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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Tonight in Music: Miracles Club, Girl Talk, Alexis Gideon and More

Posted by Colleen Smyth on Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 12:30 PM


NIGHTCLUBBING: THE MIRACLES CLUB, AVALON K, LINGER AND QUIET

(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Read our article on the Miracles Club.


GIRL TALK, MAX TUNDRA, JUNK CULTURE

(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) Sold out harder than 2003 Liz Phair, tonight's Girl Talk show brings America's most ambitious, shameless, and beloved mixmaster to the stage to lord over a dance party that'll have sweat dripping from the ceiling. Where the crunk-meets-classic-rock concoctions on 2008's Feed the Animals kept me laughing, the similar creations on 2010's All Day keep me thinking; I love them both. Opening tonight's party: UK electronica wizard Max Tundra and Greg Gillis's Illegal Art labelmate Junk Culture. DAVID SCHMADER


ALEXIS GIDEON, WHITE HINTERLAND, PLASTIC PUSSY

(The Woods, 6637 SE Milwaukie) Last year, Alexis Gideon unleashed the staggering Video Musics II: Sun-Wu Kong upon the world, a multimedia rock opera/film of sorts that took as its source Journey to the West, the classical Chinese epic novel. A small team fully animated the story while Gideon provided a complete musical score that incorporated hiphop, Chinese sounds, progressive rock, and other indefinable elements. It was, to be certain, a piece of singular genius, and Gideon performed a live interpretation of the piece many times over the course of last year. Now Video Musics II is available as a double-vinyl record—with accompanying DVD including all the animation—and to celebrate its release, Gideon performs it in full tonight. It's a weird, astonishing piece of art, a fully formed highbrow artistic statement that also works as an epic adventure story and a bizarrely funny cartoon. I can safely say you haven't ever seen anything like it. NED LANNAMANN

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


THE RESIDENTS

(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) You know what's three times as scary as a killer leprechaun?! HUGE eyeball people who wear tuxedos, that's what. Don't miss those legendary weirdoes the Residents as they bring their trippy multimedia shenanigans to town. They'll be sporting new sequin-y, gas mask-y, dreadlock-y outfits, which might be even creepier than those middle-distance-staring eyeball masks. COURTNEY FERGUSON


Y LA BAMBA, DENVER, PRAIRIE EMPIRE

(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) For a newish record, Lupon is pretty old. Y la Bamba's initial long-player was years in the making (recording started in 2008), then the album collected dust for two years while Luz Elena Mendoza's whimsical folk outfit awaited a proper suitor—a role eventually filled by Tender Loving Empire. For album number two, the band Sam Adams recently called "Why La Bamba" expedited things and turned to Kickstarter to quickly raise over eight grand in funding; but if you want to pelt them with—paper, not coin—money tonight, I doubt they'll complain. Supporting them is Denver, the ramshackle all-star country band composed of Blitzen Trapper singer Eric Earley and Alela Diane's guitarist/husband Tom Bevitori. EZRA ACE CARAEFF

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

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