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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tonight in Music: Zouaves, Hemingway, Young Hunter & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 11:20 AM

(The Foggy Notion, 3416 N Lombard) Zouaves share two members with the terrific Portland band Night Mechanic, but the art-scorched inferno of Zouaves' new album, Hydracast, offers something proggier, grimmer, darker than their brother band's pleasantly interlocking pop parts. Hydracast kicks off with "Soi Cowboi," a demonic invitational that sets the stage for tracks like the ferocious "Wear It Thin" and the shadowy, lurking blues-fungus of "Welder." Elsewhere, the triumphantly catchy "Trubaird" (sung by drummer Andre Coberly) lets some sunlight in through the cobwebs, and "Stand Up" and "Don't Let It" (both sung by bassist Sara Johanne) are high-powered steamrollers that build momentum with surprising nimbleness. Zouaves' Hydracast comes out July 29 on AIO Soundings, and it's one of the most individual, interesting, and downright enjoyable records to come out of Portland in a while. NED LANNAMANN

(Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th) Local emo/power-pop upstarts Hemingway's penchant for melodic ebullience hardly mirrors their comically dour aesthetic. The group's stellar LP Pretend to Care brings to mind the best aspects of sensitive-punk pioneers like Jawbreaker, Knapsack, and Pinkerton-era Weezer. MORGAN TROPER

(Kenton Club, 2025 N Kilpatrick) Relaying post-civilization visions from a high desert vista, Young Hunter creates stoner rock epics that travel through psychedelic haze and brooding doom with orchestrated restraint. On their 2012 debut, Stone Tools, their undeniably solid riffing merges with occasional blast-beat bursts and plenty of lonesome, Ennio Morricone-esque moments of haunting beauty. 2013 brought a great split cassette with Ohioan, but the band has been on a bit of a hiatus since bandleader Benjamin Blake left Tucson and made a home here in Portland. The band has been rebuilt, and tonight's show debuts Young Hunter's new lineup, giving us a taste of what's to come. JOSHUA JAMES AMBERSON

(Hotel deLuxe parking garage, SW 15th & Yamhill) Every summer, the NW Film Center screens movies on the roof of the Hotel deLuxe parking garage, and 2014's Top Down: Rooftop Cinema series kicks off tonight with Hitchcock's terrific Notorious, the 1946 spy thriller/romance starring a perfectly paired Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant. St. Even will be there too, playing smart, unorthodox folk as the sun goes down. NL

(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) San Diego-based pop-rock quartet the Donkeys must have an affinity for Portland. Not only are they stopping off at Mississippi Studios tonight for a show with the Moondoggies, they'll also be making a quick double-back from Canada in order to take their spot in the completely stacked Pickathon lineup for the festivities at Pendarvis Farm next weekend. Over the past decade, the Donkeys' sound has nestled into an easy-going, psychedelic country-rock vibe that's as picturesque and meandering as the Pacific Coast Highway. The group's recently released fourth album, Ride the Black Wave, lulls the listener into a sunny daydream, with kaleidoscopic arrangements that pave the way for twangy front-porch strumming and heartfelt lyrics. One would be hard-pressed to find a Pickathon ambassador that more fully embodies the festival's ambience than the Donkeys, and tonight's preview show should more than whet your appetite for the upcoming weekend. CHIPP TERWILLIGER

(Ground Kontrol, 511 NW Couch) Temple Maps (Elias Foley) celebrates his CD release for Moon Mountain, an experimental electronica concept album that's based in part on the exotic lands one might encounter in videogames. And what better place to have this release than at an actual videogame arcade? The uniquely gorgeous album will be presented as part of a DJ set by Foley so it can be heard in all its mystical, otherworldly glory. For added electronic excitement and live improvisation, he'll incorporate random samplers and loop boxes into his performance. The event is being put on by the avant-garde music collective and curators of Lifelike Family, who have been responsible for many experimental ambient events around Portland, fanning the flames of the city's burgeoning appreciation for electronic music. CHRISTINA BROUSSARD

(Turn! Turn! Turn!, 8 NE Killingsworth) Oakland's Silver Shadows are a witchy, post-punk dream. While the band itself is new, the band's frontwomen have both spent the past decade playing in endless strings of amazing, tragically underappreciated bands (Upside Drown, Twig Palace, and the Waltz Invention, just to name a few). And there is no better tour pairing for this new project than Ruby Pins, the solo work of Grass Widow drummer Lily Maring. Ruby Pins' debut album, which came out last year on Portland's own M'lady's Records, is in a world all its own. At times sounding like Gang of Four interpreting the music of David Bowie, the album is a disorienting but infectious work of genius. Onstage, both these bands are hypnotic forces of ethereal punk. JJA


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