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Haley Johnsen, The Weather Machine

Vortex Music Magazine Presents: Haley Johnsen 'Golden Days' LP Release Show

Haley Johnsen

The Weather Machine

Nosila

Fri, May 24

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Doug Fir Lounge

Portland, OR

$12.00 - $14.00

This event is 21 and over

Haley Johnsen
Haley Johnsen
Haley Johnsen is a singer songwriter best characterized by her powerhouse vocals and unique lyrical perspective. Drawing inspiration from acts like Bonnie Raitt, Grace Potter, and Brandi Carlile, Haley writes and sings with a soulful determination that is willful, playful, but never forced.

During 2017 and 2018, Haley toured as an opener for Sawyer Fredericks and as lead support for The Wind and The Wave all across the United States. Over the course of her career, she has self released two EP’s Through the Blue, When You Lit the Sky, as well as a multitude of singles that have showcased her fluidity as a cross genre artist. She recently released the first single and video for "Everything Comes Back Again", which is the lead single from her upcoming first full studio album and LP Golden Days.

Haley completed her first headline tour of Europe in January & February of 2019 playing 26 shows in 5 weeks. She is currently on tour in the U.S with electronic DJ and producer Big Wild through the end of March as his bass player and backup vocalist, and then will make her way as direct support for the band Joseph across the USA through April & May.

Born in Oregon to musical parents, Haley grew up around everything from pop, classic rock, country, and gospel, an appreciable quality that is easily recognized in her original songs. As a student, she began to learn the guitar, quickly shifting her focus from choral and a cappella ensembles to her solo work. Her first national attention came from a strong run on American Idol, and has since maintained a strong following that stretches well beyond her hometown of Portland.
The Weather Machine
The Weather Machine
“A little bit Josh Ritter, a little bit Modest Mouse, the Weather Machine forges a stable relationship between contemporary folk-pop and more traditional pop-rock sensibilities, and are one of the current flag-bearers of the sound in Portland.”–Willamette Week“

Bigger, louder, and more dynamic than their debut, and they've never sounded better”–Portland Mercury“

Capable of channeling a soaring energy through their performances” –PASTE Magazine“

Peach sees the band not only expanding into a more straightforward rock sound on many songs, it also sees them exploring country-tinged songs (“Wannabe Cowboys”) and even some slow-burn electronica (“Peach”).” –Eleven PDX Magazine***

The Weather Machine’s sophomore full-length, Peach, was recorded over the course of two years, and showcases the band’s transition from folk-born storytelling into the realm power-ballads and effects pedals. It’s not quite “tongue and cheek,” but Peachmakes the listener wonder as it pits a not-quite-country anthem called “Wannabe Cowboys” right up against the electronic slow-jam title track, then moves deftly along into “Breakup Song” –a tune worthy of high-kicking chorus lines. They’ve drawn comparisons to everything from My Morning Jacketto Cake.A short few months after their independent release in 2015, The Weather Machine was tapped to openfor Grammy-nominated Alabama Shakesin Portland, OR, and then again for Cold War Kids, both to sold out audiences. 2016brought the bandto Austria, Switzerland, Germany, and the Czech Republicin February, marking The Weather Machine’s first trip overseas. They’re currently recording athird full-length, and expect announce this year.Based in Portland OR, The Weather Machinereleased its first album after a blustery winter of recording on the Oregon Coast. With strong ties to the region, the 5-piece found its roots in the Pacific Northwest’s unique folk aesthetic, developing ahard-hitting, theatrical rock performancethat expands upon their recorded work. After emerging on the scene in April ‘13, The Weather Machinehas been featured inPASTE Magazine, Buzzfeed,OPB’s Think Out Loud,The Oregonian, thePortland Mercury,Willamette Week, and many more international and US-based publications. Theyworked collaboratively withOregon State ParksandOregon Filmto release their first music video, which debuted on acclaimed actor RainnWilson’s video blogSoulPancakeand was later rereleased online throughGoPro Cameras. Slater Smithstarted The Weather Machinein 2012, andthe band nowfeaturesdrummer Luke Hoffman,bassistAndré Zapata,saxophonistNoah Bernstein, and guitaristTim Karplus.They are currentlyproducing their thirdfull-length record in collaborationwith Oregon State Parks and Oregon Coast Visitor’s Association. The Weather Machine’sconcept album in celebration of the 50thAnniversary of Oregon’s 1967 environmentalBeach Bill will be released before 2018.
Nosila
Nosila
Alison Segura, musically known as Nosila, started her music career with a classical singing degree in one hand and a guitar in the other. For many years she followed the folk singer/songwriter trajectory but didn’t truly find her musical identity until moving to Portland Oregon in 2017.

Starting over in a new city meant she didn’t have her usual collaborators to call on. Rather than jump to fill the vacuum, she decided to try producing herself.

As she began experimenting, she learned that only 2-3% of all producers and engineers are female. With this statistic ringing in her head, it became even more important to learn as much as she could. Not only did she want to make a solid musical contribution herself, but she felt a pull to help other womxn do the same.

In the early stages of her productions, Alison put out monthly demos just for fun. During the process, it became clear that she was no longer making folk music. It was a hard decision but she finally decided to re-brand and release music as Nosila.

Creating what she calls “sad girl electropop,” Nosila released three singles in 2018 drawing inspiration from artists like Maggie Rogers, Dirty Projectors, Billie Eilish, James Blake, Lorde, and Sylvan Esso.

Nosila's sound is shaped by ear-worm melodies, filtered vocal layers, minimalistic beats, and sounds borrowed from r&b, indie, and 80s and 90s pop. This sound helps tell stories about abuse, addiction, betrayal, justice, connection, healing, and of all things, joy.

Yes, sad girl electro pop can be joyful. Nosila proves it.