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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Tonight in Music: Deafheaven, Ian McLagan, Pix's Bastille Day & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Sat, Jul 13, 2013 at 9:08 AM

(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) Read our article on Deafheaven.

(White Eagle, 836 N Russell) As a member of Small Faces, British keyboardist Ian McLagan's earned an exalted place in the rock pantheon. His soulful swells, strident vamps, and gorgeous filigrees helped make Small Faces one of the greatest R&B/psyche-pop units of the '60s. From that heady high, McLagan went on to play with Faces and Ron Wood, plus on sessions with luminaries like Chuck Berry, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Frank Black, and Nikki Sudden. He's also been a member of Billy Bragg's band since 1997 and has been leading his own trad blues-rock group in Austin, the Bump Band, since 1977. Expect a combo of Small Faces/Faces tunes plus selections from his solo career; here's hoping he does "Here Comes the Nice." DAVE SEGAL

(Pix Patisserie, 2225 E Burnside) Denis Theriault is a French name. So everyone decided Denis Theriault should write the thing about the party for Bastille Day (technically tomorrow) that Pix throws every year. But dammit, I'd want to go even if I weren't part Pierre. Music! Saber lessons! Hula hoops! You may lose your head, because revolution was never this much fun. DENIS C. THERIAULT

(Slim's, 8635 N Lombard) A few days after a visit from Nashville shredders Diarrhea Planet, Lord Master are inviting you to come down to Crap City. No, that's not a cheap shot at the lovely neighborhood of St. Johns or the fine establishment that is Slim's. It's actually the title of the debut album from the local avant-rock four-piece. The journey you will take over the course of this nine-song release is far more pleasant than the name might lead you to believe. It's chockfull of fine-tuned hooks and catchy pop songwriting, and never takes itself too seriously. "Rock 'n' Roll Is Excellent" is a quirky love letter to the genre featuring bouncy sprechgesang vocals that instantly bring to mind Fred Schneider of the B-52s. I'm not sure I'm ready to pack a U-Haul and move just yet, but a visit to Crap City is worth the trip. CHIPP TERWILLIGER

(N Mississippi between Fremont & Skidmore) Probably the most hopping of Portland's summer street fairs, the 12th annual Mississippi Street Fair is a jam-packed, bustling hubbub of fun. With a beer garden, five stages, 40-plus bands including Genders and 1939 Ensemble, and over 200 vendors, this is a gathering of grand and exciting proportions. COURTNEY FERGUSON

(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Who'd a thunk a bunch of cellists could turn a Portland party out? But the cello wrestlers of the Portland Cello Project throw a mean night of butt bumpin'. Join them for two shows of their patented Extreme Dance Party, which has included sexy, sweaty covers of songs by MJ, Deee-Lite, and OutKast in years past. CF

(Ash Street Saloon, 225 SW Ash) What has 30 fingers, 29 toes, and a ton of riffs? Weedeater! One of the two better-known factoids about bassist/vocalist "Dixie" Dave Collins—aside from him being a founding member of cult-favorite sludge-metal pioneers Buzzoven—accounts for the missing toe; he accidentally shot one off while cleaning his shotgun three years ago. The other is that he frequently barfs onstage. All this feeds into the legend of Weedeater, the Collins-fronted stoner metal trio with a penchant for puns (see: Jason... The Dragon, And Justice for Y'all, the band name, etc.) and an affinity for mind-altering substances. But aside from all the extra-curricular stuff, Weedeater's molasses-slow groove and 10-ton riffs are reason enough to get blunted. MATT SULLIVAN

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