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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Tonight in Music: Motorhead, Nobunny at Slabtown Bender, Finn Riggins, and more

Posted by Colleen Smyth on Sat, Feb 5, 2011 at 1:16 PM


MOTÖRHEAD, CLUTCH, VALIENT THORR

(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) Read about MotÖrhead.


SLABTOWN BENDER: NOBUNNY, PAT TODD AND THE RANKOUTSIDERS, LIQUORBALL, HANK IV, FLASH FLOOD AND THE DIKES, & MORE

(Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th) It's likely that many people won't have the slightest clue who any of the bands are that're playing this year's Bender. But for those who fancy themselves connoisseurs of music of the weirdo/obscuro variety and can count the years spent record-bin diving on more than one hand, the Bender is garage rock's answer to Hajj. And tonight's show might be the most diverse of the lot, with the left-field country of Flash Flood and the Dikes and the unpredictable stomp of Bay Area punk rock harbingers Hank IV. But I have a sneaking suspicion that it's tonight's rare performance from La La Land's Liquorball that will have rock 'n' roll oldsters lining up in the cold. The band—fronted by former Monoshock member Grady Runyan—came out of hibernation in 2009 with the release of Evolutionary Squalor. It should be noted that Runyan also runs renowned Ventura, California, vinyl mecca Grady's Record Refuge. Notice a theme here? MARK LORE Also read our article on Nobunny.


FERNANDO, CASEY NEILL AND THE NORWAY RATS, THE WELFARE STATE

(Dante's, 1 SW 3rd) Fernando Viciconte originally released True Instigator two years back as a free download on his website. Viciconte thought it would be his final album, but R.E.M.'s Peter Buck took him aside at a show and offered to play on his next record. Thusly compelled out of retirement, Viciconte is now giving True Instigator a proper release, and a proper release show to go along with it. The album's a wide-ranging, crimson-hued rock record that begins with a cover of Hank Williams' "Angel of Death" and moves through a pageant of Fernando's pop, country, and Latin-tinged songwriting. What's more, Fernando and Buck have plans to record some new material this coming year. NED LANNAMANN

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


FINN RIGGINS, APEX MANOR, WORLD'S GREATEST GHOSTS

(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) In just a few short years, Los Angeles retro power-poppers the Brokedown changed their name to the Broken West, released two albums (2007's terrific I Can't Go On, I'll Go On and 2008's less-memorable Now or Heaven) and promptly broke up. Now lead singer Ross Flournoy has formed a new band, Apex Manor, whose debut record The Year of Magical Drinking sounds like the best moments from the Broken West's all-too-brief career. It's a breezy, peppy collection of pop songs that whirr along with ease, motored by the kind of sunny emotions that can only really be expressed in a song. If you blinked and missed the Broken West, don't make the same mistake with Apex Manor. NED LANNAMANN


THE FLASHBULB, THE ABOMINABLE TWITCH, BARTEZ, PROTMAN

(Whiskey Bar, 31 NW 1st) Benn Jordan has made music under a ton of different pseudonyms, but he's best known for his work as the Flashbulb. What started out as mostly a drum and bass/breakcore thing has gracefully matured into a distinct project crafted from equal parts jazz and electronics. His newest album Arboreal, released on Jordan's own Alphabasic record label, strikes the perfect balance of these elements and shares a likeness to Squarepusher's 1999 jazz/IDM opus Selection Sixteen that just can't be ignored. Jordan's interest in Chicago's experimental jazz scene is apparent in the live drum work on tracks like "The Great Pumpkin Tapes" and "Springtime in Distance," while the less organic beats of "Meadow Crush" recall his early electronic influences. The beauty and simplicity of sparse piano notes carefully placed on top of the ethereal background of "Dread, Etched in Snow" demonstrates Jordan's sensitivity and strong ability as a serious composer. AVA HEGEDUS


THE QUICK AND EASY BOYS

(The Goodfoot, 2845 SE Stark) The Quick and Easy Boys might be the only band in Portland to sport mustaches unironically and boast funkiness unapologetically. Essentially, these Boys do what they do with little regard to some mystical cool factor. They'd like you to think of their music as the celestial trinity of the Minutemen, Funkadelic, and Willie Nelson rolled into one. Thing is, they deliver—especially live. A power trio in the truest sense of the word, the Quick and Easy Boys keep it loose and dirty. Need a funky bass line? You got it. Overdriven guitars? There's plenty of that, too. Best of all, they have a sense of humor. These guys are the life of the party, and one day might wield enough power to make that bell-bottomed-overalls-and-cowboy-boots ensemble seem like a good idea. Unironically, of course. MARK LORE

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

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