BLOCKHEAD, SIGNALPATH, NOCANDO, DJ BIOSONIK, MR. WU
(Refuge, 116 SE Yamhill) Anthony Simon splits time behind the recording console and the stage, where his Blockhead moniker can set the party off at the drop of a beat. Out on Ninja Tune, his latest is The Music Scene, which sets the bar for instrumental hiphip at heroic heights. EAC
CASIOTONE FOR THE PAINFULLY ALONE, OTOUTO, OZARKS, CONCERN
EFTERKLANG, BUKE AND GASS
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Can we consider Efterklang a local band? I suppose not, except on a technicality: Among the auxiliary musicians who augment the Danish quartet in the live format are former (and future?) Portlanders—and siblings—Peter Broderick and Heather Woods Broderick. It's a testament to how incredible Efterklang's music is that the Brodericks dedicate their time to it: They're both in-demand session musicians with remarkable solo careers of their own—Heather Woods Broderick's album From the Ground, in particular, is among the most exquisite local releases in recent memory. But now Efterklang's got 'em in their wily Danish clutches, and it makes perfect sense: The band is dynamite, with both complicated and gorgeously simple musical passages finding common ground between high art and pop. Meanwhile, Brooklyn duo Buke and Gass are exactly what their name says: the "buke" is a modified baritone ukulele, played by singer Arone Dyer, and the "gass" is a guitar-bass combo played by Aron Sanchez while he's doing double duty on the bass drum. Expect plenty of low-strung strings, heavy foot stomping, and intricate, near-mathy passages. NL
Ezra Carey and Willie Nelson after the jump!
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EZRA CAREY, THE ASCETIC JUNKIES, RAVISHERS
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Sad songs just sound better... at least, they do when sung by local troubadour Ezra Carey. As part of the Timber Carnival Records showcase, Carey will be debuting material from his latest, a digital EP entitled Death Psalms. Seemingly unrelated to the (remade) vampire film of the same title, "Let Me In" is a soulful and boozy ballad that quickly takes a dark turn, which is fitting since all the songs on the EP center around something Carey refers to as the "death process." All in attendance will be given a download card for Death Psalms, but before handing them out it might be good to file down the edges some: After hearing these songs, you'll want to avoid all sharp edges for a while. EAC
WILLIE NELSON, RYAN BINGHAM AND THE DEAD HORSES,
(Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey, Troutdale) With the exception of the IRS, who could possibly not like Willie Nelson? The Red-Headed Stranger is on his career victory lap right now, and to merely glance over the amount of living this man has crammed into his 77 years on Earth is an awe-inspiring experience. There's his early songwriting days, his outlaw country stint, his flirtation with contemporary pop, his penchant for smoking more weed than Cheech, Chong, Snoop, and Spicoli combined... the list goes on and on. While contemporary country divides, Nelson unites, and has joined Merle Haggard as the lone living country icon adored by both peaceniks and rednecks alike. Gingers too. He's like a freakin' god to those people. EAC