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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Tonight in Music: Talkative, Vans Warped Tour, Cherry Glazerr & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Sun, Jun 29, 2014 at 10:00 AM

(Rontoms, 600 E Burnside) Read our article on Talkative.

(Portland Expo Center, 2060 N Marine) See All-Ages Action!

(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) At 17, Clementine Creevy—AKA Cherry Glazerr—is Burger Records' wunderkind. And while the kids are certainly all right, Creevy's more promising and multifaceted than most modern garage. "Clementine has serious songwriting talent," explains Jon Pareles on the NY Times Popcast. "She has also got stage presence, and that's a rare thing." Co-host Ben Ratliff offers some shading, that Creevy "seems to come out of a Cat Power idea." And that seems about right: a slightly shambolic, scratchy twang and thump of romantic hooks that melt in the palms of a transfixing, yet earthy chanteuse. Already a more dexterous player and assured performer than Cat Power's Chan Marshall, Creevy is also more bright-eyed. And while she's still wicked young, her tunes—sweet and sour jams—are sneakily wise, her power-petal ensemble offering marvelous, slinky, solid counterpoint. They tumble, trundle, and occasionally teeter into brilliance, like diamonds in the rough. ANDREW R TONRY

(Star Theater, 13 NW 6th) The wraithlike godfather of goth, Peter Murphy, emerges from his self-imposed Turkish exile (which is so goth) once again, to draw from his vast catalog of seminal creepiness, from classic Bauhaus to his solo work, like the just-released Lion (and maybe some Dalis Car? Who knows?). MARJORIE SKINNER

(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) Ever the shapeshifters, Seattle's Minus the Bear have undergone creative makeovers during their years as a band, culminating in the excellent 2007 LP Planet of Ice and 2012's strangely catchy Infinity Overhead. The path they took to get there, though, was anything but paved. 2004's They Make Beer Commercials Like This EP predated the prog-punk-disco hybrid that's pretty much the band's calling card, and in celebration of its 10th anniversary, Minus the Bear are playing the EP in its entirety for two exclusive dates, including tonight. Be sure to arrive early to catch the dreamy pop of Seattle's Slow Bird, whose 2013 debut, Chrysalis, is a highlight of the Pacific Northwest ambient set. RYAN J. PRADO

(Katie O'Brien's, 2809 NE Sandy) High school is out for summer, and that means it's time for the Sacramento-based pop-punk duo Dog Party to hit the road. Made up of guitarist Gwendolyn Giles and her sister Lucy on drums, the band has been cranking out bouncy rock 'n' roll tunes since their middle-school days. The band's third album, 2013's Lost Control, finds the pair continuing to sharpen their take on bubblegum punk, following the footsteps of mentor and tourmate Kepi Ghoulie. Dog Party really hits their stride when they bring elements of early '90s twee-pop into songs like "I Can't Wait" and "Jetpack." These moments, along with the infectious album opener "How Are You Doing?" make me want to reach for a blank cassette, dig up some classic cuddle-core from the likes of Tiger Trap and Cub, and kickstart the perfect nostalgic summertime mixtape. CHIPP TERWILLIGER

(Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside) In Buddhism, "kirtan" chants are a practice—like meditating, mantras, and mindfulness—to inhabit the present, or in the words of Ram Dass, to "be here now." Krishna Das was a student of Ram Dass in the '60s, and he later met the guru's guru, Neem Karoli Baba, AKA the Maharaj-ji. Krishna Das got big into kirtans and, as a fan of American folk and rock, adapted them for a Western audience. Now, I know what you're thinking: "What is this hippie bullshit? I ain't going to see anyone called 'yoga's rockstar.'" But I implore you: filling up the Crystal Ballroom with ragas and droning, melodic call-and-response chants could be just as transcendental as plunging into the freezing ocean, downward-facing dog, or a chomping a few magic mushrooms. This shit can get real if you let it. So shut your blathering mind up for a moment and dive in. ART

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