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Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Triple Crown: 06/25-07/08

A little eclectic this Triple Crown should hold something for you.

Friday, June 29th
Sara Jackson Holman
Pt. Juncture WA / What Heart
Doug Fir Lounge
830 E Burnside
Doors: 8PM /Show: 9PM
Adv.:$8 /Day Of: $10
21 & Over

The simplistically seductive sound of Sara Jackson Holman is filled with sultry nuances that intertwine with her intimate piano in tenderly beautiful ways. Heralding from Bend Oregon you could swear that her brooding styled songs would be more at home in the rain soaked streets of Portland. Having found great acceptance, both locally and nationally, Holman has astutely rode the momentum since the release of her debut album When You Dream. We are honored to have her at our own Doug Fir Lounge celebrating the release of her latest album Cardiology. Joining her is the organically popish rock of Point Juncture, WA and Portland’s acoustically minded female quartet What Heart. Make sure that you catch this show before Holman gets any bigger.

Saturday, June 30th
Bad Habitat
One Movement/mighty misc/Buck Turtle/Eastern Sunz/Sammy Mack/BooSen /Soul Ill /Diction One
Ash Street Saloon
225 SW Ash Street
Doors: 8PM /Show: 9:30PM
Door: $5
21 & Over

Filled with some of the best hi-hop Portland has to offer, this showcase at the Ash Street Saloon will be great on the ears and at $5, easy on the wallet. Adding to the night is the release of Bad Habitat newest album Scissor Tree. Their wonderfully refreshing sound has the energy of classic hip-hop without relinquishing any street cred. With powerfully tight verse delivered with point blank precision this local trio is gaining well deserved attention. In addition to a new album, Bad Habitat has opening slots for DMX and Nos this summer. Certainly the cream that is rising to the top, this show is an opportunity to catch an amazing group in an intimate setting before they get big. So whether you're a hip-hop connoisseur or just a fan of local music, this show is going to fill your needs.           

Tuesday, July 3rd
Cory Branan
Audra Mae
Doug Fir Lounge
830 E Burnside
Doors: 8PM /Show: 9PM
Adv.:$8 /Day Of: $10
21 & Over

As a Nashville troubadour Cory Branan has a certain magic with words. His witty songs are ripe with the mysticism of highway white lines and truck stop diners. Few and far between Branan’s northwest shows are like the unexpected visits of a deadbeat dad. You cherish them with all your soul, but in the end it just makes you desire the experience that much more. Pop-psychology aside, make sure you don’t miss this rare performance at the rustic Doug Fir Lounge. Touring in support of his newest album Mutt, this opportunity to catch one of the South’s great modern song writers is a must. Opening the show is the dynamic energy of Audra Mae who’s smoky voice and bold stage presence is sure to make Branan bring his A-game.
So what if it’s a Tuesday night, with a show this good you have to throw responsibility out the window and wear your weariness, the following day at work, like a badge of honor. Believe me your co-workers will envy you.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Great Music for a Wonderful Cause: Hit Machine Concert and Art Show 06/28

Thursday, June 28th
Concert and Art show Benefit
330 SW Murray Blvd.
Beaverton, OR 97005
Show: 6:30PM
Cover: FREE! though donations are greatly appreciated.
Fun for the Whole Family!

Start your weekend off a little early, with some great music for a wonderful cause. Portland’s unstoppable Hit Machine will be playing two sets of some of the best music of the last three decades. From AC/DC to Prince, this fun and energetic band will be bringing their unforgettable  performance in support of Dinner & A Movie a local non-profit that works with impoverished families and homeless youth. Known for their dynamic stage show Hit Machine is the answer to a normally boring Thursday night. There’s no cover but donations will be greatly appreciated. Their first set starts at 6:30PM which gives you just enough time to get out of your work duds and into your dancing shoes.
Also featured will be art by local artists. There will be silent auction, coffee bar and deserts with proceeds benefiting Dinner & A Movie and their work changing lives of struggling families and youth. Come have some fun and feel good about it. 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tuesday Double Feature: Tom Stormy Trio feat.Rhythm Sophie "Finders Keepers" & The Hellfreaks "Boogie Man"

This weeks Tuesday Double Feature salutes the Outsider in us all. So whether you identify yourself with Sodapop or Ponyboy there's a kind of rockabilly in the world to suit anyone's  taste. In this case, here's two unique flavors from Budapest, Hungry just to wet your whistle.

