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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Tonight in Music: Natural Child, Filter, Mecca Normal & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 2:42 PM


NATURAL CHILD, THE ABIGAILS, JOEL MAGID
(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) The mudflap country-rock of Natural Child is perfect for kickin' back, boozin', tokin', or whatever sort of trouble you feel like getting into. If your musical heart lies somewhere between the cow pastures and the punk-rock basement—but cowpunk never made a lick o' sense to you—this Nashville trio is exactly what you've been looking for. NED LANNAMANN


FILTER, HELMET, LOCAL H, DEMURE
(Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 SE César E. Chávez) When Filter's debut album, Short Bus, dropped in 1995, industrial music was reaching a climax of wrench-clanging, steam-valve-sampling glory, typified by the crossover success of a song that featured in its chorus a pre-Hulk Trent Reznor whispering, "I wanna fuck you like an animal." Saucy stuff. Filter's "Hey Man Nice Shot," a vague endorsement of the public suicide of shamed Pennsylvania politician Budd Dwyer, launched them into the spotlight on Nine Inch Nail's coattails, and the band—whose frontman Richard Patrick actually played in NIN at one point—achieved modest success by almost completely aping Reznor's catalog, before finalizing their pop ambitions with the airy 1999 single "Take a Picture." Luckily Helmet are on this bill, too, and they've retained pretty much every inch of their clout since 1992's Meantime. RYAN J. PRADO


THE HIVE DWELLERS, MECCA NORMAL, SPIDER AND THE WEBS
(Red & Black Café, 400 SE 12th) Of all the bands that emerged from the vibrant '90s underground scene, the one that's most unfairly glossed over is Mecca Normal. It's likely something to do with the Canadian duo's uncompromising sound: the slashing guitar chords of David Lester snapping at singer Jean Smith's challenging feminist lyrics and fearless singing. It was blues music filtered through a punk prism. Twenty-plus years later, and the pair haven't shifted their aesthetic in the least, only calmed it a little. Their most recent album, Empathy for the Evil, was recorded with former Bongwater founder Kramer, who adds a welcome psychedelic tinge that lends a strangely wistful quality to these often stirring political anthems. This show continues M'lady's Record's series of shows celebrating the Portland label's seventh anniversary. ROBERT HAM


GLOBELAMP, JEREMY BURTON, WHOREHOUND
(Kenton Club, 2025 N Kilpatrick) Olympia's Elizabeth le Fey makes sui generis lo-fi folk under the name Globelamp, and it's full of nectar-like pleasure. The whimsical, mystic psychedelia on her album Star Dust teems with color and life and buzzing bees, and she plays the second of two back-to-back Portland shows tonight at the (World Famous) Kenton Club. NL

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