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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Tonight in Music: TLE Beerthday Party, La Luz, Hurry Up/Kim Baxter & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Sun, May 5, 2013 at 9:06 AM


TENDER LOVING EMPIRE FORT GEORGE BEERTHDAY PARTY
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) Fort George Brewery's new seasonal, Tender Loving Empire, is a solid addition to an already strong lineup. The Astoria brewer could regale you with tales of the Northwest pale ale's citrus and pine notes. We just think it's tasty. Celebrate the brew's "beerthday" along with bands from its name's progenitor, powerhouse Portland indie label Tender Loving Empire. DIRK VANDERHART


DON'T, LA LUZ, BATH PARTY
(Rontoms, 600 E Burnside) With a new single on Portland-based Water Wing Records (an offshoot of Mississippi Records) and a cover story in Seattle's The Stranger, La Luz is proverbially blowing up. The two tracks on that 7-inch also appear on the band's rippingly good Damp Face EP, recorded in a trailer park in Bothell, Washington—five tracks that stick you in the middle of a surfy, stony, dance-y, girl-group garage party. The all-female foursome's members come from other Seattle area bands like the Curious Mystery and the Pica Beats, and despite not being together a full year yet, La Luz has already mastered a spindly, organ-dipped sound with lots of ghostly backing vocals and tremolo'ed guitar. It's true that there isn't anything trailblazing on Damp Face, but that doesn't keep it from sounding terrific. With a live show that's already sent our neighbors up north into conniptions of praise, it's only a matter of time before Portland sees the light. NED LANNAMANN


HURRY UP, KIM BAXTER, SUMMER CANNIBALS
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Hurry Up is a see-'em-live kind of band. This is partly a matter of logistics—they have yet to release a recording—but mostly, it's because they are tight, fast, and smoking hot. But that's what you'd expect from Maggie Vail of Bangs and Kathy Foster and Westin Glass of the Thermals. They play rock with the conviction of people for whom rock is a lifestyle, which it clearly is: All three members juggle multiple bands, and frontwoman Vail is the label manager at Bikini Kill Records and a founder of Cash Music, an open source web platform for musicians. One of Foster's other bands, All Girl Summer Fun Band, includes Kim Baxter, who is opening. Her first solo album, The Tale of Me and You, is a completely enjoyable and buoyantly eccentric collection of lo-fi vocals set to impeccably produced guitars and synths. REBECCA WILSON


RICHMOND FONTAINE
(Al's Den, 303 SW 12th) It's been a long, long while since the members of Richmond Fontaine, all working on other projects, took the stage as Richmond Fontaine. Well, just like that, Richmond Fontaine has declared itself back, playing an entire week at the Crystal Hotel's Al's Den, with all sorts of special guests. Is another hiatus looming? Better not tempt fate and miss out. DENIS C. THERIAULT


MAY DAY MUSIC FEST: SAGE FRANCIS, PROLYPHIC, DEVICE GRIPS
(Alhambra Theatre, 4811 SE Hawthorne) Read our article on the opening of Alhambra Theatre.

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