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Friday, February 4, 2011

Tonight in Music: KM Fizzy at Girl Trouble, The Paul Collins' Beat at Slabtown Bender, Dead Prez at the Journey to Freedom Launch Party, and more

Posted by Colleen Smyth on Fri, Feb 4, 2011 at 2:53 PM


GIRL TROUBLE: KM FIZZY, DJ MAGIC BEANS, DJ WOMB SERVICE, DJ CUICA, DJ HONEY OWENS, PASHLY, PATRICIA FURPURSE, LINGER

(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Holocene wants to get your showboat shakin' with their Girl Trouble DJ night. It's girls, girls, girls, on the turn, turn, turntables. The evening starts off with soul and girl-group pop, finishing up with house and disco beats to make your dancing feet feel all neat. COURTNEY FERGUSON


SLABTOWN BENDER: THE PAUL COLLINS' BEAT, HEAD, THE TRANZMITORS, APACHE, THE MEAN JEANS, THE BLIND SHAKE, & MORE

(Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th) Portland's most beloved and booze-soaked rock 'n' roll fest returns, kicking off a weekend with one of the strongest Bender lineups yet. Tonight brings notable touring acts like veteran Minnesota rockers the Blind Shake. They're a fine example of the power of Midwestern wreckage, as two brothers, Mike and Jim Blaha, battle with fierce vocals and guitars (Mike on baritone, which adds a unique, melodious tone), while Dave Roper explodes on syncopated drums. Locals on the bill include perennial partiers the Mean Jeans and the Pure Country Gold duo, who have dropped the bombshell that this will be their last show for the indefinite future. This is a thought too devastating to comprehend, as no group brings a get-down dance party to Portland's backyards and bars like Patrick Foss and Jake Welliver. So for tonight, maybe for the last time, let's get down. MARANDA BISH


JOURNEY TO FREEDOM LAUNCH PARTY: DEAD PREZ, TYREE HARRIS, AARON OB SMITH, URBAN TRUTH, SPEAKER MINDS, LUCK-ONE, TONY OZIER

(Backspace, 115 NW 5th) Even when they're dormant, Dead Prez can still put all other emcees to shame. Information Age, their much ballyhooed full-length, has been delayed for years, yet the duo of stic.man and M-1 have kept us satiated with Pulse of the People: Turn off the Radio Vol. 3 and its free sequel, the DJ Drama collab Turn Off the Radio Vol. 4: Revolutionary But Gangsta Grillz. While it's been rumored the political hiphop outfit might be joining ranks with Jay-Z's Roc Nation imprint—and thus becoming labelmates with the single greatest artist of our generation, Willow Smith—there is still no release date set for Information Age. Ask them what's the holdup at tonight's intimate launch show for the educational Journey to Freedom Project. EZRA ACE CARAEFF

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


ETERNAL TAPESTRY, PACIFIC CITY NIGHTLIFE VISION BAND, FENCES

(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) Pacific City Nightlife Vision Band is not a band that plays often, or in one place. When they do, it is a collaborative experiment between a couple of tuned-in musicians and their electronic apparatus. Scott Simmons (former member of Eat Skull and present proprietor of beautiful Portland record shop Exiled Records) and Spencer Clark (the SF-area musician who performs under the alias Vodka Soap and as part of psychedelic duo Skaters) occasionally join forces to bend minds with improvisational keyboard distortion and weirdness. The result is said to be deconstructive and mesmerizing, so if that sounds like what you need, you shouldn't miss this. Hosting tonight is Portland's Eternal Tapestry, who play more formulaic, equally far-out music, a fresh batch of which is forthcoming on a full-length from Thrill Jockey next month. MARANDA BISH


JAMES ANGELL, TOD MORRISEY, 1776

(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) While his last two releases have been generously spaced out throughout the past decade, pianist/singer James Angell was a Portland fixture "back in the day" (if acts like King Black Acid or his former band Nero's Rome ring a bell, you've likely heard of him). Tonight he celebrates the release of Private Player, a lush selection of shimmering rock numbers that in their best moments share the moodiness of The The's masterwork Dusk. Angell's sappy arrangements and decadent vocal stylings can come off a bit overindulgent at times, but seeing how his previous work caught the ear of Duran Duran's John Taylor, there is definitely an audience for the music of Private Player. EZRA ACE CARAEFF

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

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