Saturday, December 26, 2009

free, live music bonanza : dec 28-jan 3 : tony ozier, bryan free, y la bamba, root beer and french fry, patricia furpurse, nathan detroit

Issue No. 17 : December 28, 2009 – January 3, 2010

My New Year's resolution : See more live music for free.

28 Monday
Disco dance party at Valentine's with DJ Sexy Cousin, 9 PM. 21 and over.

Jazz/blues/rock and his guitar with Sean Degregorio at McMenamins White Eagle Saloon, 8:30 PM. 21 and over.

29 Tuesday
Some glorious electro-smash at Valentine's with Root Beer and French Fry, Rob Walmart, and Tokyo's Mammal, 10 PM. 21 and over.

Northwest Fresh hip hop fusion with Marv Ellis and his live band The Platform along with guest rappers, DJs, and more at McMenamins White Eagle Saloon, 9 PM. 21 and over.

Peter Squires strums casual indie while This is the Sun makes some experimental noise at Camellia Lounge @ TeaZone, 9PM. All ages.

30 Wednesday
Indie, shoegaze with Incredible Yacht Control and every else from multi-instrumentalist Bryan Free at Berbati's Pan, 10 PM. 21 and over.

Tony Ozier's Dookie Jam with funk-rock-soul-jazz-blues-impromptu at Someday Lounge, 9 PM. 21 and over.

31 Thursday : New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve Hideout with DJs Ricky Pang and Patricia Furpurse spinning dreamy disco, post punk, synth pop, garage rock, funk, and soul at Valentine's, 9 PM. 21 and over.

Live 80's cover band The Breakfast Club rock McMenamins Edgefield alongside The Quick and Easy Boys and Sonny Hess, 7 PM. 21 and over.

01 Friday : New Year's Day
Take the night off?

02 Saturday
Electro-dance-love at Berbati's on Solid Gold night three with Nathan Detroit, DJ Tigerstripes, and Chrome Wings, 10 PM. 21 and over.

Indie, acoustic, indie with Typhoon, Y La Bamba, Eat Skull, and Zoo Girl for Willamette Week + Portland Makes Music Present: Potlatch Presents' 1st Anniversary Spectacular! at Backspace, 8 PM. All ages.

03 Sunday
Minimalist, acoustic, turntablism with Mitchell Sumner at Music Millennium, 5 PM. All ages.

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Happy New Year.

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

free, live music bonanza : dec 21-27 : soft metals, the sale, nick jaina, incredible yacht control, marv ellis, smoochknob

Issue No. 16 : December 21 – 27, 2009

These presents don't come wrapped and you can't find them under just any old tree.

21 Monday
Electro-techno-experimental-80's synths will vibrate your heart with Soft Metals, Arohan, and Sex Life at Valentine's, 9 PM. 21 and over.

Jazz guitar with Chance Hayden at McMenamins White Eagle Saloon, 8:30 PM. 21 and over.

22 Tuesday
Northwest Fresh hip hop fusion with Marv Ellis and his live band The Platform along with guest rappers, DJs, and more at McMenamins White Eagle Saloon, 9 PM. 21 and over.

The Sale strum pop at Camellia Lounge @ TeaZone, 9PM. All ages.

23 Wednesday
Indie, shoegaze with Incredible Yacht Control and A Glass of Milk at Berbati's Pan, 10 PM. 21 and over.

Nick Jaina Band plays melodious indie at LaurelThirst Public House, 6 PM. 21 and over.

Reggae Night at Mt. Tabor Theater, 8 PM. 21 and over.

24 Thursday
Black Christmas Cheer and dancing at the Fez Ballroom's Shadowplay while DJ Ghoulunatic, DJ Horrid, and DJ Paradox spin at 9 PM. 21 and over.

25 Friday : Christmas
Costumes, decadence, and naughty elves, Dante's brings A Very Smoochy Xmas with Smoochknob and The Smoochgirls, 9:30 PM. 21 and over.

26 Saturday : Boxing Day
Some experimental noise with Camping Party at Camellia Lounge @ TeaZone, 9 PM. All ages.

Electro-acoustic with Justin Jude at McMenamins Edgefield, 7 PM. 21 and over.

27 Sunday
Reggae Night at Berbati's Pan, 9:30 PM. 21 and over.

McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern brings you Irish, folky ramblings with Hanz Araki and Cary Novotny at 6 PM. All ages.

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Ho, ho, ho.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

free, live music bonanza : dec 14-20 : boy meets club, blue horns, fix djs w/ maseo, incredible yacht control, nucular aminals, priory

Issue No. 15 : December 14 – 20, 2009

Start counting down the 12 days of Christmas now.

