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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Tonight in Music: Anais Mitchell's Hadestown, The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 12:04 PM


ANAÏS MITCHELL: HADESTOWN
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) AnaÏs Mitchell's sterling new album, Young Man in America, is already one of the year's most striking and rewarding listens, a gorgeously shimmering record of literate, adventurous folk. Mitchell's unconventional voice sounds simultaneously childlike and old as time itself; her songwriting captures both the wintry austerity and lush verdancy of her Vermont upbringing. I don't know how many of her excellent new songs she'll be performing tonight, though, as this show is dedicated to a performance of her folk opera Hadestown—released on record in 2010 with guest singers like Justin Vernon, Greg Brown, and Ani DeFranco. It's a retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, and Mitchell's assembled an all-star crew of Portland musicians for tonight's performance, including Corin Tucker, Nick Jaina, Adam Shearer, and others. I'd be more upset about Mitchell not using this Portland date to air all of those great, new Young Man songs (and who knows? There's always the encore) if this performance of Hadestown didn't sound so completely incredible. This should be a remarkable, once-in-a-lifetime show. NED LANNAMANN


THE TERROR PIGEON DANCE REVOLT, NETHERFRIENDS
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) This is a message to the more subdued brand of Portland showgoers (read: nearly all of you)—cancel all previous engagements, call in sick from work, get a babysitter, or do whatever you must to the obstacles that might interfere with your attendance at this show. Why so urgent? Well, you need this. The Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt will stir you from your spectator's coma not only with frenetic dance/soul/garage songs about snow days and friendship, but also with choreographed sword fights, garish costumes (for you, too!), and other various unpredictable behavior. They are bound to have you using more explanation points than necessary to describe them to your friends later!!!!!!!!!! And goddammit, it's time to shake off this seasonal catatonia; you have the tools and the support, so let this be the first leap that you take. RAQUEL NASSER

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