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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Tonight in Music: Red Fang with The Builders and the Butchers, Stryper, and more

Posted by Colleen Smyth on Thu, Mar 3, 2011 at 3:47 PM


RED FANG, THE BUILDERS AND THE BUTCHERS

(Portland Spirit) Set sail for the high seas (er, the Willamette River) as Google Hotpot's second free show takes over the Portland Spirit for this nautical adventure. Pack your earplugs and Dramamine and enjoy sets from both Red Fang and the Builders and the Butchers on a freakin' boat. EZRA ACE CARAEFF


STRYPER

(Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) Read our article about Stryper.


THE NIGHT BEATS, DRUG PURSE, ORCA TEAM, MIDNIGHT SUN

(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) The mentally crippling repercussions that shock therapy induced on Roky Erickson could be enough evidence to decriminalize pot today. The great former 13th Floor Elevators leader created a distinctive psych-out from the Texas bayous, heat, and cranking oil derricks, pushing the envelope of noise rock and sound experimentation at a time when most music only held up boundaries. It's clichÉ to say a new generation has been reborn from the roots of where they came from, but the now Seattle-based Night Beats drank Texas' fetid water, and ate the food from its soil—sonically, these three young men are the long-lost brothers of Roky and the gang. Their drudging, heavy-bliss psychedelic garage will flash before your eyes, and that brain in your head will be rattling around like a shell-shocked ex-vet who needs his meds and a joint. TRAVIS RITTER

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


SOLAR SHADE, THE JON COHEN EXPERIMENTAL, FOCUS FOCUS

(Ella Street Social Club, 714 SW 20th Pl) Jon Cohen—not to be confused with bluegrass musician John Cohen, who also performs tonight at the Mission Theater—is a Montreal musician who's done time as a member of the Dears and the Social Register. Now Cohen has a project of his own, the Jon Cohen Experimental, and recorded an album, Behold, with the help of some of the luminaries of the Montreal scene. It's a casual, easygoing collection of pop music with a fondness for kaleidoscopic arrangements and the occasional dissonant chord. Now Cohen is traveling solo via Greyhound, accompanied by his patented "Casiotone orchestra and astral projections," to perform his gently psychedelic music up and down the West Coast.
NED LANNAMANN


BROKEN RECORDS, US ROYALTY, SEXO TROPICO

(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) One would think that with a name like Broken Records there would be some element of fun and looseness to this Scottish sextet. Not so much. These bearded young lads' modus operandi is all melodrama, never more fully evidenced than with a song titled "If the News Makes You Sad, Don't Watch It." To be fair, the band dubbed the "Scottish Arcade Fire" (for no reason whatsoever) have shed some of that rough exterior on their second LP Let Me Come Home, a record that trades in some of the folkiness and pretension for more simple, everyman rock yarns. On wax there are layers of slick production for vocalist Jamie Sutherland to contend with, but live is where Broken Records are more likely to get their message through to new followers. MARK LORE

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

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