Cate Le Bon @ Doug Fir Lounge 12/5/2013

After gracing opener Kevin Morby’s set with a vocal contribution on the lonesome “Slow Train”, Welsh singer/songwriter Cate Le Bon began her own set, dark and cool, smocked in black. She said she hadn’t expected the freezing air here, and began to warm us up.

Her style is neo-classic, thick with bass, and folksy, with off-kilter psychedelic tendencies. This makes for the perfect vinyl album. She swung her guitar back and forth to the slow rhythms, and picked through fast romps like “Sisters”.  At times, the keyboard/organ solos felt like traveling back in time to a Doors show, then Cate joked of a “future song” about Bill and Ted: a little bit of country, a little bit of new wave beeping melody, called “He’s Leaving”.

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What’s Going On: 12/04 – 12/11

1. Fanno Creek w/ Sama Dams & Hands In
Where: Mississippi Studios
How Much: $7
When: Wednesday, December 4th – 9pm
Why: The moment we all (well, a heck of a whole lot of us) have been waiting for has finally arrived! Fanno Creek’s debut full-length record, Monuments, arrives just in time for the holidays! So bundle up and get out there, Portland! With support from Sama Dams and Hands In you won’t want to miss this one!

2. Cate Le Bon w/ Kevin Morby
Where: Doug Fir
How Much: $10/$12
When: Thursday, December 5th – 9pm
Why: Cate Le Bon is stopping through town in support of her third full-length, Mug Museum. The Welsh singer’s haunting melodic vocals will surely bounce off the wooden walls of Doug Fir perfectly. If you haven’t grabbed your ticket yet, I highly recommend doing so now.

2a. Judah Friedlander
Where: Helium Comedy Club
How Much: $22
When: Thursday-Saturday, December 5th-7th
Why: You might know him as Frank Rossitano from 30 Rock or that tall dude with big glasses and a trucker hat, but after this weekend you’ll know Judah Friedlander’s true love is stand up comedy. The World Champion will be making Portland laugh for three straight nights at Helium Comedy Club. Get your tickets and get ready to laugh so hard you’ll cry.

3. Autonomics w/ Mister Tang, Foxy Lemon & Psychomagic
Where: The Blue Monk
How Much: $4
When: Saturday, December 7th – 9pm
Why: Why? Besides four bands for 4 bucks? C’mon, you can totally find that in your couch cushions! Autonomics, Mister Tang, Foxy Lemon, and Psychomagic are worth it, respectively. Oh, did I mention the show will be hosted by Ed Forman? Yep, now you’ve got more reasons to go than the dollars it will cost.

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What’s Going On: 10/12 – 10/19

1. Metronomy w/ NewVillager
Where: Mississippi Studios
How Much: $12
When: Thursday, October 13th – 9pm
Why: This London electro-pop dance group has been around for more than a decade and are known for their energetic live performance complete with light shows (pre-synched chest lights!) and dancing. They’ve opened for such acts like CSS, Klaxons, and Bloc Party. Joining them is Brooklyn-based NewVillager, a band/artist collective that perform music and make visual art in various forms like fort-building and costumes. Oh heck yes.

2. St. Vincent w/ Cate Le Bon
Where: Crystal Ballroom
How Much: $16/$19
When: Friday, October 14th – 9pm
Why: Multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Annie Clark (St. Vincent) is a former member of The Polyphonic Spree and former touring member of Sufjan Stevens. Her third album, Strange Mercy, just dropped last month and is catchier, sexier, and more guitar-driven than her previous releases. Opening is Cate Le Bon who is known to sing in English and Welsh.  These are some uniquely talented ladies—grab yourself a ticket while you can.

3. Record Room One Year Anniversary Party!
Where: Record Room
How Much: Free!
When: Saturday, October 15th – 12pm
Why: Come celebrate the first birthday of the Record Room! Featuring performances by Secret Codes, Nucular Aminals, Hornet Leg, Hey Lover, The I’s, Wow + Flutters, and a slew of DJs!  Bro-Dogs Food Cart will be there for munchies and of course you’ll have your choice of PBR, micros, wine, and mimosas (all for purchase). Support your local record store!

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