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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Tonight in Music: William Tyler, Musée Mécanique, the Flaming Lips & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Sat, Jul 27, 2013 at 9:49 AM


WILLIAM TYLER, HIP HATCHET
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Read our article on William Tyler.


MUSÉE MÉCANIQUE, JUSTIN RINGLE, JUSTIN POWER, SEAN FLINN
(Piano Fort, 1715 SE Spokane) Where you been, Musée Mécanique? The Portland chamber-folk quintet carefully deposited the lush, graceful Hold This Ghost into the world way back in 2008, played many live shows around the globe, and then... silence. While the band's members have been busy with other musical endeavors since then—including Laura Gibson, Portland Cello Project, Nick Jaina, and lots more—we haven't heard the band's own zoetrope-like sounds in quite some time. Tonight, in their first hometown show in two years, Musée Mécanique make their long-awaited return, and with further good news: Their second album, From Shores of Sleep, is finished and will see release early next year. Tonight they perform the new album from start to finish, accompanied by visual projections, making this the public debut of Musée Mécanique's second era. NED LANNAMANN


THE FLAMING LIPS, WILD ONES
(Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey, Troutdale) If there's one thing the Flaming Lips know, it's how to throw a spectacular party. Full of ecstatic dancing furry fans, confetti canyons, light shows, and a humongous hamster exercise ball, their concerts are the embodiment of a sprinkles-topped chocolate cupcake delivered on the back of a unicorn. The spacey music ain't bad either. COURTNEY FERGUSON


CLINTON STREET BLOCK PARTY: 1939 ENSEMBLE, THE LOWER 48, THE NEEDFUL LONGINGS, NEIGHBORS, THANKS, RUBY PINES
(SE 25th & Clinton) Another bitchin' summer weekend, another thoroughfare closed temporarily in the name of commerce and mirth. This time around it's the Clinton Street Block Party, which happily coincides with the Division/Clinton Street Fair. Clinton might be slightly less popular than nearby Hawthorne and Division, but it's the quiet ones you've got to watch out for. DIRK VANDERHART


LEANN RIMES
(Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon) LeAnn Rimes got her start at the tender age of 13, and in 1996 she became the youngest country star since Tanya Tucker more than two decades before. While I knew Rimes had been around a while, I had no idea she had been so prolific—at age 30, she already has 15 albums under her belt. Over the past two decades Rimes has veered from her country roots in favor of more traditional pop, only to return with This Woman in 2005. Whichever style she adopts, her voice is always up to the task. That and her sense of adventure with each release is what has always set Rimes apart from the Faith Hills and Shania Twains. At 30, LeAnn Rimes has nothing to prove. It'll be interesting to hear what she does next. MARK LORE

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