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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Tonight in Music: Top Down Rooftop Cinema, Unnatural Helpers and more!

Posted by Arian Jalali on Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 5:01 PM


TOP DOWN ROOFTOP CINEMA: MISSILE TO THE MOON WITH EDIBLES
(Hotel Deluxe, 729 SW 15th) The Filmusik folks provide a live soundtrack, with music and dialogue, to the wretchedly inept (and super fun) 1958 sci-fi camp-fest Missile to the Moon, a perfect kickoff to the NW Film Center's Top Down: Rooftop Cinema summertime series of movies and music on the roof of the Hotel deLuxe parking garage. NED LANNAMANN


UNNATURAL HELPERS, TENSIONS, FREEDOM CLUB
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) Unnatural Helpers are taking a jaunt down the West Coast this month, stopping through Portland tonight to drop off a batch of tight, taut, two-minute temper tantrums. Dean Whitmore howls from behind the drum kit and serves as the Helpers' only constant member, although Seattle's entire music scene has passed through the band's ranks at one time or another. Last year's Cracked Love and Other Drugs contained the precision of power-pop and the firestorm of hardcore, with sharp little shards of glam poking out. NL


YOUR CANVAS, YOURS, DESERT NOISES, GRATITILLIUM
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) It's gonna be a long night at Holocene. First, you'll bear witness to the wildly addictive potato-chip pop of the zookeepers in Gratitillium. Cross your fingers for some sure-to-be excellent material from their upcoming record Unicornicopia. Next, prepare yourself for Desert Noises. Dudes sound like a Volkswagen commercial. After that, it's time for the palette-cleansing popsicle rock of local post-poppers Yours, who wouldn't seem out of place on the roster of Isaac Brock's Glacial Pace Recordings. If you make it all the way to the end of the night, you'll probably be ready to get on with the electronic pop of Your Canvas, who will be celebrating the release of their debut LP, Real and Imagined. CHRIS CANTINO


ANIMAL FARM, DESTRO, L PRO, THEORY HAZIT, SERGE SEVERE, DJ WELS, DJ SPARK
(Ted's, 231 SW Ankeny) Most people probably know Erik Abel as Gen.Erik, one of the emcees in local hiphop act Animal Farm. What the casual fan may not know is all the tireless work Abel puts in behind the scene as the co-founder and president of Focused Noise Productions. In addition to handling booking for the legendary DJ Rob Swift, Abel also manages Animal Farm, Luck-One, and Serge Severe and coordinates PR for the upcoming Fire in the Canyon Music Festival. All this multi-faceted grinding recently allowed him to quit his day job and focus on the music business full time, but it has also necessitated a relocation from Portland to New York City. Come out and wish him well at his sendoff show, which features a free showcase of local talent as well as a video premiere from L Pro. RYAN FEIGH

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