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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Tonight in Music: Gaytheist/Magic Mouth, Experimental Half-Hour, Laura Veirs & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Sun, Aug 25, 2013 at 9:58 AM


GAYTHEIST, MAGIC MOUTH
(Rontoms, 600 E Burnside) If you haven't attended Rontoms' free Sunday Sessions, you're missing out on a great way to become acquainted with Portland's magical music scene. This week, they present a super fun double bill of Gaythiest (applying a beatdown of pure, melodic pummel-rock) and Magic Mouth (punky and funky, to make your butt all drunky). This is gonna be a great show, and did I mention it's free? WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY


EXPERIMENTAL HALF-HOUR
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Portland experimental comics and arts fest the Projects actually began back on Thursday, so you should have acquainted yourself by now. In case you haven't, check out Experimental Half-Hour tonight. The cable TV show, which dabbles here and there (largely there) in the area's arts and music scene, is hosting a live taping. Enjoy some weird tunes. Maybe be on TV. DIRK VANDERHART


LAURA VEIRS
(Music Millennium, 3158 E Burnside) Laura Veirs' ninth album, Warp and Weft, is named after a weaving term, and it's an apt evocation of the record's expertly crafted, interlocking melodies. While it follows Tumble Bee—her wonderful 2011 album for children (and likeminded adults)—and Veirs' 2010 masterpiece July Flame, the new album contains depths not previously shown in Veirs' earlier work. The painterly, wind-washed folk of the gorgeous "Sun Song" will please longtime fans and NPR listeners, but "That Alice" is a chugging, spiky rocker with terrific lead guitar from My Morning Jacket's Carl Broemel (his bandmate Jim James also features heavily on the record). Additionally, there are a pair of brief, inquisitive instrumentals that have more in common with Side 2 of David Bowie's Low than anything on July Flame. Veirs performs an in-store this afternoon before embarking on a national tour. NED LANNAMANN


PETE SWANSON, RAFAEL F., HOT VICTORY
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) Pete Swanson exists on the liminal plane between industrial metal machine music and improvisational experimental power electronics. Revered locally in a Reznor-esque fashion for his time in the seminal noise-drone outfit Yellow Swans, Swanson, with his solo venture has reached a semblance of mainstream incorporation with a release on Mexican Summer and glowing accolades from the Pitchfork vanguard. Irrelevant as that may be to the music, the patronage allows Swanson to invest a considerable amount of time on the road, and his live act is a true spectacle of sound and singularity. The inclusion of Hot Victory tonight promises an autre-electronic headbanger of a show. WYATT SCHAFFNER


EIGHT BELLS, HANG THE OLD YEAR, HUMOURS
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) Sharing members with Slow Teeth, Atrocity Exhibition, and Burials, local prog-rockers Hang the Old Year hit the studio for eight days in July and August and have wasted little time sharing the results. The three-song, 30-minute, self-titled opus runs through sections of post-rock noodling, psychedelic droning, and punk-rock skronking—which is to say it's sometimes pretty similar to the last couple of records by Thee Silver Mt. Zion. The band celebrates the release of their second album on Sunday, when they play with local troupe Eight Bells, whose own sprawling compositions run the gamut from Neurosis-inspired post-metal to heavy psych. Hard-hitting local prog-rockers Humours open. MATT W. SULLIVAN


PINBACK, SURVIVAL KNIFE
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) From the ashes of Unwound comes Survival Knife. I caught their set a couple of months back and was immediately sucked in, whether they were playing it straight or going off on some unwieldy tangent. The only recorded material you're going to find is the 7-inch for "Traces of Me," which I'm listening to loud right now at 8:18 am on a Monday (it's only fitting that this is how my neighbors get introduced to Survival Knife). Needless to say, if you like guitar in your rock, then this new project from Justin Trosper and Brandt Sandeno slices and dices in all the right places. MARK LORE

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