At Sweet 16, Pickathon Has Grown into One of the Greatest Music Festivals on the Globe
URAL THOMAS AND THE PAIN, SHIRLEY NANETTE, ANCIENT HEAT
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) There be treasure buried on this island, and the music scene's currently enjoying its unearthing: If you've yet to see the revived soul of Ural Thomas and the Pain, time to rectify. Plus, legendary Portland jazz singer Shirley Nanette's just had her 1973 release Never Coming Back re-issued, and will be joining the Pain to perform its songs in a show that may well make for a new legend of its own. MARJORIE SKINNER
THE ORB, NORDIC SOUL
(Star Theater, 13 NW 6th) It has been 23 years since the Orb's breakthrough ambient house anthem "Little Fluffy Clouds," but time hasn't dulled this British electronic outfit's approach to sound and production. The group's last two releases were tripped-out dub experiments, blazed into being with the guiding light of collaborator Lee "Scratch" Perry. And their live sets are still massive beasts that allow downtempo, house, reggae, and experimental electronica to find a strange and colorful common ground. The group is joined tonight by DJ Nordic Soul, a Seattle mainstay who fuses laptop house and electro productions with live instruments and boundless energy. ROBERT HAM
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