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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Tonight in Music: Portland Cello Project/School of Rock, VietNam, Marina and the Diamonds & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Sat, May 4, 2013 at 9:37 AM


PORTLAND CELLO PROJECT, SCHOOL OF ROCK
(Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) The Portland Cello Project has a well-earned reputation for its mind-blowing, genre-bending arrangements of rock anthems and masterworks. Tonight's show features Bach and Dave Brubeck. And the kids from the Portland School of Rock will help out on some of the selected works of pop genius Beck Hansen. DENIS C. THERIAULT


VIETNAM, GAP DREAM, SMALL ARMS
(Dante's, 350 W Burnside) Michael Gerner leads the New York six-piece VietNam, who sound like they've been putting in long hours preparing to open for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Which means a lot of turmoil-laced blues rock and spectral ballads full of resignation, to temper the tempestuousness. Gerner's no Cave on the mic, though, and his quasi-nerdy tone undercuts the last-days gravity for which he's striving. DAVE SEGAL


MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS, LITTLE DAYLIGHT
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) Marina Diamandis—you can see where she got her band's name from—has been struggling to convince the world of her coolness and emotional depth over the course of two albums, The Family Jewels, and, more recently, Electra Heart, an overwrought album whose high points are obscured by an overwhelming sense of feeling forced. A laundry list of of-the-moment sounds and arbitrary shout-outs to ancient Greek things is not the foundation of a great album. On the upside, it is far less irritating than The Family Jewels—maybe because it feels so irrelevant. REBECCA WILSON


MAY DAY MUSIC FEST: Y LA BAMBA, OLD LIGHT, CHRIS PUREKA
(Alhambra Theatre, 4811 SE Hawthorne) Read our article on the opening of Alhambra Theatre.


QUATRO DE MAYO: LOS ESTUPIDOS, DJ A-TRAIN
(White Owl Social Club, 1305 SE 8th) Stretch your baffling allegiance to Cinco de Mayo over the entire weekend with the White Owl Social Club's Quatro de Mayo festivities. Piñatas! Mariachi music! Palm readings? All those things you've got no cultural reason to love, served up a day early. DIRK VANDERHART


THAT 1 GUY, CAPTAIN AHAB'S MOTORCYCLE CLUB
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) That 1 Guy is a spectacle, pure and simple. The Las Vegas virtuoso, born Mike Silverman, has more tricks up his sleeves than a pai gow dealer at the Bellagio, only with the cult following to back it up. Since the introduction of his marvelously indulgent creation, the Magic Pipe—an industrial, homemade double bass made from piping—he's blazed a one-man trail of oddly melodic, percussive, and super spaced-out funk-hop. Other homemade sundries include the Magic Boot (an electronically wired cowboy boot) and the Magic Saw (guess). His singular talents have landed him cameos on Tom Wait's Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers, and Bastards, as well as partnerships with similarly bizarro contemporaries like Buckethead (the two even cut an album of their own under the name Frankenstein Brothers). Caution: could be habit forming. RYAN J. PRADO

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