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Friday, June 13, 2014

Tonight in Music: Murs, The Builders and the Butchers

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Fri, Jun 13, 2014 at 11:18 AM

(Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE César E. Chávez) California emcee Murs has worked with a dope cast of hiphop artists throughout his career. A founding member of the Living Legends crew, Murs' 2003 album The End of the Beginning was released on revered indie label Definitive Jux, followed by collaborations with Rhymesayers head honcho Slug and a solo project with super producer 9th Wonder. In 2008, Murs entered the major label world with Murs For President. His most recent project finds him returning to his independent roots for a collaboration with Miami hiphop group ¡Mayday! that was sparked by their mutual love of classic acts such as Onyx and the Beastie Boys. Portland's own Myke Bogan, of the Soar Losers crew, is one of the rare local rappers whose national press outweighs his local mentions. Arrive early to see why he's being touted by some as most likely to blow up. RYAN FEIGH

(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) Having just wrapped up a lengthy German tour, hometown buskers-turned-demonfolk-blitzers the Builders and the Butchers take over the intimate space at Bunk Bar. The real question is whether they'll be playing with amplification or without. The band initially began without anything plugged in during their performances, but as their audiences grew (and grew), mic'ing up lead singer Ryan Sollee and the band's acoustic instrumentation became a necessity. Tonight, however, is a chance to turn back the clock to a time when the band performed on street corners and outside venues, when their shows would habitually conclude with members of the audience grabbing various pieces of percussion and bashing along. NED LANNAMANN


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