- Rob Cullivan
- Portland Tribune - Features
Want your music to last longer than some pop tart's profanity-laden MTV award acceptance speech? Dig deep in America's blood-soaked country and blues soil. That's what Portland's Hillstomp did, their spades turning up grubs of punkabilly blues the guitar/drum duo of Henry Kammerer and John Johnson then swallowed whole. Their raw and nasty, yet warm and welcoming, music evokes images of a hungover Appalachian auto mechanic who overcharged you for fixing your fancy big city motorcar, but nonetheless handed you a jar of clear moonshine to warm your belly as you peeled outta his fillin' station. The dynamic duo is set to release 'Darker the Night,' which should turn on fans of the White Stripes and Southern Culture on the Skids, among others. It's indie roots served up with minimal overdubs and maximum yeehaw.
Hillstomp, Yogoman Burning Band, Sassparilla, 9 p.m. Friday, June 18, Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St. $10. All ages. Info: 503-284-8686, wonderballroom .com.
Burger Records' 'Caravan of Stars Show' is a mix 'n' match garage rock meets psychedelia grab bag. Here's the lowdown on each act: Devon Williams - Like the 1980s? You will love this dreamy, liguidy melodic pop rocker!; Cosmonauts - Like being in a trance, but one regularly interrupted by bursts of guitar? You will love being in their orbit!; Impediments - Like your garage rock to have a little ambition, more than three chords, and some cool tempo shifts? You will love these cats getting in your way!; Haunted Tiger - Like lotsa, lotsa electronic effects? You will love this mysterious band, the kind to put on at about 3:45 a.m. when the party is getting its second wind.; Blue Jungle - Like having your parties in a haunted graveyard where skeletons dance to slightly scary but hey, it's fun, rock 'n' roll? You will love this cryptic outfit.; And finally, do you like Stan McMahon, Portland greatest middle-aged rocker, human jukebox and Guided-By-Voices disciple? You will love The Stan McMahon Band!
Devon Williams, Cosmonauts, Impediments, Haunted Tiger, Blue Jungle, The Stan McMahon Band, 2 p.m. Saturday, June 19, Slabtown, 1033 N.W. 16th Ave. $5. Info: 503-223-0099, slabtown bar.net.
New wave's ghost in you
OK, all you indie rockers, it's time to pay homage to one of your true forerunners, the Psychedelic Furs. Yes, unlike say the Replacements, the Pixies or other alterna-rock pioneers, the Furs were genuine mega-hitmakers fully appreciated in their time. But the world was confused in the 1980s about where pop music was supposed to go after punk rent rock asunder and disco died of an overdose, so even though a lot of great bands got overlooked by mainstream listeners, a band as weird as the Furs sold groundbreaking tunes that got played at zillions of mullet-haired proms where, yes, the girls actually were pretty in pink.
Psychedelic Furs, She Wants Revenge, 9 p.m. Sunday, June 20, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside. $25 advance, $30 day of show. All ages. 503-225-0047, mcmenamins.com.
That's what it all about
Is roots music hokey? No, but it can be bit pokey, as in St. Louis-based roots quartet Pokey LaFarge and The South City Three. They sound just a bit like bluesman Robert Johnson had he not met a mysterious bad end, but rather lived awhile and kept playing the blooz - and the ragtime, swing, jug band and country music as well. On stage as well are Portland's eclectic alt-roots enthusiasts The Water Tower Bucket Boys.
Pokey LaFarge and The South City Three, The Water Tower Bucket Boys, 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 22, The Woods, 6637 Milwaukie Ave., 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 22. $8 in advance, $10 day of show. Info: 503-890-0408, thewoodsportland.com.