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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Tonight in Music: The Julie Ruin, Hole in My Soul, Cosmic Psychos & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 11:11 AM

(The Works at Con-Way, 2170 NW Raleigh) This might be the nicest present the Time-Based Art Fest has ever given Portland. A free, all-ages performance by Kathleen Hanna's band the Julie Ruin! EEEEEEEEEE! The kick-ass riot grrrl fronts this newly convened band at TBA:13's kickoff shindig, which will also feature performances by the kids in School of Rock and Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls. Just what we always wanted! COURTNEY FERGUSON

(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) The monthly I've Got a Hole in My Soul dance night at Holocene (featuring the bottomless crate of DJ Beyondadoubt) has always been a night of sweaty fun for rare-soul enthusiasts and booty shakers alike. Tonight Lady B is joined by very special guest DJ Nick Waterhouse—best known as LA's foremost singer/guitarist of the R&B revivalist movement. You just know he's gonna be spinning some sweet deep tracks. WM.™ STEVEN HUMPHREY

(Dante's, 350 W Burnside) Cosmic Psychos formed in Australia in the early '80s, influenced by their rural upbringings and under the influence of countless bottles of beer. Since crawling out from under that rock, the Aussie punk band has toured the world and influenced countless bands of the "grunge" variety, including the Melvins, L7, and Mudhoney. This shit is for real: gnarly, nasty rock 'n' roll played at maximum volume with lyrics about bulldozers and killing off former bandmates. Needless to say, Cosmic Psychos have gone through their share of lineup changes in their three decades of existence. You can get the lowdown in the new doc Blokes You Can Trust, whose release coincides with the band's current American tour. What you hear tonight is essentially what you would have heard in 1985. Who says time travel isn't possible? MARK LORE

(Star Theater, 13 NW 6th) When I was young, I resented kids who claimed Transformers were superior to GoBots. Transformers were cool, sure, but GoBots came first, and I believed they deserved to rule the vehicle-cum-robot-toy genre. Those feelings foreshadowed my take on early-21st-century dance-punk, which enjoyed a brief moment in the sun thanks in large part to the Rapture's DFA-powered "House of Jealous Lovers" single, a dance-floor fave and internet-buzz magnet in 2003. At the time, I loved Moving Units' debut EP, a four-track pack of rubbery bass lines, barbed guitars, and more melody than the Rapture ever conjured. "Moving Units deserve to be the dance-punk kings!" is a feeling I had that probably seemed important at the time, but definitely does not now. Anyway, Transformers eventually trampled GoBots into the dirt, and the Rapture is still a thing. Meanwhile, Moving Units have stuck to their dance-punk sound, as evidenced by their brand-new album, Neurotic Exotic, which sounds pretty punchy. (Postscript: Man, I forgot what a jam "Jealous Lovers" is. I wonder how much those Rapture dudes spend on James Murphy's Christmas gift each year?) BEN SALMON


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