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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tonight in Music: The Pizza Underground, Peter Buck, Toy & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 10:27 AM


THE PIZZA UNDERGROUND, TOBY GOODSHANK, WAMPIRE, TIGER HOUSE
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) I'm going to make this real simple for you. The Pizza Underground is film star Macaulay Culkin's Velvet Underground tribute band, in which they replace lyrics from the original songs with pizza references. Hence, "All Tomorrow's Parties" becomes "All Pizza Parties," while "Walk on the Wild Side" becomes "Take a Bite of the Wild Slice." Also? Macaulay plays kazoo. If you don't go, you're a goddamn idiot. WM. STEVEN HUMPHREY


PETER BUCK, SUPER-EARTH
(Secret Society, 116 NE Russell) Outside of occasional live performances with the Minus 5, and the odd DJ gig at Savoy on SE Clinton, Peter Buck's taking up residence in Portland has been reasonably quiet. The former R.E.M. guitarist is, of course, a living legend in the college/alternative rock spectrum, having been part of a string of affecting and influential '80s and '90s albums along with bandmates Michael Stipe, Mike Mills, and Bill Berry. Since R.E.M.'s breakup in 2011, Buck has fed on a steady diet of exclusive, vinyl-only solo album releases. The sophomore Peter Buck effort, I Am Back to Blow Your Mind Once Again, was released earlier this year, and he performed a few opening dates with Alejandro Escovedo. Buck's intimate stint at the Secret Society Ballroom is a two-night affair, and will set you back a jaw-dropping five-dollar admission. Go to this. RYAN J. PRADO


TOY
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) On its 2013 album Join the Dots, English quartet Toy starts things off with a taut, seven-minute-long krautrock jam that's shrouded in noisy, brooding atmosphere, like Echo and the Bunnymen tied to a laser-guided metronome. (Or: what I wish the Soft Moon sounded like.) The tune is at once both gripping and mysterious; you'll swear you can see Toy's serrated guitars and one-note bass line slicing through the smoke. From there, the band alternates between similar drone-jams and psych-pop songs that are more toe-tapping and less menacing, but also more conventional and less compelling. When Toy immerses itself in the motorik beat, it sets itself apart. But when it goes pop, you can't help but think of others who do it better. That sounds harsher than I mean it. Both sides of Toy are good, but one showcases the pulse of a potentially great band. BEN SALMON


MASTODON, GOJIRA, KVELERTAK
(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) "High Road"—the first single from Mastodon's forthcoming new LP, Once More Around the Sun—surfaced online a couple of weeks ago before the Atlanta beard-metal band released it properly a day later. It's not a long, multi-section piece of yore, just a heavy riff (any metal band that sneaks in a minor chord is okay by me) and a massive chorus... ya know, Mastodon. French metallers Gojira and Norway's Kverlertak round out the bill, playing to the two extremes of Mastodon's body of work. Gojira provides the technical ecstasy, while Kverlertak delivers loads of chugga-chugga boom. It's metal for purebred metalheads and metal part-timers alike. Can't we all just get along? MARK LORE


PARTY BOYZ NIGHT: AND AND AND, SAMA DAMS, GENDERS
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) The local music podcasters of Party Boyz are celebrating their one-year anniversary with a stacked bill of terrific Portland bands: evergreen party-starters And And And, the intricate sonic chemists in Sama Dams, and the rock pathfinders of Genders will all play for what is bound to be a warm and packed Bunk Bar crowd. Party Boyz are also releasing their first zine; within its pages are contributions from Banana Stand Media, Radiation City, Wooden Indian Burial Ground, local artists, and more. Even better—the first 50 people get a comp CD that includes music from the bands that have appeared on the Party Boyz podcasts, with some previously unreleased songs. In other words, it'll be a party to remember, complete with goody bag. NED LANNAMANN


VIOLET ISLE, PILLAR POINT, SCORPION WARRIOR
(Valentine's, 232 SW Ankeny) In 2007, Scott Reitherman released an album called Moonbeams under the unwieldy band name Throw Me the Statue. Snappy and sparkling with melody, it is one of the great indie-pop records of the past decade. Reitherman followed it up with a solid sophomore effort called Creaturesque in 2009, played a bunch of shows, and then sort of disappeared. Now we know why. Pillar Point is Reitherman's new project, a couple years in the making, and it finds him dabbling in electronic pop that has been likened to M83 and Washed Out. Those aren't ridiculous comparisons, but the truth is Pillar Point sounds like Throw Me the Statue, except with synths in place of guitars and a noticeably more melancholy point of view. Still there: Reitherman's irrepressible instinct for pop-craft. Dude's got hooks for days, and it's good to hear 'em again, no matter how they're delivered. BS

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