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Monday, October 31, 2011

Tonight in Music: Alice, Richard Thompson, Gringo Star & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 12:15 PM


FIN DE CINEMA PRESENTS ALICE: WAMPIRE, LITANIC MASK, BRUXA, SICK JAGGERS

(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Ghosts? Witches? Monsters? Pshaw. The creepiest thing around town this Halloween is Jan Svankmajer's Alice, a Czech stop-motion version of Alice in Wonderland that's so unsettlingly eerie, it'll give you nightmares. Fin de Cinema screens the 1988 film with a live score from Wampire, Litanic Mask, and Bruxa, then you can shake off those terrors with a dance party from the Sick Jaggers DJs. NED LANNAMANN


RICHARD THOMPSON, THE WEBB SISTERS

(Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) I can't think of many artists less Halloweeny than English-born songwriter/guitarist Richard Thompson—to my knowledge he has written zero songs about candy—but the man has been known to do a Britney Spears cover or two. Thompson probably won't be doing too many covers (the musical equivalent of putting on a costume) during his two-night stint at the Aladdin; rather, on this solo acoustic tour, he's revisiting his own back catalog, doing a mini-set of three or four songs from a randomly selected album from his immense discography. Considering how many records the man has put out since leaving Fairport Convention in 1971, that's a lot of ground, and the chances are good for him to play something quite rare—and considering how consistent a songwriter he is, the chances are equally good that it'll be something great. Plus, there will be costumes: Look for an alarming number of middle-aged male disciples wearing Thompson's trademark beret. NL


MONARQUES, GRINGO STAR, BEISBOL

(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) Sure they have a silly band name, but Atlanta's Gringo Star crank out some serious pop songs. These guys should even be taken seriously. "Shadow" from their just-released sophomore LP Count Yer Lucky Stars is a tropical doo-wop number polished to a beautiful sheen by producer Ben Allen, responsible for the big sounds found on the equally goofily named Gnarls Barkley's St. Elsewhere and Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion. Essentially, it's taken Gringo Star's '60s-inspired pop to new frontiers. While the songs have always been there, Gringo Star's gravestone following an early death could have easily read something like: "Silly Name; Loved the Kinks." Count Yer Lucky Stars has given them a second life. I think these gringos might be around for a while. MARK LORE


TRENTEMØLLER, XYLOS, NATASHA KMETO

(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) Having made the transition from DJ of understated, minimal techno to full-on bandleader heading one of the most gripping live shows around, Anders TrentemØller's electronic music is full of high drama, even as it bears a decidedly Danish level of restraint. His latest double album Remixed/Reworked contains both his own mixes of other bands (Depeche Mode, Franz Ferdinand, his fellow countrymen in Efterklang) and reworkings of his own songs by others. Putting the patchwork nature of such a compilation aside, it holds together remarkably well, and it straddles a wide array of styles from the most obvious floor-bangers to minutely detailed patterns. While many other electronic artists aim squarely for a physical response from their audience, TrentemØller demands an intellectual one as well, and coupled with the spectacle of his live show, this will be a Halloween dance party that's much more than a sugar rush. NL


DEAD ROCKERS HALLOWEEN 2011: CYCLOPS, ALICE COOPER TRIBUTE, MOTLEY CRUDE, DAMNED TRIBUTE, BUZZCOCKS TRIBUTE

(East End, 203 SE Grand) Ideally this event involves you being swamped by artificial fog as you descend the stairs into a black-lit basement to rub shoulders with mostly convincing dead rock stars aiming for costume contest fame. The full lineup of tribute bands includes the Buzzcocks, Alice Cooper, and, ah, Motley Crude, as well as a "surprise performance by one of the deadliest rockers around." WILL ELDER


TWIN PEAKS COSTUME PARTY: VJ KEEP IT ON THE BROWNLOWE

(Record Room, 8 NE Killingsworth) It is highly likely that someone will come dressed as a plastic-wrapped corpse, and they are going to win, but don't let that dissuade you. There will be food inspired by the David Lynch series and themed video projections by VJ Keep It on the Brownlowe. WE

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