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Friday, February 17, 2012

Tonight in Music: John Cage, Anvil, Witch Mountain, Portland Jazz Festival

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 11:26 AM


100 YEARS OF JOHN CAGE
(YU Contemporary, 800 SE 10th) YU and Fear No Music are celebrating the 100th birthday of John Cage with an evening of "Cageian" compositions and collaborations from a variety of responsible, capable musicians, wholly in the spirit of Cage. It's thinky for a Friday night, but thinky is your brain's bread and butter. SUZETTE SMITH


MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, ANVIL
(Dante's, 1 SW 3rd) After the release of the critically acclaimed documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil in 2008, Canada's kings of heavy metal persistence Anvil rode a furious wave of success. They re-released their 13th album This Is Thirteen, appeared on late-night TV, headlined sold-out tours through Europe and the US, and basically grabbed the glory they fully deserved. After all the hype faded and their name fell off the ends of everyone's tongues, Anvil did what they've done all along: They kept going. They released Juggernaut of Justice last year, did more touring in Europe with the likes of Saxon and Alice Cooper, and now they're on tour with the Michael Schenker Group (despite the fact that Schenker scoffed at Lips in the Anvil! film). Even though they're not a household name anymore, Anvil will no doubt still be brimming with joy from their ride. Seeing a grown man with a child-like glow play his guitar with a dildo is quite the heart-warming experience. ARIS WALES


WITCH MOUNTAIN, SONS OF HUNS, BISON BISON
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Witch Mountain's South of Salem has been kicking around on vinyl since spring 2011, eventually garnering critical acclaim and landing on all kinds of year-end lists (including those softies over at NPR). But did you know that Profound Lore is re-releasing it on compact disc? Remember those? The best-looking doom metal band on Earth is set to play a CD release show, with only 1,000 copies to spare (they also include the bonus track "Iron Long 2010"). This will be the final show with bassist Dave Hoopaugh, who's stepping down to concentrate on family and new endeavors. All that aside, Witch Mountain should be seen live. The band's not-so-secret weapon, vocalist Uta Plotkin, brings enough druggy blues swagger to lift these heavy metalheads above the rest of the pack. MARK LORE


PORTLAND JAZZ FESTIVAL: THARA MEMORY
(Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway) Read our article on the Portland Jazz Festival.

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