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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Tonight in Music: Mister Heavenly, Carrie Brownstein, Black Dub, Against Me!, and more

Posted by Colleen Smyth on Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 3:35 PM


A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS WITH LANCE BANGS: MISTER HEAVENLY, CARRIE BROWNSTEIN, DJ NIGHTSCHOOL

(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Tonight at Holocene, local filmmaker Lance Bangs presents A Few of My Favorite Things, a fundraiser for the Hollywood Theatre! Bangs' favorite things? Old Super 8 films from Bangs and friends, live stand-up sets Human Giant's Paul Scheer and Comedy Death-Ray's Brandon Johnson, DJ sets from Carrie Brownstein and DJ Nightschool, a live set from Mister Heavenly (with Michael Cera!), and a lot more. Then, tomorrow night at the Hollywood, Bangs presents Laughter in the Breeze 1990-2010, a selection of his rare works... and the Mercury's Sarah Mirk will interview him onstage! ERIK HENRIKSEN


BLACK DUB, ROCCO DELUCA

(Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) Read about Black Dub.


AGAINST ME!, CHEAP GIRLS, FENCES

(Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th) Read about Against Me!.


MIKE COYKENDALL AND THE GOLDEN SHAG, WHALEBONES, PEARLY GATE MUSIC

(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Hot on the heels of last year's The Unbearable Being of Likeness recording, as well as an album and tour with She and Him, journeyman musician and producer Mike Coykendall somehow found time to record a new double album with his band the Golden Shag. No word as to exactly when the new album will be released, but a tune from it, titled "As Lost as You Are," turned up on End Hits, the Mercury's music blog. It's a Tom Pettyesque churner, a guitar-driven rock rumbler with energy to spare. "As Lost as You Are" is of a piece with Coykendall's solo idiom, unfancy and purposeful rock and roll that clearly shows—despite his many gigs backing other talents—Coykendall's solo stuff is no slouch. NED LANNAMANN

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


ROBOT KOCH, BOY MEETS CLUB, BROWNBEAR, DJAO

(Crown Room, 205 NW 4th) Please don't write off Robert Koch (AKA Robot Koch) as just another dubstep producer riding the wave of wobble bass popularity. Sure, he's put out a track or two that fall into the aggressive "bro-step" territory, but the man is a talented and prolific producer with a wide range of styles that span from sexy club beats to elegant downtempo. The fact that Koch chose to set up shop in Berlin—as opposed to dubstep epicenters like Bristol or London—can be heard in the diversity of his sound. In addition to his solo work, Koch is the man behind Jahcoozi, whose Barefoot Wanderer made many a critic's year-end list, including my own. Released on Ellen Allien's Bpitch Control record label, the album shows off Koch's knack for working with strong female vocalists (the alluring Sasha Perera in this case) without being overshadowed by them. AVA HEGEDUS


SAUCY YODA, GRRRL FRIEND, BOOM!, NUCULAR AMINALS, MYTHOLOGICAL HORSES

(The Artistery, 4315 SE Division) By now you've likely heard the news that local all-ages institution the Artistery is facing a developer's wrecking ball and will sadly close their basement door for good next month. Portland's youth-friendly music scene likely won't be the same again, but dry your eyes and take advantage of the Southeast showspace while it's still here. Tonight's headliner Saucy Yoda is the nom de plume of one Melodie Langer, a sometime Portlander who traverses the States—and not just the continental ones, she just wrapped up tours of Alaska and Hawaii—with her bawdy lo-fi party jams. Langer channels the profane freakiness of Peaches but does so with a modest production budget. EZRA ACE CARAEFF


SEAN FLINN AND THE ROYAL WE, GREYLAG, MBILLY

(The Woods, 6637 SE Milwaukie) Write Me a Novel, the 2010 debut album from local indie-folk outfit Sean Flinn and the Royal We, plays like a movie soundtrack for a long-lost Sundance film. Every song is a story, told through both Flinn's arrangements and his lyrics. Of course, all of these are rural love stories complete with meadows full of wildflowers, birds flying overhead, and a roaring fire when the protagonist finally arrives home. Nonetheless, the music of Flinn is calming, yet intriguing, and with openers Greylag and Mbilly rounding out the bill, you've got an indie lover's wet dream. COLLEEN SMYTH

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

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