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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Tonight in Music: Weinland, Beats Antique, Anamanaguchi, and more

Posted by Colleen Smyth on Sat, Apr 2, 2011 at 3:48 PM


WEINLAND, QUIET LIFE, RAVENNA WOODS, MBILLY

(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) The folk-rock quintet's spring tour saw Weinland jaunt to Texas and back, and this tour-closing homecoming show will preview their upcoming fourth album. Judging by the terrific material they showed off on New Year's Eve, the as-yet-untitled record contains some of Weinland's best songs to date. NED LANNAMANN


BEATS ANTIQUE, ESKMO

(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) If you're looking for authenticity, you won't find it in Beats Antique. The Bay Area trio's world-music tapestry mostly tumbles out of a laptop equipped with Ableton, and all that striking Mediterranean, Balkan, and Middle Eastern instrumentation gets boiled in with pedestrian elements of reggae, hiphop, and breakbeat, resulting in a jumbled smorgasbord of world music opportunism. But if the music doesn't stand on its own two legs, the live show is something of a spectacle, highlighted by bellydancing from Zoe Jakes of the Bellydance Superstars, the troupe managed by IRS Records magnate (and former Police manager) Miles Copeland. If anything, Beats Antique are one of many clear signs that Burning Man esotericism has fire-danced its way into mainstream culture. NL


PEELANDER-Z, ANAMANAGUCHI, LEE COREY OSWALD, GIRLFRIENDS

(Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th) Attention, teenage stoner of stashboxes past: Brooklyn's Anamanaguchi has accomplished one of your very first pipe dreams, having recently scored a videogame (Ubisoft's Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, to be precise) with their frenetic, instrumental chiptune punk. Plus, they have a band member who plays a Game Boy in addition to guitar, and have apparently hacked a NES game console that is utilized as a synthesizer. And while all that may sound fun—though perhaps too kitschy to be truly listenable—one run through their 2009 debut, Dawn Metropolis, or the recently released Airbrushed 7-inch, will infuse you with enough energy to gobble up all of the coins, defeat the dragon, and proceed to the bonus level. It's not all square and triangle waves; in addition to being super techno-nerds, they're a bona fide four-piece rock band. Mario Bros. coveralls not discouraged. RAQUEL NASSER

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

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