- Portland Tribune - Features
They've earned plenty of comparisons to the Jesus and Mary Chain, Velvet Underground, Brian Jonestown Massacre and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, but for all the name-checking and influence-spotting there's something undeniably compelling and fresh about the Black Angels.
This Austin, Texas, sextet has mastered the creation of artsy-yet-hummable drone-rock in a way that sets them apart from their Lou Reed worshipping peers. Plus, you have to love a band who include their projectionist as an equal member in their bio.
9 p.m. FRIDAY, Oct. 20, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St., 503-231-9663, $10
There's a breezy, feel-good vibe to Donavon Frankenreiter's music, whether it's the strummy acoustic campfire feel of his debut album or the more laid-back, '70s soul atmosphere of his sophomore album, 'Move by Yourself.'
Intentionally moving himself out of the shadow of good pal/mentor Jack Johnson, Frankenreiter - a professional surfer by trade - delivers blissed-out, understated grooves that should rock the flip-flop wearing masses.
8 p.m. SUNDAY, Oct. 22, Roseland Theater, 10 N.W. Sixth Ave., 503-224-2038, $22.50, all ages
Like Seattle singer-songwriter Rosie Thomas, Argentine songbird Juana Molina also is a comedian - though you'd be hard-pressed to decipher that from either's musical output.
Molina creates gentle, folky pop with electronic elements so tastefully integrated that they almost seem organic.
Get there early for Portland transplant Alela Diane, whose recently released album, 'The Pirate's Gospel,' already is creating quite a buzz.
9 p.m. SATURDAY, Oct. 21, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St., 503-231-9663, $10-$12
Hip-hop guru Lyrics Born made his debut (as Asia Born) on a split single with fellow newbie DJ Shadow back in the mid-'90s, going on to front Latyrx before embarking on a solo career.
Like Shadow, his music really defies strict genre limitations - it's raw and inventive enough to appeal to hip-hop fans but hooky enough to convert folks who normally steer clear of this particular genre.
9 p.m. SUNDAY, Oct. 22, Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St., 503-225-0047, $20, all ages
R and B
There's versatility, and then there's Allen Toussaint.
This New Orleans R and B pioneer has played piano on recordings for Fats Domino, Etta James and Joe Cocker, produced albums by Lee Dorsey and Ernie K-Do, and written songs that have been covered by (and produced hits for) everyone from the Rolling Stones and Herb Alpert to Glen Campbell, Bonnie Raitt and Otis Redding.
A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and an accomplished solo artist in his own right, Toussaint released an ambitious collaboration with Elvis Costello earlier this year, which is dedicated to the Crescent City and called 'The River in Reverse.'
8 p.m. SUNDAY, Oct. 22, Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., 503-233-1994, $25, all ages