Feb. 28

Two last chances

Guitarist Andy Cohen and baritone guitarist Tim Midyett both played in the storied indie rocker outfit Silkworm, the subject of a compelling documentary released last year titled “Couldn’t You Wait?”

They formed Bottomless Pit with drummer Chris Manfrin of Seam and bassist Brian Orchard of .22 nearly a decade ago, after the untimely death of Silkworm drummer Michael Dalquist in a car crash, and have since released three albums, including their newest, “Shade Perennial.”

Sounding at times like a cross between early U2 and Crazy Horse-era Neil Young, Bottomless Pit crafts songs with an emphasis on atmosphere and repressed tension that breaks out in spurts here and there. Guitar lines ooze out like paste from a liquid cement tube squeezed slowly and deliberately by that passive-aggressive kid in your shop class. It’s rock ‘n’ roll that works particularly well if you’re down but not quite out in a shoegazer-meets-bored-barista way. You can dance to it, but you will feel slightly ill at ease doing so.

Bottomless Pit, Kinski, Chris Brokaw (of Codeine), 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave. $8 in advance, $10 day of show. Info: 503-288-3895,

by: COURTESY OF ALICIA J. ROSE - Portlands Ages and Ages has earned some critical acclaim for its modern folk-rock music, and itll play Mississippi Studios March 1.

March 1

Just try and not sing along

OK, we’ve just heard a hit. “Divisionary (Do the Right Thing)” by Portland’s Ages and Ages has that perfect choral-pop-chorus the kids like these days, as exemplified by bands like Fun. Taking a catchy melodic cue from The Ronettes’ “Be My Baby,” the song is off the band’s sophomore album, which also contains a number of other uber-hopeful numbers like the acoustic-rhythm-guitar-on-fire “I See More.”

Tim Perry wrote most of the tunes for this album when he spent 10 days on a silent meditation retreat — no speaking, writing or reading — memorizing his lyrics and compositions. These cats, who’ve already garnered a lot of critical acclaim, are definitely creating inspiring modern folk-rock music for a contemporary audience, and Lord knows we need more of that during these troubled times.

Ages and Ages, Fanno Creek, Us Lights, 9 p.m. Saturday, March 1, Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave. $12. Info: 503-288-3895,

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Toque Libre, Spanish for “free form” or “free touch,” features a core trio of Chilean brothers Pablo Ojeda on bass and vocals and Ricardo Ojeda on guitar and vocals, as well as Iran-born Mehdi Farjami on guitar. Combining flamenco, rumba and cumbia with modern pop, this Portland band also employs the skills of Josh Cliburn (Wheels in the Sky, Rubberneck) on sax, Paul Mazzio (Gino Vannelli) on trumpet, Dave Fleschner (Curtis Salgado, Rubberneck) on piano, Carl Smith (Crazy 8’s, Rubberneck) on percussion, and Ward Griffiths (The Quadraphonnes) on cajon.

If you haven’t heard them, prepare to get a hip replacement when you do, because you’ll definitely lose one or two, not to mention your heart and soul, to this passionate band that creates beautiful melodies with the ease of birds in flight, oblivious to man-made boundaries and borders that keep the earthbound separated. There are no countries in the air, only music and light, and Toque Libre conveys that feeling better than most.

Toque Libre, 8 p.m. Saturday, March 1, Jimmy Mak’s, 221 N.W. 10th Ave. $13 reserved with dinner, $10 general admission. Info: 503-295-6542,

Even more smart music

This seems to be the week for music that refuses to insult its audience. Take the highly adventurous San Fermin, which showcases the work of Brooklyn composer and songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone, who sort of sounds like Leonard Cohen trying to sound like Iggy Pop goo-goo-gaa-ing to a baby.

This classically trained cat studied at Yale, and the first track released from his album, “Sonsick” is “like a panic attack disguised as a birthday party.” And here we just wanted to get the keg tapped. Ludwig-Leone’s band includes: Allen Tate and Rae Cassidy, lead vocals; Rebekah Durham, vocals/violin; John Brandon, trumpet; Stephen Chen, saxophone; Tyler McDiarmid, guitar; and Mike Hanf, drums. From what we’ve heard, this chamber-pop-rocker actually has managed to pull off a pretty interesting record, which would appeal to fans of prog rock, jazz and classical, not to mention, we kid you not, cloistered nuns singing for their supper.

San Fermin, Son Lux, The Beauty, 9 p.m. Saturday, March 1, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Info: 503-231-9663,

'Round town

• The Portland Jazz Festival concludes Sunday, March 2. Among the many performances worth checking out is saxophonist Bobby Watson & Horizon and multi-reedist James Carter and his Organ Trio. The hard bopping' Watson was musical director for Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, and reunites with drummer Victor Lewis. Horizon also features trumpeter Terell Stafford, pianist Edward Simon and Portland native and bassist Essiet Essiet. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1, in the Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway St. $28, $38, $48 and $58.

For a full schedule of performances, visit

Betrayed By Weakness, one of our city's best hardcore metal bands, has a new CD out, and will celebrate it with a show at 9:30 p.m. Sunday, March 2, at Ash Street Saloon, 225 S.W. Ash St. American Me and Proven are also on the headbangin' bill. $8. Info: 502-226-0430,

• Brooklyn's Ava Luna jump between the worlds of No Wave, New Wave, nerd rock, funk and soul, sounding somewhat like Talking Heads, Television and James Chance. This band of young men and women also look so cute and fit, you could put them in the pockets of your skinny jeans and still have room to enjoy art. 9 p.m. Sunday, March 2, Valentine's, 232 S.W. Ankeny St. $5. Info: 503-248-1600,

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