Hello Dear Readers,
I practiced until 10 and then had to drop off my bandmates at home and ended up not getting home until 11 and felt oh so sleepy. I did not see a show. Speaking of shows, these are the ones that look good tonight:
Laurelthirst is having a show with Parson Red Heads, Priory, and Piano Throwers. You gotta love monthly residencies. They are usually FREE and have bands that are worth seeing three or four times a month. I think about a year ago or so The Parson Redheads did a residency at The White Eagle. It was before they all lived here. I tried to go to one of them but it was too packed. I would imagine that now that the eight person strong country rock band has planted its roots here, that it may even be more crowded. Priory is a electro indie folk band. Or as they said, "Spacious folk rock, with classic rock soul, and just a pinch of casiotone." Piano Throwers sound a bit silly to me. The show is FREE and starts at 6 PM.
Rotture is having a show with Tomutonttu (Finland), Grouper, James Ferraro (Venice Beach), Eye Myths, DJ Charels Berlitz, and DJ Rocco Martini. I will fess up I know nothing about this show except for Grouper. Grouper plays very pretty music that sounds like it is half asleep. There is a lot of delay and reverb and other pedals that make her voice and guitar sound like a gentle wave of sound that washes over the audience. As for everything else I could not find much information but The Mercury's Ned Lannamann said this regarding the Finnish guys, "Finnish experimental artist Jan Anderzén records under the name Tomutonttu, and the music he makes is utterly fucked-up, psychedelic, homebrewed noise. Animal growls, primitive folk plucks, shamanistic howls, and burping synths all find their way into Tomutonttu's bloody fray. It's jarring, unsettling, disquieting music—rhythms are not tied to any particular beat, instruments are bashed seemingly without technique, melodic tones are smeared all over the sonic canvas like muddy boots across a carpet—but it's also riveting and at times hypnotically beautiful. Anderzén is also the leader of Kemialliset Ystävät project, and remains one of the experimental music world's true weirdos. The chance to see him in a Portland venue doesn't come along very often, so for a certain type of music fan this show is absolutely unmissable. Other types would be happier to stay far, far away." The show is $8 and starts at 9 PM.
Ella Street is having a show with Petosky, Bryan John Appleby (Seattle), and Siren & The Sea (Cristina Cano). I like Petosky. They are the sister band to Pigeons. Both prominently feature Angie Kuzman and Justin Ready. Angie fronts this one, though. She plays guitar as well as the violin and uses her very jazzy voice to create a very nice feel. She is backed by Justin on guitar and also has a cello, bass and drummer in the band to create a full folk sound. I was excited to see that there is an EP on the horizon for this band. And I'll be. The other two bands here are fine examples of folk pop as well. They apparently have played shows together before. The show is $5 and starts at 9 PM.
Goodfoot is having a show with The Man Dies, School (Brooklyn), Whoarfrost (Baltimore), and On The Stairs. The Man Dies sounds like an experiment in sound. I bet they play loud. My guess is that they like to play loud. I bet Baltimore's Whoarfrost play their grungy psychedelic thrash loudly as well. Which makes it an interesting pairing with On The Stairs. A guy who does not thrash or create walls of sound. He rather plays it a little more oh I don't know. Folk rock instead of noise or thrash rock. The show is $5 and starts at 9 PM.
If you see me at any of these shows please say, "Hi". I am a reasonably nice person.
Grouper will kinda be like this tonight at Rotture.