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Friday, May 31, 2013

Tonight in Music: Quiet Music Festival, Patterson Hood, Big K.R.I.T. & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 1:46 PM


QUIET MUSIC FESTIVAL: LORI GOLDSTON, MONEY MARK, HEIDI ALEXANDER, TARA JANE O'NEIL, DRAGGING AN OX THROUGH WATER, MICHAEL HENRICKSON
(Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate) Disjecta's third annual Quiet Music Festival returns with two nights of high-quality, hushed tunes (it's called "soothecore," in case you didn't know) curated by artist Chris Johanson. Sets will include appearances from Tara Jane O'Neil, Dragging an Ox Through Water, and many more. Plus, there'll be an art exhibit by J. Patrick Walsh 3 exploring the "intersection of music and cars." MARJORIE SKINNER


PATTERSON HOOD, SANTI ELIJAH HOLLEY
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Drive-By Truckers' Patterson Hood has a concurrent solo career that trades in heartfelt Southern-rock fireworks in favor of heartfelt Southern-gothic storytelling. While Hood's solo work has always had a you-are-there quality, actually being there when the master songwriter commands a room is something else entirely. NED LANNAMANN


BIG K.R.I.T., SMOKE DZA
(Refuge, 116 SE Yamhill) Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T. appears torn. He relishes country's warm and calloused embrace while longing for creature comforts and city lights. His subjects are consequential, although a few cocktails from "conscious"—evocative but hardly "emo." And though he is no pitchman, K.R.I.T. fetishizes stacking cash while simultaneously shining light on poverty's wicked pulsations (not to mention wealth's ultimate impermanence). But such existential limbo is often sensationalized or imposed by critics. Like most, K.R.I.T. simply seems to be making things up as he goes along. Sometimes it's not where you aim, it's where you land. And with a bit of luck the rapper and producer will shed the oddly derisive label of "rap purist" and simply emerge pure. ANDREW R TONRY


BLITZEN TRAPPER, DENVER
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) The label "alternative country" is similar to "intelligent hiphop"—they're both stupid and judgmental, dangerously implying an ironic fetish for populist, "unsophisticated" genres. Garth Brooks might be a staple of the overhead speakers at Walmart, but "What She's Doing Now" is 100 times more heartbreaking than anything Rhett Miller ever produced. Ahem. Blitzen Trapper, though—those cats are all right. I'd even go so far as to say that 2008's Furr has plenty of truly transcendent moments worthy of rock 'n' roll's upper echelon, in particular the title track (which sounds like an Alex Chilton original with lyrics by Neil Peart) and the Hollies-as-hell "Sleepytime in the Western World." Tonight's sold-out show celebrates the group's 10th anniversary. MORGAN TROPER

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