1. Parquet Courts w/ Naomi Punk & Blood Beach
Where: Doug Fir
How Much: $12
When: Wednesday, June 12th – 9:00pm
Why: Although formed in 2010, this Brooklyn quartet has created a buzz-building frenzy over the last year. The up-and-coming post-punk band was named as a “band to watch” by Rolling Stone in April, and rightfully so. Along for the ride is Olympia/Seattle’s Naomi Punk with noisy guitars and crashing cymbals, and Portland’s own Blood Beach making their first 2013 appearance on stage.
2. PDX Pop Now! Compilation Release Party 2013
How Much: $5 – $8
When: Friday, June 14th – 8pm
Why: Oh boy, is it that lovely time of year again already?! Gearing up for their annual summer festival, PDX Pop Now! will celebrate the release of their 2013 compilation with performances by Sapient w/ Sean Flinn and The Royal We, Summer Cannibals, and Wishyunu. $5 gets in you in the door with a digital copy of the release, or for a few bucks more you can grab the double CD for $8.
3. Mount Kimbie w/ Holy Other, Vinyl Williams
Where: Doug Fir
How Much: $16
When: Saturday, June 15th – 9pm
Why: Somewhere between hazy and hypnotic, UK Electronic Duo Mount Kimbie are one of those groups that you see live accidentally and then immediately wonder how you’re just now hearing about them for the first time. The fly-under-the-radar-types are breaking those confines and carry a thicker, dancier sound from their new album Cold Spring Fault Less Youth into the cozy downstairs lounge of the ‘Fir. They also bring the opportunity to catch UK tourmates, the up-and-comer Holy Other.
4. Burnt Ones w/ BOOM! & Jollapin Jasper
Where: Bunk Bar
How Much: $5
When: Sunday, June 16th – 9pm
Why: San Francisco psych-pop band, Burnt Ones, have releases on Burger Records, Castle Face Records, and Fuzz City Records (just to name a few)–every single one worthy of multiple listens and your hard-earned dollars. Rounding out the bill are the infectious BOOM! and Jollapin Jasper. Get there early and get ready to dance your face off!
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1. MFNW KICK-OFF PARTY: Gardens & Villa, Swahili & Grandparents
How Much: $10
When: Wednesday, May 30th – 8:30pm
Why: A little taste of what’s to come at MFNW this year with two of Portland’s finest local bands. Swahili’s tribal psychedelic sound, hypnotic drums, and krautrockian patterns will captivate you. Grandparents psych-pop shoegazy delicousness makes your body move without even realizing it. And then there’s Santa Barbara’s art synth-pop group Gardens & Villa, whose sweet Californian vibe will make you ache for summertime.
2. Gospel Music w/ Surfsdrugs & Fine Pets
Where: Ella St. Social Club
How Much: $5
When: Thursday, May 31st – 9pm
Why: Hailing from Jacksonville, FL, the last time we heard from Owen Holmes (aka Gospel Music and Black Kids’ bassist) was his collaboration with members of The Magnetic Fields, Camera Obscura, Vivian Girls, etc for the 2010 Duettes EP. The follow-up How To Get To Heaven From Jacksonville, FL is full of playful indie-pop tunes with friend Madeline Long providing the yin to Holmes’ yang. Show up early to catch Surfsdrugs (members of And And And/Glitter Express) and Fine Pets (members of Best Supporting Actress).
3. Crystal Fighters w/ Is Tropical & Tyler Tastemaker
Where: Wonder Ballroom
How Much: $12/$14
When: Saturday, June 2nd – 9pm
Why: If you leave this show without a stupid smile of pure unadulterated happiness and sweat-dampened clothes, you’re doing it wrong. Formed in London in 2007, the globally influenced electronic group released their debut in October of 2010 in the UK. A year and half later the dynamic, pulsating, electro dance-rock from across the pond was released in the US and has been making waves ever since. Get your ticket now and thank me later.
This entry was written by Upcoming and tagged And And And, Best Supporting Actress, Crystal Fighters, Electro Dance-rock, ELEVEN PDX, Ella St Social Club, Fine Pets, Gardens & Villa, Glitter Express, Gospel Music, Grandparents, Holocene, Indie-pop, Is Tropical, MFNW, Mogwai, Owen Holmes, Portland live music, Psych pop, Surfsdrugs, Swahili, Synth-pop, Tyler Tastemaker, Wonder Ballroom. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink., posted on May 30, 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
Let me start off by saying hats off to the East End kids for booking this show at a larger venue—I can’t imagine the night would have been the same. It was a fantastic evening, bumping into a slew of old and new friends. I mistakenly assumed the show would be in true East End fashion and not start until after 10pm, but we managed to get there in the middle of Nucular Aminals set. The Star Theater was already fairly crowded, and the line to get in didn’t stop for another hour.
This entry was written by ELEVEN, Live and tagged Charlie Mootheart, Distortion, East End Kids Present, ELEVEN PDX, Emily Rose, Hair, Live, Mikal Cronin, Mike Herman, Nucular Aminals, Psych pop, San Francisco, Star Theater, Ted Nugent, The Beatles, The Ty Segall Band, Ty Segall, Wendy Worzalla, White Fence. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink., posted on May 7, 2012 at 1:32 pm, filed under