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Now Hear This: March edition

Jangly indie rock, prickly steel guitar, razor sharp rhymes

Now Hear This is a monthly column that scours the pages of music distributor Bandcamp, looking for new work from local artists that would make fine additions to your digital library. This time around, that includes new music from Lizzy “Cardioid” Ellison and George “Theoretical Planets” Colligan, Mo Troper’s audacious Beatles covers, a live epic from The Decemberists’ vault, and plenty more–just in time for Bandcamp’s next Fee Free First Friday.

The Decemberists, Live Home Library Vol. I

Last year, Portland’s beloved indie-folk dreamers first released a limited vinyl-only edition of this recording of their 2009 live performance of their album The Hazards Of Love, captured at the Royal Oak Theatre in Michigan. They’ve kindly added it to their Bandcamp page so even folks without turntables can enjoy this dense rock opera. 

Johnny Raincloud, Live At Suburbia Studios

When it comes to jangly, wiry indie rock, my penchant is for bands like Johnny Raincloud, bands whose performances ride that very thin line between tightly rehearsed and utterly ramshackle. That is why this recording of them playing live this past January at the titular Portland studio has been in heavy rotation ever since it was released last month. 

Cardioid, Crystal Lattice Lullabies