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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Tonight in Music: On the Stairs, Corin Tucker Band at Pickathon Benefest, Climber, and much more

Posted by Colleen Smyth on Sat, Jan 22, 2011 at 3:27 PM


ON THE STAIRS, TEAM EVIL, IVAN AND ALYOSHA, PETOSKEY

(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Read our article on On The Stairs.


PICKATHON BENEFEST: CORIN TUCKER BAND, OLD LIGHT, ZOO ANIMAL

(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Did you know that Buckman Elementary is the only public arts-focused elementary school in Portland? That means less limbo, more interpretive dance and marimba classes, and with such high standards of artistic nourishment comes a tab that the state of Oregon does not pick up. So naturally, the great minds behind Pickathon—the damned-near utopian summer music festival on Pendarvis Farm—caught wind of the school's annual fundraising efforts and created Benefest, a four-part benefit festival to take place over the course of the next month in selected venues around town. For the first installation, locals the Corin Tucker Band and Old Light—once described by John Dwyer (Thee Oh Sees) as "Crosby, Stills and Nash, if they didn't suck"—will take the stage at Mississippi Studios. And while $25 might seem a hefty price tag, saving a child's young, impressionable ears from Chubby Checker's "Limbo Rock" is absolutely priceless. RAQUEL NASSER


CLIMBER, HELLO MORNING, LITTLE BEIRUT

(Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta) The men of Hello Morning are such a seasoned group of local musicians that I find it interesting that their name evokes the new start of a breaking dawn. But hey, it works. Hello Morning seems to have created something fresh among the rich histories of its four members, each of whom has previously put in time with established local acts such as Boy Eats Drum Machine and Jonah. The combined powers of Kevin Breuner, Peter Swanson, Henry Curl, and Ben Sims results in an extremely tight, exciting sound, varying from anthemic love songs like "Come Home" (currently available for free download on their Facebook page) to heart-racing stadium rock numbers like "Coldbreakers" (as recently heard in a Seattle Seahawks ad). Their latest recording, A Fiction, will be out later this year. MARANDA BISH

A complete listing of this week's shows can be viewed here.


CAFETERIA DANCE FEVER, GUANTANAMO BAYWATCH

(Record Room, 8 NE Killingsworth) Rumors of Cafeteria Dance Fever's demise are grossly exaggerated. While the Portland punk-party-pus-pop band announced they were playing their final show in October 2009, they haven't let a simple thing like a breakup keep them down. In fact, they've got a new 7-inch single—the five-song, attention-span-less "Where's My Bleach?" which includes their poppiest song to date, the fuzz-drippy "Satanic Hyena"—and they're marking the occasion with a release show at Portland's finest record-store-cum-bar, the Record Room. Following countless basement shows, a slew of vinyl releases, two European tours, and one supposed breakup, it seems like there's little left to stand in Cafeteria Dance Fever's path, including taste: Their wicked catalog of one-minute punk blasts (all released on Hovercraft, the label of CFD's Mark and Tim Janchar) has developed its own gravity, becoming weirdly respectable in its own way—which, I'm sure, is the last thing Cafeteria Dance Fever was expecting. NED LANNAMANN


POH-HOP: OLDOMINION, MOKA ONLY, LIVING PROOF, RAISE THE BRIDGES, GRYNCH, SERGE SEVERE, HIVES INQUIRY SQUAD, LUCK-ONE

(Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th) Oldominion is a colossal crew made up of more than 20 emcees, artists, and producers from the Pacific Northwest. With a group that size, you never know what to expect; even if only half the collective shows up to perform, it's fun to marvel at how they'll all fit on the same stage. Despite Oldominion's intimidating size they shatter the hiphop clichÉ of two or three guys on the mic while the rest just wave towels and do hype-man duty the entirety of the set. Each artist has a role, and while some might be more diminished than others, everyone has their place within the grand scheme of an Oldominion performance. For those who usually sleep on the opening acts, every last one of these emcees are also headliners in their own right, making this one of the most solid hiphop bills in recent history.┬áRYAN FEIGH


THE MEAN JEANS, CAT FANCY!

(Hungry Tiger Too, 207 SE 12th) Local rock and roll outfit Cat Fancy! (yes, it needs to be exclaimed) announce their intentions with the phrase "it's time to take out the space trash." They do indeed blast a heavy dose of ever so fuzzed-out space rock into the universe, with a few interesting twists. Bandleader Automne Zingg aligns her garage/mod project with staunch dedication to counterculture and feminism, giving their music a sharp swerve that's far from the benign bands solely in it for the aesthetic. And although the music of Cat Fancy! shares the reverb-heavy bedroom pop sounds of popular female-fronted groups like the Dum Dum Girls and Best Coast, Cat Fancy! oozes with sights and sounds of Portland's particular underground culture, making them a band all our own. MARANDA BISH

A complete listing of this week's shows can be viewed here.

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