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Monday, August 25, 2014

Tonight in Music: Sylvan Esso, How to Dress Well, Thirsty City & More

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 11:20 AM


SYLVAN ESSO, DANA BUOY

(Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell) Read our article on the Sylvan Esso.


HOW TO DRESS WELL, DJ PORTIA

(Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison) As How to Dress Well, Tom Krell makes melted-sundae R&B and broken-jack-in-the-box pop that's uncommon and exhilarating. How to Dress Well's latest, "What Is This Heart?" is an assured, polished effort that doesn't underplay Krell's avant approach, but solidifies and consolidates it into something that's melancholy, moving, and hard to shake. NED LANNAMANN


THIRSTY CITY: BONES, SHANNON PHONE, J$PINDERELLA, BENJAMONEY, NORTHERN DRAW

(The Know, 2026 NE Alberta) In something of an about-face from their ordinary broadcast of grindcore sludge, doom metal, and breakneck punk, the Know hustles its electronic side with another installation of Thirsty City. This evening, the monthly affair pits heady electronic acts like Shannon Phone and BenJaMoney with sound-collage artist J$pinderella, whose 2013 Oligopolist Records release LilGla$$Slipper is a mind-bending vibe-a-thon of looped vinyl and unhinged mash-up weirdness. Shannon Phone's excellent LP Gender™ was released by all-cassette imprint Purr Tapes in April, and swirls in liquid pools of digital decadence. With Northern Draw's equally futuristic bleep-blooping, Thirsty City promises an exploration of Portland's electro outer regions, so slap on that Max Headroom costume and get crazy dumb. RYAN J. PRADO


JIMMIE DALE GILMORE, BUTCH HANCOCK, FRED EAGLESMITH

(Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta) A living legend in some circles (but not as many as he deserves), Jimmie Dale Gilmore has always possessed a voice that's unmistakably his own. From his early days alongside Butch Hancock and Joe Ely as a member of the Flatlanders (whose "Dallas" continues to age gracefully—it's most certainly the greatest song ever written about that town) to the solo records he's recorded since establishing himself in Austin in the late '80s, Gilmore's nasal, drawled-out croon has been a constant, if also an acquired taste for some. While he's shown he can hold his own as a songwriter ("Headed For a Fall" and "One Endless Night," to cite a couple more gems), he's often been at his best as an interpreter of others' songs, including several written by Ely and Hancock. It's Hancock and Fred Eaglesmith who join him tonight as part of a tour called "Roots on the Rails," all but guaranteeing some Flatlanders tunes—not to mention a take on "White Freightliner Blues." JEREMY PETERSEN

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