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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Tonight in Music: Destroyer, Handsome Furs, Nasalrod, and more

Posted by Colleen Smyth on Sat, Mar 19, 2011 at 12:51 PM


DESTROYER, THE WAR ON DRUGS

(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Read our article on Destroyer.


HANDSOME FURS

(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) Before a short East Coast tour in April and a longer tour of Europe later in the spring, Handsome Furs are doing a one-off show at Bunk Bar. We're not sure why the married duo of Alexei Perry and Dan Boeckner are coming through town, but we suspect Bunk's delicious sandwiches might have something to do with it. The two have been hard at work on the third Handsome Furs album, recorded in Montreal with producer Arlen Thompson, who you might know from Boeckner's other band, Wolf Parade. Plenty of rock fans are familiar with Boeckner's songwriting via that well-known band, but much of his best work is contained in the more electronic, punkier Handsome Furs catalog. Judging from past efforts, the new record will be a collection of sparse but addictive glam-synth anthems, as sweet and deadly as a razorblade stuffed inside a piece of candy. Handsome Furs also pulsate with a barely contained sexuality—evidenced by their eye-catching press photos—and their live show often unleashes the energy and heat of a full-fledged dance party. NED LANNAMANN


FXFU: STIFFWIFF, PIGEONS, MIKE COYKENDALL AND THE GOLDEN SHAG, OLD LIGHT, WHAT HEARTS, ON THE STAIRS, YES FATHER, DJ BLACK SANDWICH, DJ NICHOLAB

(Eagles Lodge, 4904 SE Hawthorne) The annual South by Southwest music conference in Austin, Texas, is everything good and bad about the music industry rolled up into a few days of fevered exhaustion. Therefore, the month of March is a time of both dread and joy for musicians and hangers-on alike, as SXSW looms its head over basically everything else that's happening musically. Skipping it altogether might result in fewer gray hairs, but there's always a slightly bitter sense of disappointment at missing out on the frenzy. No more! The first annual FXFU "festival" takes place this Saturday within the time-warp of Southeast Portland's Eagles Lodge. A tall stack of local acts make up the extraordinarily diverse bill—including the improvised jams of Stiffwiff and the Petty-ready folk-rock of Mike Coykendall—and there'll be no need for the schmoozing and networking that are the low points of this weekend's other music fest. NL

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


NASALROD, TINY KNIVES, SWAMPBUCK

(Tonic Lounge, 3100 NE Sandy) Witnessing a Nasalrod show is like watching the guy at the freak show hammer nails into his nose. It's a fascinating and perplexing display of talent and pure lunacy. Chairman, the band's crazy-eyed hyperactive front man, flails around the room with complete disregard for his own personal safety (or his bandmates' for that matter). Flying kicks and leaps from the stage are frequent, and spectacular. Coupled with his kooky yet soulful vocals, Chairman owns your attention. All together, Nasalrod sounds like the Dead Kennedys riding a Tilt-a-Whirl at the fair while listening to R&B records. Each song is more manic and fun then the last. Nasalrod has found that originality and insanity can go hand in hand. ARIS WALES


THE PHYSICAL HEARTS, 1939 ENSEMBLE, CELILO

(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) The Physical Hearts' second EP, Shepherd's Gun, is a well-polished collection of midtempo numbers that manage to straddle both slick modern radio rock and earthier, rootsier sounds. Lead singer Nathaniel Talbot lucidly sings in an immaculately smooth register reminiscent of James Taylor, while the rest of the quartet tastefully shifts between clean and distorted tones. The Physical Hearts' approach to melody is appealingly circuitous, showing an adventurous refusal to retread familiar paths, and while the grand gestures don't always work—the bogged-down prog of "Porch Light," for instance—the smaller ones often do, like the charming Clarence White-isms tucked into the background of "Mayflower." NL


MOSLEY WOTTA, THE ASCETIC JUNKIES, HOT BODIES IN MOTION

(Mt. Tabor Theater, 4811 SE Hawthorne) Mosley Wotta hails from Bend and is fronted by charismatic emcee Jason Graham, whose theater background is notably evident in a live setting. It would be a misnomer to classify the group as strictly hiphop, considering the heavy funk influence as well as forays into jam band territory that thankfully stop well short of abhorrent needless noodling. The name Mosley Wotta alludes to the fact that all people are mostly water, creating a musical MO focused on uniting and uplifting that trickles down from the Spearhead tributary of hiphop. Seattle's blues/funk hybrid Hot Bodies in Motion and Portland's own genre-bending Ascetic Junkies open, the latter bringing their distinct blend of bluegrass, pop, and funk with a punk ethos. This bill is about one act shy (jazz-influenced shoegaze/grindcore perhaps?) of covering nearly every musical genre. RYAN FEIGH

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

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