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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Tonight in Music: Phil Anselmo, Cloud Control, La Luz & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Sat, Jan 18, 2014 at 10:05 AM


PHIL ANSELMO AND THE ILLEGALS, AUTHOR AND PUNISHER, HYMNS, PROVEN
(Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE César E. Chávez) Read our Q&A with Phil Anselmo.


CLOUD CONTROL, BODY PARTS, BRAINSTORM
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Cloud Control moved from Australia to the UK to make their second album, and ol' Blighty certainly agreed with them. Dream Cave is a delirious, sparkling bauble of melody, with just-about-perfect pop songs stitched neatly together: the walking-a-knife's-edge infatuation of "Promises," the skipping-stone bounce of "Scar," the subterranean slow-dance of the closing title track. The quartet stopped by Mississippi Studios last August right around Dream Cave's release, and gave their terrific new songs a live treatment that was appropriately thrilling. The opportunity to see 'em again in what's become one of the band's favorite venues should not be missed. NED LANNAMANN


LA LUZ, THE GHOST EASE, HOODED HAGS
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) On the last leg of La Luz's recent tour opening for Of Montreal, the band got into a terrible accident on their way home to Seattle. The collision destroyed La Luz's merch and a ton of gear, but luckily none of the musicians suffered major injuries. Over the past year, the female four-piece has made Portland a kind of second home, having played everywhere from MusicfestNW to a Sunday session at Rontoms. Tonight they bring their badass surf-rock sounds to the release party for issue #4 of She Shreds, a Portland-based magazine dedicated to women guitarists and bassists. As tradition has it, the night will highlight some majorly talented women musicians, and will kick your butt in a good way. While you're there, pick up the latest copy of She Shreds. RACHEL MILBAUER


CLUB TROPICANA: IBQT, NATURAL MAGIC, KRYCEK, KITCHEN DJ, BREAK MODE
(The Knock Back, 2315 NE Alberta) Existing somewhere between variety show, indie rave, and R&B slow-jam dance party, Club Tropicana is pulling out all the stops for its debut. The first night of this new party series is hosted by Chanticleer Tru of Magic Mouth and features some of Portland's favorite DJs, with party portrait artist Michael Horowitz in the mix—plus, it's headlined by self-proclaimed boy band IBQT, a force that can turn the hardest hearts into believers of love. If anyone can pull off such an assortment, it's Club Tropicana's hosts, the Bed of Roses crew. The members of the equally new record label/collective have firm roots in the Portland club and house party scene and affiliations with the world-renowned Dropping Gems crew. In short: They know how to throw a party and tonight could be one for the history books. JOSHUA JAMES AMBERSON


LEFT COAST COUNTRY, THE MOONSHINE, RENEGADE STRINGBAND
(Alberta Street Pub, 1036 NE Alberta) Following the release of his 2012 album Are's and Els, Michael the Blind—the performing name of gifted Portland songwriter Michael Gerard Levasseur—formed a rootsy plucker of a band, taking his name off the bill in the process. Levasseur and his four fellow pickers call themselves the Moonshine, and there's a bit more than your typical huggy, hand-holding folk tucked away in their autoharp and banjo strums. Songs like "Never Know" and "Flood," from the Moonshine's brand-new album And Now..., play closer to gospel than Lumineers-y fashion folk, dealing with themes of mortality and finding hope in the darkness—and the band's massed chorales don't hurt a whit. The Moonshine play a record release show tonight with two of Portland's most venerable stringbands. NL


BASTARD FEAST, COLD BLUE MOUNTAIN, ROLLING THROUGH THE UNIVERSE
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) The last time Cold Blue Mountain came through Portland, the five-piece band squeezed into a tiny alcove directly next to the small bar at the Old Town dive Tube, and proceeded to decimate the eardrums of the entirety of the space. It's something of a calling card for the Chico doom-metal ensemble, rendering their audience deaf and blinking in a kind of sublime stupor. The band's self-titled debut was released last year on vinyl via Gogmagogical Records, and received favorable attention for its lava-low riffage and apocalyptic howls. Those guttural bellows belong to Brandon Squyres, whose turn on this season of The Amazing Race (often with a Cold Blue Mountain T-shirt on) courted even more attention for the band. They stop through town on their 10-day West Coast tour, the first since Squyres' premature dismissal from the show. RYAN J. PRADO

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