Daily Archives: July 24, 2014

Block Party Appetizer: Shy Girls

| July 24, 2014


James Blake, The Weeknd, How To Dress Well. All these sounds have one thing in common—they’re sultry and sexy. And you can now add Shy Girls to the list of modern R&B crooners taking over the music scene as of late.

Shy Girls is actually Dan Vidmar, a Portland native who began his journey back in 2011 while working at an emergency room during the day.

After Dan saw a void in the Portland music scene—which was dominated by indie rock—he vowed to do something different. His hushed falsetto-like vocals do just that, taking listeners straight into ’90’s slow jam territory. Just don’t call it baby-making music, which he thinks is a cop out.

His influences range from Boyz II Men and Backstreet Boys to Luther Vandross, claiming he’s, “able to find musical value in a lot of material that my friends scoff at.”

For those feeling like a chilled-out makeout sesh at Block Party? Head on over to Shy Girls’ set on Friday, July 25th at 4pm on the main stage to feel some good lovin’.

Block Party Appetizer: Holychild

| July 24, 2014


Liz Nistico and Louie Diller are the experimental-pop duo Holychild—and their one mission is to rock your face off!

Meeting during a dance class while both were attending George Washington University in 2011, Liz and Louie have been honing their craft since, bringing incredible sounds to each performance that are sure to get the crowd wild.

A catchy, bouncy baby signed to Glassnote Records and based out of L.A., don’t let their sugar-coated pop fool you, as the group is essentially the equivalent birth child of Sleigh Bells and tUnE-yArDs, bringing sounds that fans will love.

Their album, Mind Speak, is a feminist commentary about social pressures that women put on themselves and each other, with Liz’s frustrations on being “pressured to look, act and speak a certain way,” very much reflected in many of the lyrics on the album.

Revel in being a woman, loving women, and/or some unadulterated pop by seeing Holychild on Friday, July 25 at 8:15pm on the Vera Stage.