- Rob Cullivan
- Portland Tribune - Features
This show sounds like campy fun from three Portland musical acts as well as two DJs. Electro-rock dance kings and queen Reporter headline a show that also features epic thrashy trance-inducing Wampire and Arohan, featuring Taylor Gherts, one-half of the electronic music duo Mori. Gherts loves him some experimental techno-meets-house music and has an adventurous eclectic taste. DJs Linger and Quiet are music mixers Matthew Kwiatkowski and Genevieve Dellinger, who round out this feets-a-movin', hips-a-swayin' bill. It's ladies' night, but guys willing to don a dress or otherwise feminine clothing can get in for the same price.
Reporter, Wampire, Arohan, DJs Linger and Quiet, 8 p.m. Friday, May 6, Branx, 320 S.E. Second Ave. $7 for men, $3 for women or men in drag. Info: 503-234-5683, facebook.com/ branx.pdx.
Century of blues
Bluesman Robert Johnson allegedly sold his soul to the Devil to play guitar so well, though some say he actually exchanged immortality for an entry in Wikipedia. Either way, Johnson was the prototype for powerful musicians dying early (he was reportedly poisoned to death at age 27, the age at which Jim Morrison, Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Kurt Cobain also died) and blues and rock guitar players ad infinitum. A who's who of Portland musicians will honor Mr. Crossroads' birthday, including Curtis Salgado, Joe McMurrian, Mary Flower, Terry Robb and Lauren Sheehan, Woodbrain, Jim Wallace, Jimi Bott, Sassparilla, Peter Dammann, Bob Shoemaker, Little Sue and Baby Gramps.
Robert Johnson Birthday Party, 8 p.m. Saturday, May 7, Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St. $20. All ages, 20 and younger must be accompanied by parent. Info: 503-719-6055, albertarosetheatre.com.
Mary Flower plays tasty ragtime inflected blues guitar and sings. Rebecca Kilgore,an outstandingjazz vocalist and guitarist, is a regular guest on National Public Radio's 'Fresh Air' and is one of our nation's best interpreters of 'The Great American Songbook. And fiddler James Mason plays swing music with the finesse of a classical violinist and the heart of a Celtic wanderer. This trio of fine Portland musicians teams up for Mother's Day, and if you bring your mom, it's guaranteed she'll forgive you being such a disappointment all these years.
Mary Flower, Rebecca Kilgore, James Mason, 7-9 p.m. Sunday, May 8, Fleur de Lis Bakery, 3930 N.E. Hancock St. $15. Info: 503-459-4887, fleurdelisbakery.com.
Fuzzy wuz they
Brooklyn noise-popsters Crystal Stilts aren't your average shoegaze band. When the chuggin' starts, the chooglin's not far behind. Ghostly vocals, garage-rock beats and git-down rollin' jangly guitars fill out this group's eccentric danceable sound. It's pretty groovy stuff, man, so wear those jeans tight and remember your smokes because that chick with the beehive hairdo is gonna forget hers when you take a break outside between sets.
Crystal Stilts, Case Studies, Archers, 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi St. $10. Info: 503-288-3895, mississippistudios .com.
Whistle while they rock
Remember that ubiquitous radio hit 'Young Folks' from a few years back featuring some guy mysteriously whistling along to a brushy drumbeat? If you liked it, you're a fan of Swedish indie rockers Peter Bjorn and John. This hardworking, humorous trio combines everything from math rock and glam rock to New Wave and club music in a 'let's get back to basics - but not too basic' approach that's refreshing and contagious. Psychedelic pop electro-dancers Bachelorette share the stage.
Peter Bjorn and John, Bachelorette, 9 p.m. Thursday, May 12, Doug Fir, 830 E. Burnside St. $20. Info: 503-231-WOOD, dougfirlounge.com.