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Thursday, May 16, 2013

XRAY Fest Is Coming

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, May 16, 2013 at 12:43 PM

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For nine days in June, XRAY Fest will offer affordable—and in many cases, free—live music, DJ sets, and music-related films at various venues around town. It all happens June 8-16, and its purpose is two fold: to celebrate and explore Portland's DIY culture and music, and to raise awareness (and possibly a little cash) for the upcoming KXRY radio station, which'll be known as XRAY.FM. That station will launch on 91.1 on your radio dial, one of four new low-powered FM signals coming this fall to the Portland area, all to be helmed by nonprofits. So not only is a cool fest coming to town, but Portland radio is about to get a whole lot better.

XRAY.FM, named after the influential X-Ray Cafe venue from Portland's past, has been a long work in progress for the folks at the Cascade Educational Broadcast Service (CEBS). The station is hoping to offer true, listenable free-form radio, much in the manner of the influential New York-area WFMU station. The self-proclaimed mission is "to advance a new radio outlet focusing on the exposure of innovative recording artists, presented by music anoraks heavy-into collecting vinyl." So yeah, you'll be wanting to free up one of those preset buttons on your car stereo.

In the meantime, XRAY Fest has a lot to offer, including DJ sets from Mudhoney's Steve Turner, Voodoo Doughnuts' Tres Shannon, and former mayor Sam Adams, plus live shows from the Bats, Kelli Schaefer, and lots more—plus some cool film screenings as well. Check out all the goings-on after the jump, and hop over to XRAY Fest's site for more info.

Space Palace, Electric iLL, Fangmoon, DJ Dairy (Tres Shannon)
Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi
Sat June 8, 6 pm, FREE

FILM: Sublime Frequencies Presents Vodoun Gods on the Slave Coast, a film by Hisham Mayet
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy
Sun June 9, 7 pm, $7

Chastity Belt, Summer Cannibals
Rontoms, 600 E Burnside
Sun June 9, 9 pm, FREE

Karaoke from Hell
Dante's, 350 W Burnside
Mon June 10, 9 pm

Rev, Shines Supper Set, DJ Sam Adams
Produce Row, 204 SE Oak
Tues June 11, 7 pm, FREE

The Bats, Eat Skull
Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water
Tues June 11, 9 pm, $12

Made for TV Movie, E*Rock
Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison
Wed June 12, 9 pm, $5

Kelli Schaefer, The Beauty, No More Train Ghosts
Union/Pine, 525 SE Pine
Thurs June 13, 6 pm, FREE

DJ Joe Preston, DJ Blackhawk
White Owl Social Club, 1305 SE 8th
Thurs June 13, 9 pm, FREE

FILM: X-RAY Visions, 90-minute director's cut w/live performances from the Kurtz Project, Pete Krebs, Sean Croghan, the Tennesseans, Tony Green, Roger Nusic, members of No/New Bad Things
Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan
Fri June 14, 5 & 7 pm, $7

FILM: Northwest Passage: The Birth of Portland's D.I.Y. Culture & 30-minute preview of Madness and Glory: The History of the Satyricon w/live performance by Dr. Amazon
Mission Theater, 1624 NW Glisan
Sat June 15, 5 & 8 pm, $7

DJ Dollar Bin (Steve Turner), DJ Hwy 7, DJ Ghost Train (Sean Croghan), DJ Monophonics, DJ Cecilia
Club 21, 2035 NE Glisan
Sun June 16, 6 pm, FREE

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