Magma Fest is going on all month


Promo Film for Magma Fest 2014 from Christian J Petersen on Vimeo.

Look out, Magma Fest is going on all month-
Looking forward to the Space Lady on the 9th at Chop Suey-

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Hypnotikon Hylights


A couple of short vids from last weekend’s Hypnotikon: Seattle Psych Fest at the Triple Door.



Hypnotikon: Seattle Psych Fest is this Friday and Saturday. For the full schedule and to get tickets (only $40 for both nights!) go to the Triple Door website.

Prince Rama July 3rd at the Rendezvous Jewelbox Theater


Wednesday July 3rd at the Rendezvous Jewel Box Theater with Ecstatic Cosmic Union and Dionvox

Poster by Steve Quenell. See more of his work HERE

future freaks


A night of new weird electronic sounds this thursday at the Comet.

Two Nights With Boris


This Saturday and Sunday at the Crocodile- The Japanese fuzz gods known as BORIS will be doing a very special two night event.   Saturday 5/18 they will be revisiting “All Time Classics” from throughout their 20 album, 20+ year music career and 5/19 they will perform the monolithic dream drone epic “Flood” in its entirety. Joining them the 1st night will be House of Low Culture (featuring members of Isis and Stephen O’malley of SunnO))) and opening the 2nd night  will be drcarlsonalbion (AKA Dylan Carlson of Earth).

DJ One Eye of Portable Shrines will be spinning cosmic jams between sets on both nights and Saturday there will be an after party with Seattle’s Noise-A-Tron. Both nights are all ages + bar w/ ID and start at 8:00pm so don’t be late.  Poster design by Dax Anderson


Sunday at the Rendezvous


Sunday January 27th at the Rendezvous Jewelbox Theater

A showcase of exciting new cosmic tones brought to you by Portable Shrines & No Sleep

Jetman Jet Team (these junior spacemen are one of the best new bands we’ve seen in a while)

Ecstatic Cosmic Union (Sonic vortex generators Aubrey Nehring & Rena Luelle Bussinger)

Rainbow Wolves (New synth excursion from Randall Skrasek of Hypatia Lake, Soft Hills etc.)

1/27/2013  9:30 pm  $5  +21   Poster by Rena Bussinger

Moon Duo/Phil Manley/Brain Fruit @ the Sunset


This Saturday 12/8 at the Sunset in Ballard- Moon Duo, Phil Manley Life Coach and Brain Fruit.
Sounds pretty damn good to me.

Moon Duo – Mazes (Official Video) from Souterrain Transmissions on Vimeo.



Come get even more Distorted this Wednesday 11/28 during the Lunar Full Moon Eclipse! It’s the 2nd installment of the bi-monthly {{DISTORTIONS}} Psych DJ Night at the LoFi. Resident DJs Explorateur and Veins have been burning up the decks lately with some of the most finely curated and far-out sounds you are likely to hear on this backwoods planet. Alien soundtracks, acid rock, psych funk, vintage electronic futurism and uncategorizable delights will pass through your ear holes all night. This time they will be joined by DJ One Eye of Portable Shrines (who used to bring you ye olde Wednesday night freak-outs at The Living Room). One Eye’s Portable Shrines Light Show will be in full effect as well so prepare to have your orbs dazzled by synergistic 4-D light mandalas.

9:00PM-2:00AM 21+ The LoFi 429 Eastlake Ave East, Seattle

MV & EE Saturday at Cairo


Leaving their cosmic yurt homestead to travel the land, mystic folk jammers MV & EE make their way to Seattle this Saturday where they will be playing an intimate set at Cairo on Capitol Hill. MV & EE are Matt Valentine and Erika Elder. Matt Valentine has a prolific recording history under his own name and with MV & EE but first became known for his work with Tower Recordings, a music collective in upstate New York that issued many mysterious and freaky sounds throughout the 90′s.

Also performing – Karnak Temples, solo project of Adam Svenson (Dull Knife) with special guest Garrett Moore (Brain Fruit, Midday Veil) on drums and Ecstatic Cosmic Union a new project featuring Aubrey Nehring and Rena Luelle Bussinger.

Projections by Portable Shrines
8-11pm at Cairo Gallery
507 e mercer st
(near the corner of summit and mercer) All ages.

Saturday @the Comet


1/21/2012 -That band of mystic heathens known as Jeffertitti’s Nile return to Seattle. Their future primitive space garage vibes  were one of the highlights of Escalator Fest 2010 so we look forward to seeing them again but this bill also boasts three of the hands down best local acts going right now- Diminished Men, Rose Windows and the Low Hums. With DJ Mamma Casserole.  See you there…

hail bombino


Tuareg guitar phenomena Bombino comes all the way from the edge of the Sahara to Seattle December 11 at the Nectar.

From the Zero Gravity Films website-
“The Tuareg are an ancient Saharan nomadic tribe who, since the 12th century, have linked North Africa and West Africa, guiding their camel caravans across the desert, spreading art and music from Egypt to Mali. The Tuareg guard their independence and personal freedoms fiercely and have taken up arms against the government three times in the past two decades. They are also a very moderate and independent Muslim culture that cherishes the right to worship in their own way, as well as the rights of women. In fact, in Tuareg culture, the men cover their faces, the women do not.”

