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It's hard to believe it's not the weekend yet - if you happened to be at Neumos Tuesday night, there was definitely some Friday-night style action going on! The Octopus Project played a mesmerizing set, wowing the audience with their ecclectic mixture of home-engineered instruments, whimsical animated stage props, and intricately layered music. The Octopus Project doesn't just make noise, they smash decibels, photons and surrealism together to create an all-encompassing atmosphere of awesome.
Portland electroacoustic heroes Starfucker were up next, and quickly got down to business - within two songs they not only had the crowd amped, but were fending off kamikaze stage-divers and crowd-surfers. Fans donned rabbit ears, waved glowsticks, and proudly raised their "STRFCKR"-painted arms in synthpop-abandon. Let them rave on.