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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Tonight in Music: Siren Nation Festival, Crushed Out, MV & EE and more!!

Posted by Lex Chase on Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 2:11 PM


SIREN NATION FESTIVAL: JD SAMSON AND MEN, EMA, LA SERA
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) This year's Siren Nation Festival, a citywide celebration of women's work across creative fields, runs throughout the month with art, films, and crafts. Tonight kicks off its killer music lineup with La Sera, EMA, and JD Samson and MEN. The rest of the fest sees performances from Alela Diane, Jolie Holland, Rebecca Gates, and more. MARJORIE SKINNER


CRUSHED OUT, NEW YORK RIFLES
(Hawthorne Theatre Lounge, 1507 SE 39th) Remember the band Boom Chick? No? Well, it's probably better if you don't—they're called Crushed Out now, so that's the name you need to know. Crushed Out's great new album, Want to Give, sees the Brooklyn duo of guitarist/singer Frank Hoier and drummer Moselle Spiller bashing out terrific-sounding rock 'n' roll, digging up echoes of Buddy Holly, Dick Dale, and of course the White Stripes. With stripped-down arrangements and great songs, Crushed Out sound ready for anything. NED LANNAMANN


MV & EE, LOST CREEK RAMBLERS, BRUMES
(Little Axe Records, 5012 NE 28th) Self-described as "lunar raga," MV & EE (Matt Valentine and Erika Elder) clearly have a strong enough familiarity with off-kilter melody to accurately label themselves as such. But it's not only "lunar" raga—it's an Americana raga, which is as interesting to listen to as it is to say out loud. Imagine Neil Young's and Pink Floyd's languidness combined with the unsettled temperament of Tim Kinsella's music and you'd get, well, the aural depiction of what it's like to peel off an acid trip while floating down a river. A really bright, tinny, waveless river. Considering they've put out over 30 releases in the past decade, it's not incredibly surprising that their lineage floats on and off of apparent improvisation, but that feel is the flesh and blood of their ideological sound. It all comes off effortlessly, as if they couldn't stop making music even if they tried. JONATHAN MAGDALENO


SONS OF HUNS, BLACK SKIES, CALTROP, BISON BISON
(Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th) I only learned about Sons of Huns in February, with the release of their 11-track Live at the Banana Stand recording. I didn't know anything about them when I started listening; five minutes later, that live album—which sounds fantastic—had effectively annihilated every trace of wintry sluggishness from my brain. Nothing clears the cobwebs from the attic like some metal in the garage. A few months later, they have a new 7-inch with an accompanying video for "Leaving Your Body," evidence of a true commitment to disseminating their eyebrow-singeing rock to the masses. Unlike most garage acts these days (and there are a lot of them), Sons of Huns aren't a retro act. They don't sound like star-struck fans of the Ramones, the MC5, or the Stooges. Revisiting the past can be a lot of fun, but hard rock has a future, and Sons of Huns are writing it. REBECCA WILSON


#NERDNIGHTOUT: THE DOUBLECLICKS, MOLLY LEWIS
(Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE MLK) We're already fans of the Doubleclicks, Portland's own charming nerdfolk duo. But if that wasn't enough, tonight they're putting on #NerdNightOut—in which they'll be joined by comedians Tim Hammer and Erik Charles Nielsen, and YouTube ukulele sensation Molly Lewis. Excellent. ERIK HENRIKSEN

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