What’s Going On: 04/03 – 04/10

1. The We Shared Milk w/ Aan & Yours
Where: Doug Fir
How Much: $7
When: Thursday, April 4th – 9pm
Why: Celebrating the release of their second album, Lame SunsetThe We Shared Milk invite you to an evening of awesome with Aan and Yours. Check out this new track: Gross Deathbeds. If you’re itching for a double dose of the Portland psych-pop trio, hit up Music Millennium for an in-store performance starting at 6pm.

2. Unknown Mortal Orchestra w/ Wampire
Where: Aladdin Theater
How Much: $15/$17
When: Friday, April 5th – 9pm
Why: Don’t let this show slip through your fingers: Unknown Mortal Orchestra with Polyvinyl Records’ latest acquisition, Wampire! UMO relentlessly toured the world in support of their first album, and they’re back for a second serving of madness with the release of their follow-up: II. Get your tickets.

3. Spiritualized w/ TBA
Where: Wonder Ballroom
How Much: $18/$20
When: Tuesday, April 9th – 9pm
Why: In case you missed it last year (and boy did you miss it!), J. Spaceman will again grace Portland with his presence. Sure it’s on a Tuesday, but what else do you have going on? Get your tickets now because this show will sell out. Bring your friends–it will be a psychedelic religious experience! The Spaceman cometh!

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Preview: Why? 3/3/2013 @ Wonder Ballroom

Photo by Jacob Hand

Yoni and his wolf pack, known onstage together as Why?, hit up the Wonder Ballroom this Sunday night for an evening of indie rock/hip hop. This show will be a great close to our weekend; enjoy Yoni’s musings about life and over losing some girl. I’d love to meet her, he’s always talking about her. What attracted me right away upon some of my first listens to these guys back in 2008 was Yoni’s super descriptive, relatable rhymes: “I sleep on my back cause it’s good for the spine and coffin rehearsal” and “But heed this honey, even if I beg for relations/You should try to only keep me as a distant acquaintance/Yeah, but I’m too persistent for that to work/And what’s worse is when you finally fall asleep/I’m gonna go through your purse.” He’ll keep your attention throughout the show, showing off his dance moves, addictive voice and enviable hair. Love it or hate it, the latest album, 2012’s Mumps, etc. will be showcased with old favorites woven into the setlist. Take advantage of this music foray into original songs presented by Yoni’s, sometimes ironic, nonsensical showmanship.

 

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Toro y Moi @ Wonder Ballroom 3/1/2013

Toro y Moi. Bull and me. Ethereal music and me. Mind blowing instrumentals and me. Awesome light show and me. This was my Thursday evening at a sold out Wonder Ballroom. Wise, young man, Chazwick Bundick, from South Carolina, graced Portland with his presence and genius musical skills; which I have no problem using the word genius on any musician that blows my mind with the sounds they create. Chaz et al is out and about showing off his new material from just released album Anything In Return.

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What’s Going On: 02/13 – 02/20

1. The Sonics w/ Pierced Arrows & The Pynnacles
Where: Hawthorne Theater
How Much: $25
When: Friday, February 15th, 2013 – 8pm
Why: The Northwest’s legendary garage rock band The Sonics! Formed in 1960 in Tacoma and with cult classics like “The Witch”, “Strychnine”, and “Psycho” this show will have your hips shaking and arms flailing! Need I say more? Okay, let’s pair that with the beloved Pierced Arrows and The Pynnacles!

2. Kelly’s Olympian Anniversary Show!
Where: Kelly’s Olympian
How Much: Free!
When: Friday & Saturday, February 15th-16th – 8pm
Why: Come support one of Portland’s oldest establishments with 111 years of awesome! Two spectacular nights featuring some of city’s finest! Wow and Flutter, Souvenir Driver, Talkative, Buzzyshyface, Mike Coykendall, Autopilot is for Lovers, Bevelers And And And, The We Shared Milk, Old Age, Fanno Creek, Pony Village, The Morals, Donovan Breakwater, Beyond Veronica? Yes, please!

3. Red Fang w/ Federation X & Dog Shredder
Where: Wonder Ballroom
How Much: $15/$17
When: Sunday, February 16th – 7:30pm
Why: Since the April 2011 release of Red Fang’s second album, Murder the Mountains, the band has been in near constant motion: Europe, United States,and Europe again and again! Sunday’s show is Red Fang’s last U.S. date until Memorial Day weekend, when they play Sasquatch. Catch ‘em while you can!

