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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Tonight in Music: Lost Lander, That's My Jam!, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Sat, Feb 4, 2012 at 12:28 PM


LOST LANDER, YOURS, HOUNDSTOOTH
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Read our article on Lost Lander.


THAT'S MY JAM!: DJ BEYONDA, ILL CAMINO
(Bossanova Ballroom, 722 E Burnside) It's finally here: the booty-shakingest event of the winter, That's My Jam dance party and contest! Limber up for some high-velocity dance pop jams spun by DJ Beyonda and Ill Camino, as well as a dance crew contest with cash prizes! Don't miss out—get your advance ticket now at portlandmercury.com! WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY


THEE SILVER MT. ZION MEMORIAL ORCHESTRA, TOTAL LIFE
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Led by Godspeed You! Black Emperor's Efrim Menuck, Montreal's Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra (SMZ, henceforth) make grandiose rock that's as long-winded as their name. Unlike the mostly instrumental GY!BE, SMZ feature Menuck's ungainly singing voice; like GY!BE, SMZ launch epic chamber-rock compositions that drift, swell, and sometimes explode—all very methodically. This is music for people with long attention spans and appreciation for subtle emotional gradients—especially those in the key of somber. The tension between "ponderousness" and "dramatic" is ever present, if you like that kind of thing. DAVE SEGAL


SUPERFRESH: RADIATION CITY, BRAINSTORM, OPERATIVE, TUNNELS, $KULL$, TONING, BRUXA, DJ LINOLEUM
(Branx, 320 SE 2nd) It's time again for another round of Superfresh, a two-day extravaganza that will have you wearing holes in your dancing shoes, with a slew of performances from Wampire, Litanic Mask, Tunnels, and so many more. Don't forget to stretch those hamstrings. MARJORIE SKINNER


SLABTOWN BENDER: WRECKLESS ERIC, HEAD, CHUCK CHUCK AND THE CHUCKLEBERRIES, GUANTANAMO BAYWATCH, & MORE
(Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th) Wreckless Eric's been around since, oh what, something like 1800s England, where he wrote one of the best punk singles of all of time, "(I'd Go the) Whole Wide World"—a perfect and perfectly simple song often taught by guitar teachers because it only has two chords. "Whole Wide World"—which has been covered by Elvis Costello, the Monkees, and Paul Westerberg—was first released on legendary UK punk/new-wave label Stiff. But don't go to the Slabtown Bender tonight and be a total asshole, fawning only for this single. Wreckless Eric is now more like Wreckless and Amy—a sweet garage pop two-piece made up of Eric and his wife, NYC songbird Amy Rigby. KELLY O

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