Live Around Town This Week

Black Mountain - photo by Hilary Harris

Monday, November 29

THE BLACK ANGELS and BLACK MOUNTAIN @ Showbox at the Market

The Black Angels and Black Mountain both released amazing new albums on September 14th, and now they’re touring together. This, appropriately, is a co-headlining tour, so both bands will be playing lengthy sets, and will likely be alternating opening and headlining slots. I talked to some friends in California who saw the show a few days ago and they said Black Mountain headlined, both bands played long sets, and that it absolutely rocked. Sounds good to me! You can hear Black Mountain live on KEXP earlier in the day at noon, and The Black Angles Tuesday at 3:00 pm. (8 pm, $19 adv/$21 dos, 21+)

Tuesday, November 30

BONOBO with Tokimonsta and DJ Kid Hops @ Showbox at the Market

Britain’s Simon Green, aka Bonobo, released his first album since 2006 earlier this year. Black Sands is full of the familiar chilled-out, effortless hip hop and electronic beats that Bonobo is known for. KEXP’s own DJ Kid Hops will be warming things up as well, so get out to the Showbox early. (8 pm, $20 adv/$25 dos, all ages, bar w/ ID)

PASSION PIT with Mister Heavenly, We Barbarians, and Pepper Rabbit @ The Moore

After the release of a successful EP in Chunk of Change, Passion Pit released their full-length debut, Manners, in 2009. Led by Michael Angelakos, the Boston five-piece’s sparkling, up-beat, electro-pop is full of synthesizers, layers of electronic effects, and Angelakos joyously proclaiming every lyric with choir-boy falsetto. The hooks are infectious, super-charged, and usually result in a sweat-drenched night of worry-free dancing. (8 pm, $27.50, all ages)

Passion Pit – The Reeling

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Wednesday, December 1

LUCERO with Drag the River and Success! @ The Crocodile

Formed by Ben Nichols in the late 90s, Memphis band Lucero play down-home country-folk full of whiskey and emotion. In 2009 they released “1372 Overton Park,” which is more rabble-rousing than some of their earlier, more tender country albums, sounding similar to The Hold Steady. One thing that’s been constant throughout Lucero’s up-and-down career, however, is Nichols’ raspy, emotional wail that brings to mind that of Deer Tick’s John McCauley, except maybe even with a little more gravel in it. Its hard to imagine seeing Lucero at any venue other than a bar with an intimate stage. I think The Crocodile qualifies. (8 pm, $16 adv, 21+)

photo by Adam Smith

BELLERUCHE with SunTzu Sound @ The Nectar

The music of London trio Belleruche sounds like it has a little bit of everything. Their music is full of grooving basslines, catchy hip hop beats, electronic effects, and accentuating guitar lines. What makes Belleruche unique is the voice of lead singer Kathrin deBoer, who gives the music a funky soulfulness. They released their third album 270 Stories earlier this year, and they’ll be playing live on KEXP at noon on the day of the show, if you want to hear what the deal is before you head out to The Nectar for the night. (8 pm, $7, 21+)

Thursday, December 2

HORSE FEATHERS with Y La Bamba and Hooves & Beak @ The Tractor Tavern

Portland acoustic folk band Horse Feathers will be at The Tractor on Thursday. In September they played a moving exclusive set for KEXP at the Bumbershoot Music Lounge. Here’s a video of “Mother’s Sick” from that performance:

(9 pm, $12, 21+)

SALLIE FORD & THE SOUND OUTSIDE with Wesafari and Tomo Nakayama @ The Crocodile

Horse Feathers and Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside will both be in town Thursday – that’s two good Portland folk bands in one night. If you want to give in to the frigid winter weather, the deeply emotional, melancholic sound of Horse Feathers might be what you’re looking for. If you’re looking to escape the snow, Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside have an up-beat, boot-stomping sound that is more feel-good bar-country than the stark folk of Horse Feathers. Take your pick. (8 pm, $10 adv, 21+)

