HOLOCENE'S NINTH ANNIVERSARY: AU, PURE BATHING CULTURE, STAY CALM, HOUNDSTOOTH, STRANGE BABES DJs, SEX LIFE DJs
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) How do you say "Happy Birthday" in disco? Should I just sign the card in German? Holocene celebrates its ninth anniversary with live performances from AU, Pure Bathing Culture, and many more. Then sweat it up with Strange Babes DJs and Sex Life DJs. This is going to go late. SUZETTE SMITH
PHEASANT, TIGER HOUSE, CHARTS
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) The new Charts EP was recorded in a single afternoon at the band's practice space, and it sounds like it. That's not a slight, though; the four songs on Tease are charmingly ramshackle, and if the drums are muffled and the guitars sound like something that would give Pat Metheny nightmares, it only adds to the scruffy DIY charm. Charts have put together some quick, spontaneous pop tunes that sound like they sprouted up overnight, like toadstools, with a brilliant pop-tune kernel tucked away inside each one. Tiger House also have a four-song EP that's being released tonight: Acid Banshee // Camel Party—which the band is making available on cassette and at Bandcamp—certainly has a more polished sound than Charts, but it's no less immediate. Tiger House's tumbling love songs are filled with tight turns and fun little detours, and as casual-seeming as each of the EP's songs kick off, Tiger House can't help but inject a grandly soaring sense of yearning into each one. NED LANNAMANN
AND AND AND, JONATHAN MAGDALENO, DEATH SONGS
(Common Grounds, 4321 SE Hawthorne) For whatever reason, Bim Ditson (drummer of And And And) has the drive to go hard on ridiculous projects. See: Rigsketball, a Portland-band mobile basketball tournament that takes place on the back of the band's van; And And And's Underbelly Bender tour that had the band on staycation at Portland dive bars; strapping cameras to cats, or at least pretending to; and making graphs in Apple Paintbrush that document social observations. What's gone from a few online "graph" posts published on blogs and media outlets is, with help from Mercury freelancer Matt Stangel, now here in real life. Ditson's recreating his graphs into actual, tangible pieces of art hung on the wall of a SE Hawthorne coffee shop. But it wouldn't be a proper Portland event unless there was music, right? Luckily the Back Stage Theater, located in the back room of Common Grounds, is in on this, too. There will be intimate, stripped-down performances by Death Songs, Nathan Baumgartner and Ryan Wiggans of And And And, and Jonathan Magdaleno of Support Force. Way to make something kind of funny and dumb into something that actually totally rules. Again. ROCHELLE HUNTER
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