Yet Sam sings with a voice and plays with a rhythm that is entirely his own. Just a year after releasing his debut album, 'Songs for Someone', Sam was the winner of the 2010 Connecticut Folk Festival's Songwriting Contest and was a finalist in the 2009 Solarfest Songwriting Contest. 'Every Time I'm Home' exudes Sam's inherent musical ability. With his natural vocal talent and his catchy, diversified rhythms, it's an album that pulls this gifted musician from his beachfront home in South Shore Massachusetts to the top of the list for today's up-and-coming songwriters.       



 After more than a quarter century as a band, there's really only one thing you can count on being the same with each new record from the Swingin' Utters, and that is that they're going to make it a little different. “From the ... Read more

 After more than a quarter century as a band, there's really only one thing you can count on being the same with each new record from the Swingin' Utters, and that is that they're going to make it a little different. “From the first record, I wanted to mix it up as much as we could,” says co-founder Darius Koski. “Playing with different genres and instrumentation makes it more interesting. As long as it's a cohesive record, it works for us.”

That dedication to not replicating any standard “Swingin' Utters sound” has resulted in what may be their most cohesive (and paradoxically, one of their most diverse) records yet: the brand new long-player Fistful of Hollow, which explores the Utters' interests in far afield sounds including Britpop, mod, Celtic, country, folk, and—of course—a solid foundation of West Coast punk rock.

Helping lend to the album-to-album multiformity is the fact that for the second album in a row, a member made his first forays into tunesmithing for the band. Devotees will remember that last time around (on 2013's Poorly Formed), guitarist Jack Dalrymple stepped up to the plate, and this time around bassist Miles Peck got his first at-bat, co-writing four of the album's fifteen tracks with vocalist Johnny Bonnel.

“It wasn't weird when Miles brought these songs, 'cause they're not punk songs,” says Koski. On working with Peck, Bonnel says, “Collaborating on art has got to be one of the most gratifying things for me. I'm surrounded by truly unique and interesting brains in the Swingin' Utters.” Acknowledging that punk bands get easily pigeonholed sonically, Koski adds “We're not that type of band anymore. I think people expect we'll have some weird stuff on the record.”

Weird might not be a proper description for the head-bobbing title track (penned by Darius himself), but extraordinary definitely is, in both senses of the word: it is quite excellent, but also quite out of the ordinary, with a jangle reminiscent of many mainstays of late '80s/early '90s college radio. The title and cover art are also a tip of the hat to a heralded album from one of the greatest bands of that era, The Smiths and their classic Hatful of Hollow.

Since returning from an eight year recording hiatus in 2011, Swingin' Utters have been downright prodigious, releasing three albums in four years. And with so many influences, and so many band members pitching songs into the mix, it won't be long before there's a whole new batch of songs for you to suckle from the sonic teat of the Utters. “If it was up to me, we would've had a record every year from the time we started,” exclaims Darius, “but we're just glad to get back on the map again an go on a real tour and see what happens.”

Pick up Fistful of Hollow on November 11, and look for the band to swing through a town near you this winter supporting old pals Lagwagon before heading out on their own headliner in the spring.

 


Dante's Presents
August 20, 2017 8:30 pm

DYAMI CLEMENT

Singer-Songwriter

Ticket holders to this show get into Sinferno Cabaret for Free.


August 20, 2017 10:00 pm

Voted by BURLESQUE MAGAZINE as one of the Top 10 Burlesque shows in the USA! A sinful circus of burlesque, fire-dancing, DJs & debauchery. Every Sunday night for 16 years...the longest-running weekly cabaret show on the west coast!  ... Read more

Voted by BURLESQUE MAGAZINE as one of the Top 10 Burlesque shows in the USA!

A sinful circus of burlesque, fire-dancing, DJs & debauchery. Every Sunday night for 16 years...the longest-running weekly cabaret show on the west coast!

 


$10.00 - $100.00 More Info Buy Tickets
August 21, 2017 9:00 pm

The original live karaoke band, rocking in Portland for 23 years and counting. Come see us every Monday at Dante's!



“WHO’S THE ROSS?” is a late-night talk show performing every Tuesday night at Dante’s in downtown Portland, Oregon, hosted by actor/comedian Aaron Ross. The program has been running for eight years, logging 650 performanc... Read more

“WHO’S THE ROSS?” is a late-night talk show performing every Tuesday night at Dante’s in downtown Portland, Oregon, hosted by actor/comedian Aaron Ross. The program has been running for eight years, logging 650 performances in that time.