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Pinback @ Wonder Ballroom 1.24.13

My autonomous sensory meridian response was off the charts Thursday night as I witnessed about two hours of guilty rock music from San Diego’s Pinback at Wonder Ballroom. It starts with the way Rob Crow moves his head while singing (and his voice in general,) then it moves to the way Zach Smith’s bass and additional vocals coexist flawlessly alongside Crow and drummer Chris Prescott, and as per usual it ends wanting release from a progression of chords that leaves you drenched in full body…something. This state of euphoria was briefly interrupted by failure of video graphics. Support visuals dropped out about half way through, momentarily distracting the crowd and eventually staying off for the remainder of the show.

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Circa Survive @ Wonder Ballroom 10/12/12

There must be something in the air. A handful of months ago, when Circa Survive announced that their forthcoming LP, Violent Waves, would be self released, they set the stage for a lot of changes to be put in place. No longer having a major label to back them created new obstacles in logistics for the band, but with those obstacles also came the freedom to craft an album precisely how they wanted to—and without unseen hands nudging them in any direction but their own.

A stellar example of this intense, new hands-on approach is in the supporting acts that Circa chose to have out with them on this headlining tour. O’brother, Balance and Composure and Touche Amore are all incredibly talented and well-established bands, but have something in common: running just below the radar. All four bands playing in one night touted one of the most impressive full line-ups I’ve seen in years, and each act didn’t fail to impress.

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What’s Going On: 09/05 – 09/12

1. MFNW 2012
Where: Venues
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!

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What’s Going On 08/15 – 08/22

1. Wymond Miles w/ 1776 & The Woolen Men
Where: Holocene
How Much: $10
When: Wednesday, August 15th – 8:30pm
Why: In support of his second solo effort released this year,  Wymond Miles (lead guitarist for The Fresh & Onlys) makes a stop in Portland. After losing a close friend and some family members in a short span of time, Miles wears his heart on his sleeve throughout Under the Pale Moon. With vocals full of emotion and guitar work to match, you’re in for quite an intimate evening.

2. Still Caves (Tape Release) w/ PinkSlime & Painted Canyons
Where: The Know
How Much: $5
When: Thursday, August 16th – 8pm
Why: After a digital release of their EP, Still Caves is having a proper release for Static Lips with a limited edition of 50 numbered tapes! PinkSlime brings the garage-surf punk tunes (high danceability and catchy as heck) and Painted Canyons (members of Palo Verde) plays instrumental cinematic post-rock awesomeness. As always, get there on time and buy the tape before it’s gone forever!

3. Portland vs. Seattle Pop Battle
Where: Backspace
How Much: $5
When: Saturday, August 18th – 9pm
Why:  An all ages tongue-in-cheek knock-down drag-out power pop battle between our beloved Portland and our neighbors to the north. For a mere $5 you can show your loyalty and support for PDX bands Fanno Creek, Pheasant, Talkative take on The Hoot Hoots, Friends and Family, and The Torn ACLS. Who will come out on top? Only time will tell. (Editor’s note: Portland!)

3a. Supreme Cuts w/ Poliça
Where: Wonder Ballroom
How Much: $13/15
When: Saturday, August 18th – 8pm
Why:  Delicate and sculptured, Supreme Cuts are the Chi-town production duo behind fresh new LP Whispers In The Dark. It’s engaging, engulfing and entrancing, all at once — Listen loud in headphones. They will be opening for the genre-bending (think: ElectRo&B / Goth pop) Gayngs spinoff Poliça. Show at 8 — don’t be late!

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Youth Lagoon @ Wonder Ballroom 07/22/2012

Youth Lagoon produces a sound that reflects a generation displaced — a sonic experience spliced with many musical influences that culminates in a melting pot of melancholy and joy that so adequately encapsulates the disposition of youth today. Twenty year old Trevor powers, the bedroom virtuoso behind the moniker took the stage with a bashful wave to the crowd, took his place behind his blanket covered keyboard station and let the music transport a sold out wonder ballroom into a place of dance and reflective trance.

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What’s Going On: 05/30 – 06/06

1. MFNW KICK-OFF PARTY: Gardens & Villa, Swahili & Grandparents
Where: Holocene
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.

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