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Friday, January 10, 2014

Tonight in Music: Hovercraft Showcase, Dan Lurie, the Builders and the Butchers & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, Jan 10, 2014 at 11:40 AM


HOVERCRAFT RECORDS SHOWCASE: LA DRUGZ, HORNET LEG, CHARTS, MYTHOLOGICAL HORSES, BURNT THRONES CLUB, SEALION, VASAS, HONEY BUCKET
(Star Theater, 13 NW 6th) If you're looking for the best in Portland punk, it would behoove you to turn to local producers Hovercraft Records—whose love for the genre and vinyl is legendary. And tonight you can catch much of their ear-splitting roster in this sure-to-be-rocking Hovercraft Records Showcase, featuring LA Drugz, Hornet Leg, Oakland's Burnt Thrones Club, Honey Bucket, and more! WM.™ STEVEN HUMPHREY


DAN LURIE, NATE WEY
(The Waypost, 3120 N Williams) Following up 2011's super-amiable Spirit of '98, Dan Lurie's latest is a just-as-charming collection of songs he originally released on a series of digital EPs. Postcard Club's 12 tunes were recorded on a Tascam cassette eight-track recorder in Lurie's spare bedroom, and then sent to Virginia for co-producer Daniel Dominic Mancini to add his own shading. The result is an intimate but fully ripened album of Lurie's terrific tunes, packed with chunky folk turns and sweater-warm melodies. Lurie has released Postcard Club—the songs derived their inspiration from a series of thrift-store postcards—on cassette (fittingly) in a limited edition of 50. Tonight's release show is your surest bet to get one before they're gone forever. NED LANNAMANN


THE BUILDERS AND THE BUTCHERS, TIBURONES, OLD AGE
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Maybe you missed them this summer or maybe you can't get enough of Portland's favorite folksy rockers, the Builders and the Butchers. Well, they're back for a stacked bill with Tiburones and Old Age, which promises a calorie-burning good time and a dancing sweat that'll feel all the better in these frosty days. COURTNEY FERGUSON


WHITEY MORGAN AND THE 78S
(Dante's, 350 W Burnside) Whitey Morgan makes outlaw country music, and he looks the part, too. Photos of the Flint, Michigan, singer/songwriter are a parade of black T-shirts, mean-mugs, greasy ballcaps, forearm tattoos, and leather vests. But Morgan is more than just a sound or a look; he revels in playing the kind of rebellious character made famous in the '70s by honky-tonk legends like Waylon, Merle, Hank Jr., and the Man in Black. None of this stuff would matter much if Morgan couldn't deliver musically, but his 2010 self-titled album on alt-country super-label Bloodshot Records is a well-played and engaging exercise in "real" country music, with shuffling rhythms, swooping steel guitar, and Morgan's powerful, whiskey-soaked baritone as far as the ear can hear. It's all so authentic, you might find yourself with a little skip in your step as you enter Dante's tonight, lest the saloon doors hit you in the ass on your way in. BEN SALMON

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