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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Tonight in Music: Ages and Ages, Battleme, Luck-One & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Sat, Mar 1, 2014 at 10:34 AM


AGES AND AGES, FANNO CREEK, US LIGHTS
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Read our article on Ages and Ages.


BATTLEME, PHANTOM SHIPS
(Club 21, 2035 NE Glisan) Read our article on Battleme.


LUCK-ONE, MIKEY VEGAZ, ILLMACULATE
(Blue Monk, 3341 SE Belmont) Formerly local rapper Luck-One may have packed his bags for New York recently, but his brand-new LP—King of the Northwest II: The Curse of the Pharaoh—is bursting with shoutouts to his old stomping grounds. Luck is the real deal, a versatile emcee comfortable busting rhymes at Busta Rhymes speed but more partial to the substantial, thoughtful stuff. DIRK VANDERHART


BEARCUBBIN', RAGS AND RIBBONS, TALKATIVE
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) Local instrumental math rockers Bearcubbin' have a new record for your ears, and it's filled with colored bricks of sound that move faster than anything in The Lego Movie. The album, titled Girls with Fun Haircuts, contains nine tracks of zooming, dizzy interplay, built upon repeating loops and dropkick sounds. Instead of sounding overly flashy or solipsistic, Bearcubbin' inject a firm sense of fun and a physicality to their puzzles of sound. It's all due to the watertight playing of the trio, which consists of guitarist/keyboardist Chris Scott, bassist Patrick Dougherty, and drummer Mike Byrne (who also drums for some band called the Smashing Pumpkins). NED LANNAMANN


EZZA ROSE, REBECCA MARIE MILLER
(The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th) Without context, Poolside might seem like a curious title for Ezza Rose's new record. It's a high, lonesome listen, its stark arrangement showcasing her clear, powerful voice above all. Poolside is dream-like and fairly gorgeous, but one of the last things it brings to mind is sitting by the pool. As it turns out, the title couldn't be more accurate: The collection was recorded entirely in the abandoned basement swimming-pool space of a historic downtown hotel. The reverb heard throughout? Courtesy of ancient ceramic tiles. The late-night vibe? Also real and by necessity, with post-11 pm recording sessions scheduled to avoid the thunder of the streetcars above. Rose celebrates Poolside with a full band and a pew-side set at the Old Church, a venue with no shortage of history in its own right. JEREMY PETERSEN

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