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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tonight in Music: Belle and Sebastian, Gogol Bordello, The Gaslamp Killer, and more

Posted by Morgan Troper on Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 11:52 AM


(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway) Read our article on Belle and Sebastian.


(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) Don't like punk rock? Don't trust gypsies? You should still attend Gogol Bordello's colorful, twirling mess of gypsy-punk enthusiasm, because it's a reminder of why music is fun in the first place. Stop worrying about correctly spoken English, start wearing purple. KEVIN OTZENBERGER


(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) The Gaslamp Killer (AKA William Benjamin Bensussen, or THE MOTHER.FUCKING GASLAMP KILLER as his all-caps online presence would put it) is an oddball and extroverted one-man show. The vehemently mustachioed DJ/producer is known to convulse behind the turntables, handle his drum machine like a punching bag, and shout berating comments at the audience. His spastic compositions slap together weird world-music samples, off-sounding melodies, funk, dubstep, elements of untamed free jazz, and much, much more. While some of his music fits in with the experimental downtempo sound that defines Flying Lotus's Brainfeeder imprint (mostly by way of hiphop-inspired beats), Bensussen strays further than any other artist associated with the trusted Los Angeles record label. Come prepared for antics. AVA HEGEDUS

The Hundred in the Hands, and Recoil, as well as a link to the complete show listings, after the jump!


(The Woods, 6637 SE Milwaukie) New York City boy-girl duo the Hundred in the Hands (hereafter referred to as THITH) is yet another stylish, attractive couple making hip, tasteful music with just slight jags of artiness. It's mostly '60s mod pop gussied up in Italo disco and house music trappings; it's disaffected, sexy, and almost completely anonymous. You've heard music like this many times before, and though it sounds fine while it's on, it doesn't leave much of a lasting impression. THITH obviously have a knack for summoning brittle, not-obnoxiously-dancey, new wave cool, and they obviously know how to look fantastic doing it—but a song like "Dead Ending" sounds stifled by THITH's restraint instead of soaring the way it wants to. You can feel it tugging at you like a tethered balloon. NED LANNAMANN


(Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) After a long stint as the keyboardist for, and probably most functional member of, Depeche Mode (and working as an opening act for Mick Jones and Joe Strummer's pre-Clash band), Alan Wilder became Recoil—a more experimental, darker outreach of his songwriting, song-splitting, and song-rearranging abilities. In that time, he's collaborated with Louisiana bluesmen, members of Eurythmics and Portishead, and Moby to make dark, dubby compositions that people like to dance to. Oddly, for this show, Wilder is playing the sit-down Aladdin Theater—consider it a good opportunity to eat that pot brownie you've been saving and sit back, letting waves of electro-blues wash over you like wine. BRENDAN KILEY

You can check out the complete show listings here.

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