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Monday, June 28, 2010

The Triple Crown: 6/28 - 7/11

With three shows in three night and a total of 6 bucks out of your wallet this Triple Crown ain't no fuss. So make sure to tip your bartender and buy the merch 'cause there's no excuse at these prices.

Wednesday, July 7th
Cory Branan
Austin Lucas /Truckstop Darlin'

The White Eagle Saloon

836 North Russell Street
Show: 8:30PM



You won't want to miss the musical antics of this unsung Memphis troubadour. With the songwriting genius of a diner napkin philosopher and the heart of a loyal hound dog, Branan is the voice of the common man, though be it with a Southern drawl. Able to croon comforting ballads that feel like a hot Tennessee night or harness the speed of a mid-west twister his live performances are filled with energy, humor, and a heartfelt fascination that is sure to impress. Supporting Austin Lucas whose heart breaking bluegrass swoon is like the creeping dance of shadows across the Appalachians, while the opening southern rock of Truckstop Darlin' is sure to get the night started off right.

Thursday, July 8th
Sara Jackson-Holman (Free Show!)
Music Millennium
3158 East Burnside Street

Show: 6PM
All Ages

Early Thursday night, Sara Jackson- Holman will be stopping by Music Millennium for a free concert in thanks for their support of her debut album "When You Dream." Blessed with an angelically smokey voice, Sara Jackson-Holman weaves soft lovely tunes that dance with the grace of a ballerina. Quickly making a name for herself in the industry, she has been mentioned in the same breath as Feist and Nora Jones. So make sure you don't miss this opportunity to catch a rising star in the infancy of her growing success. One day you'll be able to talk of this intimate little show with honor, confident in the knowledge that you were one of the first to recognize the talents of this amazing artist.

Friday, July 9th
Derby (Free Show!)

The Blue Horns / Kelli Schaefer

The Woods

6637 Milwaukie Avenue




Finishing out this triple crown is a show case of some of Portland's greatest indi-bands hosted by the people of Rumblefish, our own hometown heroes of independent music licensing and sonic branding. Headlining the night is the living room pop of Derby, energetic and beautiful their organically rich tunes are easy on the ears and have just enough beat to them that you'll be hard pressed not to tap you foot. Opening the night is the bold atmospheric sounds of Kelli Schaefer who reveals a gallery of dynamic auditory landscapes that range from bustling city-scapes to hauntingly sparse deserts visages. In contrast the jangling excitement of The Blue Horns who will fill out the rest of the bill with fun danceable songs that will make you bounce about the room like the walls were made of rubber. Set in the intimate locale of The Woods this show will have the feel of the best house party you've ever been to.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Triple Crown 6/14 - 6/28

This installment of The Triple Crown serves up the CD release parties of 3 of Portland's greatest bands. In the mix is a little junkyard blues, some hard hitting radio rock and the return of the best band ever. Make sure you hit them all, because what's the point unless you can walk away with the crown.

Friday, June 18th
Hillstomp (CD Release Show)
Yogoman Burning Band/Sassparillia/DJ HWY 7
Wonder Ballroom
128 NE Russell Street
Door 8PM / Show 9PM
All Ages

Kicking with the power of copper coil moonshine the junkyard blues of this Portland duo will have the Wonder Ballroom shaking with the stomp of a hill country gig in no time flat. Built with the rawest of bare bone elements, mastered to the brink of perfection and charged with wild youthful energy, the music of Hillstomp is as rich as the Willamette Delta and sung from a soul as old as the river itself. Celebrating the release of their latest studio album "Darker the Night" the boys have planned a party that's sure to be the talk of the town. Joining them on stage by way of Bellingham, Washington is the Jamaican-style soul of the Yogoman Burning Band with danceable cuban beats and reggae like vocals to groove away any residual stress of the week. While the lively jug blues madness of Portland based Sassparillia rounds out the lineup and will get the crowd all limbered up and ready to go. Don't miss it and before the show swing into Russell Street BBQ for some to the best pulled pork in town.

Saturday, June 19th
I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In the House
(CD Release Show)
Drag The River / Dry County Crooks
1 SW 3rd Ave
Door 8PM / Show 9PM
$11 Adv./ $12 Day of

Like a child of divorce, I've been waiting a long time for this reunion and finally it's here. After 5 years the boys of SOB are doing what God intended and making some of the best damn rock and roll music in the world. As for those of us familiar with the band, we can attest that every I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House show has the power of a sonic Mack truck capable of altering the earth's rotation and draining the whiskey reserves of Lynchburg, Tennessee. Saturday night should be no different and marks the release of "The Sounds of Dying" an album some of us feared we would never see. Joining them will be their long time friends and new label mates, Drag the River whose world renowned country-rock is the music of beer drenched dive bars and the aching loneliness of the open road. Filling out the bill is Portland's own Dry County Crooks whose roadhouse cow-punk has more Johnny Cash to it than Clash and will start the night off on the right foot. Sure to be filled with a few surprises this show cannot be missed. After the show make sure you swing by Voodoo Doughnut, because it's not a night at Dante's without a bacon maple bar.

