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Monday, April 28, 2014

Tonight in Music: John Williams/Oregon Symphony, Kikagaku Moyo, Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 11:09 AM


JOHN WILLIAMS, BING WANG, OREGON SYMPHONY
(Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway) The man responsible for the music that's embedded in your DNA, the 82-year-old John Williams pays a rare visit to Portland to conduct the Oregon Symphony, featuring Bing Wang on violin and performances of some of Williams' stunning compositions—from Star Wars, E.T., Harry Potter, Close Encounters, and more. ERIK HENRIKSEN Also, read our article on John Williams.


MOON DUO, KIKAGAKU MOYO, ETERNAL TAPESTRY
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) People talk about opening the third eye, but Kikagaku Moyo will open up your third ear. The Japanese psychedelic alchemists forge a dauntlessly exploratory brand of music that will have you traveling through alternate dimensions at light speed. They're joined tonight by two of Portland's own astral travelers: Moon Duo and Eternal Tapestry. NED LANNAMANN


HIGGINS WATERPROOF BLACK MAGIC BAND, CHRIS BROKAW, CHIMURENGA RENAISSANCE
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) It's a side project-centric evening happening tonight at the Doug Fir. The big draw is Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band, the outfit led by Tunde Adebimpe, frontman for TV on the Radio. With this new band, Adebimpe is able to showcase some quieter expressions that teeter on dangerous edges, thanks to his powerful voice and a band that burns with post-punk intensity. Also on the bill is Chimurenga Renaissance, a venture led by Tendai "Baba" Maraire, best known for his work with Shabazz Palaces and THEESatisfaction. Here, he folds together the influence of modern African pop and some seriously fucked trap beats of his own creation. ROBERT HAM


MASTER, DEAD CONSPIRACY, HATE STORM ANNIHILATION, AGE OF ARES
(Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th) Master have been around since death metal's first foul rumblings in the '80s, with bassist/vocalist Paul Speckmann bouncing around the country and recruiting various lineups, even as he often split his time with side projects like Abomination and Death Strike. With their 1990 self-titled record, followed by 1991's On the Seventh Day God Created... Master, Speckmann & Co. solidified a legacy as death-metal pioneers, matching breakneck speeds with brutal aggression. Speckmann relocated to the Czech Republic a few years back, and last year he released the 12th Master full-length, The Witch-Hunt. After a dozen albums, the Master formula hasn't changed much. MATTHEW W. SULLIVAN

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