14 Monday
Blue Horns are poppy and catchy like at Berbati's Pan, 10 PM. 21 and over.

Psychobilly with Season of Nightmares, The Arkhams, and Reap The Weak at Ponderosa Lounge, 8 PM. 21 and over.

15 Tuesday
Northwest Fresh hip hop fusion with Marv Ellis and his live band The Platform along with guest rappers, DJs, and more at McMenamins White Eagle Saloon, 9 PM. 21 and over.

Poppy, bluesy rock with Tree Frogs at LaurelThirst Public House at 9 PM. 21 and over.

16 Wednesday
Indie, shoegaze with Incredible Yacht Control and Beck-esque sounds from Travis Wiggins at Berbati's Pan, 10 PM. 21 and over.

Indie and/or electro shizz at McMenamins White Eagle Saloon with A Cautionary Tale, Priory, and Sea Caves, 9 PM. 21 and over.

Reggae Night at Mt. Tabor Theater, 8 PM. 21 and over.

17 Thursday
Someday Lounge presents The Fix with special guest Maseo of De La Soul and DJs Ohmega Watts, Lifesavas' Rev. Shines, DJ Kez, and DJ Dundiggy, 9 PM. 21 and over.

Dance baby, dance at Branx with Vibe Cop, The Baron, and DJ Linoleum, 10 PM. 21 and over.

Power indie with The Oregon Donor, Ugly Colors, and And I Was Like What at Ponderosa Lounge, 9 PM. 21 and over.

18 Friday
Drum machines and dance beats with Boy Meets Club, Cory O, CMNHTN, and DJ Avery at Branx, 10 PM. 21 and over.

Just rock Bottles and Cans and Badrock City Council in the lounge at the Hawthorne Theatre, 9 PM. 21 and over.

Pop stuff with Nucular Aminals, Total Noise, and Karen at Kelly's Olympian, 10 PM. 21 and over.

19 Saturday
Little Sue croons over her acoustic guitar at LaurelThirst Public House, 6 PM. 21 and over.

Ben Macy gets West Coast jazzy at Camellia Lounge @ TeaZone, 9 PM. All ages.

20 Sunday
Celtic folk with Nancy Conescu and Brongaene Griffin at McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern, 6 PM. 21 and over.

Freak Mountain Ramblers jam at the LaurelThirst Public House at 6 PM. Followed by folk from Billy Kennedy with Tim Acott at 9:30 PM. 21 and over.

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Deck the halls.

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

the thermals heat up berbati's on friday

It's cold. It's very, very in Portland these days. And you only have one last chance to warm up: this Friday at Berbati's when The Thermals rock one last powerfully poppy PDX show before 2010.

The Portland trio has spent the year getting punky on Now We Can See, released in April, and they'll be spending the chilly, dark winter months boarded up in Jackpot Studios with Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla producing.

And they've got to considering they've already announced a release date (September 7, 2010) for this unrecorded album due out on Kill Rock Stars.

Joining them on Friday are the sunny, yet Dirty Mittens and grungy White Fang.

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The Thermals
Dirty Mittens
White Fang
Berbati's Pan
8:30 PM
$14
All ages

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the ascetic junkies ep release party at backspace

Oregon loves it's folk, roots, americana... whatever you wanna call it. And now a new generation is embracing some sort of blended indie folk that combines strings and foot stomping with banjos and pow-wows and is sooo poppy you'll jiggle and smile inside and out.

This brand is not better typified than Boston-to-PDX transplants The Ascetic Junkies. Mixing vocals from Kali Giaritta and Matt Harmon make for a melodic hootenanny tingling with folk country and bouncing indie.

Obviously literary nuts, The Junkies took their name from a group of misfits in a Kerouac novel and after moving to Portland in 2008, they broke onto the scene with their self-produced and released debut One Shoe Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

A little older, a little wiser, and a little more mixed-up musically, The Junkies release a glorious new four-track EP, Don't Wait For the Rescue Squad, this Friday at Backspace and everyone who attends gets a free copy of the album.

The band says this: "In an attempt to avoid wasting plastic that we assume you won't use for anything other than ripping the album onto your computer, we're just going to bring a laptop with us that you can feel free to plug your iPod/flash drive/CD-R/etc. into at any point during the show to steal the EP. Or if you want to sign your email address on a piece of paper, we'll email it to you when we get home that night."

So come kick it up and swing around to some pop/bluegrass/folk/indie rock with The Junkies.

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Friday, December 11, 2009
The Ascetic Junkies : EP Release Show
Bark Hide and Horn
St. Frankie Lee
Backspace
9 PM
$6
All ages

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

free, live music bonanza : dec 7-13 : fix djs, incredible yacht control, floating pointe, wayward vessel, marv ellis, poncho luxurio, joshua slamp

Issue No. 14 : December 7 – 13, 2009

Getting your weekly fix is free. Just don't overdose.

