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Friday, November 19, 2010

Tonight in Music: Skeletron, Bryan Zents, Dawes, and more

Posted by Morgan Troper on Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 12:43 PM


SKELETRON, AND AND AND, FOREST PARK, ROBOT UPRISE

(Berbati's Pan, 10 SW 3rd) Save the orangutans! No, really: Tonight's show benefits Orangutan Foundation International by buying up orangutan habitat in Borneo before it can be razed. The show features orangutan expert Dr. Birute Gladikas and a five-band lineup that can't be beat, including And And And, Skeletron, and a special surprise band... let's just say they play lots and lots of instruments. NED LANNAMANN

SPACEFUNK: BRYAN ZENTZ, LET'S GO OUTSIDE, MAXIMUS, THE PERFECT CYN & SAPPHO, PIPEDREAM, MISS VIXEN, TRAVISMODE, NICODEMUS, JIMM

(Bamboo Grove Salon, 134 NE 2nd) According to my calculations, Portland is home to exactly two internationally renowned techno producers: Bryan Zentz and Let's Go Outside (Steve Schieberl). The two have some things in common. Each is a prolific producer with countless tracks on an abundance of important electronic music labels—Zentz most notably on Plus 8 and Cmyk, Schieberl on Soma and his own imprint, Slant. Both have traveled the world, played among the very best of the best, run their own record labels, and influenced techno music and design trends worldwide. Anywhere else on the planet, it'd be a pretty huge deal to see either one of these guys on their own. Tonight the stars align, and they play back to back in their hometown. Oh yeah, the party is sci-fi themed with prizes for best dressed, so you can get a little more mileage out of that robot costume leftover from Halloween. AVA HEGEDUS 

DAWES, THE MOONDOGGIES, THE ROMANY RYE

(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) When I first got my mangy paws on Dawes' debut record, North Hills, I listened to the second track ("Love Is All I Am") roughly 17 consecutive times on a round-trip between Portland and work in Lake Oswego. And when I arrived back home, I proceeded to carry on in this fashion with each track, compulsively pressing repeat; for some reason, this album needed to be experienced in absolute excess. And in those moments of musical gluttony, it became clear: While there are many acts doing what they're doing, particularly in the nether regions of the Golden State, Dawes does it best. Vaguely religious folk-rock with choirboy harmonies and frequent lyrical nods to mortality is not likely to sound this good anytime soon. Go straight to the band's first single, "When My Time Comes," for a cross-section of this. RAQUEL NASSER

Pure Country Gold, Mr. Gnome, Purple Rhinestone Eagle, Diesto, and a link to the complete show listings, after the jump!

RAPIDS, PURE COUNTRY GOLD, WAX EDISON, JAGULA

(Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th) Read our article on Rapids.

MR. GNOME, TWO TON BOA, KACKALA, JASON SIMMS

(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) The unexpected juxtapositions of sound that Cleveland duo Mr. Gnome create are notable in their own right. Singer Nicole Barille mewls like a kitten over bone-thumping guitars and tribal drums as the band segues from lullaby to barnburner like going from zero to 60. What makes the band truly special, though, is how they drape their warped sensibility over standard pop song frames, making the strange and ethereal seem familiar. Two people making music so big, operatic, and downright spooky is an awesome thing to see. DAVE BOW

PURPLE RHINESTONE EAGLE, STAG BITTEN, LICKITY

(Mudai Lounge, 801 NE Broadway) This past week, Purple Rhinestone Eagle joined Twitter—a seemingly strange move by the local trio of ladies who have trail-blazed an all-female approach to the male-dominated world of hard rock through grassroots dedication and spiritual wizardry. With this summer's release of The Great Return on Stankhouse Records, PRE took the sophisticated chaos of their sound to the next level of artistry. The album sonically and lyrically revolves around themes of death and cycles, varying from Nico-tinged psych-pop nuggets like "As Life Leaves You" to grinding, blistering epic meditations like the seven-minute-long "Burn it Down" and "Scorpio Moon." This powerful music speaks for itself in a way the interweb never could. Yet in their bio, they vow to "keep their eyes and ears keenly focused on the present and future of music." Obviously, they recognize that this includes giving it up to the internet every once in a while. MARANDA BISH

SALVADOR, RABBITS, DIESTO, LORD DYING

(Plan B, 1305 SE 8th) Diesto, Portland's premier purveyors of thick-as-molasses doom, have a new record out called High as the Sun on Seventh Rule Recordings (which recently relocated to PDX). The whole album swings like a giant pendulum, heavy and unbelievably slow. Sun takes its listeners to a desolate desert with vast riffs that stretch for miles, echoing vocals, and pummeling rhythms that grow and swell like so many sand dunes. In between the towering riffs, Chris Dunn and Mark Bassett weave guitar harmonies that take some of the weight off your shoulders, even if just for a moment, before they lay out another two-ton sonic slab. Diesto is a doom band that understands texture in a song, thus Sun holds your attention and never feels stagnant. ARIS WALES

The complete show listings can be viewed here.

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