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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Tonight in Music: Ural Thomas & The Pain, Daughn Gibson, Rush, & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Sun, Jul 28, 2013 at 9:59 AM


DIG A PONY TURNS 2: URAL THOMAS AND THE PAIN, ONUINU, DJ COOKY PARKER, DJ BEYONDA
(Dig a Pony, 736 SE Grand) Dig a Pony celebrates birthday number two tonight with platter-spinnin' from DJs Beyonda and Cooky Parker, plus a live set from Onuinu. But what's really gonna set this party off is a beggin', pleadin' set from legendary Portland soulmaster Ural Thomas and the first-ever performance of his hot new band, the Pain. Trust us—don't miss it. NED LANNAMANN


DAUGHN GIBSON, STEVE GUNN, CAIRO PYTHIAN (LATE SHOW)
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Read our article on Daughn Gibson.


RUSH
(Sleep Country Amphitheater, 17200 NE Delfel, Ridgefield, WA) Read about Rush in this week's Debate Club.


EL-P, KILLER MIKE, DESPOT, KOOL AD
(Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE César E. Chávez) When word came a while back that booming, thoughtful Southern rapper Killer Mike and hip, gritty NYC producer El-P were working together, some called them an odd couple. But last year, Mike's excellent solo album R.A.P. Music killed that talk, and now here's Run the Jewels to dig it up, smack it in the mouth, and call it names. Released as a free download—bargain of the year, y'all—Jewels finds Mike and El in battle-rap beastmode, trading off motormouthed, shit-talkin' verses with the cartoonish glee of a great horror movie. On R.A.P. Music, Killer Mike spit eloquently about race, gender, politics and beyond; 75 seconds into Jewels, he shoots a poodle as a typically combustible El-P beat soundbombs its way into your brain. And on "Get It," El sums the duo up thusly: "We're overly fucking awesome." He's 100 percent correct. BEN SALMON


LEISURE LLC, JEANS WILDER, EMOTIONAL
(Valentine's, 232 SW Ankeny) Tonight's show guarantees a gaze into the West Coast's most pronounced hypnogogic popsters. Lo-fi doesn't begin to describe the degree to which these musicians steep conventional rock in an acid bath of effects and layers of ironic detachment. Jeans Wilder has been tearing it up as the alter ego of San Diego's Andrew Caddick, and his sun-damaged, warped surf rock channels a wholly Californian outcast spirit akin to Ariel Pink in all its meandering vocals and hazy guitar noodles. All info about Jon Jurow's (formerly of Chrome Wings and familiar gatekeeper at tonight's venue) latest venture Leisure LLC stems from online demos, and promises to be the left-field alternative pop rock to soundtrack your AM radio summer. WYATT SCHAFFNER


HUSTLE AND DRONE, HANDS IN
(Rontoms, 600 E Burnside) Hustle and Drone (Ryan Neighbors and Kirk Ohnstad) make bumpin' club music. Their sweet electronic beats are the soundtrack to late nights spent soaring through the city and dancing to your heart's content. The group's pop-soaked songs are accompanied by an artillery of strobe lights and fog machines, creating an awesome, energetic spectacle. You will instantly be pulled in by these catchy, flashy songs—and might even get a Radiohead cover to boot. If you're in search of a Sunday fling with some fun and sexy music, look no further than the Rontoms patio. RACHEL MILBAUER

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