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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Tonight in Music: Natasha Kmeto, The Builders and the Butchers, Big Business & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Sat, Jun 22, 2013 at 10:09 AM


NATASHA KMETO, GROWN FOLK, BEN TACTIC, LINCOLNUP
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Read our article on Natasha Kmeto.


THE BUILDERS AND THE BUTCHERS, SONS OF HUNS, RIVER GIANT
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) If you've been waiting for the Builders and the Butchers' new album, you can hear all the western-tinged good stuff live at their record-release party tonight. Western Medicine is all the raucous, foot-stomping, barn-burning sounds you've come to expect from the Portland band, with a heavy dose of Cormac McCarthyesque apocalyptic folk. COURTNEY FERGUSON


BIG BUSINESS, THE BUGS, SELEKTOR MANCAMPUS
(White Owl Social Club, 1305 SE 8th) You may have forgotten about Big Business, the loud-as-fuck two-piece made up of metal-maniac funny guys Jared Warren (Karp, Tight Bros from Way Back When) and Coady Willis (Murder City Devils, White Shit). You may have forgotten, NOT because you're eating too many pot cookies, but because Warren and Willis joined the Melvins a few years ago and bounced around the world several times in the King Buzzo bandwagon. Well, lemme tell you, THEY didn't forget their biz. Noooo! They've added another guitarist, a long-hair named Scott Martin, and now they're touring and playing new songs from a record due out this fall called Battlefields Forever. I say Big Business forever. KELLY O

Lars Behrenroth - DSOH #386 pt1 Deeper Shades Of House by Motionfm on Mixcloud


CLOSER PDX
(Refuge, 116 SE Yamhill) The Closer PDX electronic music festival enters its third year with 60 DJs and live acts spread across town for four days. The nerve center of the operation takes place Friday and Saturday at Refuge, with sets from John Tejada, Lars Behrenroth, and lots more over multiple stages, playing techno, house, bass, and all kinds of electronic dance music. NED LANNAMANN


JOHN PRINE, KENDEL CARSON, DUSTIN BENTALL
(Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon) John Prine's Lost Dogs and Mixed Blessings—arguably one of the spottiest LPs in the prolific songwriter's dauntingly extensive catalog, in case you were wondering where not to start—was probably one of if not the only CD in my parents' car stereo for three years. As a result, Prine's tuneless squall supplemented every medium-to-long car ride within that period of time, and the aforementioned album remains among my first genuinely immersive experiences with "good" music, even if I didn't really have a choice in the matter (and even if it's far from Prine's best). But I appreciate John Prine infinitely more now that I'm (technically) an adult. I am older and contain an enhanced emotional palette; I am receptive to heartbreaking music because I know what it's like to have a broken heart. And listening to Lost Dogs again... I can't believe my parents didn't realize how depressing this shit is. At least I didn't hear Bruised Orange until I was 18. That really would have messed me up. MORGAN TROPER


BERNHOFT, SUN RAI
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) There's something strangely likeable about Sun Rai's music. His infectiously poppy riffs could almost be placed in the same genre of lamer, more aggravating artists like Jason Mraz or Maroon 5, but his musicianship and the catchiness of his songs keep me interested. Once the frontman for the popular Australian band Thirsty Merc, Sun Rai has now broken off to pursue a solo career in Los Angeles. His voice and elegant piano skills make him almost sound like Adam Levine's more mature Australian cousin. One of his signature moves is playing on two keyboards at once, somehow seeing through his mop of bramble-bushy hair. Even if Rai's style of music has its cheesy, pop-infused moments, he's undeniably talented and will get you dancing, or at least inspire a strong head bob. ROSE FINN

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