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Friday, June 7, 2013

Tonight in Music: Drunk Dad, Kenny Wizz, Anamanaguchi & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 11:19 AM


DIESTO, DRUNK DAD, ROHIT, REDNECK
(Ash Street Saloon, 225 SW Ash) Read our article on Drunk Dad.


KENNY WIZZ
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway) Michael Jackson! Or, you know, the next best thing. The Michael Jackson HIStory II show is a loving re-creation of MJ's final tour featuring 20 songs all performed by "World #1 Impersonator" Kenny Wizz. (KENNY WIZZ!!) Expect lights, choreography, spectacle, and the closest you're going to get to the person your elders refer to as the "King of Pop." WM.™ STEVEN HUMPHREY


ANAMANAGUCHI, CHROME SPARKS, THE SHORTSLEEVES
(Backspace, 115 NW 5th) Premiere chiptune group Anamanaguchi make music that sounds like a convulsive, coked-out interpretation of the Dragon Warrior soundtrack. But it's the variety of pop influences that extend beyond standard nerd-dom to which the band's immense popularity can likely be attributed: Songwriter and guitarist Peter Berkman claims to be immensely influenced by Weezer and the Beach Boys, in addition to the classic videogame scores that obviously inform much of the band's sonic leanings—the grainy, 8-bit aspect of their music is programmed using the same hardware responsible for the music in old NES and Gameboy games. Their penchant for pop is evidenced on the band's new record, the ludicrously titled Endless Fantasy, specifically on the cut "SPF 420," which totally does sound like Weezer... in outer space! MORGAN TROPER


LAURA IVANCIE, SOLOVOX, MANOJ, LINDA BROWN, CELLOTRONIK
(Star Theater, 13 NW 6th) Spanning spectrums of musical terrain, Portland's Laura Ivancie stokes a sultry, soulful serenade on Marrow. The new EP spends time bridging gaps between R&B, electronica, and soul, with Ivancie's explicitly simple lyrics thankfully anchored by the sheer sexiness of her voice. Lines like "I wanna get fucked up with you" (on "Up with You") almost surely resonate better on the dance floor. Additionally, it's fun to note that the granddaughter of former Portland Mayor Frank Ivancie (1981-1985), a staunchly conservative Catholic politico, is brazen enough to utter such a line to tape. But Ivancie's no one-trick pony, getting into Eastern European gypsy-soul on "Mr. Dinosaur" and shoegazing slow jams on "Candy." RYAN J. PRADO

EYELIDS, HOUNDSTOOTH, DENIM WEDDING
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) No one's heard Eyelids yet, but take a look at the Portland band's pedigree and you'll get a good idea of what's about to go down. Core members Jonathan Drews, John Moen, and Chris Slusarenko have had their paws in a number of noteworthy musical projects, including the Jicks and the Decemberists. They were also part of Robert Pollard's jangle-pop band Boston Spaceships. Eyelids have been working on a new record with Adam Selzer at Type Foundry Studios. The project looks to exploit the members' love of Kiwi pop and the paisley underground. Which is to say, this might be the best band you've never heard. Yet. MARK LORE


FRESH: CRYSTAL FIGHTERS, ALPINE, CHROME SPARKS
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) It is possible to enjoy Crystal Fighters, the British-Spanish dance band, but a few key rules must be followed: (1) Most importantly, be among herds of the dancing, like the ones found at Holocene's monthly Fresh dance party. (2) Be in a place that is loud enough so that you can't discern the fatuously spiritual lyrics. (3) Drink enough so that you can't detect the singer's fake Spanish accent. And then you should be set! By no means should you listen to Crystal Fighters early in the morning, while reading poetry/the newspaper/celebrity gossip, or while driving in rush hour. The music is lush and bombastic, but the lyrics—and their self-serious delivery—will make you mad. They really are that bad. Take "Wave," the single from their just-released Cave Rave: "Get on the wave, universal suns/One thousand suns/With the power of one thousand universes from the mind of one." REBECCA WILSON


RYAN BINGHAM, WILD FEATHERS
(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) Ryan Bingham's professional accolades read like someone who's been around a lot longer than his 32 years. But the Grammy Award-winning, Academy Award-winning, Golden Globe Award-winning singer/songwriter (he had quite the success with "The Weary Kind" from the 2009 film Crazy Heart) is probably only just reaching his prime. Bingham, who split with his ballyhooed Dead Horses in 2012, along with his longtime label, Lost Highway, returned late last year to release Tomorrowland, his fourth studio album, on his own Axster Bingham Records. The gravel-voiced singer's intuitively timeless songs continue to shape-shift and expand on traditional folk, roots rock, blues, and country. RJP

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