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Friday, January 3, 2014

Tonight in Music: La Carreta Meltdown, Sean Flinn and the Royal We, Corrections House & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, Jan 3, 2014 at 10:58 AM


LA CARRETA MELTDOWN/SISTERS OF THE ROAD BENEFIT: THE PYNNACLES, EYELIDS, HUTCH HARRIS
(La Carreta, 4534 SE McLoughlin) Southeast Portland Mexican joint La Carreta is a local institution—and we're hosting a kickass rock show in the upstairs banquet room! Tonight the Pynnacles, Eyelids, and the Thermals' Hutch Harris (performing a short solo set) will rock the casa, and it's all to benefit Sisters of the Road. This sold out super quick, so hopefully you already have your tickets in hand. NED LANNAMANN


SEAN FLINN AND THE ROYAL WE, RIO GRANDS, REBECCA MARIE MILLER
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) The core of Sean Flinn's musical magnetism is steeped in both the traditional flashes of pop-anthem dynamism and the tenets of progressive, chamber-style Americana. With that kind of crossfire, Flinn and his Royal We have (relatively quietly) proven themselves as one of the best bands in Portland. Flinn's own pedigree, having spent time in such groups as Y La Bamba, Nick Jaina, and Jolie Holland, is indisputable, and his crackerjack band has pushed Flinn's ambitious compositions to even higher levels of timelessness. Since the summer of 2012, the band has been in and out of the studio cutting their second album, The Lost Weekend, a sprawling collection with scrappy tales of wanderlust and woe from a songwriter who most definitely wears his old soul on his sleeve. With this upcoming release, Flinn's relative anonymity could be compromised. RYAN J. PRADO


CORRECTIONS HOUSE, WREKMEISTER HARMONIES, THE BODY, ROHIT, REDNECK
(Tonic Lounge, 3100 NE Sandy) When their respective heavy-rock bands aren't challenging the earth's tectonic plates to a ground-shaking contest, Mike IX Williams (Eyehategod), Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza), and Sanford Parker (Nachtmystium) go full-on Voltron with their collaborative project Corrections House. Their combined sound is a more industrial one, akin to Coil or Laibach, with unnatural clacking scratching at the door while Williams barks and reads Burroughs-like poetry on the other side. If this sounds like your cup of tea, you also owe it to yourself to catch Redneck, a terrifying combination of performance art and subwoofer-heavy noise, who open up the show in celebration of a new cassette release, Possession, out on Eolian Empire. ROBERT HAM


ZEITGEIST 2K14: DJ COOKY PARKER, HOLLA N OATES
(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) The season of gluttony is over and the season of self-improvement is on. Split the difference by working up a body-toning sweat on the dance floor, fueled by a couple high-calorie dranks and the nimble DJ-ing of Cooky Parker and Holla 'n' Oates' Zeitgeist 2K14, an exploration of future club music. Because let's be realistic. MARJORIE SKINNER


FLOATER, SMOOCHKNOB
(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) As a lifelong KISS fan, I'm familiar with the idea of a band that is unconditionally loved and simultaneously loathed. Such is the case with Floater, the longtime Portland band that for the better part of two decades has been able to easily sell out 2,000-seat theaters, while music critics give them the equivalent of the sound of crickets. They're inexplicably huge in the Northern California town where I used to live—their fanbase so blindly devoted I wondered if Floater records came with vials of Flavor Aid. In all honesty, I can get behind their 1998 concept album Angels in the Flesh and Devils in the Bone, a nerdy epic filled with proggy turns, big guitars, and psychedelic lulls. But, as with many bands, I'd rather listen to it in the privacy of my own home than brave the horde of overly faithful ghouls. MARK LORE

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