FOR MORE INFO on WTR: http://whostheross.com

VIDEOS: http://youtube.com/whostheross



Shubzilla and Bill Beats began working together in 2011. Originally rivals in past Vocalist/Producer Challenges, Shubz and Bill chose to join forces to work together regularly. Starting off with the single "Wonderful World" for "Bill B... Read more

Shubzilla and Bill Beats began working together in 2011. Originally rivals in past Vocalist/Producer Challenges, Shubz and Bill chose to join forces to work together regularly. Starting off with the single "Wonderful World" for "Bill Beats For President Vol.1," the EPs "Dinner And A Movie" and "BOOMERS" have been the exceptional products of their collaboration. They have The Day Jobs Mini-Tour: West Coast Edition under their belts, along with performances at Norwescon, the PAXWest Nerdcore Showcase, and many others. With Shubzilla's frank and aggressive lyrics and Bill Beats' penchant for samples and bass-heavy compositions, they do not disappoint. 

Death*Star's C0splay and Bill Beats take the stage. This competitive online nerdcore duo have played at all manner of geeky watering hole from Rose City ComicCon and Kracklefest to Backspace and the Kit Kat club. With songs about body image, sandwiches, video games, sexual misadventures, and dreaming about super powers these hip hop heads of Seattle speak nerd truth on stage. Bill Beats is a nationally known producer and DJ who runs the geek turntables of the northwest and C0splay has been performing for over a decade. Coordinating shows, booking venues, working with performers, sponsors, and organizations to create great nerd events.

Expect laughter, prizes, and awkward, sweaty nerd raps.       


Dante's Presents
August 25, 2017 9:00 pm

...if you're a fan of Ty Segall, the aforementioned Seeds, The Chocolate Watchband and the later-60's-era trippy Beatles and Stones, this will most definitely tickle your tastebuds." Joe Whyte, Louder Than War "...freaky psych so... Read more

...if you're a fan of Ty Segall, the aforementioned Seeds, The Chocolate Watchband and the later-60's-era trippy Beatles and Stones, this will most definitely tickle your tastebuds." Joe Whyte, Louder Than War

"...freaky psych sounds, reminiscent of Thee Oh Sees and By Her Satanic Majesties Request-era Rolling Stones; the bouncy, fuzzed-out blues of The Count Five; and The Beatles--both from the British Invasion days and their more experimental years." - Nick Veronin, Silicon Valley Metro

"This Portland, Oregon trio combine retro garage surf muscle with British invasion-era pop hooks for a wickedly catchy and well-crafted platter of tunes. Happy Horror is full of whip-smart driving grooves and almost avoids obvious pastiche ("X-ray Glasses" may be the kitschiest exception) while still playing serious homage to bands like The Zombies, The Hollies, and The Buckinghams, with just enough of a hint of The Cramps's devilish edge to keep us coming back for more." - Aquarius Records SF       


Dante's Presents
August 27, 2017 8:30 pm

S h o v e l m a n  "Shovelman has forged a perfect merger of the past and the present with his bluesy 'folktronic' sound." - LA Weekly A ticket to this show includes free admission to Sinferno Cabaret immediately follow... Read more

S h o v e l m a n


 "Shovelman has forged a perfect merger of the past and the present with his bluesy 'folktronic' sound." - LA Weekly

A ticket to this show includes free admission to Sinferno Cabaret immediately following. Tables in the front row are reserved for Sinferno front-row ticket holders.


August 27, 2017 10:00 pm

Voted by BURLESQUE MAGAZINE as one of the Top 10 Burlesque shows in the USA! A sinful circus of burlesque, fire-dancing, DJs & debauchery. Every Sunday night for 16 years...the longest-running weekly cabaret show on the west coast!  ... Read more

Voted by BURLESQUE MAGAZINE as one of the Top 10 Burlesque shows in the USA!

A sinful circus of burlesque, fire-dancing, DJs & debauchery. Every Sunday night for 16 years...the longest-running weekly cabaret show on the west coast!

 


$10.00 - $100.00 More Info Buy Tickets

“WHO’S THE ROSS?” is a late-night talk show performing every Tuesday night at Dante’s in downtown Portland, Oregon, hosted by actor/comedian Aaron Ross. The program has been running for eight years, logging 650 performanc... Read more

“WHO’S THE ROSS?” is a late-night talk show performing every Tuesday night at Dante’s in downtown Portland, Oregon, hosted by actor/comedian Aaron Ross. The program has been running for eight years, logging 650 performances in that time.

FOR MORE INFO on WTR: http://whostheross.com

VIDEOS: http://youtube.com/whostheross


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