07 Monday
Portland Cello Project's Skip vonKuske hosts his weekly The Guest List at McMenamins Edgefield featuring Cellotronik, 7 PM. 21 and over.

Wayward Vessel plays the violin, harmonicas and guitars with The Hot Strings at McMenamins White Eagle Saloon, 8:30 PM. 21 and over.

08 Tuesday
Northwest Hip Hop fusion with Marv Ellis and his live band The Platform along with guest rappers, DJs, and more at McMenamins White Eagle Saloon, 9 PM. 21 and over.

The Sale strum pop at Camellia Lounge @ TeaZone, 9PM. All ages.

09 Wednesday
Indie, shoegaze with Incredible Yacht Control and Soft Tags at Berbati's Pan, 10 PM. 21 and over.

An acoustic world of Stringed Migration at Biddy McGraw's, 9 PM. 21 and over.

10 Thursday
Someday Lounge presents The Fix with DJs Ohmega Watts, Lifesavas' Rev. Shines, DJ Kez, and DJ Dundiggy, 9 PM. 21 and over.

Poncho Luxurio funk up jazzy R&B at McMenamins White Eagle Saloon, 8:30 PM. 21 and over.

11 Friday : Hanukkah begins
Floating Pointe brings aural, ambient at 7 PM followed by richly picked acoustic business from Joshua Slamp at McMenamins Edgefield, 10 PM. 21 and over.

Gruff blues-rock with Woodbrain at LaurelThirst Public House at 6 PM. 21 and over.

12 Saturday
Little Sue croons over her acoustic guitar at LaurelThirst Public House, 6 PM. 21 and over.

Late night Dance Party with DJ Mestizo at Dante's at midnight. 21 and over.

13 Sunday
Jazzy, bluesy rock from Troubled Boots at McMenamins Edgefield, 7 PM. 21 and over.

Ron Steen's Jazz Jam at Clyde's Prime Rib, 8:30 PM. All ages.

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Light a candle.

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Saturday, December 5, 2009

very international love

Very International Love sounds and tastes like any of your fare from Down Under but they indubitably smell a shade sweeter and live a healthier lifestyle.

Waking up next to crumpled Hungry Jack's wrappers wears on the even the most impenetrable electro-soul and that's precisely why Very International Love has the upper hand. Steadily climbing one rung at a time, they will eclipse the Empire of the Suns, the Cut Copys, The Presets… namely because they don't have the HJ's-temptation to draw them away from their maniac, booty shaking, electro-boogie.

Brilliant, energetic sets at Someday and in basements leave groupies salivating for more beyond the meager few cuts found on their self-titled debut.

Forget everything you thought you knew about dance music, techno, trance, live electronics. Portland is making the best new electro-pop and throwing the wildest dance parties this side of Amsterdam. And Very International Love is at the forefront.

So get your mind outta Melbourne and into the synthrock of VIL.

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

free, live music bonanza : nov 30-dec 6 : the dimes, marv ellis, dj bj, the very foundation, wampire, nick jaina, skip vonkuske, the green pajamas

Issue No. 13 : November 30 – December 6, 2009

With so much free Portland music, the week needs 9 days. That makes 4-day weekends.

30 Monday
Portland Cello Project's Skip vonKuske hosts his weekly The Guest List at McMenamins Edgefield featuring folky, acoustic love from Chris Kokesh, 7 PM. 21 and over.

Smooth jazz guitar with Dan Balmer at Jimmy Mak's, 8 PM. 21 and over.

01 Tuesday
The Dimes get all historical on acoustic guitars at Music Millennium, 7 PM. All ages.

Northwest Hip Hop fusion with Marv Ellis and his live band The Platform at McMenamins White Eagle Saloon, 8:30 PM. 21 and over.

Funk Night with Julian's Ride at Someday Lounge, 9 PM. 21 and over.

02 Wednesday
Nick Jaina Band plays melodious indie at LaurelThirst Public House, 6 PM. 21 and over.

Reggae Night at Mt. Tabor Theater, 8 PM. 21 and over.

Indie jam band Time To Spare rocks as Shorty Tonedeaf & the Screachers growl and spit at Twilight Cafe, 9:30 PM. 21 and over.

03 Thursday
DJ BJ (aka Atole) and Nate C host Let's Go Crazy (80's Dance Night) at Berbati's Pan, 9:30 PM. 21 and over.

Funky, jazzy Seven Year Tango rock at McMenamins White Eagle Saloon, 8:30 PM. 21 and over.

04 Friday
Richly picked acoustic business from Joshua Slamp first at his Xmas CD release party at Music Millennium, 6 PM (all ages), then at McMenamins Edgefield, 10 PM. 21 and over.

