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Friday, March 11, 2011

Tonight in Music: Rainbow Arabia, Eternal Tapestry, Notorious BIG, and more

Posted by Colleen Smyth on Fri, Mar 11, 2011 at 3:31 PM


RAINBOW ARABIA, SPOEK MATHAMBO, ATOLE, DJ LIFEPARTNER

(Branx, 320 SE 2nd) Read our article on Rainbow Arabia.



ETERNAL TAPESTRY, MOUNT EERIE, WHITE FANG, Ô PAON, PETE SWANSON

(The Artistery, 4315 SE Division) Read our article on Eternal Tapestry.



LIVE AND DIRECT'S NOTORIOUS B.I.G. TRIBUTE: REV. SHINES, SLIMKID3, DJ NATURE, STARCHILE

(Rotture, 315 SE 3rd) Pay tribute tonight to the late, great Notorious B.I.G. in the good company of the Live & Direct family, featuring Lifesavas' Rev. Shines, Slimkid3, and DJ Nature rolling out live remixes and re-edits. Plus check out live painting with Tokyo's Taka Sudo! MARJORIE SKINNER


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


BALMORHEA, BENOIT PIOULARD, HELIOS

(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Those logs at Doug Fir sure look pretty when blissfully intoned music floods the room, but as you look at them, try to imagine them in their natural-born state, standing free and flowing in a forest of green. Austin's melancholic, classically adept instrumentalists Balmorhea (a name I still immediately think of as something brown), and our Portland's own Benoit Pioulard give a sense of new life, of something that grows instead of dies. Balmorhea is definitely more dramatic, with metered orchestrations that swell in whispering gusts. Benoit Pioulard strums more internally, invoking the at-peace feeling you get on a calm, still day, where sunlight can be chased forever. Come early to claim your seat, and strap in for Back to the Bliss: The Ride. TRAVIS RITTER



LEONARD MYNX, ST. EVEN, PETOSKEY

(The Woods, 6637 SE Milwaukie) Leonard Mynx has plenty of material to choose from, so it's no surprise the prolific songwriter's new record Son of the Famous So and So plays like the cream of the crop—the Portland singer/songwriter recorded close to 30 songs at Type Foundry Studio some months back, and his brand-new So and So is home to 11 of those highlights. With a gentle, conversational voice that's somewhere in between Paul Simon and Bob Dylan, Mynx helms a sterling collection of folk ballads, containing plenty of harmonica chuffing, acoustic fingerpicking, and swelling organ chords. Mynx never strains for a second, comfortably inhabiting songs that hit well-established sweet spots. "Ball of Fire" in particular is a striking work, Mynx's road-weary tune augmented by a rising plume of slide guitar and strings. NED LANNAMANN



WIZARD RIFLE, RABBITS, WOE, VALKYRIE RODEO

(Plan B, 1305 SE 8th) Portland's Wizard Rifle doesn't rely on sludgy riffs to get their point across (although there is some of that); instead this oft-shirtless two-piece serves up herky-jerky guitar squall and mind-bending time signatures, captured most succinctly on the menacing "The Organ Donor Song." It sure makes Wizard Rifle difficult for bumbling music critics to categorize—which is exactly the point, right? The band kicks off its first tour tonight with the not-so-cuddly Rabbits, who do rely on the type of riffs that rattle your organs. Even if you don't fancy yourself a metalhead, there's plenty to enjoy here. For you, a little pre-show checklist from the Metal 101 Handbook: whiskey, earplugs, diaper, severed goat head. Enjoy! MARK LORE


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

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