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the end.

after 5 years of being a band, play/start has decided to call it quits. we have had so much fun playing shows and challenging each other to be better musicians. our eternal thanks and gratitude to all of our friends, family and fans that have made this experience so incredible. we wouldn’t have been able to do it without you. xo.


play/start featured on RIOT GRRRL BERLIN compilation


play/start is featured on the new RIOT GRRRL BERLIN compilation! This compilation is dedicated to help raise awareness for Pussy Riot members. Read their about the story and new developments here. Amazing compilation includes 4 bands from Portland plus tons of other rad bands.


July 21st – EUREKA, CA – @ Lil’ Red Lion
July 22nd – SAN FRANCISCO @ El Rio (w/ Hold Me Luke Allen and Le Panique)
July 23rd – San Jose – TBA
July 24th – ANAHEIM @ The Doll Hut
August 14th – SEATTLE @ Funhouse (w/ the Hugs and Shivas)

“Dawn of the Day of the Living Queer” and CD RELEASE PARTY!

Holy crap. We haven’t played a show since December. We took some time off to record our album, write some new material, and to get back in touch with our inner musicians. We’ve all been doing some extracurricular business too! Lorenzo was asked to speak on a panel in Philadelphia about his acclaimed portrait series “Transportraits”, Sarah just passed her thesis proposal, Candise became a full-fledged librarian and I, Leslie, learned the opening riff to Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar On Me”. So, you know, just little miracles all around.

But enough about that – on to the shows!  FIRST UP is May 19th at the PSU park blocks near Smith Memorial Union – we will be playing the “Dawn of the Day of the Living Queer” block party along with Tender Forever and NO/HO/MO!!  Big-time awesomness and we are freaking stoked to get back on the stage with some radical performers.

Then… CD RELEASE PARTY! We will be playing at Saratoga on Saturday, May 21st along with super freaking amazing people like one of our favorite bands, Forsorcerers and our good friend Dexter Flowers will be opening the show. Check it out on Facebook.

We are so happy to be getting back out there and playing some shows and we can’t wait to see you out there!

xo – leslie

THE ALIBI – new album out today!

OUR NEW ALBUM IS OUT TODAY! Finally. After a lot of work and investment, we can finally put our completed album out there, and it is totally FREE for download.

Just go to and click on the “BUY IT NOW” link. You can download it for free, or feel free to put a couple of bucks in there and help support us in making some new music and doing our very first-ever tour this summer.

We are already booked in San Francisco with our VERY awesome friends and rad band Hold Me Luke Allen on July 22 at El Rio. We are stoked.



Not Enough! festival happening again this year!

dear portland-area queers. let’s make some new music!

the next NOT ENOUGH! festival will happen in september!

the geniuses that planned last year’s not enough festival are doing another one this year and it is going to be amazing. last year was so much fun and so inspiring. it was so amazing to see what people were able to put together in such a short period of time.

the idea is to get queers together to create a rad batch of brand new queer music. check out their tumblr account for more information and for updates on meetup events where you can get in touch with other people who want to make music.

thanks to all of the rad people who are making this happen!

play/start featured on THE NEW GAY

Thanks to our awesome pals at HOMOGROUND radio, we were featured on the rad web site THE NEW GAY! We can’t express our thanks enough to scantron and Homoground for the work that they are doing and for helping queer listeners and bands connect. We love you.

Make sure to catch up on the Homoground podcasts. There is so much rad new music happening out there.