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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tonight in Music: Bryan Ferry, Ear Candy, Dead Meadow & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 10:31 AM


BRYAN FERRY, DAWN LANDES
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway) Read our article on Bryan Ferry.


EAR CANDY: THE GHOST EASE, MARRIAGE + CANCER
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) Once again, the Mercury and Mississippi Studios bring you—for free—the best music Portland has to offer... meaning it's very, very good. Tonight? Check out the Ghost Ease's fuzz-dipped Northwest rock, which turns from languid to gnashing at turns, and the wide-eyed, far-out rock 'n' punk from Marriage + Cancer (formerly Nucular Aminals). NED LANNAMANN


DEAD MEADOW, GRANDPARENTS, BILLIONS AND BILLIONS, STILL CAVES
(Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE César E. Chávez) Washington, DC's Dead Meadow want to slip you something psychedelic. They're pushers of the highest order of trippy stoner anthems, mixing the best of Sabbath, mind-melting spacescapes, and guitar-driven freedom rock. They're touring their newest album, Warble Womb, so wobble on down to tune in and drop out. COURTNEY FERGUSON


CYNE, BOP ALLOY, MAZE KOROMA
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) CYNE, pronounced "sign," is an acronym for Cultivating Your New Experience. The four-piece hiphop group formed in Gainesville, Florida, although their most recent release finds them a trio following emcee Akin Yai's departure. Thankfully, their latest, All My Angles Are Right, doesn't suffer from Yai's absence. Cise Star brings the intelligent wordplay that brought the group international acclaim, while producers Enoch and Speck hold down their end—and Speck now calls Portland home, having recently joined our burgeoning local hiphop community. Bop Alloy, the self-described "jazz hop" duo of Maryland emcee Substantial and Seattle producer Marcus D, are promoting their latest, Another Day in the Life of..., which drops tonight. Portland's own Maze Koroma, of the Renaissance Coalition, gets the party started right. RYAN FEIGH


CHUCK RAGAN, WHITE BUFFALO, JONNY TWO BAGS
(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) Chuck Ragan's impassioned growls have only intensified on his newest solo album, Till Midnight, despite his instrumentation progressing toward safer terrain. Backed this time around by the Camaraderie—an all-star band featuring members of Lucero, Blind Melon, Foo Fighters, Social Distortion, and more—Ragan's typically anthemic, muscular tales of heartbreak and workingman's laments are planted in the same milieu he's been exploring since 2007's excellent Feast or Famine. Finding his inner Springsteen has been fortuitous for a legion of edgy country loyalists, and Till Midnight is well poised to launch Ragan into another level of notoriety, even further from his aggro-punk roots in Hot Water Music. If he's not already, Ragan ought to be the soundtrack for a new generation of Americana devotees. RYAN J. PRADO


SUFFER ALONG, YEARS OF LEAD
(Laughing Horse Books, 12 NE 10th) From All-Ages Action!: [Suffer Along play] grimy and vaguely technical hardcore from Los Angeles. The vocals are really loud in the mix. I think it's an LA thing. MORGAN TROPER

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