Animal Eyes

Animal Eyes EP Release at Bunk Bar 9.17

Animal Eyes’ new EP, Ursus, is somewhat hard to define, but that’s a good thing. The release has a refined, professional sound overall with a lot of smooth music packed in. “Pleasure Hound” is host to an enigma of really cool sounds ranging from a melodic guitar backdrop to a haunting organ sound which I particularly enjoyed. A defining characteristic of this EP is the variety of styles and sounds found in the songs. Animal Eyes showcase a high degree of musicianship and soul with Ursus that comes through each note and instrument. Tracks such as “Bender” and “Cold Coast Line” take the audience on a melodic journey culminating in more intense tracks like “Last Knock” and “Pleasure Hound.” Each song on the EP helps to create a strong web of music while still being effective individually. Make sure to be at their EP release show this Tuesday the 17th at Bunk Bar. Listen, love it, then go support Animal Eyes and their new EP, Ursus! - Cory Heunnekens

   

Rigsketball Returns

Rigsketball Halftime

March Madness just ended and all of you bracketologists out there are probably pretty sad you'll have to until next year to get your bracketology on, but don't fret! Back for a second year by popular demand, in a move that is sure to establish itself as a Portland institution - it's Rigsketball! If you're late to the game, Rigsketball is halfcourt, 3v3 basketball played on a regulation hoop attached to the back of a van, just about anywhere the cops won't bust the party. However, when played in a bracket-style tournament with 32 of Portland's most ballin' bands and a couple of well-coordinated city permits in the 2012 calendar year: it becomes Rigsketball 2k12! - a summer tradition monstrosity that threatens the safety of every man, woman and child in a 50-foot radius, all the while promoting physical exercise, good attitudes and teamwork! Not to mention connecting 32 seemingly disparate bands and their fans in friendly opposition while providing all parties involved the chance to see each group do something new and exciting outside the studio or venue. If you like sweat, beer, bands, jams, vans, basketball and the possibility of some extremely minor bloodshed - then you'll love Rigsketball 2k12!

Last year's bracket was constituted by Typhoon, Starfucker, And And And, Radiation City, Rock n Roll Soldiers, Jared Mees and the Grown Children, Archers, Aan, SKELETRON, Sean Flinn and the Royal We, TxE, Laura Gibson, Support Force, Animal Eyes, Charts, The Woolen Men, The Blast Majesty, Dirty Mittens, Monarques, My Autumn’s Done Come, Youthbitch, Rocky & The Proms, SUPER MONSTER, The No Tomorrow Boys, Surfs Drugs, Hello Electric, Rabid Wombat, Lee Cory Oswald, Otis Heat, Ugly Flowers, Mannequinhead, and The Taxi Boys. 

Rigsketball 2k12 registration will open April 15th (filing taxes optional.) The first 32 eligible bands to register will be a part of this year's tournament and it is sure to fill up quickly after last year's buzz. Actual competition begins July 26th and goes through August 9th. If you're in a band, be sure to save the registration date. If you're an adoring fan, be sure to donate. The Deli will see everybody out on the court. Wherever that is.