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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Tonight in Music: Dr. Demento, Tu Fawning & Skeletron at Into the Woods One-Year Anniversary, and much more

Posted by Colleen Smyth on Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 10:26 AM


DR. DEMENTO

(Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock) I know it sounds dorky as all hell, but the Dr. Demento Reed College lectures are an absolute blast. The maestro of wacky music, Dr. Demento (Barry Hansen) is a Reed alum, and his four-night stand focuses on various musical subgenres—from country music to songs about drugs—including tonight's punk-themed show. Music nerds, and just nerds in general: The doctor will see you now. EZRA ACE CARAEFF


INTO THE WOODS ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY: TU FAWNING, SKELETRON, AND AND AND, GUANTANAMO BAYWATCH, DJ SNAKKS

(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) The first episode of Into the Woods went up exactly one year ago, pointing the way for over 75 videos from the sparkling online music documentary series, all boasting sterling sound and picture. To celebrate their anniversary, they're hosting a party including music from Tu Fawning, Skeletron, And And And, and Guantanamo Baywatch, and if you donate $5 to their Kickstarter campaign, you get in for free! NED LANNAMANN


HIVES INQUIRY SQUAD

(Mt. Tabor Theater, 4811 SE Hawthorne) Read our article about Hives Inquiry Squad.


BIG BLACK CLOUD, HORNET LEG, DRUNK DAD

(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) Tonight we celebrate the two-year anniversary of local grime purveyors Stankhouse Records by welcoming a new band into the fold. Label mainstays┬áBig Black Cloud and friends Hornet Leg will be joined by Drunk Dad, a band so fresh they have no recordings or established media outlets. Their live show is becoming known for its insanity—this reviewer remembers it through an alcohol-infused haze as a face-melting shitstorm of sludgy noise. The three dudes behind the instruments create an audible onslaught that seems as if its goal is to eradicate silence from the world forever, and with Stankhouse around, we can count on them capturing that mayhem on vinyl. Here's to the beautiful, fucked-up future. MARANDA BISH


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


LED TO SEA, SOLVENTS, NICK CACERES

(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Listening to Led to Sea—the solo project of violist Alex Guy—evokes the enduring eerie beauty of the Pacific Northwest; you are lost in a brilliant sunset over the ocean, yet aware of the shadows that lurk in the old-growth forest behind you. Guy's playful and inviting voice dances with the versatility of the viola—shining with the crisp brightness of the violin and reaching the stirring depths of the cello—as she moves through romantic classical to dissonant experimental to toe-tapping folk. Guy has toured with Mirah and Jason Webley, and played with modern punk-jazz orchestra Degenerate Art Ensemble, and it shows; her latest album, Into the Darkening Sky, contains traces of these Northwest staples. Tonight's show is your last chance to catch Led to Sea before her European tour with Laura Veirs. JESSE VERNON


BILL COONES & LARRY ADAIR

(Mama Maria's, 5234 SE Powell) Larry Adair is a Portland jazz legend, a part of the scene for over 20 years. Whether solo or accompanying Bill Coones' bass fiddle, the man is hypnotic on the jazz guitar, with a playing style that's economical yet complex, showing off on the sly as if he doesn't want you to notice. Arpeggios and surprise chord inversions spring out of his earthy, easy jazz playing like sparks on a live wire. When he really loses himself in the playing, Adair starts humming the solo while he makes it up. It's an intimate, involuntary reaction that tightens the gap between both the player and his guitar and the performer and his audience. DAVE BOW


THE EX-GIRLFRIENDS CLUB, THE SHIVAS, SEXY WATER SPIDERS, HOLY CHILDREN

(Backspace, 115 NW 5th) Deceptively, there are no girls in the Ex-Girlfriends Club. There are, however, men who would seem to enjoy the shock value that such a name provokes. The band members adopt alter egos such as "Albatross" and "Action Lord" as they perform their throwback glam rock, striking me as the kind of group that will be playing Iggy Pop tribute shows long after the man is dead and they are past their prime. Until then, we can count on bands like the Ex-Girlfriends Club to uphold the tradition of performing shirtless and acting is if the '70s never ended. Their crunchy, slithering sex songs are like cocaine and mirrors for the ears. MARANDA BISH

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

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