1. The Moondoggies w/ Mirah & Shenandoah Davis
Where: Doug Fir
How Much: $12/$15
When: Friday, April 19th – ppm
Why: Settle in for night of indie-folk Americana from Seattle five-piece, The Moondoggies. The band’s next album, Adios I’m A Ghost, is slated for release this August on Hardly Art. With very special guest, Mirah, you’ll want to snag your tickets soon!
2. The Thermals w/ Wampire & The Woolen Men
How Much: $12
When: Saturday, April 20th – 9pm
Why: The post-punk power pop band we all know and love! With such a super solid line up, you’re not going to want to miss a minute! If you need a double dose, hit up Music Millennium for an intimate in-store performance from The Thermals at 2pm. All ages!
3. The Men w/ CCR Headcleaner & The Protons
Where: Mississippi Studios
How Much: $12
When: Sunday, April 21st – 9pm
Why: The Men are back at Mississippi Studios, and if you were there you know you’ll be rocking out to their brand of New York noise punk’n'roll tunes. On tour in support of their latest release, New Moon, this Brooklyn band rips!
3b. Disclosure w/ Danny Corn + Ben Tactic + Funktion One Sound System
How Much: $15
When: Sunday, April 21st – 9pm
Why: Electronic dance groove, but actually using live instruments? I didn’t know that could happen! (Disclosure did)
This entry was written by Upcoming and tagged Branx, CCR Headcleaner, Disclosure, Doug Fir, Eleven, ELEVEN PDX, Hardly Art, Mirah, Mississippi Studios, Music Millennium, PDX Live Music, Portland live music, Shenandoah Davis, The Men, The Moondoggies, The Protons, The Thermals, The Woolen Men, Wampire. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink., posted on April 17, 2013 at 11:11 am, filed under
1. MFNW 2012
How Much: Tickets
When: Wednesday, Sept 5th – Sunday, Sept 9th
Why: ‘Tis the season for MFNW, and tough decisions will need to be made. The festivities kick off tonight with: Passion Pit at Crystal Ballroom, Sloan at Doug Fir, Against Me! at Hawthorne Theatre, Superhumanoids at Mississippi Studios, and Red Fang at Roseland Theater. Check out the full schedule! Shameless plug: ELEVEN PDX sponsored event – Friday, 09/07: Pains of Being Pure at Heart w/ AAN, Daughn Gibson, and Moon Duo at Star Theater. You’ll sleep when you’re dead.
2. Divers w/ Something Fierce & Occult Detective Club
Where: The Know
How Much: $6
When: Friday, September 7th – 8pm
Why: If MFNW just isn’t your thing, check out this solid line-up at The Know. Power-pop fused with garage-punk from Texas – with emphasis on the punk – can be used to adequately describe both Occult Detective Club and Something Fierce, respectively. Divers, on the other hand, is reminiscent of The Boss in his glory days (with just a little punk on the side).
3. Wild Ones w/ Hausu & Sweeping Exits
Where: WTF Bikes
How Much: Free
When: Saturday, September 8th -8pm
Why: Yep, they have shows there! It’s not the first one, but it’s the first one in a while. The show is free and there’s talk of a “surprise guest”. If that doesn’t strike your curiosity, I should have had you at Wild Ones and sealed the deal with Hausu and Sweeping Exits. If you haven’t heard of these bands, I’m guessing you live under a rock. Check ‘em out and check out the show!
This entry was written by Upcoming and tagged Aan, Against Me!, Aladdin Theater, Backspace, Branx, Bunk Bar, Crystal Ballroom, Dante's, Daughn Gibson, Divers, Doug Fir, Eleven, ELEVEN PDX, Hausu, Hawthorne Theatre, Holocene, Lola's Room, MFNW, Mississippi Studios, Moon Duo, Occult Detective Club, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Passion Pit, PDX Live Music, Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland live music, Red Fang, Roseland Theater, Sloan, Something Fierce, Star Theater, Superhumanoids, Sweeping Exits, Ted's, The Know, The Old Church, Wild Ones, Wonder Ballroom, WTF Bikes. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink., posted on September 5, 2012 at 11:11 am, filed under
1. Starfucker w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra & Wampire
How Much: $15
When: Thursday, May 24th – 8pm
Why: Taking a little break from hibernation/recording to play a few shows over the next month, Starfucker joins forces with Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Wampire for an all ages show. As a trifecta of such radness might suggest, advanced tickets are sold out. There will be a limited number of tickets available at the door so get there early if you wanna dance your butt off.
*1B. TYCHO w/ Active Child
Where: Doug Fir Lounge
How Much: $13/$15
When: Thursday, May 24th – 9pm
Why: If the show it Branx is maxed to the teeth, or if you want a little more subdued-but-still-dance-party action, San Francisco’s Scott Hansen (TYCHO) takes the ambient-electronic and visual-design arts factor up a notch. This one is likely to sell out also, but the Doug Fir usually holds some extra tickets for when the box office opens at 7:30.
