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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Tonight in Music: Stephen Malkmus and Typhoon

Posted by Arian Jalali on Sun, May 22, 2011 at 10:48 AM


STEPHEN MALKMUS, REBECCA GATES
(Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate) It's a tale told way too often around the country: Activist/artist Dara Greenwald, despite health insurance, is tens of thousands in the hole after her cancer diagnosis. Pals Stephen Malkmus and Rebecca Gates are stepping up with a brunch-hour benefit show where you can—why not?—eat some pancakes to further further the cause. MARJORIE SKINNER


TYPHOON, CANNONS AND CLOUDS, YOUTH
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) While you were sleeping, Typhoon became the biggest band in the city of Portland. Forever championed as the ragged upstarts incubated in the fertile all-ages basement show circuit, the dozen-piece band was always a household name in town, but it wasn't until their SXSW performance in a church (opening for, and stealing the show from, Sharon Van Etten) that the band crossed over to a national audience. The foundation Typhoon established with 2010's LP Hunger and Thirst was built upon masterfully with this year's A New Kind of House. An EP in running time only, A New Kind of House is as dynamic and rich as its predecessor, a release perfectly balanced between songs both short and simplistic (all 89 seconds of "Kitchen Tile"), sprawling and dense ("Claws Pt. 1," which clocks in at close to eight minutes), and their most dynamic tune yet to be captured on tape ("The Honest Truth"). You might have missed their ascent, but barring a disaster true to their namesake, Typhoon is a band that we will be talking about for a long, long time. They play a free show for which only 350 passes will be issued—first come, first serve. EZRA ACE CARAEFF

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