Cut Worms - “Cash for Gold”
While the term “Cut Worms” could conjure any number of disturbing images, these days it’s the pseudonym for artist, Max Clarke. He’s on the precipice of sharing his sophomore album, “Hollow Ground,” out May 4 via Jagjaguwar Records. The track, “Cash for Gold,” is the latest taste. It has a breezy, carefree sound, with just the right amount of harmonica, that’s perfect for your first road trip of the spring. Catch him on tour with King Tuff at Portland’s Star Theater on June 3.
Gold Connections - “Bad Intentions”
Perhaps the secret of Gold Connections is just that: singer-songwriter Will Marsh’s ability to strike gold in collaboration and connection with fellow musicians. His self-titled debut EP in 2017 saw Marsh teaming up with Car Seat Headrest’s Will Toledo who produced, engineered and mixed the five songs. With his new full-length album, “Popular Fiction,” due out May 4, Marsh continues this tradition. This time he joins forces with fellow musician and producer, Daniel Goans of Lowland Hums. Fans of the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan will appreciate Marsh’s particular brand of bluesy rock. While the album thematically explores Marsh’s coming of age (from his childhood to the present), this track feels indicative of an artist coming into his own.
No Kind of Rider - “Dark Ice”
No Kind of Rider got their start in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but have called Portland home for the better part of a decade. “Dark Ice” is the latest single from their debut full length album, “Savage Coast,” out July 13. On the new song, these five indie rockers, Sam Alexander, Wes Johnson, Jeremy Louis, Joe Page and Jon Van Patten ride a surprisingly laid back R&B groove with a slow jam sensibility. Velvet vocals and tasty guitar tones blend with synths that keep the whole thing feeling fresh and danceable. Catch them on May 17 at Portland’s Holocene.