Poppy songs about the ugly side of sex and heartbreak, plus horns, from The Very Foundation at Langano Lounge, 9:30 PM. 21 and over.

05 Saturday
Electro-dance-love at Berbati's on Solid Gold night two with Nathan Detroit, DJ Rhienna, and Wampire, 10 PM. 21 and over.

Indie-pop at at Music Millennium with The Green Pajamas and Boatclub, 1 PM. All ages.

06 Sunday
The Very Foundation again at Music Millennium, 5 PM. All ages.

Portland Makes Music with Adam Gnade and Castanets at Someday Lounge, 9 PM. 21 and over.

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Almost Chanukah.

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

the dimes play free music millennium in-store

As December rolls in, it's time to cozy up in your neighborhood record store and enjoy warm, acoustic strumming and whimsical, historical narratives.

On their second album, The King Can Drink the Harbor Dry, The Dimes added some instruments and doubled in size while singer/songwriter Johnny Clay began buffing up on his history of Boston.

Inspired by stories of our founding fathers, specifically strong women, he name drops Susan B. Anthony, Abigail Adams, Clara Barton, and Mary Dyer like calling defendants at a witch trial.

With sunny melodies and floating rhythms, I thought they wouldn't be back so soon after their album release party at Mississippi Studios on November 14th. Yet, The Dimes are playing a free acoustic show at Music Millennium on Tuesday, December 1st at 7 PM and also announced a NYE extravaganza at the Mission Theater with Weinland.

So come soak up the stories inside while The Dimes sow the seeds of history.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

free, live music bonanza : nov 23-29 : mattress, the nightgowns, asa ransom, tony ozier, fall brawl, skip vonkuske

Issue No. 12 : November 23 – 29, 2009

I'm thankful for mattress, nightgowns, brawls. Stuff like that.

23 Monday
Portland Cello Project's Skip vonKuske hosts his weekly The Guest List at McMenamins Edgefield featuring soul singer Tahoe Jackson, 7 PM. 21 and over.

Voltronic jams funky, soul fusion at McMenamins White Eagle Saloon, 8:30 PM. 21 and over.

Brenden John and The Porcelain Dolls make indie, acoustic at Twilight Cafe, 9 PM. 21 and over.

24 Tuesday
In Music We Trust brings indie, pop, rock to the Doug Fir with From Words to Blows, Chris Tsefalas, and Jon Davidson and Russell Stafford, 9 PM. 21 and over.

Mmmm, Funk Night with Julian's Ride and Barry Hampton and The Triple Grip at Someday Lounge, 9 PM. 21 and over.

25 Wednesday
Reggae Night at Mt. Tabor Theater, 8 PM. 21 and over.

Mattress and Magic Johnson electro-lounge in the Restaurant Residency Series at Berbati's, 10 PM. 21 and over.

Rotture's Fall Brawl DJ battle with Rude Dudes, Holla ‘N Oates, Club Crooks, and Matt Nelkin + Dundiggy, 9 PM. 21 and over.

Tony Ozier's Dookie Jam with funk-rock-soul-jazz-blues-impromptu at Someday Lounge, 9 PM. 21 and over.

26 Thursday : Thanksgiving
Mellow folk and acoustic strumming from Aundria and Richard at McMenamins Edgefield, 7 PM. 21 and over.

Dance to the darkwave at the Fez Ballroom's Shadowplay while DJ Ghoulunatic, DJ Horrid, and DJ Paradox spin at 9 PM. 21 and over.

27 Friday
Wicked guitar work from Gavin Wahl Stephens at McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern, 9 PM. All ages until 10 PM.

Indie-pop with The Nightgowns and Terra Firma at Twilight Cafe, 9:30 PM. 21 and over.

28 Saturday
Odd ball, indie mash-ups with Asa Ransom, Crosstide, and Reverse Dotty & The Candy Cane Shivs at Berbati's Pan, 10 PM. 21 and over.

Folk, strings jam with Shannon Tower Band at the Sellwood Public House, 9 PM. 21 and over.

29 Sunday
Brittany Shane plays pop-rock at Music Millennium, 5 PM. All ages.

Eye Candy with VJ Norto and The Phantom Hillbilly spinning classic MTV videos and dance at Beulahland, 9 PM. 21 and over.

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Mimosa.

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

fanfarlo just sounds sooo good

Sometimes you forget just how good live music can sound. Crisp horns, whispering strings, and even clanking watering cans.

When about halfway though Fanfarlo's set, you have a "Wow!" moment. And you look around the Doug Fir to the rest of the 20 and 30-somethings tapping along, smiling blissfully. They're thinking exactly the same thing.

