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Friday, December 2, 2011

Tonight in Music: Typhoon, Africa Hitech, Latyrx, Poison Idea

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, Dec 2, 2011 at 1:17 PM


TYPHOON, MIMICKING BIRDS

(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Aw, remember when no one outside Portland knew about our amazing, adorable 13-piece band? Now folky Typhoon have gone big time and they're BFFs with David Letterman. Luckily, they're no worse for wear and are headlining three sure-to-be-great shows this weekend, playing songs off their new album and EP. SARAH MIRK


AFRICA HITECH, !!! (DJ set), JONWAYNE, DIBIA$E, LINCOLNUP, BEN TACTIC

(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Africa Hitech (Brits Mark Pritchard and Steve Spacek) embark on their first American tour, and expectations for them run high. In the mid '00s, Spacek put a dazzling, Jamie Lidell-like spin on future soul music over several records. Pritchard has a mile-long rÉsumÉ that includes releases with Global Communication, Reload, Link, Harmonic 313, Jedi Knights, and others. He's known for his chameleonic ability to excel at myriad styles—ambient, IDM, electro, library music—with keen funkiness and enigmatic melodiousness usually to the fore. With Africa Hitech, the duo appears in more aggressive form than previous work hinted at. Their debut album, 93 Million Miles, conjures future-bass melees that encompass everything from Chicago juke to Shangaan electro, with a few refreshing excursions into 21st-century astral jazz. Africa Hitech should have no trouble keeping the dance floor molten. DAVE SEGAL


LATYRX, VURSATYL, JOSH MARTINEZ, DESTRO, DJ SPARK

(Ted's, 231 SW Ankeny) Latyrx, emcees Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truth Speaker, busted out with their eponymous single in 1996. The track featured the pair spitting their unique styles simultaneously over a DJ Shadow beat, creating a dissonance that toed the line of incongruity without actually crossing it. The debut full-length followed a year later, and created a game-changing tributary that trickled down into some of the best experimental hiphop of that era. Their Quannum Projects imprint has continued to release solo efforts, as well as projects from Blackalicious and Portland's own Lifesavas, but this current tour is the first time they're headlining as Latyrx in over a decade. This is not just a nostalgia cash-in, though, as the duo have a new mixtape out entitled Latyrical Madness Volume 1 that, while not as groundbreaking as their debut, is still remarkably inspired. RYAN FEIGH


POISON IDEA, SS KAILERT, EMBRACE THE KILL, RENDERED USELESS, MDC

(Plan B, 1305 SE 8th) Sometimes retirement just isn't in the books for punk legends. Whether they're disgusted by the current wave of mall-punk poseurs or just not ready to call it a day, we're increasingly seeing these bands pop up, ready to rage as they age. Influenced by the almighty Black Flag, Portland's Poison Idea developed a fierce reputation for their unrelenting hardcore fury in 1983 with their debut EP Pick Your King. And while the band contains only one original member these days—Jerry A.—Poison Idea continues to speed through blasting sets of anxiety-ridden ferocity with that same old spirit. KEVIN DIERS

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