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Friday, July 1, 2011

Tonight in Music: Waterfront Blues Festival, The Bugs, Hip Hop Food Drive and more!

Posted by Arian Jalali on Fri, Jul 1, 2011 at 4:11 PM


WATERFRONT BLUES FESTIVAL: MACEO PARKER, REBIRTH BRASS BAND, ROBERT CRAY BAND, CHUBBY CARRIER AND THE BAYOU SWAMP BAND & MORE
(Tom McCall Waterfront Park, 1020 SW Naito Parkway) In previous years the lineup for the Waterfront Blues Festival has been less than stellar (sorry, Jonny Lang fans). But this year the annual event is packed to the gills with excellent performers, including tomorrow night's big-name headliners: Lucinda Williams and Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears. EZRA ACE CARAEFF


THE BUGS, SUGAR SUGAR SUGAR, HEY LOVER
(Kenton Club, 2025 N Kilpatrick) The new 7-inch from the Bugs crams a whopping six songs into its grooves, including the title track, an infectious piece of bubblegum called "Double O-Yeah." It's the kind of song you could listen to again and again without getting tired of it, partly because it's over in a hot minute—along with the other five short 'n' speedy songs on the record, released on German boutique imprint Labil. Along with a few indelible melodies, there's a Silver Kings cover and some damaged art-punk non-songs, none of which sound like they took any time at all to map out—which I mean in a good way. Celebrate the release tonight with the duo (Mike Coumatos and Paul Haines), who have evolved into the kind of slop-pop institution that's becoming increasingly hard to find. NL


AND AND AND, TXE, SAM TRUMP, DJ QUEASY
(Rotture, 315 SE 3rd) Hiphop heads and indie-rock kids are similar in so many ways, but the genres seldom cross paths and the two camps remain strangers, often within the same crowd. No more, says Frsh Slcts, the vowel-free collective of music lovers behind an innovative series of shows that pair local performers with other musicians who—get this—don't sound alike. You'll get an earful of And And And's ramshackle indie rock, the inspirational hiphop rhymes of TxE, and a set from trumpeter/vocalist Sam Trump. Your music library is diverse and not limited to a single genre; no reason the shows you see should be any different. EAC


THE FLESHTONES, CHARMING BIRDS
(Dante's, 1 SW 3rd) On one previous record, the Fleshtones covered Led Zeppelin's "Communication Breakdown," and on their latest, Brooklyn Sound Solution, they cover the Beatles' "Day Tripper." You are right in thinking these dead-horse songs need never, never, ever be covered, but the New York garage rockers—who are among the original torch-carriers that led to the garage rock revival of the early '00s—are quite happy living in a bubble where fashion, culture, and rock 'n' roll haven't changed one whit since the '60s. So instead of innovation, the Fleshtones offer a retro dance party with tons of energy via surf-rock guitar solos, vamping R&B, swingin' drums, and a big ol' boner for the Nuggets comps. Considering they've been at it since the halcyon days of CBGB, it's clear they're true believers. NL


HIPHOP FOOD DRIVE: S1KONES, TRAGEDY 503, SPEAKER MINDS, BAD HABITAT, COOL NUTZ, HIVES INQUIRY SQUAD & MORE
(Bossanova, 722 E Burnside) There are many unsung heroes in Portland's hiphop scene. Chief among them is Jessie Sponberg, AKA Ozone, a living embodiment that being "positive" goes far beyond wearing a backpack and spitting about how you "got knowledge" on the mic. Actions speak louder than words, and his latest action is Food Wars 4—a free hiphop event that doubles as the culmination of a dry food campaign to benefit local families in need through Impact Northwest. Music fans hungry for a gratis sampling of local acts will also be satiated, from tried and true vets Cool Nutz and Destro, to the hyper harmony punch of must-see-live-to-believe Rose Bent. Add the enchantingly demented Hives Inquiry Squad, up-and-comer skater favorite ElleMC, plus far too many others to mention, and you've got yourself a party done proper. RYAN FEIGH

TRUCKSTOP DARLIN', THE TUMBLERS, MCDOUGALL
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) In addition to polishing off their weight in whiskey, the blue-collar musicians of the Tumblers have polished their sound on full-length number two, America Toil. The local sextet's debut, The Earth Shall Become My Throne, was a tears-in-beers collection of heavy burden country rock capped by the robust vocals of Tyler Gaston and Dean Gorman. Toil isn't a grand departure, but it's significantly less mournful than their previous material, as numbers like the bluesy "Canary in a Coal Mine" take an abrupt change in direction when a jaunty little whistle solo appears in the middle of the song. The title track is straight-up Americana, a bold rock number propped up by an excellent slide guitar hook that lingers long after the song—and the ice that cools your bourbon—melts away. EAC

IN THE COOKY JAR SOUL NIGHT: DJ COOKY PARKER
(The Woods, 6637 SE Milwaukie) It was a year ago that in-demand musician Scott Magee started spinning rare soul 45s under his alter ego DJ Cooky Parker, and tonight marks the one-year anniversary of his kickin' monthly dance party In the Cooky Jar. There will be guest DJs, surprise brass bands, and—naturally—free cookies, so this is one soul shakedown you don't want to miss. NED LANNAMANN

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