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Friday, April 6, 2012

Tonight in Music: Cults, The Dharma Bums, Ceremony & More

Posted by Lex Chase on Fri, Apr 6, 2012 at 1:37 PM


CEREMONY, MILK MUSIC, SOCIETY NURSE, ARCTIC FLOWERS
(Branx, 320 SE 2nd) Read our article on Ceremony.


CULTS, SPECTRALS, MRS. MAGICIAN
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) There's no use pretending that Cults are game-changers, but if you have a soft spot for the glam goth of yore, it's hard to resist their girl-group-infused rendition of the genre. Their debut ratchets up the creep factor with Jim Jones audio clips, and spoken interludes that sound like they're delivered from behind locked doors. MARJORIE SKINNER


BENEFIT FOR SEAN CROGHAN: THE DHARMA BUMS, THE NEEDFUL LONGINGS, UGLY FLOWERS, DJ HWY 7
(Dante's, 1 SW 3rd) Band together for a night of Portland legends with a benefit show for local darling Sean Croghan and the JWF Musicans' Health Care Fund. The former Crackerbash frontman incurred some hefty medical bills, and his pals from the Dharma Bums want to make sure he's taken care of... with loud and plentiful rock 'n' roll. COURTNEY FERGUSON


MIKE DOUGHTY
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) I can't say I was ever much of a Soul Coughing fan—their jazzy rap-rock feels very much like a '90s relic that never needs to be revisited. Subsequently, I have completely, purposefully overlooked the solo career of the band's former frontman, Mike Doughty. But The Book of Drugs, Doughty's spectacular new memoir, may lead me to rethink this approach. A whirlwind, flash-fiction-style account of his life, The Book of Drugs details Doughty's growing up at West Point military academy, attending a Northeast boho art school, achieving medium-sized rock stardom, bottoming out on drugs and booze, and subsequently finding new purpose in sobriety. If that sounds tritely familiar, Doughty's style and take on it is anything but. He's written a painful, funny, acidic memoir that leaves no one unscathed—particularly Doughty. He'll perform songs and read from the book tonight, followed by a Q&A, which will no doubt be caustically hilarious in Doughty's trademark style. NED LANNAMANN


TY CURTIS, BANK SINATRA, AMSTERDAM, LOAD B, PROPANE
(Ted's, 231 SW Ankeny) Don't Hassle Me, I'm Local is the debut solo recording from Salem emcee Bank Sinatra, AKA Middle. The title alludes to his early years as an Oahu native as well as time spent on the mainland as an independent artist in Oregon, including as one half of hiphop duo Top Shelf with Bend emcee Amsterdam. Sinatra's first solo mixtape, which benefits from mixing and recording by Portland producer Terminill, is an impressive debut. The format of the mixtape frees Sinatra to experiment with various types of production, as well as prove his lyrical skills by combining breezy melodic flows with double-time acrobatics and hype party bars, depending on what the track demands. Local blues musician Ty Curtis will also be on hand tonight, providing a hassle-proof cross-genre musical collaboration. RYAN FEIGH


fIREHOSE, TERA MELOS
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) An entire generation has been born and become jaded and annoyed at everything in the time since seminal punk/funk/free-jazz trio fIREHOSE decided to call it a day in 1994. Mined from the tragedy of a prematurely dissolved Minutemen in 1986 following guitarist D. Boon's death, fIREHOSE picked up that hugely inventive niche, releasing punk touchstones Ragin', Full On and Fromohio on the stalwart SST label, as well as the excellent major-label release Flyin' the Flannel. It's from the band's final three years on Columbia that a new anthology, lowFLOWS, has been assembled, chronicling the more exposed years of the trio, led at least in spirit by legendary bassist Mike Watt (Ed Crawford and George Hurley were equally important musically). This small reunion trek leads the group directly to the feeding trough of a ballyhooed Coachella set, where undoubtedly, as ever, a bunch of dicks will confuse them with Firehouse.
RYAN J. PRADO


ADVENTURES CLOSE TO HOME: GRASS WIDOW, DEEP TIME, STLS, REYNOSA, LIKE A VILLAIN, SASSFEST
(Lewis & Clark College, 0615 SW Palatine Hill) You can't go wrong naming your festival after a Raincoats song, which is exactly what the organizers of the Adventures Close to Home festival have done. It's a benefit for the Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls that's taking place on the Lewis & Clark campus, although a quick drive and 10 bucks will get non-students in as well—and it's well worth it, with a solid lineup of women-oriented bands including Deep Time (formerly known as YellowFever) and the inestimable Grass Widow, who never fail to deliver a great show with tumbling beats, speedy riffs, and dreamlike vocals. It's all for a good cause, too, so here's to this year's inaugural show, and to many more Adventures Close to Home to come. NL

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