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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Tonight in Music: Princess, Nuggets Night, Lady Rizo & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Sat, Feb 8, 2014 at 9:35 AM


ANCIENT WARLOCKS, PRINCESS, BLACKWITCH PUDDING
(Club 21, 2035 NE Glisan) Read our article on Princess.


NUGGETS NIGHT VII
(Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th) Once a year, Slabtown brings in way too many bands for its Nuggets Night fundraiser—forcing them to play out of character and cover obscure garage-rock anthems and psychedelic gems. This year's gathering—with the likes of Blue Skies for Black Hearts, the Pynnacles, and the Zags—is dedicated to House of Sound radio. DENIS C. THERIAULT


LADY RIZO
(Star Theater, 13 NW 6th) Navel-gazing entertainers need to step the eff off—because NYC cabaret superstar Lady Rizo is coming to town! Blessed with a dump truck full of charisma, gargantuan eyelashes, and lungs that can blow out the back of any theater, Her Ladyship sings standards in a way that never fails to hilariously entertain. If you truly do love "entertainment," miss this one at your peril. WM.™ STEVEN HUMPHREY


MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, GUNDRIVER, GARDEN OF EDEN
(Tonic Lounge, 3100 NE Sandy) Michael Schenker is the best kind of professional musician, a modest one who appears to be in it for the music. He's had his fingers in many classic, legendary rock 'n' roll/heavy metal pies over the years—including Scorpions, UFO, and his own bands—but he flies under the radar not looking to gain new fans or conquer the world. Many guitar players cite Schenker as an influence, but he tours small clubs that can barely fit 300 people instead of arenas like some of his counterparts. Despite the lack of limelight shining in his direction, Schenker's Temple of Rock released Bridge the Gap earlier this year. Ex-Rainbow vocalist Doogie Wright's Dio impression on the record is a little bothersome at times, but Schenker's tasteful, soulful, spectacular leads and riffs overshadow any weakness the record might have. ARIS WALES


MOVEMENT: WISP, THE JOURNEY MEN, DAVE BATE, HONEYDRIPPER, XNOR
(Blue Monk, 3341 SE Belmont) Often compared to Aphex Twin, Wisp (Reid Dunn) has been making music on his computer since 1999, racking up countless releases on iconic record labels including the legendary Rephlex Records. In that prolific body of work, Dunn has kept the spirit of IDM and breakcore alive and well, effortlessly blending complex rhythms and intricate melodies in extraordinary compositions that go beyond what much of contemporary electronica has given us in recent times. Breaking the stereotype of repetition and monotony, Dunn provides us with a new perspective on electronic music, giving a glimpse of what is possible when the mind merges with music and technology. CHRISTINA BROUSSARD


PALS FEST FUNDRAISER: THE WE SHARED MILK, SAMA DAMS
(Firkin Tavern, 1937 SE 11th) PALS Fest, hosted by the infamous house-show hosts, PALS Clubhouse, is going to be a week long this summer, presented at different venues throughout town, including the Firkin Tavern. Seeing a show at the Firk is almost like being at PALS itself—you'll find yourself surrounded by a cheap-beer-drinking, sing-alonging, rowdy crowd, and you'll feel the warmth of camaraderie. This last sentiment will be going strong tonight with three Portland favorites—the thrashing, poetic guitar rock of the We Shared Milk, the layered, delicate organ ballads of Sama Dams, and super secret PDX favorites to top it all off. Proceeds from the bar will go toward PALS Fest, so the higher your tab, the more fun this summer will be. RACHEL MILBAUER

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