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Monday, April 23, 2012

Tonight in Music: Tragedy, Frankie Rose and Dr. Lonnie Smith

Posted by Lex Chase on Mon, Apr 23, 2012 at 11:59 AM

TRAGEDY, THE ESTRANGED, ARCTIC FLOWERS, DRUDEN

(Backspace, 115 NW 5th) Legendary Portland crusters Tragedy kick off their tour tonight with a hometown show of thick, ferocious punk. A great lineup of other local heavies—the Estranged, Arctic Flowers, and Druden—makes this all-ages show the best possible way to brutalize those eardrums. NED LANNAMANN


FRANKIE ROSE, DIVE, ORCA TEAM, GHOST MOM

(East End, 203 SE Grand) Marrying the currently faddish, glossy synth-pop revival of all things '80s with her garage girl-group background (Vivian Girls, Dum Dum Girls), Frankie Rose's new solo record Interstellar is taut, approachable pop, filled with easygoing melodies and an involving blend of artificial synths with raw drums and guitar. Her multi-tracked vocals are the real draw, transforming lightweight tunes into compelling candy for the ears. Songs like "Gospel/Grace" are mini-epics, moving through a suite-like progression of ideas, neatly tied up in three minutes. If parts of the record sound a little restrained—"Pair of Wings" shrugs when it should soar—that shouldn't be an issue in the live setting. NL


SOUL'D OUT MUSIC FESTIVAL: DR. LONNIE SMITH, LORD SMITHINGHAM

(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) With his trademark-y Hammond B3 sound and his even-more-trademark-y turban, Dr. Lonnie Smith plays rhythmic, funky jazz, and has played with George Benson, Dizzy Gillespie, Etta James, and countless others. He's a Soul'd Out festival mainstay; this'll make three out of three for him. NL

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