The Bloodtypes

The Bloodtypes make electronic, pogo dance punk and it’s hard not to sing and clap-a-long when they bust out the blood splatter, fog machines and super catchy tunes. Too punk to be goth/industrial but still leaning that way, the Bloodtypes (ex-members of the Epoxies and many other amazing bands) play well informed, 80’s new wave inspired rock n’ roll. A few years ago I encountered a string of bands that reinvigorated my love for punk (The Briefs, The Red Dons, The Clorox Girls, ect.) and The Bloodtypes are right on point in this way. If the rock n’ roll in your life is missing it’s fun it’s time you got a transfusion. For more information visit: thebloodtypes.com The Bloodtypes song “Alien Eyes” will be available on Nate Allen’s Kickstarter Mixtape. The Bloodtypes  “They Live” – Official Music Video: Click here to turn Nate Allen into a video game. Make your order by 8:59pm Pacific Time on Wednesday Nov 5.

Jim Strange and The Proud and The Damned

Jim Strange and The Proud and The Damned are heavy metal, Americana gothic rock based in Portland. Fans of Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, Wovenhand, and Sisters Of Mercy will be won over by Jim’s deep and powerful voice. If any of you are performers, perhaps you know the feeling of playing a bar show and giving it your all, only to wonder if anyone is even paying attention. Then you see that lone person in the crowd, holding their beer, looking at you and smiling. Jim was that guy for us once. Jim’s authenticity and genuine passion for music shine in a real way, and we are proud to call him a friend. Jim Strange and The Proud and The Damned are contributing a song to Nate Allen’s Kickstarter Mixtape. For more information visit: jimstrange.com Listen to Jim Strange and The Proud and The Damned’s Pox Americana below. Pox Americana by Jim Strange with The Proud and The Damned Click here to turn Nate Allen into a video game. Make your order by 8:59pm Pacific Time on Wednesday Nov 5.

Levi The Poet

Levi is a poet, a man of many words. As a verbal processor myself, I can appreciate this. His passion shines through in live performance. For the last several years he’s toured hard and heavy spouting poems of personal experience and theological insights. It’s inspiring stuff. Levi The Poet was the kind of artist that got all up in your business and sweated on his audience (sound familiar?) but he recently shifted to performing in front of a projection screen. These new poems are his best yet. They resonated with the darkness we can all identify. As fictional works that tell a story, I believe they will identify even better. They are definitely a step in the right direction. Levi will be contributing a poem to the Nate Allen Kickstarter Mixtape. For more information visit: levithepoet.net/ Levi’s upcoming concept album Correspondence-(A Fiction) will be out in November. Watch the “Dear Pianist” video below. Click here to Order the Kickstarter Mixtape. Click here to turn Nate Allen into a video game. Make your order by 8:59pm Pacific Time on Wednesday Nov 5.

McDougall

McDougall is a foot stomping, bluegrass hustling one-man-band based in Portland, Oregon. Scott’s music has elements of folk, gospel, bluegrass, blues, and always a good amount of rock n’ roll. His live show is not to be missed and each record he makes takes a huge step-forward. Distinctively intense vocals also characterize this creative take on traditional Americana. I like to say Scott McDougall is our rock n’ roll priest because the first 2 times I met him were on significant days in my life. We played shows together the night Tessa and I got engaged and the day we buried my Grandfather. McDougall is contributing “Ones and Twos” to the Nate Allen Kickstarter Mixtape. For more information visit: mcdougallmusic.com/  FFO: Larry and His Flask, Muddy Roots, Jack White McDougall recently released McDougall. Check it out below: McDougall by McDougall Watch one of my old personal favorites “Grandma Holley’s Blues” below Click here to turn Nate Allen into a video game. Make your order by 10:59pm CST on Wednesday Nov 5.

Octagrape

Octagrape! OctaGRAPE! OCTAGRAPE! I saw them once and I can’t get them out of my head.. seriously so rad. They are the sonic completion of the best 90’s garage rock band time warped to save the world in 2014.  Glen Galloway has a long history of making great music in Truman’s Waters and Soul Junk. We’ve done shows with Soul Junk, but nothing could have prepared me for the joyful, distorted mess that was and is Octagrape. The thing is, Glen moves around a lot and he doesn’t wear a guitar strap. The frenetic energy released on stage is palpable. These guys are professionals. Octagrape combines life-lessons-learned from countless nights spent in dirty rock clubs to teach us all a lesson: play rock n’ roll like you mean it and remember to have fun because at any given moment things might spin a out of control and you want to be able to say “I was there when….” For more information visit Octagrape on facebook. Pick up some Octagrape from Sounds Familyre today. Octagrape will be contributing a song to Nate Allen’s Kickstarter Mixtape.  Watch “Eternal Hair” below:   Click here to turn Nate Allen into a video game. Make your order by 8:59pm Pacific …