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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tonight in Music: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Ray LaMontagne, Underground Railroad to Candyland & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Tue, Aug 12, 2014 at 10:46 AM


TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS, STEVE WINWOOD
(Moda Center, 1 Center Court) Read our article on Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.


RAY LaMONTAGNE, THE BELLE BRIGADE
(Edgefield, 2126 SW Halsey, Troutdale) I've never been a huge fan of Ray LaMontagne, the New England singer/songwriter who made a splash in 2004 with the shuffling "Trouble," a mom-and-dad-in-the-bedroom groover that made full use of LaMontagne's acrobatic, androgynous singing. It seems as though LaMontagne finally got as bored with himself as I was, as his new album Supernova is a wonderful, kaleidoscopic pop record of surprisingly deep dimensions. Among the many welcome changes are the hints of freakbeat, Tropicália, and '60s acid rock that transform "Lavender" and the title track into some of this year's best and weirdest pop. LaMontagne's current backing band includes Portland's own Swiss army knife of a musician, Dave Depper, and they sounded fucking tight on Letterman, which makes tonight's show at Edgefield a very promising prospect—although they'll probably need to play "Trouble" at some point. NED LANNAMANN


UNDERGROUND RAILROAD TO CANDYLAND, TREASURE FLEET, LENGUAS LARGAS, WHITE NIGHT
(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) It's been 25 years since Todd Congelliere founded the DIY label Recess Records in his Torrance, California, bedroom. Started as a means to release Congelliere's output as the one-man band F.Y.P (AKA Five Year Plan), the label grew quickly as it added other like-minded punk bands to the roster over the years. In 1997, Recess moved its headquarters to the home of the Minutemen—San Pedro, California—so it only seems fitting that Congelliere has decided to hit the road in a bona fide Our Band Could Be Your Life fashion to celebrate the label's 25th anniversary. The "Cavalcade of Clowns" tour is spearheaded by one of Congelliere's current outfits, the weird and melodic-punk rippers Underground Railroad to Candyland, and he's got a slew of other Recess bands in tow to round out a rockin' party-on-wheels and commemorate the special occasion. CHIPP TERWILLIGER


UNA BESTIA INCONTROLABLE, IRON LUNG, BI-MARKS, VX GAS ATTACK
(Boogie's Burgers and Brew, 910 E Burnside) Powerviolence giants Iron Lung are one of the biggest and most influential names in heavy music. In addition to the Seattle-by-way-of-Reno group's own prolific output, its members curate one of modern punk's most esteemed labels: Iron Lung Records, a reputable go-to for similarly oblique hardcore. Iron Lung's latest, last year's White Glove Test, shows the band at perhaps its leanest and most immediate, and serves as violent reminder as to why music like this is so effective in the first place. MORGAN TROPER

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