On Fanfarlo's first jaunt to PDX, they got their van broken into but that didn't subdue their set. Rather, they took the stage as a trio with a mandolin, guitar and drums to gently strum into the calming darkness.

Then the white Xmas lights were flipped and the band became six, complete with sleek harmonization and a lone horner on "I'm A Pilot." Percussionist Amos Memon delicately generated rolling thunder on the cymbals with his white-tipped mallets while multi-instrumentalist Cathy Lucas twanged a hand saw along with her performance of lullaby oooh-ooooh vocals and on the violin, guitar, and keys.

With a foot stomping, a cappella opening to "The Walls Are Coming Down," Fanfarlo produced a tight, precise sound that was perfumed by the whiskey drifting from my neighbor's plastic Dixie cup.

Trumpeter Leon Beckenham also picked up the world's smallest, red tambourine while co-lead singer Simon Balthazar snatched as many instruments as he could including a clarinet towards the end of the set.

The London sextet appeared very prim and proper, more like proper-hip, onstage building up to a super-synthy rendition of "Luna" with a calming interlude where Beckenham swapped his horn for a melodica to close the night.

New York's Freelance Whales opened the night with Jónsi-style bowing of the guitar strings and xylophone chimes. Banjos strummed. Electro-inclined synths chirruped. And all five members blended vocals into indubitable, indie pop.

Foggy echoes of drawn out moans and aaaahhs floated around portable harmonium pumps and the bow was employed on something that looked like a cross between a birdcage-hamster wheel-giant whisk, but turned out to be a waterphone. Obviously.

Freelance Whales even beat a tin watering can in a "Do-Re-Mi"-esque jam leaving behind a serene, familial vibe.

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Thursday, November 19th, 2009
Fanfarlo
Freelance Whales
Doug Fir Lounge

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Friday, November 20, 2009

the dimes historify indie rock

Beantown, Red Sox, Harvard, Irish immigrants, and Paul Revere. What does any of this have to do with Portland indie-rock outfit The Dimes.

Everything, my friend. Everything.

On their sophomore release The King Can Drink The Harbor Dry, the quartet (recently multiplied to an octet) tackles the theme of Boston conjuring up images of Susan B. Anthony, Abigail Adams, Red Cross founder Clara Barton, Mary Dyer, and the great fire of 1872.

With crafty ingenuity and cleverness, the band accomplished to create love songs and story-telling tales rather than history lessons, a la Sufjan Stevens' poignant tributes to Michigan and Illinois.

Powerful females dominate the personalized odes, and the tunes are lovely gentle and full-spirited. Plus you getta sail through the Boston Harbor discovering the details behind the tracks.

The album came out this week and if you missed their listening party at Mississippi Studios you can still catch release parties in Eugene and Ashland in mid-December.

And while we're at it, why not watch The Dimes perform in a cupcakery.

The Dimes at St. Cupcake from The Penny Jam on Vimeo.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

playing portland's workshops, retail + grocery outlets

The Penny Jam makes awesome videos of PDX artists playing under bridges and on overpasses, in empty museums and cupcakeries. They've got a whole host of stuff including The Dimes, Explode Into Colors, Mattress, The Ascetic Junkies, Celilo and more.

They're up to 26 videos that you can download while checking out photos from the shoots. (Some of them even did that sweet May Ling video I posted yesterday although it wasn't meant to be that public, yet.)

A year ago, Starfucker (now PYRAMIDDD) performed "Dance Face" at Rudy's Barbershop.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

very international love plays free concert with parallels this wednesday

These boys will make you shake your ass to their sleek, electro-thumping and throaty, echoing lyrics. Very International Love is the electro-dance and live experimentation of Joe Turner (tall) and Connor Dudley (small). VIL takes the stage at Peter’s Room at the Roseland Theater on Wednesday, November 18th. And it’s free to you, the electro-noise consumer.

With synths that glitter sonically and a gold-speckled guitar that sparkles physically, VIL throbs with disco-mojo as quick and catchy as any of their Aussie dance club influences (Cut Copy, The Presets, Empire of the Sun).

The pair creates an aural electro-landscape coupled with the rollercoaster climaxes and troughs of a wicked rock show.

And it gets better. Headlining, Toronto’s Parallels brings a calming wave of tranquilizing dance-ambiance. Sway to and fro with Holly Dodson’s icy-sweet vocals and faultless drumming from Cameron Findlay (who used to keep the beat on tour with Crystal Castles). New wave love stays high as we roll into another century. Show starts at 9 p.m. with DJ-duo Rude Dudes and poppy-rockers Diamond Liars. 21+

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Friday, November 13, 2009

free, live music bonanza : nov 16-22 : fanfarlo, parallels, very international love, girls, michalangela, nico vega, just lions

Issue No. 11 : November 16 – 22, 2009

We start giving a week before Thanksgiving.

