Stunning Rayguns, The Hugs, High Diving Horses

Stunning Rayguns

The Hugs

High Diving Horses

Fri, May 19, 2017

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

This event is 21 and over

Stunning Rayguns - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Stunning Rayguns
Lullabies for the monsters from the Id.
The Hugs - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
The Hugs
"The Hugs have been occupying their own little corner of the Portland music scene for six years now, cranking out garage pop with an ear for arenas. You could even say it's underappreciated by some. Lead Hug Danny Delegato has forged ahead through personnel changes, kicking out happy pop for sad souls. And they keep getting better. The band's latest LP, Love Led You, Here is jam-packed with exuberant, full-bodied pop with hooks aplenty and a sparkly sheen. It's easily the Hugs' best work to date, and should turn the spotlight on this motley crew in Portland and beyond. "

- Portland Mercury

“Over their four-year history the Hugs have often been compared to the Dandy Warhols. It makes sense: Both were young Portland groups who effectively channeled popular bands of yesteryear, garnering them buzz everywhere. If the comparison continues to be apt in another three years, Danny Delegato and crew will have their “Bohemian Like You” moment and have the opportunity to give Stumptown the finger for good, and I wouldn’t completely blame them. I suspect that part of what has always put fans off of the Hugs (and, in part, the Dandys) has been the way they sprung out the forehead of Cleveland High pre-formed, hooky and cuddly as hell.”

"Danny Delegato has been keeping his psychedelic cruise ship the Hugs afloat since 2007. In 2012, a new version of the Hugs is readying a new LP called Dirty Gems (due out in late June), which carries on the tradition of making psych-pop with a smack of bubblegum. The first single, “Reykjavik,” is a sunny nod to the Icelandic capital. It also shows the Hugs leaving their ramshackle past behind them and veering toward more polished terrain. "

"You can put that NME cover on hold for now, as their rise to stardom will, at best, be a slow and gradual ascent. But under the floppy bangs and slouched teenage shoulders lies a group of kids on the cusp of something great. Much like the early forbearers of the jangly Brit-rock sound, the Hugs have a loose charm, a perfectly content sense of confidence that permeates throughout their sound, no matter how sloppy it might be at the time. Their music has the rough kinetic energy of Slanted and Enchanted-era Pavement, and the haphazard punk of (pre-crack and tabloids) the Libertines."

- Portland Mercury

“There’s a band called The Hugs that I like a lot. They play folk rock. They’re a Portland band. I really like their songs.”

- Gus Van Sant (New York Post)

"With their swooshing swathes of rainbow rock, The Hugs are further proof that someone’s certainly putting something in the water in Portland, Oregon. Like The Lemonheads but with more primal yelping, the moment when their retro-referencing tunes seem to be veering too much in a pleasant, palatable garage-punk direction, their teeny weeny singer Danny Delegato – the lovechild of Noel Fielding and one of The Monkees- lets go a grave spinning, throat-slashing screech before indulging in some energetic and muscle-tearing mic-robatics."

High Diving Horses - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
High Diving Horses
We are a new band of old friends---we make shoegaze-y, melodic songs---Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums, & Vocals
Venue Information:
The Secret Society
116 NE Russell
Portland, OR, 97212