Saturday, June 26th
Western Aerial (CD Release Show)
Marv Ellis / Merrill / DJ Sexarkana
1 SW 3rd Ave
Door 8PM /Show 9PM

If there's one thing these boys know how to do, it's put on one hell of a rock show. Whether in a packed venue or in a prison yard they 'll make it fun and they'll make it loud. Portland's favored sons of hard driving radio rock, Western Aerial is making the down and dirty guitar screaming rock that drives the ladies crazy and makes all us men wish we were rock stars. They might be pretty, but don't be mistaken this is one of the hardest working bands in town, having honed their music into lean muscular things that run clean and punch hard. Saturday night the 26th their going to be lighting up the stage and tearing down the walls at Dante's in honor of their latest CD "Try to Keep Up." Make sure you get your tickets early, but the night has a very odd line up with the NW hip-hop of Marv Ellis and the self-described "Happy Hardcore" of Merrill; so if you just want a dose of rock'n'roll goodness you might want swing in a little later .

Saturday, June 5, 2010

The Dead Weather - Sea Of Cowards

The Dead Weather
Sea Of Cowards
Thirdman Records

When it comes to Jack White I can never tell what's truth and what's hype but I'll be damned if he doesn't make great music. Reminiscent of the early 70's soul rock of MC5; The Dead Weather's latest album is dead set proof.

Consisting of Alison Mosshart, Dean Fertite, Jack Lawrence and Jack White, this super group of sorts has more shimmer and shake to their sophomore album than a speed fueled go-go dancer. This album is a funky soulful creature. Filled with a roughly sexual guitar swagger and a bass strut that rumbles with the determination of a gangland murder squad. Keeping it all in line is the hard edged beats of Jack White's drumming while the bawdy aggressiveness of Mosshart's vocals top these musical gems. Gritty and raw, there is something of Detroit in this music; you can hear the ghost clatter of the factories and feel the cold of its winter streets. The overwhelming auditory stimuli of these songs are both powerful and eerie, leaving the audience waiting in anticipation for each new journey of sound.

Even if you don't bow at the altar of Jack White, this is an awesome album and is a must have for anyone with discerning taste in music. No doubt, Sea Of Cowards will become a new favorite to all that heads its call.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Triple Crown 5/31-6/13

Thursday, June 3rd
Pitchfork Motorway
The Interlopers / The Food
Plan B
Show: 9PM


The face melting garage punk
of Pitchfork Motorway is a rubber burning, fire breathing beast of a thing. With high octane guitars and a redlining drum tempo they’re sure to blow the doors off tonight at Plan B. Oozing with a hot rod sex appeal, this is one of the must catch, of rising Portland bands. Joining them is the low-end guttural punk of the Interlopers. Their aggressively thick music is sure to break away at the foundation so the pitchfork gang can bring the house down. There isn’t anything more age defying than a great punk show so get your weekend started a little bit early and make sure you bring a helmet because this is going to be one hell of a ride.

Friday, June 04, 2010

Samanth Crain

First Aid Kit / Brothers Young

Mississippi Studios

Doors: 8PM / Show: 9PM

GA $12+ Fees


With an aching resonance to her voice like a harmonica’s wail, Samantha Crain haunts her music like a restless spirit. Delivered in a soft spoken nature her beautifully scenic songs are breath taking. A natural storyteller, Crain weaves her lyrical tales so tightly to the instrumentation it is hard to imagine one existing without the other. Perfectly matched, Crain is supporting the Swedish duo First Aid Kit; whose eerily lovely music is ripe with rustic simplicity. The intimate locale of Mississippi Studios is a perfect venue for this stunning music and was made for artists such as these. Friday night should hold something magical so leave all your stress at home and let these luscious songstresses ease away your week.

Sunday, June 6th

Deadstring Brothers


Early Show



If Mick Jagger and Keith Richards had been raised on the honky-tonk jukeboxes of America, I’m sure they’d sound like the Deadstring Brothers. Like exiles of Main street Nashville, the bluesy rock of this Detroit band has just enough country swagger to drive a pickup truck and win a bar fight. Filled with the sounds of the factories and the ache of hard worked hands, this music digs deep. Fear not though, it also knows how to get the house a rockin’ and that’s just what’s going to happen Sunday night at Dante’s. Opening the Sinferno festivities, the Deadstring Brothers are sure to get the night started off right so bring your appetite for cold beer and strait whiskey because this band is going to throw it down and you don’t want to be the only person without a belly full of fuel for good ol’ rocking time.