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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Tonight in Music: Kevin Morby, Spray Paint, the Zags & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Sat, Aug 9, 2014 at 9:28 AM


KEVIN MORBY
(Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water) Read our article on Kevin Morby.


SPRAY PAINT, THE WOOLEN MEN, HONEY BUCKET, PENNY MACHINE
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) One of the best things about following Matador Records founder Gerard Cosloy on social media is seeing the vibrant underground rock scene of Austin, Texas, through his eyes. A far cry from the buffed and polished fare that populates SXSW every year, it emphasizes scuzzy, ugly guitar rock that's influenced by early Flying Nun bands (the Clean, the 3Ds) and the stateside garage-punk scene. One of the best acts to emerge from that foul-smelling pool of talent is Spray Paint, a gritty trio who adore group vocals and take a lo-fi approach to recording that sounds like they left their master tapes to cook on a dashboard in the Texas heat. ROBERT HAM


BLUE SKIES FOR BLACK HEARTS, THE SINGLES, THE ZAGS
(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) The Zags just dropped the Small Bags EP, essentially a collection of singles the band has released digitally over the past year (with the exception of the second track, "Hey!" making its first appearance). The group—though relatively new—encapsulates the best aspects of tightly constructed guitar pop (specifically Squeeze, Cheap Trick, and the entire Bomp! canon). The five songs on Small Bags are equal parts melodic and tough, a huge compliment considering most power-pop bands only manage one half of that equation. Principal lead singer David Ricardo is also one of the most convincing pop vocalists this city has seen in some time, evoking the nasally grit of Glenn Tilbrook as well as Eric Carmen's effortless, melodramatic croon. They're simply a great band, and hopefully they won't keep us waiting long for a new batch of should-be hits. MORGAN TROPER


WHITEY MORGAN AND THE 78s, JOE MCMURRIAN, DAVID LIPKIND
(Dante's, 350 W Burnside) When tonight's show was first announced via the automated ArtistData service, someone in Whitey Morgan and the 78's crew monkeyed around with the entry form, claiming the act on stage would be Bob Seger. That wasn't true, but Flint native Morgan is pretty damn close, embodying Michigan rock 'n' roll steel by way of Waylon Jennings, resulting in heartland honky-tonk that has both twang and bite. NED LANNAMANN


BREAD CLUB, SNAGGLETOOTH, ROBOT BOY, BLOWOUT, CASEY JONES
(Laughing Horse Books, 12 NE 10th) Two of Portland's most promising new bands are on this bill. First is Blowout, whose stellar debut EP, We All Float Down Here, sounds more than a little like Lemuria. And Robot Boy—ideally a reference to the Guided by Voices song "Gold Star for Robot Boy"—is the new power-pop brainchild of Ethan Conroy, former guitarist for all-ages mainstays Bipolarbear. Robot Boy has only two songs to its name, but they're both good 'uns, in particular the Superchunky "It's Only a Tuesday." MORGAN TROPER


BRAINOIL, GRAVECODE NEBULA, PENDULOUS, TSEPESCH
(Slabtown, 1033 NW 16th) Pay attention to punk and metal shows in Oakland and you'll see a name that seems to pop up on more bills than any other: Brainoil. There are at least three reasons for this. First, Brainoil is awesome, a trio of heavy-vibed lifers who combine sludge metal, doom, and crusty hardcore into something crushing and concise. Where many bands find a riff and ride it into eternity, Brainoil gets in, lays waste, and gets out. Second, Brainoil has always done most of its damage live, releasing only two full-length LPs since its formation in the late '90s. When you add these guys to your show, you know you're getting your money's worth. And third, Brainoil commands tremendous respect in the East Bay, thanks to its members' longstanding contributions to the scene. Oakland's new wave of heavy bands are stoked to put Brainoil's name on their flyers. As they should be. BEN SALMON

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