Tom Stormy Trio feat. Rhythm Sophie - "Finders Keepers"

This swaying rockabilly of the Tom Stormy Trio is what might be considered a more traditional example of the genera. Joined by the beautiful vocals of Rhythm Sophie their songs will transport you back to the 1950's when Elvis and Sandra Dee ruled the world.  

The Hellfreaks - "Boogie Man"

This Psychobilly outfit mixes elements of Creepshow with the burlesque stage performance of Big John Bate's. With their last album released in 2010, we can only hope there's another one just around the corner.

Quick Pick: Friday, June 15th

Friday, June 15th
Rockabilly Rally Jam
(Go Ballistic / The Back Alley Barbers/ The Koozies/ The Hardcount)
Tiger Bar
317 NW Broadway
Show: 9PM
Cover: $7
21 & Over

Hollow bodied Gretsch guitars, pompadours, Lucky Strikes in rolled up sleeves and tattooed rockabilly girls dressed to the 9's. These are some of my favorite things. Which makes this show at Tiger Bar that much more appealing. Celebrating Portland International Raceway's Rose Cup, this evening is going to be filled with the speedway rock'n'roll that gets the blood going and makes you feel bad in all the right ways.
On the bill is some to the best dragster rock and psycho-billy the northwest has to offer. Headlining the show is the maddening guitar speed of Portland's own Go Ballistic. Full throttled and out to thrill this band is going to run you over with 2 tons of pure power.
Just as amazing is the supporting acts of the evening.  Serenading the crowd will be the soulful strut of Salem's The Back Alley Barbers with the haunting vocals and sexuality of Queen Pirate and the solid sound of her motley crew.While Seattle's The Hardcount's mix of one part Bon Scott, two parts Johnny Cash is going to shock and amaze. Though, I have to admit, the band I'm most excited to see is The Koozies. Very likely one of the best bands to see live these boys form Eugene are all about the fun and Tuan plays the Mandolin like it's a Gibson Les Paul and he's Jimmy Page.
So do yourself a favor.  Start your weekend off right and make your way down to the Tiger Bar. Like a race track wreck, you might feel it in the morning but it's going to be one thrilling ride.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Coolest Muisc Video You'll See All Day: Shake The Baron "Crazy Align"

Unfortunately I wasn't able to get this weeks Tuesday Double Feature together in time. But never fear, to make it up to you I give you this sweet jewel of a video. I have to say this is the best music video I've seen in years. So enjoy and I'll make sure next week the Tuesday Double Feature will return.

Shake The Baron - "Crazy Align"

Quick Pick: Saturday June 9th

Saturday, June 9th
Truck Stop Darlin' (CD Release Show!)
River Giant
Star Theater
13 NW Sixth Ave
Doors: 8PM/ Show: 9PM
21 & Over

Filled with heartbreak, bourbon, and the open road, the sound of the Truckstop Darlin's is an earthy country-rock too sweet to deny. Perpetuated upon the high-desert gravel voice of John Phelan, their music is the embodiment of the Northwest. It's rural honesty is a potent thing that finds fans in anyone that likes callused hands, hard work and good salt of the earth people. This is the music of mill hands working the green chain, of Eastern Oregon cattle ranchers and those of us city dwellers who seem to breath a little easier once the glare of the urban lights have faded in the rear view mirror.
Celebrating the success of their Kickstarter campaign and the release of their sophomore album Hope and the Heart it Breaks, this show at the Star Theater should be big enough to mark this awesome event.  Shearing the stage is the Neil Youngian styled organic rock of Seattle's River Giant. An awesome band of their own with a blue collar sound that will wonderfully compliment the Darlin's  There's no doubt this is where you need to be Saturday night. So whether you're already down town for the Rose Festival  or need a good fix of awesome music this it the show for you.