- Rob Cullivan
- Portland Tribune - Features
Toshin' 'n' burnin'
The spiritual and lyrical godchild of Peter Tosh, Reggae star Anthony B wraps his dreads in regal colors, raises his staff and sings-raps his lyrics attacking political injustice and addressing universal themes of suffering and salvation, all to music you can't resist, which you can find on scores of releases. He'll be joined on stage by reggae-funk-hip-hop local heroes Outpost, and a slew of other dancehall friendly folks.
Anthony B, Outpost, Moses I, Jah Lando, Gavinchi, Jagga, Small Axe Sound w/YT, 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, Mt. Tabor Theater, 4811 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. $22 in advance, $26 at the door. 21 and older.
They sing the body electric
Smart money has it this show will feature our fair city's most fashionably dressed folks, given the array of catwalk friendly dance music that will be served up by three acts on the Italians Do It Better label. Glass Candy combines krautrock, disco, hip-hop and spook wave that will go down just right with your fruity mixed drink. If you've ever been to a disco in Rome, you feel like you're right back there when Chromatics starts spinning out their futuristic, atmospheric, breathy and romantic melodies. Montreal's Desire is the third female-voiced group on the club-happy lineup, and the striking women singers in all three groups probably still don't want to go to the prom with you, not because they disdain you, but because they're mourning the loss of their equally good-looking lovers. But don't worry, the scruffy genre-blending DJ duo Rude Dudes will be there to give all you down-to-earth folks a chance to feel beautiful, too.
Glass Candy, Chromatics, Desire, Rude Dudes, 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, Rotture, 315 S.E. Third Ave. $10. Info: 503-234-5683, rotture.com.
Brothers Char and Robby Rothschild hail from Santa Fe, N.M., but call the world their musical home. They've studied and played Irish, West African, Appalachian, Afrobeat, Zimbabwean, Turkish, Roma and Balkan music and have developed a rootsy eclectic style all their own as the duo Round Mountain. The Andrew Oliver/Kane Mathis Duo will open the evening blending piano and West African kora (a 21-string bridge-harp) accompanied by percussionist Kevin Van Geem.
Round Mountain, Andrew Oliver/Kane Mathis Duo, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, Alberta Street Public House, 1036 N.E. Alberta St. $10. Info: 503-284-7665.
For a year now, Into The Woods, a local documentary film crew, has been capturing performances of bands in their homes. That's right, kids, while you can no longer find bands on MTV, you can find 75 videotaped performers of various genres at intothewoods.com, chilling in their practice spaces and doing their best to sonically enhance your Web surfing. Into The Woods will celebrate its anniversary with a huge party featuring wild indie party rockers And And And, surf-thrashers Guantanomo Baywatch, electro-popsters Skeletron and pop stylist Tu Fawning. The party also marks the Web site's final push to get some bucks through a Kickstarter.com fundraising campaign to finance even more cool stuff.
And And And, Guantanomo Baywatch, Skeletron, Tu Fawning 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, Holocene, 1001 S.E. Morrison St. $5. Info: 503-239-7639, holocene.org.
Bird is the Word
Portland's Hurtbird is one of those groups that can turn people who don't much care for rap into believers and hip-hop fans into seekers of alterna-weirdness, folk and pop. Hearing them is like watching a bunch of guys who alternated listening to their totally epic rock records with their rap albums all the while sampling bits and pieces of modern noise and sound. Frontman Ryan Hayes looks more like a burly redneck lumberjack than an urban MC, which makes the group all the more visually intriguing, while vocalist Mike Man sings like a refugee from an '80s New Romantics band. These boys aren't afraid to mix classical music into their tunes as well, and basically should start making movie soundtracks ASAP.
Hurtbird, MOsley WOtta, Empty Space Orchestra, 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St. $10. Info: 503-231-WOOD, dougfirlounge.com.