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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tonight in Music: Melvins Lite, John Sutherland, and the Golden Bears

Posted by Lex Chase on Wed, Jul 18, 2012 at 3:12 PM


MELVINS LITE, RETOX
(Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE 39th) Freakout grunge/punk/metal/drone band the Melvins had a massive impact on the music of the '90s—more importantly, though, they're a hell of a band in their own right, and fantastic and overwhelming to see live. Tonight, Melvins Lite—a stripped-down lineup of Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover, and Trevor Dunn—take over the Hawthorne. Prepare for exhilarating sludge. ERIK HENRIKSEN


TWELVE HOUR TURN, COMPANY, OLD JUNIOR, JOHN SUTHERLAND
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) 1970's Self Portrait is frequently maligned as Bob Dylan's worst album—well, at least until he did that Christmas album—but it's not without its charms: some lovely, smoothly crooned covers, some live tracks from the Isle of Wight, and best of all, a couple wacked-out instrumentals. The instrumentals on Portland guitarist John Sutherland's new, similarly titled Self-Portrait aren't nearly as odd, but they're just as evocative. Alternating between florid strumming and delicate fingerpicking, Sutherland makes subtle, soothing watercolors of sound, the strongest of which are "The Lofty & the Beautiful" and "On the Shores of the Cosmic Ocean," both of which stretch comfortably out over more than 10 minutes. With a release show that also includes a reunited Twelve Hour Turn, the spirited punk-holler of Company, and the thunderous tree-trunk stomp of Old Junior—who remain simply one of Portland's best bands, period—this should be a feast for lovers of all kinds of guitar playing. NED LANNAMANN


THE GOLDEN BEARS
(Al's Den, 303 SW 12th) Weeklong residencies at Al's Den give Portland's best bands a chance to make themselves at home. This week, the fantastic Golden Bears settle in for seven nights of psychedelic-tinged rock and pop. ALISON HALLETT

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