Saturday, November 20, 2010

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

Hello Dear Readers,

Last night I had too many choices. In that situation I usually get overwhelmed and stay home. Last night I got overwhelmed and went to see Cool Hand Luke at Laurelhurst. That movie is pretty great. Anyway, these are the shows that peak my interest today:

The Artistery is having a Palestinian Awareness Benefit with Charles Stanyan and Dragging an Ox Through Water. There will be a screening of Portland film maker Dylan Bergeson called This Body is a Prison which is a "firsthand account of life and struggle in the West Bank". There is some seriously messed up stuff going on over there. Charles Stanyan is best known, to me anyway, as being a collaborator of Matthew Cooper aka Eluvium in the project called Concert Silence. Dragging an Ox Through Water makes very distinct experimental folk music with looped sounds and home made oscillators and the like. The ALL AGES show is $6 and starts at 8 PM.

Saratoga is having a show with Hornet Leg, Western Hymn (Olympia), and The Rib Cages. Hornet Leg are a band that make punk/garage/soul music. According to their myspace. I have a hard time describing it. It is rock. It is interesting. Check it out. Western Hymn are a punk band from Olympia. They have this song called "Leave it Alone" which I think is pretty awesome. The Rib Cages are a very noisy rock band. They are just overblown in their sound. The show is at 8 PM.

The Woods is having a show with Bear Hands (NY), Rumspringa (LA), and Blood Beach. You can hear Bear Hands album streaming from Spin right here. I think it sounds pretty good. Reverby indie rock that is as dreamy as it catchy. Rumspringa is the band that is supporting Bear Hands for a few shows. They remind me of a version of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs before they went all keyboardy and is fronted by a dude. Blood Beach is the reason I am writing this. I have yet to see their chaos of a live show that I have heard about. I have seen Shane's previous project Tex Winters, and this is something a bit different. It is a rock band with plenty of guitar effects. but something that sets them apart from a lot of other bands are the Saxophone, effected Mandolin, and Theremin all provided by one member, Camelia. The show is $10 and starts at 9 PM.

Larelthirst is having "Portland Greats Sing Country Greats" It will feature, The Robinsons (of Viva Voce and Blue Giant), Michael Hurley, Al James ( of Dolorean), MLE Butler (of Music Arcade), Darrin Craig (of Jackstraw, Lewi Longmire, David Likind (of I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House and Woodbraind), Joe Cuisano, Scott Hay, and Ned Folkerth (Caleb Klauder Band). This is a lot of folks that involved in a lot of music. Some of the names should probably familiar to you if you read the blog. Specifically The Robinsons, Michael Hurley and Al James. But there are many others that are good. I like Country Greats. Not many people play them anymore. So in that sense, tonight is special. The show is $10 and starts at 9:30 PM.

If you see me at any of these shows please say, "Hi". You could do worse.


Hornet Leg play tonight at Saratoga!

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