Friday, December 3

BOB MOULD with Telekinesis @ The Triple Door

Husker Du’s Bob Mould is far more than simply the former frontman of the 80s alt-punk pioneers. He released his first solo album, Workbook, in 1988, which marked a significant stylistic departure from the music of Husker Du. Since then he’s gone on to record multiple albums, both solo and with a backing band, that are more straightforward (and oftentimes primarily acoustic) rock. It should be an intimate performance Friday night at The Triple Door, and with local group Telekinesis opening, this should be an amazing evening of trans-generational indie rock. (8 pm, $25, all ages)

THE DANDY WARHOLS with Blue Giant @ Showbox at the Market

I made a hard decision to bypass The Dandy Warhols at Bumbershoot in favor of either some other show, or getting some drinks, or…I don’t remember; I was wary of how good they would be live at this point in their career. When I heard they put on one of the best performances of the festival I was devastated I missed it. As was the case for Bumbershoot, they’ll likely be playing hit after hit, as they recently released The Capitol Years: 1995-2007. The compilation unfortunately does not include my favorite Dandy’s song and video, “Ride,” so because they might not play it live, here it is:

(8 pm, $20 adv/$22 dos, 21+)

MAD RAD with Champagne, Champagne, Viper Creek Club, and White Fang @ Neumos

You know the drill with Mad Rad: get fucked up and party your ass off. This show will double as their CD release party, so expect no less raucousness than usual. Here’s the title track off their new album The Youth Die Young:

Mad Rad – The Youth Die Young

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(8 pm, $10 adv, 21+)

MIDDAY VEIL with Barbara Manning and Can You Imagine @ The Sunset Tavern

Local psychedelic four-piece Midday Veil will take you on a trip, to say the least. Their music is exploratory, expansive, and, most certainly, psychedelic. Led by the soaring vocals of Emily Pothast, they can sound like everything from Pink Floyd, to Jefferson Airplane, to more in-your-face, guitar-shredding psychedelic rock. Below is their video for “Asymptome II” which seems like it was filmed through an underwater prism sometimes, an out-of-focus kaleidoscope others, and even a Technicolor geo-thermal lens. Their live show is sure to contain some visual elements as well, so prepare yourself accordingly.

(10 pm, $8, 21+)

Saturday, December 4


This is a show to benefit the family of Andy Kotowicz, the Sub Pop Vice Preident who recently lost his life in a tragic car accident. The night will feature an all-star lineup of Sub Pop bands including Mudhoney, Wolf Eyes, Shabazz Palaces, Fruit Bats, Pissed Jeans, A-Frames, Vetiver, and Michael Yonkers. Come out, have a good time, see some good music, and support a good cause. (doors at 6 pm, show at 7, $20, all ages, bar w/ ID)

THE BOOKS @ The Moore

As their name indicates, The Books specialize in bookish, intellectu-rock. Their songs often eschew conventional structures, utilize samples, and seem as if they might have been composed with the help of an unabridged thesaurus and a calculus textbook. Do I even need to mention that they’re from New York? They released their fourth album The Way Out earlier this year. (8 pm, $22 adv, all ages, bar w/ ID)

THE YOUNG EVILS, SEAPONY, and THE BASEMENTS with DJ Hannah Levin @ The Sunset

Another amazing Audioasis showcase will be taking place at the Sunset on Saturday night, featuring The Young Evils, Seapony, The Basements, as well as the DJ stylings of Audioasis host Hannah Levin. Proceeds will benefit the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation. For more information, click here. (9:30, $7 adv/$8 dos, 21+)

Sunday, December 5


Led by eccentric and often scantily clad front man Tim Harrington, Les Savy Fav are know for their crazy live performances. They’ve released their 5th album Root for Ruin this year, which sounds like classic Les Savy Fav and should make for another classic live performance. Read about and listen to “Let’s Get Out of Here,” the lead single off Root for Ruin, by clicking here. (8 pm, $20, 21+)

Tim Harrington of Les Savy Fav - photo by Christopher Nelson

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