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555-BURN: Strange Ranger

555-BURN: Keeping the underground alive on E. Burnside

555-BURN: Strange Ranger

Lee Corey Oswald, Little Star

Fri, April 27

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

Doug Fir Lounge

Portland, OR

$5.00 - $8.00

This event is 21 and over

Strange Ranger
Strange Ranger
Strange Ranger (fka Sioux Falls) is an Indie-Rock/Post-Punk band from Montana, now based out of Portland, Oregon. The band was formed by the duo of Isaac Eiger and Fred Nixon, who have been playing music together since 2009 when the pair were still in high school. A friendship solidified by their mutual love of early Modest Mouse, the two would eventually make the move to Portland in search of more fertile musical soil. The band would struggle to solidify over the next few years but those hardships would lead to their breakthrough debut full-length, the sprawling Rot Forever under the name Sioux Falls, released in February of 2016. From there it has been a whirlwind of notoriety for the band. Rot Forever was named one of Consequence of Sound's 'Top 50 Albums of 2016.' Later in 2016 the band would change their name to Strange Ranger and release a new EP, Sunbeams Through Your Head, which would make Stereogum's list of "Great EPs from 2016." Those two releases would also lead Stereogum to name Strange Ranger one of "2016's Best New Bands."
Lee Corey Oswald
Lee Corey Oswald
What do you get when you take a classical music teacher, a philosophy student, a nanny/barber, and a professional poker player and stick them in a house in Northeast Portland. No, its not a house of mid-20’s retirees nor is it a Portlandia Skit. It’s the up-and-coming indie/punk quartet Lee Corey Oswald.

The band got their start in the vibrant and vivacious punk scene of Scranton PA, alongside bands such as Title Fight, Tigers Jaw, and The Menzingers, before relocating to Portland, OR in 2009. Though they inevitably drew influence from the laid back elements of a West Coast lifestyle and the indie/folk scene of Portland, their sound never shook that sense of emotional urgency and intensity that is so familiar with bands out of the Northeast.

After releasing a split with Scranton/Philly’s Three Man Cannon in the winter of 2012 the band toured the U.S., sharing the stage with The Lawrence Arms, Titus Andronicus, Title Fight, The Menzingers, La Dispute, Pianos Become the Teeth, Broadway Calls, Touche Amore and The Sidekicks among others.

Lee Corey Oswald’s debut release ‘Regards’, is out now on No Sleep Records.
Little Star
Little Star
Like it or not, the Little Star story is a classic rock one. Born out of a dissolving relationship, baptized in manic bedroom recording sessions, and confirmed under the winking lights of Portland basement venues, Little Star embodies the rock dream of transfiguring sadness into pop gold.

We first heard of Little Star through the Romantic World of Little Star cassette self-release, a map for Daniel Byers' inner tumult disguised as scrappy dreampop. Big Star's exuberant melancholy, the Kinks' crackerjack guitar work and the Cure's winking macabre all lit the path through Daniel Byers' little world. Now we have Being Close, an album that finds Byers enlisting the help of bassist, singer and songwriter Julian Morris and drummer John Value, transposing the coy synthesized instrumentation of Romantic World into a true power trio. "It has very aggressive moments, and it has more tender and sweet moments," than the debut cassette, proclaims Morris. Byers takes care to note the influence of friends and fellow Portlanders Sioux Falls on the album's brash sound.

Being Close is the sound Little Star "bringing the [Romantic World] out of the bedroom and into the live space," says Value. The ten-song collection finds Byers and Morris, penning songs about transformation and transcendence—Dan's songs about processing his breakup, Julian's songs about his process of gender transition. The album might be about dissolution and finding oneself anew, but Byers carefully notes that the songs are really about "moving apart from people." Is it a breakup album? "Well maybe it is, on accident."

Songs like "Cheeseman" and "For Goth Easter" demonstrate the emotional breadth of Little Star. All of the songs are "about moving apart from people," Byers explains. The rollicking "Cheeseman" details the painful drift between two friends, set over Bolan-esque chugging guitar chords. An honest-to-god guitar solo caps off the song, showcasing Byers' sage-like (and Sage-like) fret heroics. And then there's "For Goth Easter." The Morris-Value-Byers trio have turned Romantic World's emotional centerpiece into a Being Close's first act showstopper, a breathless three-minute meditation on the power of rock music. Portland Mercury contributor Cameron Crowell has described seeing entire basements teary-eyed, singing along to every word of the song, and I've seen it happen, too, I swear to god.

Little Star recorded the bulk of Being Close live in a single eighteen-hour session at Portland's Type Foundry Studios and mixed the rest of the album in the same house used to make Romantic World. Portland label Good Cheer Records is proud to release the album on TK FORMATS, available online and in stores on January 8.