This Week in the Mercury


Sunday, February 23, 2014

Tonight in Music: Pentagram, Iceland, Snowblind Traveler

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Sun, Feb 23, 2014 at 10:06 AM


PENTAGRAM, RADIO MOSCOW, KINGS DESTROY, SONS OF HUNS, MOTHERS WHISKEY
(Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE César E. Chávez) This show marks the third time Pentagram plays Portland since singer Bobby Leibling's resurrection from his parent's sub-basement, and the utter depths of a supreme drug addiction. On the first tour, the bug-eyed Great Grandfather of Doom burst back onto the scene in true form. The second tour was crippled when the guitar player quit the band six hours before the bus was about to shove off. The decision to continue the tour, with another guitar player that could only play about 15 minutes of Pentagram material, was a poor one. Their "blues jam" set seemingly signaled the end of Leibling's run. However, just before Pentagram faded away, in swooped Victor Griffin, guitar player from the band's first official release in 1985. Griffin joined Leibling on the 2011 record Last Rites, and has been playing with the band ever since. With Griffin's skillful guitar work backing up Leibling's gyrating and all-around showmanship, this third time around should be the charm. ARIS WALES Also See My, What a Busy Week!


ICELAND: PROJECTILE, HAMMERS TO GLASS, JERRY ABSTRACT, OUR LOVING SUN, WNDFRM, DÜRRE
(Grand Café/Andrea's Cha Cha Club, 832 SE Grand) Iceland is a new night that features two rooms showcasing forward-thinking electronic music, from eclectic dance music to ambient downtempo, all under one roof. Hammers to Glass (Adam Johnson) and Projectile (Matt Arnold), both highly accomplished artists in the industry, are the masterminds behind this event, with a plan to bring a new, cutting-edge sound to Portland. The night will be heady with emphasis on innovative music that doesn't bother to follow trends. Portland favorite Jerry Abstract will also be on hand to perform his usual delectably tempting mix of techno debauchery. CHRISTINA BROUSSARD


SNOWBLIND TRAVELER
(Al's Den, 303 SW 12th) In what ought to amount to an introduction of sorts for lots of Portlanders, Matt Dorrien—AKA Snowblind Traveler—brings snapshots of yesteryear balladry and Americana to a weeklong stint at Al's Den. Dorrien released Lost on the North Hills in early 2013, an LP steeped in smart, melodic acoustic guitar work with downtrodden tales and tribal rhythms. His upcoming full-length, Confederate Burials, is a stunning collection of gritty, temporal meditations on wartime ("Confederate Burial") when it's not embracing Harry Nilsson on songs like "Lobster" and "Lazy Stream" or odes to Chinatown in "SF Shanghai." It's the type of album that almost everyone is going to gush over when it's released, so you might as well get a leg up now. RYAN J. PRADO

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