Monday, May 25, 2009

Ben Meyercord's Live Music Picks for May 25th to 27th: revised!

Hello Dear Readers,

I was superbummed out. Last night I wanted to see shows real bad. But the only time stuped band practice could happen is late at stupid night. seriously I fell asleep at practice. We didn't finish til midnight. So Dumb. Anyways, here are some shows happening this week.

Monday, May 25th

There are a lot of National shows going on tonight. Probably because that Sasquatch thing is happening. There are many Portland bands representing at that thing too. I know that Horse Feathers is playing today. I think Loch Lomond played at some point too.

One of the big National Acts playing tonight in Portland is Animal Collective. They are playing a SOLD OUT show at Roseland. The reason I am listing this is because local act Grouper is opening the show. Generally I find that Roseland is a weird place to see a show. I saw Animal Collective play there last time they came through. It is just weird, how much you feel diconnected from the band that is playing on stage. Even in other bigger venues like the Crystal Ballroom, you can go all the way up to the stage. Roseland has that big gap where security stands and looks ominous. This ALL AGES show was $20-23 prior to being SOLD OUT. I am sure the tickets are even more now. The show starts at 9 PM.

There is an all local show happening at Valentine's tonight. Dash!, Rob Walmart, and Hexlove are all playing. I have yet to see Dash! though I have heard good things about him. I am not familiar with Hexlove. But Rob Walmart is a specticle. Dudes make weird heavy electronic music while a dude makes up crazy stories and stuff. Oh and they do it out of the back of an old ice cream turck or something. I hear that they will be outside the cube. Forwhatever that means. The show is FREE and starts at 9 PM.

Tuesday, May 26th

There are two shows with "Black" bands (bands that have the word black in the title) and "Rainbow" bands (bands that have the word rainbow in the title). Nutz.

Backspace is having an amzing noise/experimental whatever show with Black Dice (Brooklyn), Wolf Eyes (Detroit), and White Rainbow. Black Dice make some of the weirdest music ever. Wolf Eyes makes some of the noisiest music ever.White Rainbow makes some of the droniest music ever? Anyway if you like weird loud and droney music, you cannot miss this show. I will probably be at this show. Fun fact, the first show I ever saw in Portland was Black Dice at Berbati's. The ALL AGES show is probably $5 and doors open at 8 PM.

Holocene is having somewhat of an experimental show with Black Moth Super Rainbow, School of Seven Bells, Gulls and DJ Selector Demonic (essentially Kevin of Talkdemonic). Black Moth Super Rainbow make weird kinda pop music. I have heard good things about School of Seven Bells. And I know I like the sample and loop heavy jazz whatever thing that locals Gulls perform. The show is $12 and starts at 9 PM.

Wednesday, May 27th

I almost forgot that Roadside Attraction has shows on Wednesday nights. They are starting off summer right with Black Heart Moon, and Sweet William's Ghost. I have had the distinct pleasure of playing a few shows with Black Heart Moon, and I think they are great (that is to say keep an eye on this one). I have not had the pleasure of hearing and or seeing Sweet William's Ghost, but I know for a fact that all members of all of these bands play ing other bands so they should know how to make good music, right? But for real Black Heart Moon has the sweet vocals and guitar styling of Catherine O'Dell (normally known for her cello skills in Hide & Go Hustle and Horse Feathers), acoustic bass of Perry Pfister (Ponyghost), and the amazing slide guitar of David Dyas. This thing is FREE and starts at 9 PM.

Laurelthirst is having Dolorean play again for FREE. This is the last time they are doing one of these shows. Apparently it was just a May thing. You didn't think it was going to last forever did you? The show is again FREE and starts ridiculously early at 6 PM.

Twilight Cafe and Bar is having a show with Wishyunu, Pill Thief, Curious Hands, and Tiger House. I am writing this mostly because at some time or another I have been to check out bot Curious Hands and Tiger House. I also have been meaning to check out Twilight for quite some time. The show is FREE, so I just might do it. The music is said to start at 9 PM.

So if you see me, punch me in the arm and say "Hi". Not too hard though as I am not as tough as I look (I look real tough).


DASH! live at the WAIL from Jordan Dykstra on Vimeo.
Dash! are all set to play tonight at Valentine's. Neat.


Amber Dawn said...

I think that the last time I went to the Roseland was the Belle and Sebastian show on Sep. 11th, 2001. (Yes, I went to a show on September 11th. No, I'm not a terrorist.) I never liked going there very much. Of course, that was when you could still smoke indoors, too. And it was smoky and nasty inside. (I don't hate smokers, but I do hate cigarette smoke, I'll admit.)
I also have to have band practice late at night, but it's regularly scheduled, so I can usually deal. But I'm usually tired.

Ben Meyercord said...

I do hate smokers (unless I like the , which has probably happened before I knew they smoked).

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