Friday, August 26, 2011

Ben Meyercord's Live Music Picks for Friday, August 25th

Hello Dear Readers,

So I am babysitting tonight. Apparently being a rock star is not as glamorous as I thought it would be. But hey, I get my meals for free. Anyway here are the shows I will be missing tonight. Check it out:

Elizabeth Caruthers Park is having a show with Blue Cranes. This sounds really cool. First of Blue Cranes is one of my favorite live bands. They play music that is hard to not describe as jazz. That being said they all listen to a lot of indie rock. You can tell because they aways covering it. They even put out an EP of covers called Cantus Firmus which features covers of Blonde Redhead, David Bazan, and Mark Kozelek. The show is FREE and starts at 6 PM.

Langano Lounge is having a show with Purple & Green, Dirty Mittens, Pocketknife, The Golden Hours, The Definite Articles (San Francisco/Sacramento), and Leroy Jerome. That is a lot of music. Explanation: It is a Mini Festival. Purple & Green is Adam Forkner and Justin Leon Johnson. Adam makes all the music and Justin is the one doing all the singing. apparently they "experiments in r&b soul-hop psychedelic digital funk party music". Dirty Mittens is a great soul pop act. I have seen them a number if times. They are great. Pocketknife is one of the better electro pop acts. I have not seen them yet. The Golden Hours is a good indie pop outfit. The Definite Articles is a indie pop group from California that I am not familiar with. Leroy Jerome is a guy who has made a bunch of music on his computer. I am not sure how he will do it live. The show is only $3 and starts at 6 PM.

Edgefield is having a show with The Decemberists, Okkervil River, and AgesandAges. The Decemberists are pretty popular. You know about them right? You also probably know about AgesandAges. I mean you should. They have made a near perfect album. Actually maybe it is a perfect album. Regardless it would be cool to see them in such a nice venue. Their vocal arrangements are great. The hooks will not leave your brain for days. The show is $38 and starts at 6 PM.

Mississippi Studios is having a show with Au, Operative, and Archers. Au is the duo of Luke Wyland and Dana Valaltka. Together they make a cacophony of artful music. There is a new album that has been finished and I am sure they would love to play your songs from it. Operative is band that I don't know. Archers is a band that I do know. They are great. It sounds 90's indie rock. you can get all of their music, and should, here. The show is $7 and starts at 9 PM.
Backspace is having a show with Brianstorm, Religious Girls, Kotten Dik, and Moon Pearl. Brainstorm is a great band in the tradition of great duo's. They have very pop oriented music that is offset by interesting structures and subtle pro tendencies. Religious Girls is a band that keeps popping up on shows I right about. The album that they have for download is very good and can be had for the cost of being on a email list (it is worth it). It is post-indie rock pop. There are a lot of cool almost choral to animal collective type vocals. and nice cool keys and synths through out. Kotten Dik seems very noisy. The show is $5 and starts at 9 PM.

Alberta Rose Theater is having a show with Celilo, Sean Flinn & The Royal We, and Carcrashlander. This is the CD release show for Celilo. They are one of the better Americana bands in town. Sean Flinn is one of the better song writers in town. He always has a great band and always puts on a good show. Carcrashlander is a great band. They do not play out enough. You should see them if you can. I find myself listening to the reggae influenced Born in a Hospital often. Like a lot. It is great. The show is $12 and starts at 9 PM.

Place Gallery at Pioneer Place Mall is having something called Harmonic Series. The site said this is "An exhibition of sound artists and modern electro-acoustic music. Curated by Adam Bailey, Palma Corral, and Will Justice" Tonight White Rainbow and Zac Nelson are going to be highlighted tonight. Both of these guys make pretty and somewhat droney music. It is good if you are in the mood. It is soothing and not at all what you would expect from a mall concert. I am not sure is Adam Forkner aka White Rainbow is pulling double duty tonight. I know that Purple & Green (another one of his projects) is playing tonight too. Regardless it will be good. The show

If you see me at any of these shows please say, "hi". But seeing as to how I won't be attending any that would be difficult.


Dirty Mittens will play tonight at Langano Lounge with many many other bands

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