16 Monday
The Mood of Monday Jazz Series with Chance Hayden and Michalangela at McMenamins White Eagle Saloon, 8:30 PM. 21 and over.

Community Day & Songwriter's Circle at Music Millennium featuring Craig Carothers and Don Henry. Hosted by Jack McMahon at 7 PM. All ages.

17 Tuesday
Rock'n'roll/electro gang bang at Ash Street Saloon with The Hand That Bleeds, Mr. Frederick, Boozer, and Saucy Yoda, 9 PM. 21 and over.

Costello-esque singer/songwriting from Grant Hart at Music Millennium, 5 PM. All ages.

18 Wednesday
Parallels and Very International Love electrify Peter’s Room at the Roseland Theater while Diamond Liars rock and DJ-duo Rude Dudes spin at 9 PM. 21 and over.

Girls give indie love at their instore performance at Jackpot Records, 6 PM. All ages.

Banjo'd bluegrassin' ha-ha with Hillstomp at the LaurelThirst Public House at 6 PM. 21 and over.

Unfiltered: Indie-Rock Showcase means non-confrontational tunes from Just Lions, Yoyodyne, and Almost Dark at McMenamins White Eagle Saloon, 8:30 PM. 21 and over.

19 Thursday
Not Beirut but Fanfarlo!!! Free instore at Music Millennium before their evening gig at the Doug Fir, 6 PM. All ages.

What's that you say? A massive-electro Boogie Down! Branx and Rotture make a great team for all you 21'ers bringing you hot dance/rock at Branx from :
Dangerous Boys Club
Howie and the Hotknives
DJ Vibecop
The Baron
DJ White Stag

And at Rotture :
Vinnie the Squid
Cory O
Mr. Wu

20 Friday
Donate a book to SMART and you'll get Nico Vega live in Lola's Room at the Crystal Ballroom, 7 PM. 21 and over.

Strong blues with Redwood Son at McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern at 9 PM. 21 and over.

21 Saturday
PDX Jazz At The ArtBar presents sultry Shelly Rudolph at the Antoinette Hatfield Hall Rotunda Lobby, 8 PM. All ages.

Instrumental rock with Ninth Moon Black, Life Coach, and Wizard Rifleat at Berbati's Pan, 9 PM. 21 and over.

22 Sunday
Bluestar Express plays melodious rock at Music Millennium, 5 PM. All ages.

Blues and rock with Sonny Hess and Lisa Mann at McMenamins Edgefield, 5 PM. 21 and over.

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Dirty bird.

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q/a : neon indian rekindles summer heat at mississippi studios

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

the cribs

I first heard about The Cribs back in 2005 or so when they were palling around with the Kaiser Chiefs, opening some shows in the UK and on the Chiefs first trip to the US. Little did I know what these indie scenesters were capable of and how close they'd come to home.

Then in 2007, the brothers Jarman* wizened up (but I dare not say grew up) and released the brilliant, breakthrough album Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever, which scored them a #13 spot on the UK charts. This was still before Gary Jarman relocated to our fair Rose City, but about the same time Johnny Marr** (yes, you can close your drooling, gaping mouth now) joined the fraternity.

Now the tunes are still sing-a-long ready tingling with punky rawness and dance rhythms that make good indie rockers smile. And the Portland connection just grew deeper. Recently, The Cribs decided there are only three cities in the world worthy of their Ignore the Ignorant: The Roses Edition. That's right: Portland, Yorkshire and Lancashire, the Jarman’s and Marr’s respective hometowns.

The special edition includes a live disc of The Cribs at The Ritz in Manchester, a DVD documentary of the album’s recording, and The Serpent and the Peach–a silent short mostly filmed on a hand-held camera. Snatch it up at Jackpot Records (where they played a free in store performance last Sunday afternoon)...if they're still around.

Some background for those that don’t know, because I’m not that pretentious. I don’t expect you to know it all.

*The Cribs is comprised of the three Jarman brothers, twins Ryan (guitar, vox) and Gary (bass, vox) and youngin’ Ross on wee-kiddie drums.

**Johnny Marr is the ex-The Smiths guitarist, former member of Electronic with Bernard Sumner (New Order, Joy Division), and possibly in his post-Modest Mouse phase, although he’s yet to openly declare this. Regardless, he’s reveling in his position as part of The Cribs’ “two-headed beast” alongside Ryan on guitar.

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keep the new year’s party alive at all ages superfresh w/ glass candy, atole, deelay ceelay, may ling and more

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Friday, November 6, 2009

free, live music bonanza : nov 9-15 : ian mouser, wayward vessel, the glib, dixon bendejo trash, poncho luxurio


Ian Mouser rocks TeaZone on Thursday.

