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Friday, November 1, 2013

Tonight in Music: Dia de Los Muertos, Cut Copy, Shelley Short and the Sure Shots & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 10:17 AM


DIA DE LOS MUERTOS: TIBURONES, EDNA VAZQUEZ, MARIACHI LOS PALMEROS, ORQUESTRA PACIFICO TROPICAL, & MORE
(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) Forget Halloween—who needs another year of watching your friends try to one-up each other? Try on tonight's Dia de los Muertos celebration instead: Organized in part by Y La Bamba's Luz Elena Mendoza, the party begins with a black-clad procession through the streets, and culminates at the Crystal with Edna Vazquez, Aztec dancing, and a performance from Mendoza's new band Tiburones. ALISON HALLETT


CUT COPY, KAUF, LARRY GUS
(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) Cut Copy is touring behind Free Your Mind, previews of which suggest a more psychedelic aspect to their pulsing, pristine club sound, with bongos and guitar accenting their signature beats and harmonies. It's damn near perfect party music, and it's a party you surely don't wanna miss. MARJORIE SKINNER


SHELLEY SHORT AND THE SURE SHOTS, ADAM SELZER, MICHAEL HURLEY
(Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta) During the doldrums of March, Shelley Short gathered some errant Hawthorne buskers—I mean, members of the Decemberists, Black Prairie, and more—and quarantined them at Type Foundry to record a fantastic covers album in a mere day and a half. Wake the Dreamers is a cozy assemblage of fully formed (and fully live) renditions of songs by Tom Waits, Billie Holiday, the Kinks, and more. The release show will feature nearly all of the Sure Shots, as well as a reading by producer Adam Selzer from his forthcoming graphic novel, Ami Go Home, about his experience opening shows for a German Christian rock band. This is likely to be the only time the Sure Shots will back Short in performing these glorious covers, so don't you miss it. RAQUEL NASSER


LAKE STREET DIVE, MISS TESS & THE TALKBACKS
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) If you attended either of the last two Pickathons, you know that Lake Street Dive is capable of outright magic. The Brooklyn quartet marries jazz and pop in a way that feels completely alive, with a stripped-down, folky, dare I say almost punk-rock sensibility. While all the members are incredible singers, frontwoman Rachael Price is a startling, peerless talent; she's the match that lights Lake Street Dive's combustible flame, turning their collection of originals and inventive cover versions into a rollicking dance party. While Lake Street Dive upholds traditions of mid-century pop and vocal jazz with a scholastic comprehension, this is not museum music. It's music for which you'll need to get up, get out, get yourself in front of, and get down. NED LANNAMANN


RUBBLEBUCKET, DANA BUOY, SWAHILI
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) The title track on Save Charlie, the new EP from Rubblebucket, is the ultimate catchy combination of keys, guitar, bass, and trumpet—you'll immediately feel the urge to move along with it. This eight-piece Brooklyn band has been adjusting their size and sound since 2008, and Charlie's electronic-fueled energy is proof they've found what they're looking for. The seven tracks on this record (three are remixes) beautifully meld pop, funk, and groove beats in one innovative swoop. Along with Portland-based Dana Buoy—the project of Akron/Family's Dana Janssen—and Swahili, this is going to be the night to pull someone onto the dance floor and get sweaty. RACHEL MILBAUER


NASALROD, SWAMP BUCK, HUMOURS
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) Local bands Nasalrod and Swamp Buck have teamed up to put out a delightfully weird split 7-inch on Poison Apple Records, and they celebrate its release tonight. Nasalrod's contribution comes in the form of the genre-bending anthem "It's Our Pleasure." The four-piece covers a ton of ground in a short amount of time, blending power-rock and hardcore punk in an epic display. Nasalrod drummer Spit Stix deserves a bunch of credit for also pulling double duty as producer here—not only is the track a mind-boggling percussion work-out, it also manages to bottle the group's boisterous and frantic live show. Just when you thought things couldn't get any more bizarre, Swamp Buck offers up "First Testament," a tightrope-walk between brooding post-punk and full-on psychedelic freak-out territory. Combine the two songs and you've got a one-two punch that's well worth a spin. CHIPP TERWILLIGER

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