Live Review: Closer Fest, Day 3

Looking on the bright side, Portland knows how to support some of its local artists. The turnout for Natasha Kmeto's release show for her new LP Crisis was one of the most impressive crowds of the Closer Festival. Maybe it was just the comparatively intimate venue—Holocene is smaller than Refuge, where another crowded main event was held Saturday—or maybe it was Kmeto's increasingly dance-friendly ...   More
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Live Review: Closer Fest, Day 2


The biggest night in Closer's three year history did not disappoint. Three rooms in Refuge, the main host of the festival for each of the three years, sought to appease the varying musical tastes of Portland's electronica lovers. Outside, and audible from blocks away, was the PDX Junglist stage, showcasing Portland's best in drum 'n' bass—if you're into that kind of thing.On the VIP Stage, LoDubs ...   More
Saturday, June 22, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Live Review: Closer Fest, Day 1

Art of Hot

Kicking off an electronic music festival at a gay bar is fitting. Electronic music would still be twitching around on the floor to Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit” if we lived in a fully hetero society. Thursday’s event at Crush Bar, a “straight-friendly” gay bar, was supposedly just a warmup for the two talent-packed weekend nights to come. But by 11 pm Art of Hot, aka Portland-based producer ...   More
Friday, June 21, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Top Five Must-Sees at Closer Electronic Music Festival

Top 5
John Tejada (Friday, Refuge) The meticulous, melodic house master (pictured) is bringing his all-hardware (read: MacBook-free) set to Portland for its stateside debut. Eat your heart out, San Fra   More
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Sophomore Bump

Closer electronic music fest returns for a second year, humble as ever.

Music Stories
 Jack Coleman knows that “Portland” and “electronic music” aren’t exactly synonymous for most people. Like many fringe music makers, Coleman—who has produced techno and house musi   More
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 CASEY JARMAN


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