2. Spiritualized w/ Nikki Lane
Where: Wonder Ballroom
How Much: $18/$20
When: Friday, May 25th – 9pm
Why: In support of his seventh studio album, Sweet Heart Sweet Light, J. Spaceman and company will grace our fair city for the first time in 5 years. I highly suggest picking up tickets if you haven’t already done so, unless you want to wait another 5 years. You can expect a couple of backup singers, swirling projections, and possibly floating in space.
*2B. Deer Tick w/ Turbo Fruits
Where: Mission Theatre
How Much: $20
When: Friday, May 25th – 8pm
Why: Deer Tick is coming to town in support of their acclaimed 2011 record, Divine Providence, and their EP Tim. The EP, released free in February, is four tracks from the same sessions as the full length. The Mission provides an intimate and historic setting for the roots rockers, and they will be accompanied by Nashville four-piece Turbo Fruits. Doors at 7pm
3. Dum Dum Girls w/ Young Prisms & Ghost Animal
Where: Doug Fir
How Much: $13/$15
When: Sunday, May 27th – 9pm
Why: Continuously building buzz over the last couple of years, the sultry garage-pop quartet stops by the Doug Fir their second visit. This time around the love ladies have snatched up the San Francisco dream-pop group Young Prisms for these spring west coast dates. Kicking off this dream party is Ghost Animal, who has recently added Cole Browning (Prescription Pills) to their live shows.
This entry was written by Upcoming and tagged Branx, dance party, Doug Fir, Doug Fir Lounge, dream pop, Dum Dum Girls, electronica, ELEVEN PDX, Ghost Animal, J. Spaceman, Jason Pierce, Live Music, Nikki Lane, Portland live music, Psych pop, space rock, Spiritualized, Starfucker, STRFKR, TYCHO, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Wampire, Wonder Ballroom, Young Prisms. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink., posted on May 23, 2012 at 11:11 am, filed under
1. Slabtown Bender!
How Much: $10/day or $25 weekend pass
When: Friday-Sunday, February 3rd-5th
Why: As if you really need an excuse to hit up this annual rock’n’roll bash, but this just may be the last Bender as there are rumors of Slabtown being sold. In true Bender fashion, the line-up this year is solid: Wreckless Eric, Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds, Trashies, TacocaT, Chuck and the Chuckleberries, and many more!
2. Superfresh 3: Revenge of the Synth!
How Much: $7/day or $10/2-day pass
When: Friday-Saturday, February 3rd & 4th
Why: You know why! Catch the synthiest Portland bands around! Featuring: Radiation City, Brainstorm, Wampire, Strategy, Operative, Tunnels, Truckasauras, Jonny X and the Groadies, and more! The 2-day passes are available at Floating World Comics. Grab a pair of your friends and favorite dancing shoes!
3. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra w/ Total Life
Where: Mississippi Studios
How Much: $14
When: Saturday, February 4th—9pm
Why: If you’re not feeling up for either of the above, I highly suggest checking out this experimental rock band out of Montreal. Formed by Godspeed! You Black Emperor musicians Efrim Menuck, Sophie Trudeau, and Thierry Amar the band is seen as a separate entity rather than an offshoot of GYBE.
This entry was written by Upcoming and tagged Brainstorm, Branx, Chuck and the Chuckleberries, ELEVEN PDX, Jonny X and the Groadies, Kid Congo & The Pink Monkey Birds, Live Music, Mississippi Studios, Operative, Portland Music, Radiation City, Slabtown, Strategy, TacocaT, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, Total Life, Trashies, Truckasauras, Tunnels, Wampire, Wreckless Eric. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink., posted on February 1, 2012 at 11:11 am, filed under
It’s hard telling when full size cardboard boxes are going to be happily pushed around above the crowd like a beach ball at a local show. But last night at Branx it did happen at Mike Simonetti’s (of the Italians Do It Better label) Sweet Sixteen Party bonanza featuring Portland bred Desire, Chromatics and Glass Candy.
This entry was written by Live and tagged Branx, Chromatics, Desire, Eleven, ELEVEN PDX, Glassy Candy, Italians Do It Better, Kelly Kovl, Live Music, Mike Simonetti's Sweet Sixteen Party, Portland Music, Rotture. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink., posted on January 19, 2012 at 9:59 am, filed under
Describing a Dan Deacon show in 200 words or less is like trying to cram a brontosaurus into a Mini Cooper. There are literally too many words to describe the unabashed passion, joy, and positive energy that is created by the master showman that is Dan. I have experienced Dan’s electrifying harmonious cacophony many times in many locations (most of which were basement clubs and hole in the wall dives that reeked of quirk and PBR) but Saturday night he served up my favorite flavor of electro-dance-freak-pop to the Portland masses at Branx.
