The Sellwoods! Live! Garage Punk Hootenanny!

…with The Knights of Trash and Hong Kong Banana!

Live, loud, and outta control, The Sellwoods put on a killer show the other night at their quarterly “Garage Punk Hootenanny” at Twilight Café and Bar. The Portland-based foursome’s sound is delightfully twisted 60s cool with influences ranging from Screaming Lord Sutch and The Mummies to Bo Diddley and The Ramones. The Blind Baron, Viking, the lovely Baroness and Miss Kitka lead the way through the kitschy world of Sellwood City and through a rowdy set-list of all the coolest garage rock obscurities. I was so happy to finally catch The Sellwoods live since had I missed their set at Nuggets Night when I had to turn back around and go home to get my weekend pass – d’oh!

Meet The Sellwoods: The Blind Baron (Matt Diehl) on guitar/vocals, Viking! on bass/vocals The Baroness (Melissa Rose) on drums/vocals, and Miss Kitka (Rebecca June Coryell from The Mean Reds) on Howard Organ/vocals.













Here are some little clips I shot for’s Instagram. Be sure to follow our Instagram, by the way!



Gig Poster by Matt K. Shrugg

Gig Poster by Matt K. Shrugg

Catch The Sellwoods on their west coast mini-tour:

Fri. Aug. 18th at Old Ironsides, Sacramento, CA
w/ The Trouble Makers, Control Freaks (feat. Greg Lowery of Supercharger)

Sat. Aug. 19th at Longboard Margarita Bar, Pacifica, CA
w/ Les Grys-Grys, Ogres, and Control Freaks

Sat. Aug. 26th Third Annual Freak-Out Weekend at Darell’s Tavern, Seattle, WA
w/ The Lovesores, The Reverberations, The Sinister Six, The Second Hand Suits, and The Destroyers

Fri. Sept. 1st Garage Punk Hootenanny at Twilight Café and Bar, Portland, OR

You can order “Joyride Through Sellwood City/You Tear Me Up!”, The Sellwoods’ split 7″ with Shouting Thomas Torment online at Double Crown Records. You can also follow The Sellwoods on Facebook!

I was also stoked about seeing Thee Milkshakes cover band The Knights of Trash. Fresh from the Burger Boogaloo, I’d recently caught a glimpse of them on Youtube and I was down to get my Medway on.  Led by dynamic lead singer Rob Splinter, jumping, screaming, leaping off stage and running into the crowd, these showmen killed it with one of the liveliest performances I’ve seen since The Woggles at Nuggets Night.

The Knights of Trash: Rob Splinter (Lead Vocals,Guitar) Zack Static (Guitar, Vocals) Jamie Jaspers (Bass, Vocals) Michael G. Waugh (Drums, Vocals)



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You can also follow The Knights of Trash on Facebook and Instagram

Full disclosure, I didn’t catch Hong Kong Banana’s full set, but they rock and their lead guitarist’s tone is like buddah! Hope to catch them again, soon!

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Portland’s Hong Kong Banana Photo: Amanda Sheppard

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Ms. Moneynine

Musician, Music lover, Maniac! I’m also a freelance writer and contributor at Please Kill Me. And I’m presently calling the PDX my home. You can also follow me on Bandcamp.

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