RABBITS, DIESTO, HOT VICTORY, TOWERS
(Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th) Read our article on Rabbits.
CALEB KLAUDER COUNTRY BAND, DAVE STUCKY AND THE RHYTHM GANG
(The Spare Room, 4830 NE 42nd) Our favorite old-timer bar in Northeast Portland (that's the Spare Room, neophyte) is hosting a shit-kicking night of awesome hillbilly fun with the Caleb Klauder Country Band—an outfit that spits out classic dance-worthy country music that could easily be mistaken for the real deal. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY
JULIANNA BARWICK, MARIA MINERVA, FATHER FINGER, DJ VS. NATURE
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Both Maria Minerva and Julianna Barwick are transplants that made rather drastic moves to pursue their art—Minerva moved to London from Estonia, Barwick to Brooklyn from Louisiana. They both make otherworldly sounds that orbit around their most important instruments: their voices. But even they can be hard to pin down, as both women manipulate their vocals to the point where they're not what they seem. There are plenty of differences between their arty constructions, but Minerva and Barwick both make hypnotic pop that's epic enough to reach arena rafters, and at the same time intimate enough for a dark, unkempt bedroom. Here's to finding out what tonight's performances at Holocene will look and sound like. MARK LORE
UNTOWARD: A BENEFIT FOR THE CMG
(Bamboo Grove Salon, 134 SE Taylor) Portland's creative class has long been privy to the importance of the nonprofit Creative Music Guild, a bastion for experimental dance, performance art, music, and more. For over 20 years, CMG has curated exciting installments like the Outset Series at North Portland's Revival Drum Shop, which provides a venue for completely improvised live music. Similarly cutting edge are the annual Improvisation Summit of Portland and the Visiting Artist Series. This year's benefit features an engaging collective of improvisational dancers, interspersed with improv musical performances by Neal Morgan, Parenthetical Girls' Zac Pennington, Wet Wool, and more. Half of the money raised will be used specifically to pay local creative musicians, dancers, and other performance acts through the 2012-2013 season, so leaning on the steeper side of the $8-800 sliding scale would be a huge help. RYAN J. PRADO
AMANDA PALMER AND THE GRAND THEFT ORCHESTRA
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) Naming your band the Grand Theft Orchestra is just asking for trouble—particularly when you ask musicians to volunteer their services for free. That's what Amanda Palmer did for this current tour; she sought to recruit local string, brass, and wind players to play just for the fun of it (and some beer, too) at shows on her current tour, in support of her just-released Theatre Is Evil. The problem? Palmer had already raised 1.2 million dollars from her fans via Kickstarter to support and promote the album, which lent her recruitment of gratis musicians a particularly stinky taste of shit in everyone's mouth. (Local musician Amy Vaillancourt-Sals of Classical Revolution PDX wrote a very well-thought-out indictment of Palmer's blunder on her blog, to which Palmer responded directly.) Steve Albini got involved, Palmer changed her tune, and all the musicians are now going to be paid. Fans of Palmer's dramatic flair should be satisfied, and the rest of us can happily go back to ignoring Palmer's insufferably arty, look-at-me pretense-rock. NED LANNAMANN
PATTERSON HOOD AND THE DOWNTOWN RUMBLERS, HOPE FOR AGOLDENSUMMER
(Star Theater, 13 NW 6th) Drive-By Truckers are on the road pretty much constantly, which means that the band is cooped up on a bus for the majority of any given year. With all that free time, vocalist Patterson Hood began to take a stab at a novel centered around a recently divorced musician in his late 20s (wonder who that was...) whose car is stolen, and whose band's van is stripped before he leaves his hometown for good to live in Memphis. Hood's story was to be accompanied by a soundtrack, which he was also penning during the same time. But when the story stalled, Hood erred toward his more accomplished talents, completing his third solo album under the novel's working title, Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance. Along with backing band the Downtown Rumblers, Hood explores a more melodic, vocally assured Americana that's as much memoir as music. RJP
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