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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Tonight in Music: The Doubleclicks, Wild Belle, the Memories & More

Posted by Lex Chase on Sat, Apr 28, 2012 at 2:29 PM


THE DOUBLECLICKS, VIXY AND TONY, PAUL IANNOTTI GROUP

(Backspace, 115 NW 5th) Read our article on the Doubleclicks.



TENNIS, WILD BELLE

(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) The buzz around Wild Belle is already deafening. The brother-and-sister duo makes what can only be described as a sort of chillwave-y version of reggae, as dancehall beats glisten with sulky-sounding analog synths and Natalie Bergman's airy, stardust vocals. There's real power to Wild Belle's sound, though, with a thick bottom end and brother Elliot Bergman's massive baritone sax. Their debut album's not out yet, but it should be a blockbuster, as Wild Belle is danceable, glamorous, cool, and weird; expect 'em to be headlining much bigger shows next time they come through. Tonight they open for blog darlings Tennis, who are no strangers to heavy buzz themselves. NED LANNAMANN


THE MEMORIES, THE MISHAPS, MOPE GROOVES

(Troubadour Studio, 1020 SE Market) The songs of the Memories are ramshackle, buzzing, hissing things that can barely make it out of the gate before collapsing after a short minute or two. They're also stunningly beautiful. Under caked-on layers of lo-fi sludge, their self-titled debut is host to a dozen desperately sweet pop songs, each one of them crippled and lurching and gorgeous, fashioned out of twinkly acoustic strums, cardboard-box drums, meta-fuzz guitars, and little-kid falsettos. The Memories is coming out of Underwater Peoples, and its short 19 minutes are some of the best minutes released in Portland this year; the album will also see a cassette release on Burger Records. Featuring members of White Fang, Boom!, and Meth Teeth, the Memories are making some of the most damaged and lovely music in town. NL


ALL TINY CREATURES, COPY

(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) I don't think that the eternally flexible recipe of guitars + drums + bass + keys + vocals will ever get old to me, and All Tiny Creatures concocted 11 new splendid variations on the format with last year's Harbors, an inventively appealing album that sounds like little else out there. The group is masterful at weaving together ear-pleasing harmonic tonalities with relentless rhythmic momentum, and the results sometimes sound like pop songs, sometimes like krautrocky workouts, sometimes like neither. Hailing from Wisconsin—and with members who operate in Collections of Colonies of Bees, Volcano Choir, and Emotional Joystick—the band has close ties to Bon Iver (Justin Vernon guested on Harbors), but their approach to composition is perhaps a bit more heady and physical than Vernon's lush emoting. It's no less involving and encompassing, though. All Tiny Creatures is on Portland-based label Hometapes, and this is their first Portland show; it should be one to remember. NL


JONATHAN WILSON, BROOKS ROBERTSON

(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) There's a lot to love about the sound of Jonathan Wilson's Gentle Spirit. Recorded piecemeal over a few years, the album was laid to tape via vintage gear at Wilson's studios in Laurel Canyon and Echo Park, and it sounds like a lost relic from those sun-dappled, weed-hazed years of Laurel Canyon's heyday. There are traces of David Crosby's If I Could Only Remember My Name, Obscured by Clouds-era Pink Floyd, and a tinge of Grateful Dead at their most rustic, and if all that sounds totally cosmic, man, there's actually not a ton going on under the surface. Stripped of Wilson's production alchemy—which is really astonishing, really—the songs themselves sort of meander and wander around without doing much. Still, Gentle Spirit maintains a hypnotic quality, becoming as a mood piece whose easygoing pleasure asserts itself with every bong hit. NL


FIFTY: ANOTHER POSSIBLE HISTORY OF DANCE MUSIC

(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Since DJ Cooky Parker's New Year's Eve party was so rockin', he's pulling out the records again. Fifty: Another Possible History of Dance Music 1962-2012 aims to present awesome songs from the last 50 years, promising deeper cuts than the NYE's playlist. Come on down and boogie to R&B, soul, hiphop, and other dance tracks. ALEX ZIELINSKI


BEYOND VERONICA, QUEUED UP, KALEIDO SKULL

(Kelly's Olympian, 426 SW Washington) There's muscled crunch and heavy, swingin' beats in the songs of Beyond Veronica, but the Portland five-piece never aims for anything other than pure power pop. That's what makes their new full-length Hard Times for Dreamers—for which tonight's show is the record release party—such an enjoyable listen. With a sound that wraps up a rich history of girl groups, Nuggets rockers, leather-jacket punk, and well-coiffed new wave, Beyond Veronica have their ear keenly tuned to rock 'n' roll's past and know exactly which sweet spots to mine. Fronted by excellently named singer/guitarist Bonnie Veronica, groups like Blondie and the Runaways are easy comparisons for Beyond Veronica, but their stiletto-heeled rock is more reactive than confrontational. Not that it's any less fun to listen to. Little Steven would love 'em, and you might too. NL

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