Friday, November 20, 2009

Ben Meyercord's Live Music Picks for Friday, November 20th

Hello Dear Readers,

Yeah, I still have very little funds. That means if it isn't free, I probably won't be able to make it to the show. However, there are a couple shows that cost some money that I would not mind catching:

Friday, November 20th

Jupiter Hotel is having a p:ear benefit show with Derby, Drew Grow & Pastors' Wives, and Wester Daywick. p:ear is an organization that works with homeless kids to kinda help them out. Derby make near perfect 3 to 4 minute indie-pop nuggets with airy vocals and really strong vocal melodies. Drew Grow and Co. create music that lifts you up. And it is filled a lot of cool musical parts that I find irresistible. So if you want to see these good bands, and you should, and also help out your fellow man, and you should, then you should check this show out. The show is $10-$15 and starts at 5 PM.

The Woods is having a show with Bark Hide & Horn, Shoeshine Blue, and Winterhaven. This is a folktastic bill filled with many variations of what some consider folk music. It seems like it has been a really long time since I have heard about anything that Bark Hide and Horn has been doing. They are a Folk rock band that is filled with multi-instrumentalists. Their last album was based on stories from the pages of National Geographic. They are a cool bands to see live due to all the instruments being played and switched about. Shoeshine Blue has always been a favorite of mine since I fist saw him, Mike Apinyakul, a couple years ago. He takes his many influences which include blues, folk, and gospel and blend them together seamlessly. His songs are really well written as well. On the bio I read about him it said that Shoeshine Blue was originally started as a "literary blues act". Winterhaven is a band that I have yet to see but have had the pleasure of meeting. They are a three piece with three songwriters and three people that play more than one instrument. They also have a love, like me, of three part harmony. The show is $7 and starts at 9 PM.

The Knife Shop is having a show with Soft Tags, Mr. Gnome (Cleveland, OH), and The Subterranean Howl. Soft Tags are a band that are totally DIY. They write, record, mix, screenprint, and manufacture their own records. Impressive. They are also good to boot. I find it difficult to describe them. They have been described as indie-shoegaze. Which is a description I could get behind. But I think it important to mention that these songs are based upon band leader Richard Shrink's weird experiences, dreams and obsessions which have included ghosts, UFO's and Nikola Tesla. Mr. Gmome us a band that I have never heard of but play female led indie music that was clearly influenced by some heavier music as well. I found a description by Philip Gaudette of the Mercury that I agreed with, "Infusing traditional garage rock melodies with gritty electro-punk, the Subterranean Howl have conveniently placed themselves in uncharted Portland music territory. Fronted by Simon Milliman, whose vocals toe the line between Win Butler and Spencer Krug, the band has recently emerged as a formidable ensemble—swiftly changing tone and pace as they deem fit. Like the beat writers from which their name borrows, the Subterranean Howl leave style as an afterthought and spontaneously create music that is both catchy and surprisingly fresh." The show is $5 and starts at 9 PM.

Ella Street Social Club is having a show Secret Codes, Kelli Frances Corrado (Seattle), and Geist & The Sacred Ensembe (Seattle). Secret Codes is David Kyle and company. He writes post-rock that is influenced by Eastern musical influences. It has been made solo for a while, but tonight I think he will unveil an actual band. I have heard a demo of some of their live practice and it sounds awesome. It is impressive to hear music that was made meticulously on a computer actually be able to be played by a band. Kelly Frances makes music that is firmly footed in both an electronic and actual instrument playing. It is a general chill vibe. She too seems to have gathered many to help her play as well. Geist & The Sacred Ensemble is weird. It does at times seems like a religious ceremony that has been recorded. I imagine that the live show would recreate it. The show is $5 and starts at 9 PM.

If you see me at any of these shows, please say "Hi".


Imagine this with better sound, and you have an idea of What Drew Grow and Pastors' Wives will sound like this evening.


Dr. Something said...

That show at the Woods promises to be awesome. Alas, I will be witness to it. I'm totally getting my ass out to see live music tomorrow night, though, I promise.

Ben Meyercord said...


I can't afford to see any shows anyway.