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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tonight in Music: Library Voices, Janet Jackson, Still Flyin' & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 12:34 PM


LIBRARY VOICES, BIRD COSTUMES, GREAT WILDERNESS
(Rotture, 315 SE 3rd) Read our article on Library Voices.


JANET JACKSON
(Keller Auditorium, 222 SW Clay) The queen of the "Rhythm Nation" (AKA Janet Jackson, AKA Ms. Jackson—but only if you're nasty) brings her Number Ones, Up Close and Personal tour to the Keller, which not only means a night packed with her monster hits, but she'll be almost close enough to touch. Join me in squealing, "EEEEEEE!!!" WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY


STILL FLYIN', HELLO MTN
(The Woods, 6637 SE Milwaukie) Still Flyin' are an unabashed party band. And at 15 members, these San Francisco indie-rock all-stars (members drop in from the likes of the Aislers Set, Track Star and Je Suis France) are a party in and of themselves. Fronted by Sean Rawls, this musical army leans heavily on '80s feel-good sounds—think yacht rock, blue-eyed reggae, Huey Lewis—and mash it all into extended pop jams that have been dubbed "hammjamm." And while "party" bands typically err on the side of cheesy (I'm talking Easy Cheese between two slices of Velveeta sprinkled with Cheetos), it's nice to know there's at least one out there that still knows how to party responsibly. MARK LORE


SONS OF HUNS, MONOPLANE
Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) Invading genre lines all over the map, Sons of Huns mash punk and metal together with lysergic, garage-psych delivery. Critic-speak aside, the trio simply makes badass rock 'n' roll, and tonight's show doesn't cost a damn thing, so there's no excuse not to blow out your eardrums tonight. NED LANNAMANN

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