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Into the CAVE


Another great show at the Comet (Lesbian, La Otracina, Great Society Mind Destroyers, Hypatia Lake show the week before was incredible BTW)
Thanks to Mama Casserole and all the folks who support amazing touring bands like Chicago’s CAVE. Locals Are You a Cat?, Midday Veil and Kinski also tore it up for real.
Here’s a couple videos from the show featuring Portable Shrines light show by Aubrey Nehring and Rena Bussinger.

Austin Psych Fest 4


In past years, we’ve often lamented not being able to make the trip to Austin Psych Fest. (In 2009, Austin transplant Victoria Reynard even wrote a full review of APF2 for Portable Shrines so we could at least experience it vicariously.)

This year, a small group of us made the trip to Austin to observe first hand how our psychedelic brethren do it up down south.

Austin Psych Fest 4 - Seaholm Power Plant

Photo by Clarita Hinojosa

Austin Psych Fest 4 was held at the Seaholm Power Plant, an old art deco landmark that has been retired from producing actual power since the 1950s. The inside of the space was completely transformed for the occasion, with two stages set up to accomodate the 50-some bands who made the trek to Texas for our psychedelic consideration.  (This year’s lineup was truly amazing…so many bands we were excited to see, all in one place!)  We arrived on Friday afternoon just in time to catch Seattle’s own Night Beats deliver an inspired set of rock and roll with the help of special guest Chris Catalena (of The Tunnels and The Ghost Songs).

The Night Beats at Austin Psych Fest 4

The Night Beats at Austin Psych Fest 4. Photo by Emily Pothast.

The next day, we caught Night Beats again, this time giving a performance at the Do512 Lounge, a small performance space that hosted small televised shows for several of the Psych Fest Bands (including The Meek, The Black Ryder and The Diamond Center. It was a great chance to see some of these bands in such an intimate setting. We couldn’t stay for long, however, because the afternoon was full of some of the bands we were most excited to catch: Cloudland Canyon, PONTIAK, White Hills, Lumerians, Young Prisms and The Soft Moon all played the second stage on Saturday, before SPECTRUM took to the mainstage for an epic, slow-building performance.

Pontiak at Austin Psych Fest 4

PONTIAK at Austin Psych Fest 4. Photo by Emily Pothast.

White Hills at Austin Psych Fest 4

White Hills at Austin Psych Fest 4. Photo by Emily Pothast.

Lumerians at Austin Psych Fest 4

Lumerians at Austin Psych Fest 4. Photo by Emily Pothast.

On Day 3, we investigated some of Austin’s more exciting off-site attractions, including the amazing record store End of an Ear and Switched on Austin, an analog synth specialty store featuring immaculate modulars and vintage Farfisas as far as the eye could see. Again, we didn’t have much time because the afternoon was full of more bands we were dying to see: Denver’s Tjutjuna and Minneapolis’s Daughters of the Sun were standouts on the second stage.  By the time Roky Erickson and festival organizers The Black Angels took to the main stage, their audience was completely saturated by the ear-splitting, soul-vibrating good vibes.

Switched on Austin

Switched On Music and Electronics, Austin's synth mecca.

Tjutjuna at Austin Psych Fest 4

Tjutjuna at Austin Psych Fest 4. (In Austin, bands can have beer on stage!) Photo by Emily Pothast.

Austin Psych Fest is a very special event. People were there to hang out and network as much as they were there to listen to (and play) music, and so in many ways, it seems like the fine folks at the Reverberation Appreciation Society have put together a spectacular alternative to SXSW for those most interested in music on the heady end of the spectrum. If I were to issue any criticism at all of this near-perfect event, it would be that the sound on the mainstage was a little thin compared to the second stage, which was like a full-body vibratory chamber. That and maybe the Pacific Northwest felt a tiny bit underrepresented. (Aside from Night Beats, were there any Northwest bands on the bill? Maybe it’s just their proximity to us, but I thought Eternal Tapestry felt conspicuously absent. Purple Rhinestone Eagle, Kinski, AFCGT and [ahem] Midday Veil would have also fit seamlessly into the lineup, and Master Musicians of Bukkake would have warped it, in a good way.)

Skully'z Recordz at Austin Psych Fest 4

Dan Brinner from Skully'z Recordz at Austin Psych Fest 4.

But Northwest psych fans may rest assured that our humble Portable Shrines Magic Sound Theatre Vol. I compilation was all over the fest, from the Night Beats’s merch table to the record booth provided by Skully’z Recordz from New Orleans. It will be exciting to see which psychedelic sounds bubble up from the Northwest underground in time for APF5.

For those of you who didn’t make it to Austin this year, we’ve got a couple of delectable local events in store this week featuring APF4 bands: Cloudland Canyon is playing on Monday, May 9 at the Comet (with Midday Veil, Magnog and Brain Fruit) and Daughters of the Sun are playing next Saturday, May 14 at the Josephine (with Ayahuasca Travellers, Magnog, and This Blinding Light). We’ve also been talking to some of the other APF4 bands who are planning to come up in late summer, more details soon.

(Cuz in Seattle, it’s Psych Fest all year loooooong!)

The Sun, Austin, TX

In Austin, they have this weird ball of light in the sky. They call it "The Sun."