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Friday, November 26, 2010

Tonight in Music: Gwar, The Taxpayers, Climber

Posted by Morgan Troper on Fri, Nov 26, 2010 at 11:45 AM

GWAR, THE CASUALTIES, INFERNAEON, MOBILE DEATH CAMP

(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) Gwar is known for elaborate costumes, dousing fans with fake blood, and ridiculing topical celebrities and political figures. Perhaps tonight they'll mock Sarah Palin? Even she can't "refudiate" that Gwar puts on an awesome live show. MARISSA SULLIVAN

THE TAXPAYERS , NUN CHUKSKY, TINY KNIVES, KREAMY 'LECTRIC SANTA, THE ANGRIES

(Backspace, 115 NW 5th) Read our article on The Taxpayers.

CLIMBER , BOY EATS DRUM MACHINE , RAVISHERS

(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) By all accounts the members of Portland's Climber are a pleasant group of guys who make pleasant music. They've almost become outcasts in a city where lofty ambitions (at least when made without reservation) can be looked at as tragically unhip. Seven years in and the members-turned-family men are still looking ahead. Their latest record The Mystic shows Climber taking full advantage of the studio to create pristine pop that perpetually emits a soft glow. Metaphorically speaking, there's not a single hair out of place. "The Simians Speak" sounds like a lost Bee Gees track from the '70s (there are a few Bee Gees moments, come to think of it). Even when things really get "rocking" on "We Are the New Man" Climber is about as abrasive as a fresh cotton swab. Top 40? Better them than Taylor Swift. MARK LORE

Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience, as well as a link to the complete show listings, after the jump!

JASON BONHAM'S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE

(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway) Slightly—just slightly—less cringeworthy than Dweezil Zappa's flogging of his pop's mustachioed legacy, Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience relives the classic rock act's music through the eyes, and drumsticks, of Bonzo's kid. But worry not: The elder Bonham makes an appearance tonight—from the grave!—in various video montages his son plays along with. While it's hard not to think that the younger Bonham is desperately clinging to the coattails of his father's band, and has been for a few decades now (naming his solo band "Bonham" is akin to Jakob Dylan calling the Wallflowers "Dylan"), if you are longing for some sort of Zep tribute in your life that isn't Dread Zeppelin, I guess this is for you. EZRA ACE CARAEFF


Complete show listings can be viewed here.

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