In this installment, after the cut: The PDX Broadsides!
Genre: Filk (a subgenre of folk that focuses on geeky stuff), though they seem to moving into a poppier style.
Who They Are: Hollyanna Smith McCollom, Jessica Hebert and Christian Lipski, a trio from Portland, Oregon. Christian plays guitar, all three sing and write.
What They Do: Catchy nerd-flavored tunes, with a healthy dose of humor. They've released three albums so far, and while the first showed their roots as a pirate shanty group, they hit their stride with their second, Aim To Misbehave, with tributes to Lego, Miyazaki, odd paranormal jobs, and Nathan Fillion removing his pants. Last year's follow-up, Something's Rotten, brought us convention riots, Ophelia speaking truth to power, the Nopetopus, and Nathan Fillion removing his pants.
They've just launched a Kickstarter (which funded as I was writing this!) for their next album, Trust Issues. You can watch a live concert they filmed the night the Kickstarter launched on that page, where they play 8 of the 13 songs from the new album. (Be warned - a certain name gets dropped about six minutes in.) They sound really good, nerdy and a bit more poppy and full of life. (But per the track listing, there's no song about Nathan Fillion removing his pants. I'm shocked. Shocked, I say!)
Where To Start: Judging from the concert, I think that when it's released in September, Trust Issues will be the best place. Until then, I strongly recommend Aim To Misbehave.
For More: Their website, their Twitter feed (@PDXBroadsides), their Facebook page, their Bandcamp page.