Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Ben Meyercord's Live Music Picks for Tuesday, April 12th

Hello Dear Readers,

I am writing to you from Sunny California. It feels so good here. There isn't much in the way of shows here, but it is nice to go around town all dry and warm and all. Anyways, here are the shows happening today in Portland:

Music Millennium is having an in-store performance by AgesandAges. I love AgesandAges. They make pop music meant for everyone to sing. The music is based around Tim Perry's wonderful songs and essentially the choir/band that he has put together. The album that they put out recently, Alright You Restless, is great start to finish. With the exception of a few, all of the sounds sound for lack of a better word, joyful. This is a great chance to see them if you are low on funds or underage. The ALL AGES show is FREE and starts at 5:30 PM.

The Woods is having a show with AgesandAges, Lake (Olympia), and The Golden Hours. Please see the post above to see what I think about AgesandAges. Today is the first day in AgesandAges tour with Lake. You see this is the release show for Lake's wonderful new album, Giving & Receiving. Lake makes kinda easy listening keyboard based indie pop. You can read a review that was posted on this very blog right here. In my opinion they are a great band. The Golden Hours are an indie pop band that I have been meaning to see for quite some time. I have not heard much of them, but for some reason the three songs (two covers) have stuck out in my memory. Their entire discography is out of print. A testament to how good they are? Perhaps. The show is $10 and starts at 9 PM.

Valentine's is having a show with Neal Morgan and Thicket. You can listen to Neal Morgan at the link I provided, but you must first scroll down to where Tran Qual put an automatic player in the comments section. I hate those. I cannot imagine the person who leaves one to be cool. Neal Morgan is the drummer for a lot of cool bands like Joanna Newsom and Bill Callahan. Hi solo stuff is just drums and vocals. The vocals in tight harmonies and cool layers that are not unlike Dirty Projectors. It is pretty cool. Thicket seem to be skronk-tastic free jazz. From what I can tell it is a saxophone and drums duo. I do have a soft spot in my heart for this sort of thing. The show is FREE and starts at 9 PM.

Holocene is having a show with . There hasn't actually been an Ah Holly Fam'ly show in sometime and I keep seeing his solo shows pop up. Interesting. I was at one of those shows but had to leave early and missed his set. I bet that it is similar to the intricate finger picking topped by fragile vocals that Ah Holly Fam'ly is known for. I really think that he is a talent. Golden Spun is the only one on the bill that I have not heard of. But man, is it good. Golden Spun is basically Rachel Hays with a guitar and whoever. The recordings on myspace are folky numbers accented by beautiful and really well arranged backing vocals. The show is $5 and starts at 9 PM.

I am actually in Sacramento right now, so you shan't see me at any shows.


AgesandAges play Music Millennium and The Woods tonight. Two Chances to see this song.

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