LOCH LOMOND, BLACK PRAIRIE
(Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) Eclectic Portland folk band Loch Lomond aren't breaking up, they're just only doing European tours from now on. (They prefer to get paid in euros, and who can blame 'em?) Say a proper goodbye at their final hometown show before your only chance to see 'em is a trip to the Old World. NED LANNAMANN
FEDERALE, POINT JUNCTURE WA, THE SHIVAS
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Inspired by the slow-burning, low-desert imagery of Ennio Morricone's vast catalog, Portland's Federale have taken the tenets of the spaghetti-western soundtrack to even more rambling heights. Their brand-new third album, The Blood Flowed Like Wine, slithers like a Mojave rattlesnake through dark, deeply textured cuts of western epics, vaudevillian vignettes, and some eerily Victorian-sounding psychedelia. Guest appearances abound, including vocal contributions from Alex Maas of the Black Angels and KP Thomas of Spindrift. In addition, a whole slew of new instrumentation has been added to the already bloated spectacle of the band's live setup, with French horns, oboe, and flute making time between the lines. Spooky? Yes. Worth being spooked out a little bit by? Definitely. RYAN J. PRADO
CALIFONE, REBECCA GATES AND THE CONSORTIUM
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Over three years ago, Califone released their ninth album, the nominal soundtrack to a ghost movie written and directed by Tim Rutili. That All My Friends Are Funeral Singers is their most recent album is an indisputable fact; that it is their best album is an opinion (held by me) that can and will be debated by Califone fans continuously until their next album comes out. Hopefully this will happen soon. Until then, it's a testament to Rutili's universe—a backwoods cabin crammed full of the anxieties of post-ism and endless percussive elements—that both the album and the fights on message boards feel as fresh and thought-provoking as they did three years ago. To tide us over, meanwhile, Portland label Jealous Butcher has just reissued Califone's 2002 album Sometimes Good Weather Follows Bad People on vinyl. Rebecca Gates and the Consortium are opening, and they're fellow devotees of meticulous production and the art of the album. Their latest, The Float, ranges between loungy pop and soulful blues. REBECCA WILSON
SUTTON SORENSEN, KIT TAYLOR, MICHELE VAN KLEEF
(Jimmy Mak's, 221 NW 10th) Sutton Sorensen's debut album Long, Long Time is a collection of originals and inventive covers of well-known songs, highlighted by Sorensen's cool but involving voice. The arrangements are smooth as silk, designed to leave most feathers unruffled—this is adult-contemporary territory, to be certain—but there's a confidence and assurance to Sorensen's delivery that gives the album a winning, personal feel. Some covers fare better than others; U2's "Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" feels lacking in urgency and Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" is more or less by-the-numbers, but Sorensen's take on Joni Mitchell's "Carey" is a bull's eye, and her version of Blind Faith's "Can't Find My Way Home" is delicate and warm. Sorensen celebrates the new album at tonight's release show. NL
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