Small Skies / DoublePlusGood – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – September 5th, 2017

Small Skies / DoublePlusGood

Sweet 'n' Local Presents

Small Skies / DoublePlusGood

Small Million

Tue, September 5, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$5 ADV/DOS

This event is 21 and over

Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seats 

Small Skies
Small Skies
Led by multi-instrumentalist and singer Benjamin Tyler, Small Skies started as his experimental, electro-pop solo project under the name Stepkid while he was studying jazz at ASU in Tempe, AZ. After moving to Portland in 2008, Tyler played at many of the small, weird & seedy venues of old school Portland while he refined the sound and live show of his project. In 2014 he enlisted a number of musicians he had worked with to help create the first self-titled Small Skies album for the Ephem-Aural label out of NYC. After the creation of the album the band quickly garnered considerable buzz and started playing a flurry of shows around Portland with a rotating cast of band members. Over the ensuing years, the band membership distilled down to Eli Savage on synthesizers and Danny Staton on bass while Tyler simultaneously sings and plays drums and synthesizers. These days Small Skies continue to work on perfecting their sound, weaving ethereal, electronic soundscapes into an urgent, very danceable beat. Their latest single 'Candy' was featured on the 2017 edition of PDXPOPNOW! a yearly showcase of local Portland musical talent. Their newest album 'Build' is due out In September.
DoublePlusGood
DoublePlusGood
DoublePlusGood is a Portland based band whose melodies have a way of following listeners out of the club. Having been established flag bearers for synth-pop in the Northwest for more than a decade, the trio command a production competence rivaled only by their melodic sensibilities.

The trio, consisting of singer/bassist Erik Carlson, guitarist Jared Anderson, and keyboard player Jason Andersen, have plugged into a sound that owes its glimmering production to the icy dance-floor cool of ’80s new wave as much as it does the heart-on-your-sleeve earnestness of the indie-pop of the early aughts. Carlson’s brassy baritone conveys lyrical sentiment of love-weary wisdom via stubborn romanticism, and is augmented by the groups penchant for upbeat slick arrangements.

The band’s broad appeal is best represented in its list of collaborations, remixes, and live shows. They have shared the stage and worked with bands like Typhoon, remixing fellow local pop outfit Wild Ones, and opening for Black Moth Super Rainbow, Subtle, Why?, and Ariel Pink.

Named after a self-help book at from the turn of the last century, DoublePlusGood’s new full-length, “You Can Master Life,” joyously mocks the notion of mastery in relationships, and rather explores the inadequacies of high expectations. The record is book-ended by songs which celebrate the surrender to the life’s unpredictability, and catalogs the fight for control in between.
Small Million
Small Million
Portland duo Small Million (Ryan Linder & Malachi Graham) met on the dance floor and got busy polishing their moody, lyrical synth pop. Rich, textured tracks with soaring melodies; wistful and cautiously optimistic.

Since their song Six Feet was selected for the PDX Pop Now! compilation in 2014, they have been hard at work crafting songs that blend Malachi's melodic roots in Americana with Ryan's eclectically influenced electronic layering. They released their debut EP, Before the Fall, in June 2016.