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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Tonight in Music: Hosannas, Kid Congo/Cheap Time, Secret Chiefs 3 & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 12:15 PM

(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) It's been many moons since we heard from Hosannas, the slow-brewed, gooey twilight-psych from brothers Richard and Brandon Laws. They're back, playing their first show in over a year, on a bill that's headlined by electro-songsters Hustle and Drone. NED LANNAMANN

(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Kid Congo Powers' pedigree is enough to make you take notice. He was a co-founder of bluesy punk freaks the Gun Club, and was later recruited by the Cramps and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. For the past five years, Powers has taken the zazz and sleaze of those bands and put it into his own project, the Pink Monkey Birds, who just released their third record on In the Red. Joining Kid Congo are labelmates Cheap Time, who—led by the band's only consistent member, Jeffrey Novak—have been cranking out hook-laden garage rock since 2006. Last year's excellent Exit Smiles doesn't miss a single stumbling step. There's a good chance you'll be stumbling out of here tonight, too. MARK LORE

(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Instrumental outfit Secret Chiefs 3 are one of the most peculiar groups in existence. Conceived by lunatic/genius Trey Spruance—formerly of Mr. Bungle—the Chiefs' sound is a combination of innumerable musical heritages, including, but not limited to, surf, metal, electronic, folk, and a variety of world musics. In 2007, the group's baffling eclecticism was taken several steps further when it was declared that Secret Chiefs 3 was actually an umbrella for seven distinct bands that each represent a unique musical interest of Spruance's. If this just screams "prog" to you, it's because it is the 21st century equivalent—but Spruance as a composer is the real deal, and there's a raw, inescapable passion here that's a far cry from the meandering, hollow craftsmanship that defines pretty much every other neo-prog band (we see you, Dream Theater!). MORGAN TROPER

(Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta) Peter Rowan is a legend of roots music; the Massachusetts native has been a pioneering force in bluegrass and Americana for more than 50 years. He's a Grammy winner, a renowned songwriter, and a tireless bandleader whose adventurous spirit—from his newgrass work in the 1970s to more recent explorations of reggae and rockabilly—flies in the face of the place he started: traditional bluegrass. So Rowan doesn't need to ride anyone's coattails, but it's still interesting to note that he's one of a very few musicians who played with both the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe, and the furry face of the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia. Rowan joined Monroe's Blue Grass Boys in 1965 before going solo, and in the early '70s, he teamed with Garcia in the influential bluegrass supergroup Old and in the Way. Monroe and Garcia are long gone, but Rowan rolls along. BEN SALMON

(Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy) Phil Cohran has sidestepped conventional jazz (and funk) almost from day one, most notably during his time as part of Sun Ra's Arkestra in the early '60s. Known mostly as a trumpeter, Cohran has also dabbled with other instruments, including the zither. His contributions with that instrument can be heard all over Sun Ra's 1965 LP Angels and Demons at Play. It was his brief time in the Arkestra that pushed him to become a talented composer and producer in his own right as bandleader of the Artistic Heritage Ensemble. Part of Mississippi Records' Music and Film Series, tonight's presentation will include a slideshow and lecture, which will be followed by a performance from Cohran on various instruments. The cosmos aligns in Portland tonight. ML


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