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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Tonight in Music: Blind Pilot with the Oregon Symphony, Rodriguez, Industrial Park & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Sat, Apr 27, 2013 at 10:04 AM


BLIND PILOT, OREGON SYMPHONY
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway) The Schnitz and backing from the Oregon Symphony seem like some pretty fancy trappings for a band as gentle and homespun as Blind Pilot. Watching the folk act overcome and transcend those cushy surroundings might be part of the magic. Besides, any band good enough for Ellen DeGeneres is probably good enough for you. DENIS C. THERIAULT


RODRIGUEZ, JENNY O
(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) For a musician whose most recent studio album came out 42 years ago, Detroiter Sixto Rodriguez is doing okay for himself. Now at age 70, after riding the waves of what has to be the most capricious music career ever, he's finally achieved stardom in his home country. This isn't his first brush with fame—he became wildly popular in Australia in the 1970s, and his fanbase has always leaned heavily, and surprisingly, South African. His first album, Cold Fact, was released in 1970; it's a masterpiece of baroque, drugged-out folk rock, clearly influenced by the British invasion and Bob Dylan. Along with 1971's Coming from Reality, Cold Fact was re-released last year, with the soundtrack to Searching for Sugar Man, the excellent Oscar-winning documentary detailing the efforts of two Cape Town fans in the late 1990s to find out what had become of him. REBECCA WILSON


INDUSTRIAL PARK, HAUSU, WARM
(Recess Gallery, 1127 SE 10th) Industrial Park's hot-off-the-presses 7-inch isn't technically new—it contains the group's two best cuts off their Cold White EP, released last year—but it's certainly good, regardless of how current the material is. Industrial Park shamelessly flaunt their influences, equal parts post-punk (specifically Bauhaus) and shoegaze pioneers like Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine, with maybe a pinch of the Vaselines thrown in for good measure. But they manage to be as stirring and melodic as they are atmospheric, a crucial part of the admixture that remains foreign to many art-punk fetishists (exemplified particularly well on the B-side "May"). Their label assures us this single is just a "tease of what's to come." You have my attention. MORGAN TROPER


FIN DE CINEMA: STAR TREK
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Fin de Cinema takes on the classic 1968 Star Trek episode "Spectre of the Gun," combining it with a live score composed and performed by Federale and dialogue performed by Portland's very favorite Star Trek nerds: the performers of Trek in the Park! You may have seen this episode, but you've never seen it like this. MARJORIE SKINNER


CHAD VALLEY, SKI LODGE, RENNY WILSON
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Nostalgia is a powerful drug. And this bill will easily dose those hungry for goopy, laidback pop ensconced in mid-'80s Top 40 or the more recent wave of chillwavers. UK group Chad Valley's "Fall 4 U" is an unapologetic nod to the kind of low-grade pap that made Billy Ocean such a hit, only double the irony. Edmonton's Renny Wilson rides a similar groove, but with a little more substance. His latest LP—the fittingly titled Sugarglider—straddles the line between kitsch and sheer brilliance, a cohesive piece of work where songs dissolve into one another and rarely let up. It's best not to over think things here. Just let the sugar rush take over and let the good times roll. MARK LORE


CASUAL ENCOUNTERS: CHLOE HARRIS, APOLINARIO
(The Rose, 111 SW Ash) A talented composer and DJ, the founder of Further Records Seattle, and an all-around doyenne of the international electronic music scene, Chloe Harris is the full package. She's quite a prolific producer to say the least, churning out releases under her experimental ambient moniker, Raica, at breakneck speed, as well as techno under her own name to much acclaim. Also worth checking out, Further Radio is Harris' long-standing podcast where you can discover a ton of mixes going all the way back to her early days; they're an insightful presentation of electronic music through the years. CHRISTINA BROUSSARD

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