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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Tonight in Music: Mississippi Street Fair, Woody Guthrie Porchlight Concert, Revelations of Death Fest & The Winebirds

Posted by Lex Chase on Sat, Jul 14, 2012 at 11:37 AM


MISSISSIPPI STREET FAIR
(N Mississippi from Fremont to Skidmore) Eat, shop, watch, and gawk your way up and down Mississippi's annual street fair—with people- and dog-watching, live music (32 bands, including Parson Red Heads and Old Light), vendors, and the outpour of good vibes that will make for one of the most leisurely and memorable days of the summer. MARJORIE SKINNER


WOODY GUTHRIE PORCHLIGHT CONCERT: CORIN TUCKER BAND, HOLCOMBE WALLER, RACHEL TAYLOR BROWN, BUOY LARUE, JOSH LAVA, DANNY SEIM
(Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 147 NW 19th) Sometimes performing other people's work brings out new sides to beloved musicians—here's hoping we'll see just that tonight as Corin Tucker, Holcombe Waller, Menomena's Danny Seim, and plenty more pay tribute to Dust Bowl balladeer Woody Guthrie on the centennial of his birth. ALISON HALLETT


REVELATIONS OF DEATH FEST: AUTOPSY, BLACK BREATH, HELLSHOCK, VASTUM, ALDEBARAN, KNELT ROTE, MURDERESS, DR. LOOMIS
(Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th) Legendary gore-mongers Autopsy, who have apparently never set foot on a stage in Portland, make attending day two of the Revelations of Death fest a no-brainer. The band's reformation has been celebrated and their most recent releases, Macabre Eternal and The Tomb Within, hold up nicely against the classics. Another treat for seasoned death metal ears is San Fran's Vastum. The band's only release, Carnal Law, is as old-school, trudging, and brutal as they come. Carnal sounds like Cannibal Corpse's The Bleeding played at half speed, without all the violence toward ladies. Besides, who would want to offend the fairer sex when (A) Leila Abdul-Rauf is in the band, and her growl is scarier than any dudes playing tonight, and (B) locals Murderess and Dr. Loomis are also in the building, ripping female-helmed, snarling crust and thrash? ARIS WALES


THE WINEBIRDS
(Someday Lounge, 125 NW 5th) The Winebirds make the type of '70s-modeled pop-rock that sometimes falls out of fashion, but never falls out of your favorite, most-revisited playlists. The Portland five-piece's second album, Tales of Love and Happiness, finds that happy hunting ground where Fleetwood Mac, Linda Ronstadt, Elvis Costello, and Stevie Wonder all hang out cheerfully on the radio dial. Although burnished soul vamps and folk-flecked strums ornament the Winebirds' homey, heartfelt songs, the band manages to sound refreshingly out of step with just about everything else that's happening in the Portland music scene right now. Perhaps the title of Tales of Love and Happiness is meant to be tongue-in-cheek, but the Winebirds offer genuine, embracing comfort in these easygoing songs. NED LANNAMANN

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