Win Tickets ($20): Music Fest Northwest Kickoff Show w/ Gardens & Villa @ Holocene | Psych-Pop, Cosmic Synth

We are giving away a pair of tickets to the Music Fest Northwest Kick-Off Party at Holocene on Wednesday, May 30. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, May 28.

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From our sponsors at Holocene:
Swahili @ HoloceneMusic Fest Northwest Kick-Off Party w/ Gardens & Villa, Swahili, Grandparents, New Moon Poncho DJs
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
8:30 p.m. | $8-$10 | 21+
Purchase Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets

1001 Southeast Morrison Street Portland, OR 97214
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Join us as we gear up for another awesome year of MFNW! Tonight we present a radiant bill of psych-pop talents who will also be playing the fest this fall. Two of our finest locals join Santa Barbara’s cosmic synth brethren Gardens & Villa.

In the year of the saxophone, Santa Barbara’s Gardens & Villa give us the flute. And along the way, G&V effectively wipe clear the vaseline from the murky bedroom funk of recent days.G&V bang out instant classics — each crystal clear and immaculate, but no less sweeping or languid. Their debut is a youthful exploration of just how opulent and pop starkness can go. It also leaves an impression of California in the way that Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park series or the pool party scene from The Graduate both do, always sensed more than stated outright.

Gardens & Villa channel all the taut pop precisions of 90s Britpop of bands like Blur (borrowed from the 60s anyhow), and send it through an 80s synth filter both undeniably coastal and modern. It’s Spoon’s Kill The Moonlight lost in a daydream, but with that same hungry energy. Gardens & Villa may simultaneously pull from Gary Numan, The Kinks and odder prog within one composition. And like a fine sweet tea, it’s made just that right kind of sugary — though even the most upbeat tunes have an undercurrent of the bittersweet and the lost at heart.

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13 Responses to Win Tickets ($20): Music Fest Northwest Kickoff Show w/ Gardens & Villa @ Holocene | Psych-Pop, Cosmic Synth

  1. Windy May 24, 2012 at 9:43 am #

    I always miss this because of work… but I’ve got the time this year! Tickets? Yes please!

  2. Scott May 24, 2012 at 9:53 am #

    That would be awesome! I’ve never been to the opener.

  3. Morgan May 24, 2012 at 10:35 am #

    Would love to dance it out to some sugary-sweet tunes.

  4. April Hoffmann May 24, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

    Opulence? Sounds fab. Crossing fingers for free tix as my current opulence is at an all time low.

  5. david May 24, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    I want to win!

  6. Rebecca May 24, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    Fun! These folks sound awesome, and I’d love to catch their show.

  7. Theo May 24, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    The voices in my head compel me to go. Can I have free tix, please?

  8. nedi May 24, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

    ITS MY BIRTHDAY!!! :) does that get me anywhere? lol

  9. Miranda May 24, 2012 at 10:05 pm #

    I missed that (by all accounts) *totally sweet* Swahili show at Valentines, but would still like very much to see them for free. And I will use my savings to buy CDs from these bands!

  10. panda May 25, 2012 at 1:15 am #

    havent been to holocene yet, would love to go

  11. Rusty May 25, 2012 at 7:41 am #

    Never been before… Looks like fun

  12. Sarah May 28, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    I always miss these events because I live out of state in IL, I WOULD LOVE to win free fix to invite a friend to enjoy the musicfest kick off! I came out to pdx last year for it and had the best time, I am now looking forward to musicfest this sept!!! Sounds like a lot of fun!

  13. Jennifer May 28, 2012 at 9:51 pm #

    Would love to find some new sweet electro-pop to jive to!

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