Cardioid / Sama Dams – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – May 17th, 2020

Cardioid / Sama Dams

Cardioid / Sama Dams

Anis Mojgani

Mississippi Studios
Ages 21+



$12 ADV / $15 DOS






Cardioid is the child of frontwoman Lizzy Ellison. it’s a mix, of synth-dream pop and heavy, fuzzed out-guitar driven-power called fantasy metal. the band has been cooing since 2016, when they put the first full-length album, Parts Dept. The sound has been combed and refined over the past few years from touring and recording, but there is still a yearning for balance throughout the next set of songs that defines this band's sound.

Sama Dams


Few bands command the unexpectedly fine line that divides tension and release like Sama Dams does. And it's no wonder: songwriters Sam and Lisa Adams have been playing music together for over a decade - as long as they have been married - developing a creative forthrightness that sometimes feels voyeuristic. Taking cues from jazz, R&B, new wave, indie-rock, and classical art song, the alt-rock trio weaves a sensuous musical fabric that is distinctly theirs.

Much like the Dirty Projectors or Thom Yorke, Sama Dams's high art sensibilities are wrapped around a subversive knotty core of uncompromised radicalism - like if Leonard Bernstein was signed to K Records. In that way, the DIY ethos of the Pacific Northwest has shaped much of the band's path forward since graduating music school in 2008 and relocating to Portland in 2012.

Sama Dams’s third and most recent full-length album, ‘Say It’, surprises you with its gritty yet precise instrumentation, striking a keen balance between reserve and power, from wiley "Neil-Young-riding-a-rocket-sled" electric guitar riffs and mutant waves of organ to distorted ukulele and cut-up-on-the-spot breakbeats. The Portland Mercury said “‘Say It’ is an endlessly fascinating sonic concoction, and a confident step forward for Sama Dams”. What should be a series of stylistic contradictions results in each song firmly standing its ground as an interwoven compositional masterpiece, bending and twisting with eclectic abandon.

The band's sprawling sonic footprint is held together by their dynamic vocal power - an alternate-reality vocal pairing of Kate Bush and Jeff Buckley. Sam and Lisa's combined proficiencies and unique approaches to songwriting merge with the brilliant percussive work of drummer Micah Hummel, creating a matchless sound in live settings as well as in the studio.

Sama Dams can regularly be found gracing stages, music festivals, and living rooms across the United States and Central Europe, their music finding a place in the hearts of both music enthusiasts and general audiences alike with their intelligent arrangements, catchy melodies, and playful musicality.

The band’s new single and video “Principle of Loving” will be available Sept 20th via Portland collective label Self Group on all digital platforms as well a limited 7” picture disc. Sama Dams will be supporting the release with tours of the west coast (fall) and Europe (spring 2020).

Anis Mlojgani


Anis Mojgani is a two-time individual champion of the National Poetry Slam, winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam, and multiple TEDx Speaker. He has been awarded residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, AIR Serenbe, The Bloedel Nature Reserve, The Sou’wester, and the Oregon Literary Arts Writers-In-The-Schools program. Anis has performed at numerous universities, festivals, and venues around the globe and has performed for audiences as varied as the House of Blues and the United Nations. His work has appeared on HBO, NPR, and in the pages of such journals as Rattle, Forklift Ohio, Paper Darts,Thrush, and Bat City Review.

Anis is the author of five books of poetry, all published by Write Bloody Publishing: Songs From Under the River, The Feather Room, Over the Anvil We Stretch, The Pocketknife Bible, and his latest, In the Pockets of Small Gods. His first opera libretto, Sanctuaries, premieres in April 2020. Originally from New Orleans, Anis currently lives in Portland Oregon.