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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Tonight in Music: Desaparecidos, Tara Jane O'Neil, KPSU Kruise and more!

Posted by Lex Chase on Sun, Aug 26, 2012 at 10:27 AM


DESAPARECIDOS, VIRGIN ISLANDS
(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) Read our article on Desaparecidos.


TARA JANE O'NEIL'S SEV ENTRAIN, DRAGGING AN OX THROUGH WATER, LIKE A VILLAIN, DJ YETI
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) I can't imagine what Tara Jane O'Neil's new composition, Sev Entrain, sounds like. It's described as "an interpretation of a graphic score"—meaning that while I think there's technically sheet music, it eschews formal musical notation in favor of sonically representing a series of O'Neil's line drawings. She's not performing it alone; Rachel Carns, Lisa Schonberg, Heather Treadway, and Kanako Wynkoop will also be part of the ensemble for this one-time performance. Judging from O'Neil's past work, Sev Entrain is bound to be full of subtle, watery beauty, but it won't make use of O'Neil's compelling guitar work. Rather, the sounds will come from gongs, tubes, drums, organs, voice, and more. An art book accompanies the piece, which was funded by a RACC grant. NED LANNAMANN


KPSU KRUISE: UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA, RADIATION CITY
(Portland Spirit, SW Naito & Salmon) The college radio station at PSU needs a FM license. So why not take a benefit cruise on a summery Portland night with the DJs and supporters of KPSU? Pop open some champs and boogie down in your boat shoes to the sultry pop tunes of Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Radiation City. Ahoy! COURTNEY FERGUSON


THE AVETT BROTHERS
(Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey, Troutdale) Long before Mumfords took over the world, there were the Avett Brothers, playing folk-flecked pop with real heart. The good news is that the Avetts are still setting crowds alight, as they will during this two-night run at Edgefield. The other good news is that an album is right around the corner, so expect lots of new tunes. NED LANNAMANN


HYBRIS, MINDS EYE, RYAN ORGAN, EWOK
(Groove Suite, 433 NW 4th) Don't miss your chance to catch drum and bass of the highest caliber, transmitted via the brain-searing tunes of Hybris (Evan Vischi), now based in Prague (by way of DC). The man's work can hold up to even the most skeptical of old school drum and bass heads, and keeps tension building adroitly with serpentine bass lines coiling around ruthlessly taut beats. Releases on several heavy-hitter labels including Metalheadz and Invisible Recordings are just another day at the office for this savvy beatsmith, whose refreshing take on drum and bass seems to be gaining steam for a genre kept underground far too long. CHRISTINA BROUSSARD

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