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

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

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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