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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Tonight in Music: Ear Candy, Christian Mistress, G-Eazy & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Sun, Mar 9, 2014 at 10:37 AM


EAR CANDY: LIKE A VILLAIN, EDNA VAZQUEZ
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Your pals at the Mercury and Mississippi Studios keep on giving, and for this month's totally free Ear Candy show, we're pulling out all the stops. Like a Villain (Holland Andrews) turns clarinet, loops, and voice into spellbinding alchemy, and Edna Vazquez's sad, stunning mariachi songs guarantee spine tingles. NED LANNAMANN


CHRISTIAN MISTRESS, LORD DYING, SONS OF HUNS, PARALYZER
(Tonic Lounge, 3100 NE Sandy) Olympia's Christian Mistress has been one of the more curious stories in metal in recent years. After their hometown indie label 20 Buck Spin put out their killer debut, the band moved to Relapse Records for 2012 album Possession, which received almost universally glowing reviews. ("Heavy metal in its purest form," gushed Invisible Oranges.) And after that... nothing. Or, at least, not much. Turns out Christian Mistress went on hiatus and worked out some lineup issues. Now they're back, and their first proper North American tour behind Possession stops at Tonic Lounge tonight, where you can expect 'em to pump out pitch-perfect traditional metal and hard rock, with plenty of twin-guitar action, rhythmic swagger, and frontwoman Christine Davis' jaw-dropping vocals, which recall—dare I say it?—Heart's Ann Wilson. If that isn't enough, check the rest of this stacked bill: local sludge-riff-hammers Lord Dying and Sons of Huns, plus Seattle heavies Paralyzer. Yowza! BEN SALMON


G-EAZY, ROCKIE FRESH, KYLE
(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) It's a testament to how much Oakland emcee/producer G-Eazy's star has been on the rise that this show was originally intended for the Wonder Ballroom. Once ticket demand proved too great, the show was moved to the larger Roseland. The slick-haired rapper comes by this success honestly, thanks to his low-down and dirty SoCal approach. His tracks are slow-burning burbles of Dre-style funk, his rhymes slipping and sliding over the top like an oil slick. He's joined on this tour by Chicago-based Rockie Fresh, an equally agile rapper whose 2013 mixtape Electric Highway is a marvel of artful beats and his low-swinging flow. ROBERT HAM


HILARY HAHN, OREGON SYMPHONY
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway) While I'm not advocating the Oregon Symphony jacks up its ticket prices, the first half of tonight's program is worth the goddamned cost of admission all by itself. Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg gets the party going with the Suite No. 1 from Peer Gynt, which contains both of his biggest hits. I'm hoping my impulse control is strong enough to resist bitch-slapping fellow concertgoers who will inevitably hum along with these magnificently infectious tunes. After their visit to the Hall of the Mountain King, those in the supremely lucky Schnitzer crowd shall witness nothing less than the most influential classical violinist currently residing on our planet: Hilary Hahn. She's sitting in for three glorious days with Rip City's biggest unplugged band, to bring another Scandinavian composition to life: a fiddle concerto penned in 1911 by Denmark's favorite musical son, Carl Nielsen. The work's enigmatic emotional flare and sweet-ass solo turns will dazzle with fresh intensity in the hands of this thirtysomething virtuoso. Hahn's appeal is so universal her fucking violin case has amassed 25.4K followers on Twitter, so prepare to have your tiny, weed-encrusted minds blown when you catch the owner of this luggage in the flesh. You'll need an intermission to recover. ANGRY SYMPHONY GUY

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