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Gang Banging Out the Jams at JB’s July 16

Ever since Gang stormed onto the scene a couple years back with “Guess What You’ll Find”, they’ve been carving their own niche on the local music scene with their dance art-pop. The fashionistas are certainly not afraid to get the party started with their melodically catchy tunes, gang vocals from Amanda Damron and Jaclyn McGraw, operatic overtones, and stellar production work from The Big Kids combine to create a sound that feels like a Rocky Horror Picture Show performance on a rocket ship headed directly to the edge of the universe. Whether you find yourself singing along to “Rat Poison” in large doses or hitting the dance floor in a fast-paced frenzy, you WILL be strangely moved. And when they are matched up with a hot act like Kid Sister, a former Top Performer in The Deli’s Best of Chicago Poll, the pace will be 2 fast 2 furious (even for Vin Diesel)! Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9pm, $15, 21+ - Bill McThrill

 

 

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Early Ape Pop In at Millcreek Tavern July 16

Rock and roll dynamics and nostalgic pop vocals are what Early Ape will be bringing to Millcreek Tavern tonight. Their songs resonate the band’s varied influences like Spoon and Weezer, though a de-evolved version of the latter. Main man Nate Rylan is a Philly music veteran of sorts having been part of the Philadelphia Boys Choir, which helps explain his standout vocals. Having survived the possible physical and mental abuse that an adolescent might have felt from being in an all boys choir, you owe it to him to swing by and take a listen to what he’s been up to lately. Millcreek Tavern, 4200 Chester Ave., 9pm, $8, 21+ - Adam G. 
 

 

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NYC Scene 2000-2010 - A Naughties Retrospective

The end of the decade offers an opportunity to look back at how the NYC scene (and the music industry it fuels) changed in a time frame that will be remembered for many reasons. This retrospective about the NYC music in the first decade of the new millennium was published in our 22nd print issue, enjoy!

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Bastille Block Party = Très Magnifique

 

Come one! Come all! Bastille Day is here!!

This Saturday, July 17, Pix Patisserie is hosting the 2010 Pix Bastille Day Celebration Block Party at their North Williams location! This event is free, so there's no excuse to miss out on this year's amazing music lineup, food, drink, scavenger hunts...and a four-foot tower made entirely of cream puffs? We're there...

2 p.m. - AgesandAges

3 p.m. - Dirty Mittens

4 p.m. - ioa

6 p.m. - Alan Singley and Pants Machine

7 p.m. - Jared Mees and the Grown Children

8:30 p.m. - Typhoon

9:30 p.m. - Nice Nice

10:30 p.m. - 12 a.m. - Dance Party with DJ Erik Beats

This event is in support of the Oregon Food Bank, so remember to bring donations of canned food! For each item donated, guests will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of 100 gift certificates to Portland’s best restaurants. The more items you bring, the more chances you have to win and the more mouths Pix can feed.

More goodness:

"Just in case you get hungry or thirsty at the party, don’t worry! In addition to our daily offerings of tasty French pastries, partake in the Champagne & Oyster Bar, 60-pound Carlton Farms roasted pig, Lompoc beer garden, and ice cream stand featuring beer floats and house-made novelty bars, and more!"

- Stirling Myles

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Eye-Witness Account: Mississippi Street Fair 2010

 

If we lived in a perfect world, every day we would shut down a giant street and fill it with music and food and performers of all types and drink all day. Sadly we live on Earth, and for some reason, Earthlings only do this on special occasions.

The 9th Annual Mississippi Street Fair - held Saturday, July 10 - was crowded, hot, bright and absolutely fun. For the drinker of alcoholic beverages, all the local spots along the street barricaded the section of the sidewalk in front of their businesses, so we patrons could enjoy the weather and the smoking of fine tobacco products with our drinks in hand, never having to step away from the atmosphere being provided by the collective kiosk vendor chain that ran the expanse of the street.

While walking from one end to the other, various volumes of multiple audio stimulation came pouring out of every nook and cranny. At one point, three musical gypsies were playing street-style over the beat coming from the adjacent art gallery, using the four-on-the-floor thump of electronic drum-and-bass to accompany their fiddle, banjo and upright bass playing without being drowned out. It was an advantageous thing for anyone in ear shot.

The Proust Bar and Grill patio, along with the food cart enclave proved to be my favorite spot. There was plenty of shade and the patio drinking was in full effect. The northernmost musical stage, The Parlour on the Hill, could be viewed and heard very well from that location on North Mississippi and Skidmore. That particular stage featured a lot of around-town folk acts.

Local klezmer folk band Shicky Gnarowitz & The Transparent Wings of Joy took the stage and started their three-piece violin-driven eastern European sound. If you've ever seen Everything is Illuminated, you might have a good idea of what that music sounds like. If not, expand your horizons and go check some out - it's one of my favorite kinds of world music.

Next up was Fenbi International Superstars, a five-piece conglomeration of folk-y zydeco blues, accented by accordian, violin and guitar-based melody structures. They had a stompy feel, with a pseudo-pirate/polka vibe going on and a lot of shanty sing-along lyrical threads.

Finally, I checked out one of my favorite Portland songwriters, Adam Shearer - lead singer/songwriter for Weinland. What can I say? I like what he does, a lot. He has a great voice and prescence, his lyrics are awesome and he writes very well-put-together folk songs. I've been a fan since his band came through my hometown and stayed at my house. If you haven't seen them play yet, I strongly suggest going to a show. They sound really amazing live and provide really good folk tunes that are catchy and thoughtful, with very attentive arrangements. They know what they're doing; it always feels nice to be in good hands.

All in all the fair was an ultimate success, and I am definitely going again next year. Hope to see you there.

- Paul Valladon

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