Sunday, April 25, 2010

Ben Meyercord's Live Music Picks for Sunday, April 25th

Hello Dear Readers,

Last night, I played the Eat Mobile food cart fest. It was awesome. The Dirty Mittens played and I danced my ass off. Then Y La Bamba played. It was cool because of all the free food and people and that it was outside under a bridge. It reminded me of when AristeiA played PDX Pop a few years back. I got waffle samples from Flavour Spot. My favorite was the veggie sausage kind. Today and tonight there are some shows that look good:

Kennedy School is having You Who with Portland Cello Project, Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside, The Cardboard Songsters, Vursatyl (of Lifesavas) and DJ Anjali. Just in case you forgot what You Who is, "You Who: A monthly children's rock variety show created by Seann McKeel and Chris Funk in cooperation with McMenamins. It's a half hour-ish of variety entertainment featuring DJs and interactive dance parties with giant barn owls, musical guests, stories, skits, sing a longs, cartoons, artists, puppets, parades and performers.
The second half hour features a live rock, hip-hop, or dance band!" PCP will have special guest Charlie (you know that guy who was in Panther. Fun for ALL AGES. I bet kids would love all of these groups. I do, and I often feel like a kid, though I can no longer pass as one. The ALL AGES show is $10 and starts at noon (music at 1pm).

The Wail is having a show with Hexlove, Paraduex, and The Slaves. The is a show of music that does is not very conventional sounding. Hexlove makes very free and loose sounding jams. I don't really know how to describe it but it sounds cool. Paraduex is a band comprised of Sean Ongley and Josh Hanson. The music is a very chill and cool sounding mix of clarinet (?) and keyboard band. Seriously put these tunes on and slip into a nice bath and free your mind. Oh the places you will go. The Slaves are duo that make very beautiful music that is washed out by a ridiculous amount of reverb and delay on every thing. If you like the sound of delayed vocals as much as I do, you are in for a treat. The ALL AGES show is at 7 PM (donation?).

Valentine's is having a show with Yeah Great Fine, Deau Bird, All Mad, and Weak Steel. Yes, there appear to be million bands on this bill. Look again though, there are only five. Whoah, That's a lot of bands for one bill. Worry not. Only one seems to be a band in the traditional since of the word where there are several instrument players with gear. That would be the amazing Yeah Great Fine. A fine band indeed, they seem to push the limits of what a indie pop band can do. They incorporate loads of influences while maintaining a very fresh sound. Deau Bird makes really choppy and cool sounding electro and hip hop flavored tracks. All Mad is what happens when Phil Nelson records. He is all over the place. Sometimes he makes pretty guitar and piano instrumentals, other times he is covering R Kelly in a very generous autotune heavy rendition. Weak Steel is going to have its debut performance. It seems to range from Double Plus Good type electro jams, but he also mixes other things like a pretty acoustic guitar on the song "Claw Machine" which reminds me of that Kings of Convenience remix album that came out a long time ago. I can jam on it. The show is 9 PM.

If you see me at any of the shows please say "Hi". All the cool kids are doing it.

Sallie Ford is playing today's You Who at Kennedy School.

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