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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Tonight in Music: The Heavy, Aloe Blacc, Brainstorm, and more

Posted by Morgan Troper on Thu, Nov 4, 2010 at 10:00 AM

THE HEAVY, WALLPAPER

(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) The Heavy have a little something for everyone: funk, soul, ska, and a singer that sounds like he won Curtis Mayfield's voice in a poker game. Stirring things up over the course of a pair of Ninja Tune-released full-lengths, the band recently got a boost from a Kia ad campaign (the one where the sock monkey gets a tattoo) that has certainly put the band on the pop culture radar screen. It's a tough break that the British band has to compete for your attention on the same week that their peers in Aloe Blacc and Mayer Hawthorne pass through town, but if you miss the Heavy tonight, don't sleep on their How You Like Me Now? EP, which features some brass backbone courtesy of the Dap Kings horn section. EZRA ACE CARAEFF

ALOE BLACC, THE GRAND SCHEME

(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Read our article on Aloe Blacc.

BRAINSTORM, ARRINGTON DE DIONYSO'S MALAIKAT DAN SINGA, O BRUXO

(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Read our article on Brainstorm.

Alan Singley and Pants Machine, as well as a link to the complete show listings, after the jump!

ALAN SINGLEY AND PANTS MACHINE, LARRY YES, PONY EXPRESS

(The Woods, 6637 SE Milwaukie) While many have likened Alan Singley's songwriting favorably to Burt Bacharach, his twee-oriented material is equally as strong. Audiobicyclette's brilliant-in-its-elegance "Nicole, I Hardly Know Ya," and Lovingkindness' "Highways of our Minds" are the best two examples of this. His latest effort—last year's Feelin' Citrus—is the best of both Alans, with the catchiest, most straightforward pop song he's written to date, "Le Rain," and his great jazz pop pastiche (just try to imagine the Carpenters covering it) "Watching Days Become Years." Tonight Singley is playing with the full seven-piece Pants Machine ensemble, and it'll be worth every penny.
MORGAN TROPER

The complete show listings can be viewed here.

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