Issue No. 10 : November 9 – 15, 2009

Stay indoors. Listen to warming noise.

09 Monday
Jazz with Randy Porter at Jimmy Mak's, 8:30 PM. 21 and over.

Electro-ambiance at Ash Street Saloon with Mortal Engines, Gemini Mars, and Sad Music For Happy Humans, 9 PM. 21 and over.

On PBR Industry Night, The Glib rocks at Berbati's Pan, 10 PM. 21 and over.

10 Tuesday
Dixon Bendejo Trash and The Weak Knees jam indie folk at Ash Street Saloon, 9:15 PM. 21 and over.

Open Bluegrass Jam at McMenamins Rock Creek Tavern at 7 PM. All ages.

11 Wednesday
Low-fi, electro-experimentation with Mattress and freaky experimental from Don Hellions at Berbati's Pan, 10:00 PM. 21 and over.

Poppy rock with Matt Hires at Music Millennium, 6 PM. All ages.

12 Thursday
Poncho Luxurio funk up R&B at McMenamins White Eagle Saloon, 8:30 PM. 21 and over. With blues, americana before from Redwood Son at 5:30 PM. All ages.

Ian Mouser plays indie tunes at Camellia Lounge @ TeaZone, 9 PM. All ages.

13 Friday
Blues with Steve Cheseborough at Camellia Lounge @ TeaZone, 9 PM. All ages.

Lulling acoustic with Kathryn Claire at McMenamins Edgefield, 7 PM. 21 and over.

14 Saturday
Wayward Vessel plays the violin, harmonicas and guitars at McMenamins White Eagle Saloon, 4:30 PM. All ages.

Rock, blues, experimental at Berbati's with The Martyrs, Tango Alpha Tango, and Symmetry/Symmetry, 9 PM. 21 and over.

15 Sunday
Freak Mountain Ramblers jam at the LaurelThirst Public House at 6 PM. Followed by folk from Billy Kennedy with Tim Acott at 9:30 PM. 21 and over.

Acoustic, pop-folk with Elke Robitaille in the lounge at the Hawthorne Theatre, 9 PM. 21 and over.

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It is my mission to provide a comprehensive listing of free, local performances in Portland. Please help this compilation grow by contributing your favorite free shows and by spreading this list around.

For more free shows check out the Portland Concert Co-Op.

Smash it good.

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q/a : very international love + nathan detroit before tomorrow's free show at berbati's

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Saturday, October 31, 2009

free, live music bonanza : nov 2-8 : the cribs, mission 5, very international love, olina, tori sparks

Issue No. 9 : November 2 – 8, 2009

Mmmmhmmm. This week is delightful.

02 Monday
Twangy jazz with The Kung Pao Chickens at LaurelThirst Public House, 7 PM. 21 and over.

Flowing indie/americana with Olina at McMenamins White Eagle Saloon, 8:30 PM. 21 and over.

03 Tuesday
P-p-p-powerpop with End Transmission at Music Millennium, 6 PM. All ages.

Folk and americana at LaurelThirst Public House with Kelly Blair Bauman, Al James, and Mike Coykendall, 9 PM. 21 and over.

04 Wednesday
Low-fi, electro-experimentation with Mattress and surf rock from Orca Team at Berbati's Pan, 10:00 PM. 21 and over.

Catchy acoustic rock with Josh Nielsen at Twilight Cafe, 9 PM. 21 and over.

And in Bend, didgeridoo, harmonica and drums. Ruins of Ooah jams experimental roots rock at McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 7 PM. All ages.

05 Thursday
Knockout, story-telling blues from Tori Sparks at Music Millennium, 6 PM. All ages.

Funky, jazzy Seven Year Tango rock at McMenamins White Eagle Saloon, 8:30 PM. 21 and over.

06 Friday
Scat, blues, roots, americana and The Reverb Brothers at McMenamins White Eagle Saloon, 5:30 PM. All ages.

Relax to James Low at LaurelThirst Public House, 6 PM. 21 and over.

Acoustic roots with Kate Mann at McMenamins Edgefield, 7 PM. 21 and over.

07 Saturday
Mission 5 came home to rock Dante's at 9PM. 21 and over.

Banging Solid Gold electro night at Berbati's with Nathan Detroit, Very International Love, and Freaky Outy, 10 PM. 21 and over.

PDX Jazz At The ArtBar presents Blue Cranes at the Antoinette Hatfield Hall Rotunda Lobby, 8 PM. All ages.

08 Sunday
The Cribs with Johnny Marr in tow play an instore performance at Jackpot Records as well as release the limited edition disc of their new album Ignore the Ignorant: The Roses Edition, 2 PM. All ages.

