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Friday, August 24, 2012

Tonight in Music: Laser Menomena!, Neil Diamond Tribute, Benefit for Harry Strong & More

Posted by Lex Chase on Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 2:02 PM


LASER MENOMENA!
(OMSI, 1945 SE Water) Listen to the new Menomena record a month before it comes out, and you won't have to sit there looking at stupid nothing. No, look at awesomecoolbadass LASERS as the new album, Moms, blares—and so what if they're just using all the old, stock Pink Floyd lasers? It worked for The Wizard of Oz, and it will totally work for Menomena. NED LANNAMANN


NEIL DIAMOND'S HOT AUGUST NIGHT 40TH ANNIVERSARY: TONY STARLIGHT
(Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta) Read our article on Hot August Night.


BENEFIT FOR HARRY STRONG: THE LOVESORES, WIZARD RIFLE & MORE
(Tonic Lounge, 3100 NE Sandy) On July 19, Harry Strong (age: five) and his sister (age: 18 months) were playing on the sidewalk at SE 72nd and Flavel when a car came up on the curb and hit them. Harry suffered a very serious brain injury, but the good news is that he is out of ICU and now at Randall Children's Hospital in the process of making a slow recovery. A number of local bands have joined together to play a benefit show to help Harry's family with his substantial medical expenses; stand-up comedy and a silent auction are also scheduled. With punk revivalists the Lovesores, howling firebrand psych from Wizard Rifle, and a stacked bill of other fine acts, this will not only be a terrific evening out—it's just about as good a cause as exists on Earth. NL


TIME WHARP, M. CONSTANT, RAP CLASS, D. POETICA, GUMAR, BROWN BEAR
(Groove Suite, 433 NW 4th) Tonight marks the release of the latest recording from Portland producer Rap Class, eight tracks of original sample-based electronic music created between 2006 and 2009, somewhat deceptively titled Greatest Hits. Anyone expecting a hiphop tutorial, or any rap at all, will be sorely disappointed, but fans of experimental soundscapes will find there's a lot here to enjoy. Rap Class is the musical pseudonym of John Kammerle, a member of the local Dropping Gems collective, whose work is distinct from a lot of electronic music, in part due to the sample-chopping he creates on an all-hardware setup. Time Wharp and M. Constant from Boston's Jass collective close out the night. RYAN FEIGH


NIGHT BEATS
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) You can take the musicians out of Texas, but good luck trying to wrestle the Lone Star State out of Night Beats. A few years ago, singer Danny "Lee Blackwell" Rajan and drummer James Traeger relocated to Seattle, where they joined forces with Tarek Wegner on bass. They may be named after a Sam Cooke album, but their sound is pure psychedelia—specifically, 13th Floor Elevators, who broke sonic ground in Austin in the late '60s. For such a sprawling, depraved-sounding band, Night Beats are remarkably conscientious about details: From the far-off vocal, the pounding echo of the bass, the distorted surf of the guitar, and the tight songwriting, their self-titled LP sounds remarkably like a 45 with a half century of collected dust. Does this make them a period piece, based on the sonic novel by Roky Erickson? Yes, please. REBECCA WILSON

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