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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Tonight in Music: The Twilight Singers, Nuggets Night at Slabtown, Seapony and More!

Posted by Arian Jalali on Sat, May 21, 2011 at 11:32 AM


THE TWILIGHT SINGERS, MARGOT AND THE NUCLEAR SO AND SO'S
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) It's a 100 percent guarantee there'll be a stellar rock show if Mr. Greg Dulli is front and center, especially when he's howling for the Twilight Singers. The band is on tour in support of their new album, Dynamite Steps, a soulful noir-ish album, blistering yet redemptive. It's Dulli at his best. COURTNEY FERGUSON


EZZA ROSE, ALAMEDA, THE CABIN PROJECT
(Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta) Read our article about Ezza Rose.


SEAPONY, SWIM SWAM SWUM , GHOST ANIMAL
(The Woods, 6637 SE Milwaukie) What is the difference between Seapony and Tennis? On first listen, it's hard to tell. They both make gently jangly, '80s-hued guitar pop with dreamy female vocals, and both received a disproportionate amount of attention right off the bat by posting just a few home-recorded songs online. Tennis is a duo, whereas Seapony is a three-piece, and unlike Denver's Tennis, Seapony is from Seattle by way of Lawrence, Kansas. Seapony's debut Go with Me is actually a better record than Tennis' Cape Dory, which sounded disappointing in light of their refreshingly naÏve early singles. With a simple drum-machine rhythm backing and a propensity for sheets of distorted guitar, Seapony actually hew closer to the increasingly well-traveled sonic span that connects C86 to Loveless—sharing qualities with contemporary bands like the Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Armed with a batch of catchy songs and the backing of Sub Pop imprint Hardly Art, Seapony make their way down I-5 for their first headlining club show in Portland. NED LANNAMANN


JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN, BHI BHIMAN, THEMES
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) If an individual is judged by the company he or she keeps, then Joan Wasser is an idiosyncratic artist who is thrillingly resistant to being pigeonholed. Her ever-growing cult of fans already knows that. Previously the violinist for '90s Boston outfit the Dambuilders, Wasser has since supplied arrangements and performed with Antony, Rufus Wainwright, Scissor Sisters, and David Sylvian. Yet this multi-instrumentalist and songwriter shines brightest in the spotlight, releasing a series of increasingly ambitious records as Joan as Police Woman, culminating in The Deep Field. With her soulful, otherworldly voice as the focal point, Wasser fashions musical universes as inventive and all encompassing as those found on the classic '70s albums of Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, switching fluidly from the crackling sexuality of "Run for Love" to the almost embarrassing tenderness of "Human Condition." KURT B. REIGHLEY


NUGGETS NIGHT: THE DHARMA BUMS, BEYOND VERONICA, WELCOME HOME WALKER, BLUE SKIES FOR BLACK HEARTS, & MORE
(Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th) For five years now, Slabtown has hosted a tribute night to the classic 1972 Elektra Records compilation album Nuggets, which collected some of the best garage and proto-punk from American bands in the '60s. Nuggets has since become a cottage industry for Rhino Records, which released its own string of Nuggets sequels throughout the '80s, then popped out a magnificent series of four-disc box sets bearing the Nuggets name in the late '90s and early '00s. Expect a slew of local bands to pay homage to fuzz-drenched singles from groups like the Electric Prunes and the 13th Floor Elevators, and like every year, the organizers are donating the proceeds to a worthy charity. This year they're raising money for the Jeremy Wilson Foundation, which helps needy musicians and their families when health insurance just won't cut it. Wilson himself performs with his band the Dharma Bums. NL

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