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Friday, April 27, 2012

Sound Art: Dolorean / The Parson Red Heads @ Mississippi Studios

Created by Tyler Stout, this amazing poster for the Dolorean / The Parson Red Heads show, April 28th at Mississippi Studios is definitely Sound Art. Stout's done some amazing work for the likes of The Black Keys and Phish, check out his work at
Make sure you catch this show because with these two Portland bands on the bill, it's sure to make for an awesome concert. While you're there don't forget to pick up a copy of the poster for yourself. It would be a shame to miss it, but if you can't make the show, no worries. You might still be able to get your hands on a copy of the poster if you sign up for the mailing list at his website. This will also put you first in line to get your hands on his other great posters.

The Triple Crown: 04/23 -05/06

I know April is all about the environment, but I'd like to petition that the latter part of the month and the first part of May should be dedicated to the amazing women of  rock'n'roll. So this Triple Crown is has three concretes that showcase some outstanding female acts gracing Portland.

Saturday, April 28th
Thundering Asteroids!
48 Thrills / The Food / The Vacillators
Club 21
2035 NE Glisan
21 & Over

If you are anything like me you have those moments where you realize that an unfair amount of your brain is filled with unprofitable pop culture trivia rather than rocket science. If that's the case, then you're going to love the Thundering Asteroids!. Littered with enough TV, movie and video game references to make your head spin this Portland band has a unique style they have affectionately dubbed:  geek-core.   Lead by the skater vixen Minn this band is having a blast putting the fun back in punk rock.Whether you're already a fan or just curious, make sure you don't miss this show as the band says goodbye to their drummer and will be taking the next few months off. Populated with a line-up of bands that all love playing with each other this is certain to be a night to remember. Heck it doesn't cost a thing, so how can you say no. 

Friday, May 4th
Girl In A Coma
Pinata Protest/ Sara Radle
1 SW 3rd Ave.
Doors: 8PM /Show: 9PM
21 & Over

Darkly brooding and viciously wild at times the band Girl in a Coma seems like a wounded beast; ready to bite at anyone who ventures too close. If you've ever caught them live, it's no mystery why Joan Jett, signed them to her Blackhearts Records label. I'm sure they reminded her of her younger self, all spit and vinegar and hell bent to take on the world. It's a treat to see three women as talented as these rocking the crap out of their instruments and leaving the bloody wreckage of their hearts on the stage. Playing at Dante's, I can't think of a better venue to see this band. I caught them one of the last times they were in town and they were truly worth the money.
Join them on stage is the one woman tour de force Sara Radle and the Mexicali boarder punk of fellow Texans Pinata Protest. With music like this you got to shake off those working blues and get your weekend started right.       

Sunday, May 6th
Katie Herzig
Andrew Belle
Aladdin Theater
3017 SE Milwaukie Ave
Doors:7PM/ Show:8PM
Adv.:$15 / Day Of:$15
Minors Accompanied By Parents

Katie Herzig is a sweet souled songwriter of the highest caliber, and any time you can catch her wonderfully honest live show is a must. Finding the perfect balance between compelling song writing and pop-playfulness Herzig's music is mature enough for a more discerning audience and yet ripe with a child like wonderment potent enough to put a smile on any ones face. Blessed with a beautiful voice and a job she loves. it's apparent she loves to me on stage as much to sing as connecting with the people in the crowd. I can't think of an artist that seems to be as genuinely as nice when performing. It's that kindness and human quality that makes it such a joy to see her live. I can't wait to see her soar in the wonderful settings of the Aladdin Theater, not to mention this all ages show will allow my 12 year-old daughter, a huge fan, the opportunity to see her live. So bring the family and take in this terrific artist.    

Quick Pick: Friday, April 27th

The Deep Sea Vents
Ritual Healing/Foal/Starforged
2366 SE 82nd Ave
21& Over

If you're looking for something to do tonight, check out this local metal line-up at Agenda. Featuring some of Portland's best underground metal acts, this show should be fist pumping and freak flying fun. One of the bands I'm most interested in seeing is The Deep Sea Vents. Their dark, murky metal has a blitzkrieg viciousness that's powerfully appealing and with the a fair helping of geek chic clout they should be a joy to watch.
What's that you say? Not a metal fan. Well the great the secret is that you don't have to be to enjoy it.  Metal is all about the experience. Come let the music roll over you like a tank and head-bang away that collage degree you're not using. It's going to be fun. so come on out, because Friday is the perfect night for an adventure.