When We Met New Not Normals, it was Sorta Ultra ;)

I had huge expectations entering the Lombard Pub on Dec 23rd, (which allbeit may be the first time anyone’s ever said that in a sentence before, only kidding of course) and yet I was thrilled with how all three sets turned out. Being that Scott Hammond, A.K.A Scotty from Radio Hot Tub, was celebrating his…

Portland DIY House Scene Environment

You can and likely will come to a crossroads as a band early on in the realization that you’ve got to start somewhere. Kiss didn’t just come to their first gig with a truck load of merch and shove it down our eager consumer throats like they’ve done over the years, they built an empire…

Tom Ghoulie: Portland’s Mac Demarco

The first time I saw Tom Ghoulie was opening at the Hydration House, the home of Tom Ghoulie. I was waiting to hear The Friskies and was blown away by Tom Ghoulie and the Volturz just as much or more. They had that basement packed and I barely squeezed into the back to find room…

Best New Band of the Year in Portland

Although this once again may draw some heat and criticism Ritual Veil is my favorite new band of the year and deserves some more attention along with some of the other amazing new bands such as Darkswoon and Sweeping Exits among many others. Ritual Veil is a new wave post punk synth Pop trio out of Portland,…

Come To Our First Of Many Free Shows Ever Put On

We here at Lysergic Sound Department have made it our mission to put on free shows indefinitely at our new home base the Growler’s Taproom on Hawthorne.  Our first intent is to provide Portland with quality music for free so that even the out crowd can eventually be versed in wonderfully beautiful local music in…