This entry was written by Live and tagged Bex Silver, Branx, Dan Deacon, ELEVEN PDX, Gabriel Granach, Live Music, Portland Music, Purple & Green, Wham City. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink., posted on December 8, 2011 at 11:11 am, filed under
1. Thee Oh Sees w/ Total Control & Mean Jeans
Where: Doug Fir (+21)
How Much: $12
When: Thursday, December 1 – 9pm
Why: John Dwyer is a surf-psych music machine—between releasing a couple of full-lengths, a 12’’ split with tourmates Total Control, and the seemingly constant touring this year—one wonders when the man has time to breathe. I venture to say: music is his oxygen and life is the carbon dioxide.
2.The Head and the Heart w/ Mayer Hawthorne & Graffiti6
Where: Roseland Theater
How Much: $25
When: Friday, December 2 – 7:30pm
Why: One the verge of world domination, Seattle’s own The Head and the Heart make yet another Portland stop to play part in KINK’s Jingle Bell Jam. Along for the sleigh ride is the soulful Mayer Hawthorne—he’ll throw you back to the 50s and 60s, and bring you back in a tailspin with his present, yet futuristic style.
3. Dan Deacon w/ Purple & Green, & Jason Urick
Where: Branx (All Ages)
How Much: $10/$13
When: Saturday, December 3 – 8pm
Why: You’ll be kicking yourself come Sunday when everyone’s talking about the mind-blowing noisy dance pop from the energetic and innovative Baltimore native, Dan Deacon. Do yourself a favor and get your ticket right-this-second. You’ll have one hell of a night, and you know…you can thank me later.
Also, three Typhoon shows at Mississippi Studios, December 2 and 3 (all-ages day show, 21+ night show).
This entry was written by Upcoming and tagged Branx, Dan Deacon, Doug Fir, Drinking out of cups, ELEVEN PDX, Graffiti6, Jason Urick, Live Music, Mayer Hawthorne, Mean Jeans, Portland Music, Purple & Green, Roseland Theater, The Head and the Heart, Thee Oh Sees, Total Control. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink., posted on November 30, 2011 at 11:11 am, filed under
Chillwave. If you’re not familiar with this “genre” of music Wikipedia would be happy to tell you that “its artists are often characterized by their heavy use of effects processing, synthesizers, looping, sampling, and heavily filtered vocals with simple melodic lines” or they could just have a picture of musician/producer and chillwave pioneer, Chazwick Bundick. Better known as Toro Y Moi, Bundick and his band visited Portland at Branx Friday night showing us just why he’s been buzzing in our ears.
This entry was written by Live and tagged Branx, Bundick, Chillwave, ELEVEN PDX, Live Music, Portland Music, Toro Y Moi, Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink., posted on October 5, 2011 at 1:43 pm, filed under
1. Family of the Year / Grouplove
Where: Peter’s Room
How Much: $10
When: Wednesday, September 28 – 8pm
Why: The songs on St. Croix were recorded during Family of the Year’s sessions with accomplished producer Wally Gagel (Eels, Norah Jones, Old 97s) and serve as a precursor to their full-length tinyOGRE Entertainment debut coming out in early 2012. “From a rich, sweet-toothed tapestry seemingly lined with the DNA of Don MacLean, Ben Folds, Arcade Fire and, more recently Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes, come Family of the Year” -NME
This entry was written by Upcoming and tagged Bagdad Theater, Bass Drum of Death, Branx, ELEVEN PDX, Family of the Year, Grouplove, Jackpot Records, Live Music, Peter's Room, Portland, Portland Music, Roseland, Toro Y Moi, Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink., posted on September 28, 2011 at 7:37 am, filed under
1. Nathan Trueb (of Tango Alpha Tango) w/Chris Marshall & The August Light, Shane Tutmarc
Where: Doug Fir
How Much: $7 (21+)
When: Thursday, September 1 – 9pm
Why: August 2011 PDX Paragons Tango Alpha Tango’s front man Nathan Trueb goes it alone joining two other class acts for a special night of singer/songwriter performances. I saw Nathan play solo at a house party one time – when he started playing, the audience was sitting quietly, cross-legged on the living room floor with hands folded, but by the end of the set the whole house was up in a dancing frenzy and he completely turned the mother out. Seriously amazing energy.
This entry was written by Upcoming and tagged Adventures With Might, Archers, Branx, Chris Marshall & The August Light, Doug Fir, Holocene, Labelmates, Modern Prog, Nathan Trueb, Portland Music, School of Rock, Shane Tutmarc, Tango Alpha Tango. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink., posted on September 1, 2011 at 1:26 pm, filed under