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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tonight in Music: The We Shared Milk, Nervosas, Yip Deceiver & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Tue, Mar 11, 2014 at 11:49 AM


THE WE SHARED MILK, PHANTOM SHIPS
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) "Lame Sunset," from Portland noise-pop trio the We Shared Milk's album of the same name, recalls the glory days of '90s alternative, as well as some of the best guitar rock of the past three decades. In other words, this is good stuff. I have to admit their name kept me at a distance for some time, but I was immediately sold after seeing footage of the band's Banana Stand performance. Vocalist/guitarist Boone Howard plays it loosey-goosey, but has an ear for intricate and melodious guitar lines. These guys can do it tight and punchy, or let fly a woozy and noisy space-jam. The We Shared Milk's fuck-all 'tude puts the perfect touch on some damn fine rock tunes. Tonight they celebrate the proper re-release of 2013's Lame Sunset, which initially came out perhaps too quickly on the heels of their ambitious 2012 album History of Voyager and Legend Tripping to earn the attention it deserved. MARK LORE


NERVOSAS, DEFECT DEFECT, OLD CITY, RECESSIONS
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) The aptly named Columbus, Ohio, punk band Nervosas first emerged from that city's active and diverse DIY scene back in 2011. Over the course of three full-length releases in as many years, the trio established a following by playing the kind of music guaranteed to make the ears of any Wipers fan perk up instantly. The anxious vocal delivery and frantic intensity in a song like "Uncanny," off of the band's fantastic second album, Descension, feels more like a legitimately forgotten relic from the late-'70s post-punk era than a simple homage or rehash of the sound they're channeling. Both Descension and the band's recently released self-titled album are the work of a group whose members are just as in tune with each other as they are with their influences—a characteristic that should make the chemistry of their live performance well worth witnessing. CHIPP TERWILLIGER


ELECTRIC SIX, YIP DECEIVER
(Dante's, 350 W Burnside) Davey Pierce and Nicolas Dobbratz's neo-soul R&B baby Yip Deceiver has transcended whatever moonlighting status it may have originally bore. Pierce and Dobbratz met as members of the ever-morphing art-house project Of Montreal, and there are elements of Kevin Barnes' more ambitious nouveau-funk underpinnings throughout Yip Deceiver's debut LP, Medallius. The band's contrasts of dark and light are perhaps most immediately prevalent in the video for the single "Lovers," wherein a trio of psychotic doctors conduct a sci-fi rampage, eating human organs while traipsing through a haunted hospital of elderly patients as Pierce groovily laments the shackles of love. Eerily good stuff. RYAN J. PRADO


BÉLA BARTÓK'S STRING QUARTET: QUATUOR ÉBÈNE
(PSU Lincoln Performance Hall, 1620 SW Park) Coming on the heels of the PDX Jazz Festival, March Music Moderne provides a wonderful modernist counterpoint to its more august cousin. The schedule for the fourth annual festival, organized by local musician and composer Bob Priest, looks to be a stunning one, including this rare Portland appearance by Quatuor Ébène. The French string quartet will perform a daring and somewhat brooding 1929 work from Bartók that was inspired by the folk music of the composer's native Hungary, and whose punchy stabs of melody influenced Bernard Herrmann's score for Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. ROBERT HAM

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