NPR Premieres BRAINSTORM’s ‘Flat Earth’

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BRAINSTORM (all caps) is an experimental-pop group from Portland, Oregon. They are set to release Heat Waves on October 2 via Tender Loving Empire. Pulling heavily on cumbia rhythms, western African guitar, and nostalgic soul, the band weaves their influences into a coherent fabric of art-pop, executed masterfully and endlessly compelling. Produced by the legendary Robby Moncrieff (engineer of Dirty Projectors' Bitte Orca, Youth Lagoon's 7", and Ganglians' Still Living), Heat Waves shines with inescapable pop melodies, polyrhythmic singing, thunderous drumming, and shimmering guitar lines. The result is a unique brand of art-pop that is energetic, eclectic, and undeniably engaging. NPR is running a premiere of 'Flat Earth' and the track is available as an MP3 to post and share via SoundCloud. Additionally, the band just announced the album pre-order and a fall tour in support of the release. All shows are listed below.

BRAINSTORM has been touring the country for three years, attracting attention from such tastemakers as Nylon, local publications Willamette Week, The Portland Mercury and online sites like Get Off the Coast. The band delivers a truly impressive live performance: guitar, drums, tuba, keyboard, and three-part harmonies are sewn masterfully together into a compelling brand of art-pop that BRAINSTORM can truly call its own.

Voted a Best New Band of 2011 by the Willamette Week, BRAINSTORM headlines some of Portland's most raucous shows and tours nationally, sharing the stage with acts like Portugal The Man, Best Coast, Akron/Family, Tame Impala, The Thermals, Thee Oh Sees and more. This past April, BRAINSTORM toured in France, and played in Paris along with fellow PDX accolades YACHT, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Nurses, AU and Lovers.

formed as a duo in the summer of 2008, when Adam Baz and Patrick Phillips met while playing with Ohioan & the Native Kin. Upon exchanging a series of mix tapes containing an array of their favorite music, the musical chemistry between the two became obvious, and the band was born. They have been sculpting and refining their sound as a duo for four years, and just recently added Tamara Barnes to the band, playing bass and singing. Now a trio, the band's sound is full, fleshed-out, and ripe for the picking.

Upcoming BRAINSTORM shows:
  • 09.06: Portland, OR - MusicFest Northwest Show @ Holocene - with TANLINES
  • 09.08: Portland, OR - Oregon Public Broadcasting Showcase @ Mississippi Studios
  • 09.10: Portland, OR - Time Based Arts Festival - event curated by BRAINSTORM - w/ Iftin, Jason Urick, and live Skpe performances by western African music
  • 09.25 Boise, ID @ Neurolux -- Radio Boise Tuesday
  • 09.27 Fort Collins, CO @ GNU Experience Gallery
  • 09.28 Denver, CO @ Lion's Lair
  • 09.30 Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Saloon
  • 10.02 Chicago, IL @ The Burlington
  • 10.03 Chattanooga, TN @ JJ's Bohemia
  • 10.05 Raleigh, NC @ King's Barricade #
  • 10.06 Greenville, NC @ Tipsy Teapot #
  • 10.07 Charlotte, NC @ Snug Harbor ^
  • 10.08 Roanoke, VA @ The Shelf House #
  • 10.09 Charlottesville, VA @ Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar #
  • 10.10 Washington, DC @ Black Cat #
  • 10.11 Philadelphia, PA @ Goldilock's Gallery #
  • 10.12 Baltimore, MD @ Golden West Cafe #
  • 10.13 Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium #
  • 10.14 Red Hook, NY @ Bard College
  • 10.16 New York, NY @ CMJ
  • 10.17 New York, NY @ CMJ
  • 10.18 New York, NY @ CMJ
  • 10.19 New York, NY @ CMJ
  • 10.21 Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop w/ Sleeping Bag
  • 10.22 Fayetteville, AR @ Nightbird Books
  • 10.23 Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios
  • 10.24 Austin, TX @ The Mohawk w/ Dignan Porch
  • 10.25 Marfa, TX @ El Cosmico
  • 10.26 Santa Fe, NM @ Betterday Coffee
  • 10.28 San Deigo CA @ Bar Eleven
  • 10.31 Fresno, CA @ Fulton 55
  • 11.01 San Francisco, CA @ The Knockout
  • 11.03 Sacramento, CA @ Bows and Arrows w/ Appetite
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^ = with Dinosaur Feathers

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