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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tonight in Music: Sun Angle, Empty Space Orchestra, the Secret Drum Band

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 11:58 AM


SUN ANGLE, PIGEONS, YARDS

(The Woods, 6637 SE Milwaukie) Sun Angle are three musicians, all veterans of familiar local bands (Panther, Copy, Paper Upper Cuts), who have an ecstatic and deliciously psychedelic debut EP to share with you. Do show up early for Pigeons, a local indie rock group with a bounce in their step. WILL ELDER


EMPTY SPACE ORCHESTRA, BLACK PUSSY, FROGBURD

(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) If Empty Space Orchestra's songs had lyrics, they would feature complicated narratives involving centaurs, Nietzsche, and intergalactic space travel. This is not to imply that they are pretentious or twee; the quintet have made a name for themselves based on the trail of melted faces left in their wake. But they do assume a certain level of sophistication on the part of the listener—somebody who is not uncomfortable navigating the intersections of post and prog and psychedelic without any words to guide them, while simultaneously dealing with burst eardrums. Somebody who likely knows a thing or two about existential philosophy and science fiction. Empty Space Orchestra may be really loud, but that doesn't keep them from breaking out a flute or saxophone when it suits their whims. But not even shiny woodwinds can distract from the force of nature that is 24-year-old drummer Lindsey Elias. REBECCA WILSON


THE SECRET DRUM BAND, MARISA ANDERSON, 1939 ENSEMBLE

(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) To perform her new composition for percussion, former Explode into Colors drummer Lisa Schonberg put together a seven-piece ensemble. The mysteriously named Secret Drum Band—featuring an enviable bevy of local percussive talent—unveils the piece over two performances at two venues, one all ages and one for the drinky-pants crowd. NED LANNAMANN

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