Eyes glide shut
Portland's ambient electro-pop dream-makers Oracle consists of Orianna Herrman on vocals with her brother Michael Herrman on guitar, as well as electronic engineer and producer Keith Schreiner, who's worked with Dahlia, Sheryl Crow and Corrina Repp, among others. The group will release its sophomore album 'Wake,' at Dante's. Orianna boasts a strong, sultry alto voice that sounds a bit like the Eurythmics' Annie Lennox if she had fewer sweet dreams and more deep sleep. Oracle will be premiering a music video directed by local filmmaker James Westby.
Oracle, DJ Izm, DJs Patrick Hinds and Tyler Stone, Storm Large, 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, Dante's, 1 S.W. Third Ave. $8 advance (via TicketsWest.com), $10 at the door. Info: 503-226-6630 www.danteslive.com, www.oracleportland.com, myspace.com/oracleportland.
Feb. 5, 6, 7
Rock 'n' Roll!!!
Looking to get your rock on affordably while drinking lots of beer? Look no further than The Bender 2010 at Slabtown, which will feature all kinds of rock 'n' roll bands playing everything from punk to garage to punk-garage to cowpunk to cowsoul to snot-soul, well, you get the picture. The lineup includes Howie and the Hotknives, The Girls, Bare Wires, Foxgloves, Indian Wars, Shannon and the Clams, King Louie and the Missing Monuments, The Teutonics, Burning Yellows, Dirty Cupcakes and Pure Country Gold. And don't forget the Saturday, Feb. 6, debut of Cheap Flight featuring Mudhoney's Steve Turner, CJ Stritzel of The Drags and Scott Derr of Monoshock. Cheap Flight is considered 'the most promising rock 'n' roll band of the millennium' by themselves, so who are we to argue?
The Bender 2010, 5 p.m. Friday, Feb.5; 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6; 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7; $12 each; free noon matinees Saturday, Feb. 6, and Sunday, Feb. 7. Slabtown, 1033 N.W. 16th Ave. Info: 503-223-0099, $25 advance sale wristbands available through www.slabtownbar.net.
Fans of experimental electronica should be well acquainted with Minneapolis' Matt Dosh, who has collaborated with vocalist/instrumentalist Andrew Bird extensively. Dosh takes loops, samples and synthesized sounds and creates coherent, listenable works of art that could convert even the most skeptical classic rocker or punk fan into an art-rock-lover. Dosh is touring in support of his latest album 'Tommy,' named for his beloved late soundman.
Eyedea and Abilities, Dosh, Animal Farm, 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, Hawthorne Theatre, 1507 S.E. 39th Ave. $10 advance, $12 day of show. Info: 503-233-7100, www.hawthornetheatre.com, myspace.com/doshanticon, myspace.com/animalfarmrecords.
Some rock bands lead you to the earth, particularly lustful, swampy blues-rockers, while other rockers eschew the earth, ringing, chiming and echoing their guitars and voices like celestial bell-ringers as they call listeners heavenward, or, more accurately, inward to where the mind meets music in all its glorious intricate patterns. Portland's Water and Bodies and Housefire lean toward the latter category, as does Seattle's By Sunlight, so it's no surprise all three groups will be sharing the stage.
Water and Bodies, By Sunlight, Housefire, 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, Rotture, 315 S.E. Third Ave. $6. Info: 503-234-5683, www.rotture.com, myspace.com/waterandbodies, myspace.com/hsfr, myspace.com/bysunlight.
Americana country-pop quintet Leslie and The Badgers hail from Los Angeles, but sound like they'd be just as comfortable, even more so, jamming on a back porch in Appalachia as a hip club on the Sunset Strip. Frontwoman Leslie Stevens is gifted with a lovely soprano voice.
Leslie and The Badgers, Quiet Life, 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, Doug Fir, 830 E. Burnside St. 9 p.m. $8. Info: 503-231-9663, www.dougfirlounge.com, myspace.com/leslieandthebadgers.