Thursday, March 4, 2010

Ben Meyercord's Live Music Picks for Thursday, March 4th

Hello Dear Readers,

Lately I have had some information be incorrect. The other day there was a rumored show at Rotture with Wild Yaks and Dragging an Ox Through Water. It ended up being at The Wail. Whoops. Then Last night I wrote about a Tragos Amargos show. I was incorrect. From now on there is no Tragos Amargos. There is only Y La Bamba. At that same show Sarah Winchester was set to play. She ended up being unable to play. Pancake Breakfast stepped up to the plate and hit a home run, so to speak. It was a good show. Most of the members of Y La Bamba, myself included, had voices that were not quite what they normally are. I can barely talk today. I have no idea what is happening. Oh well. Here are some good shows that are happening tonight:

Thursday, March 4th

The Artistery is having a show with Jared Mees & The Grown Children, Typhoon, Kusikia, and Holy. This show looks so cool. Jared Mees is awesome live for reals. They have started playing new songs that just epic. Speaking of epic. Jared and company, collectively known as Tender Loving Empire, are putting out Typhoons record later this summer. They are so epic. But they also have their quiet moments that make their louder parts seem that much louder. They have a good way of incorporating nice group vocals with the swell of instruments that include two drummers brass and guitars. and various percussive flourishes (the most memorable being a plastic sack). Kusikia I saw play a house show once. It was so awesome. They are a two piece comprised of Nsayi Matingou on vocals and guitar and Peter Ryan on drums. They the drumming and guitar work is very cool and changes up a whole lot. I cannot get enough. It You must see this band. When I clicked on the link for Holy from the Artistery website, it sent me to herewhich makes me suspect that it is just a new moniker for Sean Archer aka Sweeping Exists. The ALL AGES show is $7 and starts at 7:30 sharp PM.

The Know is having a show with The Shaky Hands. Check out this post from the The Shaky Hands blog, "If you live in the Portland area come see us this Thursday and Friday night at The Know (2026 Northeast Alberta Street). We are playing, recording and filming the sets. Opening the shows are Tanning (Jake solo), Nick Delffs (solo) and my new band Haunted K.O.A (Me, Nick and Alex Arrowsmith). Shameless self promotion? No, we just forgot to find an opening band and decided to do it our self." Sounds cool right? The show is probably FREE and starts at 8 PM.

Holocene is having a show with Chrome Wings, USF (Seattle), ASSS, and Tracey Trance. This is the album release show for Chrome Wings. They have fluctuated in band members and have currently settled as a duo. They make spacey music that is sometimes ambient and sometimes with some beats and a lot of the time some heavily effected guitars. USF played Animal Collective -esque music. ASSS play experimental noisy music. I sometime think it is pretty cool and other times think it is kinda irritating. Tracey Trance sounds to me to be a carnival on drugs. Not a bad thing. The show is $5 and starts at 8:30 PM.

Dante's is having a show with The Happy Prescriptions, 1776, and The Slaves. Happy Prescriptions plays reverb heavy pop. I like what I heard. 1776 play music like it was the year 1976. It is no surprise that they are related to The Dandy Warhols family. The Slaves are what initially drew my attention to this show. I think their reverbed out drone pop is great. The show is $5 and starts at 9 PM.

Stumptown Coffee Downtown is having Evolutionary Jass Band play. I have not seen guys play in a long time. They are a very solid band. If you are even mildly interested in jazz, I suggest you check these guys out. They are such good musicians. Plus you can get one of the best cups of coffee in town. Bonus. The ALL AGES show is FREE and start at 6 PM.

The Parlour is having a show with Duck Little Brother, Duck!, Yeah Great Fine, Shinto, and The Pictures. Duck is such an amazing band. They combine really cool...well everything. All of the band members are really really cool and create a mix of math rock and pop with a million changes per song while maintaining a sense of cohesiveness. Yeah Great Fine is band that has some math rock elements and also some elctro elements and some pop elements that and a great use of melodic layers. They are currently recording with Paul Laxer who just finished the Typhoon record so I am sure it will sound great. The ALL AGES show is $4 and starts at 7 PM.

If you see me at any of these shows say, "Hi". If not, I expect no greeting from you.

-Ben


The Evolutionary Jass Band will be evolving Jass this evening at Stumptown.