Jazzy piano tunes from Rachel Efron in the lounge at the Hawthorne Theatre, 9 PM. 21 and over.

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It is my mission to provide a comprehensive listing of free, local performances in Portland. Please help this compilation grow by contributing your favorite free shows and by spreading this list around.

For more free shows check out the Portland Concert Co-Op.

Dance, dance, dance.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

a starfucking scary halloween at wonder ballroom


Get dolled up for Starfucker's spunky
Halloween costume party.

Some things haunt you for the rest of your life. Haunts of "SELL-OUT" shouted at shows, or despondent, isolated devotees wandering the moonless night in shock, never to find peace again. Haunts like changing the name of your band from Starfucker to Celine Dion's Shaggy Penis.

Or some things aren't scary at all. They just make sense. So congratulations to the hometown boys who are able eke a living out of an artistic passion.

Whatever you wanna call them, Starfucker/PYRAMIDDD plays a spooky Halloween show at the Wonder Ballroom. We all know the boys love to don drag and stage dive so try to outdo their kinky costumes as the band will be personally judging a costume contest.

Enter the gymnasium on Saturday, October 31st like you're attending some haunted prom where alcohol is no longer taboo (eerie, huh?).

On a stage crammed with gadgets, Starfucker presents a low-fi, digital indulgence plump with candied beats, sweet and sour drum machines, and chocolate turntables. Somehow their smorgasbord of audio, from echoing voices to bleeps and zaps, sped up, slowed down, is so precisely pieced together that you wanna get topsy-turvy.

And as ever, this year's treat is sprinkled with the delectable double-drummer technique known to kick ass at Starfucker shows.

So whether you're restless or confused or pissed they "sold-out," get off your high horse. The music is still the same even if this is their last show under the Starfucker moniker. As Josh Hodges, SF general and commander, believes: making music should be fun so if you can make money doing it... fuck it.

Drinks, decadence and dance music prevail. Get all three treats this Halloween.

Trick or treats : Get your mitts on Starfucker's "German Love" and download opener Deelay Ceelay's album Thank You here.

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Saturday, October 31, 2009
Starfucker / PYRAMIDDD
Deelay Ceelay
Nice Nice
Wampire
Wonder Ballroom : 128 NE Russell St, Portland, Oregon 97212
Doors at 8 PM, show at 9 PM
Cost : $14 advance and day of show
All ages

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atlas sounds perfectly at home

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searching sound on google

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

scratch hero

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deelay ceelay southern montage

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free : hockey + natalie portman's shaved head warm up halloween wkend at u of o


Hockey bring audacious dance
rock to the EMU in Eugene.

It's just an excuse for slutty costumes and drunken lewdness. Why not make that debauchery a university sanctioned event with an on-campus concert?

As Halloween descends upon the University of Oregon, so does the best dance music of the Northwest: PDX new wave rockers Hockey in cahoots with hip Seattle electronica from Natalie Portman's Shaved Head on Friday, October 30th.

Prepare for waves of luxurious, bouncy beats from Hockey who will blaze through tracks from their debut album Mind Chaos released this month. Singer Ben Grubin dances with wild flair to synths and rapid drumbeats breathing energy across the stage and into dance-rock rhythms like "Too Fake" and "Song Away."

As noted in "Wanna Be Black," Hockey's been making dance music since 2002 when "we wanted to make music that people could have fun to at the parties we played," says Ben.

"We wanted to make dance music that was infectious," says bassist/artwork guru Jerm Reynolds. "Almost like: this is a band but it might as well be a DJ." Infectious it is, but Hockey is much more than a DJ with a combined live presence full of stamina and dance mojo.

Seducing synths sugared with handclaps spell Natalie Portman's Shaved Head with hipster lyrics and lo-fi, electro-beats. The co-eds will jiggle and wiggle to NPSH's salutes to side ponies ("Sophisticated Side Ponytail") and love for facial hair ("Beard Lust"). And I'm willing to bet the Halloween crowd will be sporting a few of the aforementioned epidermic trends.

Beware ladies!! Don't be bewitched by the shaking maracas and tambourines. NPSH was strictly formed to get chicks as they sing on "Iceage Babeland," "And if you wanna shack up after show / Girl, just let me know / I don't get star struck anymore." Take a ride on this broomstick if so enticed.

Come costumed and ready to get sweaty. There's nothing scary about dance music.

Trick or treats : Download Hockey's "Too Fake" and "Wanna Be Black" from their most recent tour sampler with Portugal. The Man.

Check out NPSH's "Me + Yr Daughter" here.

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Friday, October 30, 2009
Natalie Portman's Shaved Head
Hockey
Chilly Willy
University of Oregon EMU Ballroom : 1228 University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 97403
Doors at 8 PM, show at 9 PM
Cost : FREE
All ages