Yeah Bud! Portland funky-tonk trio the Quick & Easy Boys ride into Bar Pink behind last year’s A.D.D.-afflicted disc Red Light Rabbit, a genre mashup that found the boys fiddlin’ in-studio with “a mix of Band of Gypsys, Funkadelic, James Gang, Willie Nelson, and Minutemen,” as front gun Jimmy Russell told his hometown rag the Oregonian. “But when people ask me what kind of music we play, I usually say ‘the best kind.’” The QuEasy B’s just finished laying down their next studio set, so expect it t’be fresh. And come basted to boogie, y’all, these guys are under the radar, off the charts, and they play to slay. Marsupials will set up this gig to get to tonight....
Hip-hop ’n’ soul singer Aloe Blacc has the mic at Casbah. Blacc is back behind his Stones Throw sophomore set Good Thing, which has launched the 32-year-old Los Angelino across genres and continents, charting in three categories and ten countries. Blacc’s gone gold in London and Paris.... Best of the rest: Seattle mathcore crew Narrows join Helms Alee and Archons to rattle cavities at Soda Bar...the vowel-challenged Slpwlkrs bump into Eleven with Bat Bombs and Legs...and if you heart noise, Thursday kicks off this weekend’s Brainbomb Fest, which’ll visit Tin Can Ale House with a “total synth smackdown” between Michael Triglio and Kyle Wright and experimental sets by Nicey Nice World, Hing, and Memorial Cervix. How’s that for a band name?
Thao Nguyen is a playful songsmith, the female Malkmus, maybe. On her latest Kill Rock Stars release, Know Better Learn Faster, with SanFran band the Get Down Stay Down, she frolics in that beauty-and-brains folk-rock field of early Liz Phair and Okkervil’s Will Sheff, to engaging, entertaining effect. If you like what you hear here — myspace.com/thaomusic — you might also want to get your hands on this year’s stellar Thao+Mirah collection. That’s K Records’ Mirah (Microphones, Tune-Yards, Black Cat Orchestra). Thao with the Get Down Stay Down play the early set at House of Blues Friday night...which gives you plenty of time to hop, skip, and/or jump to 4th&B for Cut Copy. The Aussie electro-dance band is out to tout this year’s Zonoscope, “an album of euphoric, starry-eyed dance-rock,” according to Pitchfork, which branded it Best New Music this year. It’s très rad, and I don’t like electronic music, Pitchfork, or Australians. I’m kidding, Australians are okay.... Outta downtown, Soda Bar stays loud with Danava and Thrones...pop-poetess Maren Parusel and the Sundrop Electric plug in at Bar Pink...the Shakedown stages junkyard folkies Old Death Whisper...Brainbomb lands at the Til-Two with Brian Ellis, Riververb, and Zsa Zsa Gabor...and acid-jazzy jam band Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe crashes into Belly Up for two nights. On Friday, Karl and his krew get Stoned and do Sticky Fingers front to back.
The controversial queen of carnavál, Daniela Mercury, graces the stage at 4th&B Saturday night. For more than 20 years this Latin Grammy winner’s topped the pop charts mixing traditional South American sounds of axé, samba, and bossa nova with dance electronica and a progressive’s bent to politik. Her latest studio set, Canibália, is a commentary on the cannabilization of her art and her beloved Brazil by the Dark Side. She’s Carmen Miranda with an agenda. Go get encultured and shit....
Here’s one for you Anglophiles: Brooklyn-via-Britain band the Drums beat at Casbah behind their second crit hit, Portamento, Jonathan Pierce’s come-of-age call to arms for the Army of Moz — there’s more than a winking nod at the Smiths on this disc. London-via-L.A. indie act Io Echo opens the show.... Portland Kings of Punk Poison Idea infects Brick by Brick with their hardcore tendencies. For 30 years — on and off — Jerry A.’s been dragging down idols and propping nada. If you like your ’core with a side of nihilism, get to this set.... Else: them “spaghetti western wizard rockers” from Long Beach, Bella Novela, will drop their new deal, Archeress, on Eleven with Los Mysterios and Sleeplady in support...while down the road at Soda, avant gardeans Titwrench, Prizehog, Echo Beds, and Buzz or Howl defuse Brainbomb on its final night.... If you’re up for roadtrippin’ it, that Hoodang thang hits the casino in Santa Ysabel. Lineup’s loaded with local craft beers and bands (Louis, Sprung Monkey, Safety Orange, Midnight Rivals, Vokab, Mr. Tube). Easy does it on them roads through Ramona.
There’s a gaggle of good ones Sunday night, as the Shakedown dials in Radio Moscow. From RM’s PR: “psyche-rock power trio...touring in support of Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz...the band’s third full-length (their 2007 s/t debut was produced by Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach).” Look at that, they buried the lead. In parens! Flying Eyes and Joy up first.... SanFran “dirty-country-blues-goth-psych-rock” band Zodiac Death Valley visits El Dorado downtown.They got a record due to drop in November.... And Seattle’s hip-hop alternative, the Blue Scholars, rap at Casbah behind their new joint, Cinemetropolis.
For those of you not going to the Foo fight Monday night out at State...electrofunk duo Chromeo’s down at House of Blues behind last year’s dance-chart topper Business Casual...Kenseth and Brandon will be up the Fifth Ave. hill at the Tin Can with Danny Grody (née Grodinski of Temporary Residence soundscapists Tarentel)...Sub Pop’s Shabazz Palaces play Casbah behind Black Up (“If Bedouins herded beats instead of goats and settled in Seattle instead of the Atlas Mountains, this would be their album”)...and San Antone’s accordion punx Piñata Protest will take down the Shakedown with like-minded locals Screamin’ Yeehaws.
The corpse of Baltimore avant-metal act Dog Fashion Disco, Polkadot Cadaver, will stack ’em at Brick by Brick behind this year’s Rotten Records release Sex Offender.
If you know French, there’s an interesting band interview here: thrashocore.com/interviews. For an English transcript of this very funny piece, please email [email protected]. He’s good at French.... If you want more more more, the Donald Trump of punk, Billy Idol, will be doling it out in spades at Humphrey’s by the Bay, all coifed up, curling his lip, and pumping his fist.
Judas Priest is the big ticket at the Cricket this week. The hard-rocking blokes’ll be joined by Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society and, yes, the boys are back in town, Thin Lizzy.... Foster the People will dish “Pumped Up Kicks” to all the slow kids at Soma. Cults opens that show....
Local occult akt Interrobang’ll clang at Ruby Room with Corduroy and Ghost Come Back. Chad says Interrobang sounds like Tortoise covering Jobim. I’m in.... And up at Belly Up, the progmeister, Adrian Belew (Bears, Crimson, Zappa), and his power trio will get all wah-wah diddlee-diddlee-diddlee. (That’s what prog tabs look like.)
— Barnaby Monk