- Rob Cullivan
- Portland Tribune - Features
Hare, thare, everyware
The cats in Portland's Redcoat Turncoat recorded a song called 'Baby Bunny,' which sounds like something comedic actor Tom Green came up with to torment a room full of kindergartners - it's both childlike in its melody and ominous in its implications of bunnies and the good stew they make. It only gets better from there, as this is one fun pop rock band who actually sound kind of warm and fuzzy and make an art out of being passive aggressive. The group is releasing a CD and sharing the stage with ethereal Seattle soft-rockers Buzzyshyface and the mysterious slinky hometown rockmeisters Hello Constable.
Redcoat Turncoat, Buzzyshyface, Hello Constable, Tiger House, 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, Slabtown, 1033 N.W. 16th Ave. $5. Info: 503-223-0099, www.myspace.com/slabtownbar.
There will be dub
Dubsteppers EOTOcreate electronic melodies of serious belching, gas passing, floor squeaking and bass-voiced space aliens speaking. String Cheese Incident drummers/ percussionists Michael Travis and Jason Hann use live skins, guitars, and keys, but then mix, remix, and sample them on stage like futuristic jazzers, except the future is now. Meanwhile MiMOSA's psychedelic jazz-flavored soulful dub-hop is impossible to sit still to, while Portland DJ MartyParty, a South African native, displays an eloquent sense of musical taste, a capella samplings and inventive approach to rhythmic mixes.
EOTO, MiMOSA, MartyParty, 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St. $18 in advance, $20 day of show. All ages. Info: 503-284-8686, www.wonderballroom.com.
All things considered
Montreal's The Besnard Lakes write Great Big Songs with titles like 'Devastation,' 'Disaster' and 'Albatross.' So it's no surprise this classical, dreamy, symphonic group has already written a movie score (for Mark Ruffalo's 'Sympathy for Delicious') and won the hearts of critics everywhere. This is rock at its most epic and transformational, so don't forget to bring your soul and leave the cynicism at home.
The Besnard Lakes, Land of Talk, Suuns, 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave. $12. Info: 503-288-3895, www.mississippistudios.com.
Seattle guitarist/vocalist Aaron Schroeder played with such Austin acts as Fire Vs. Extinguisher, Diagonals, and Dikes of Holland before working as a live recording engineer with Willie Nelson and Matchbox Twenty. Now's he's released an album under the moniker Thunder Buffalo, which is a cross between Beck's postmodern neo-soul blues stomping and your average psychedelic garage rock tornado. The boy's got the boogieman in him, it's got to come out!
Thunder Buffalo, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, in-store performance and signing at Music Millennium, 3158 E. Burnside St. Free. All ages. Info: 503-231-8926, www.musicmillennium.com
If you've ever watched the TV series 'Smallville,' you're familiar with Remy Zero, the alterna-rock band who wrote the show's theme 'Save Me.' They have written other songs as well, including 'Prophecy,' which you may have heard in 'She's All That' and their latest single, the folk rock ''Til the End.' Reuniting after eight years, the band lost its drummer, Gregory Slay - whose brother, Christopher, lives here - to cystic fibrosis last January. The band is donating proceeds from the tour to benefit Gregory's wife and daughter and the newly established Honeymoon Trust. Soulful balladeer Sanders Bohlke shares the bill.
Remy Zero, Sanders Bohlke, 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, Dante's, 1 S.W. Third Ave. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Info: 503-226-6630, www.danteslive.com.